Don’t let naivety get in the way
SOMETIMES we run a headline on our front page that is absolutely designed to alarm. It is supposed to evoke a reaction and although it may not be pretty, it tells a story that needs to be heard.
When my kids were younger we were faced with the prospect of losing our beloved blue dog Booey to parvo. The fault lay solely on our shoulders, we never vaccinated. We thought, like many others, that it wouldn’t happen to us.
We kept our dog in our yard so there was no way it would get parvo and anyway, he wasn’t a pup anymore, so there was no way he could contract it.
We were wrong on all counts, and as a result what we had to witness were some of the most horrific things I have ever had to see any of my fur babies endure.
One minute he was running around, the next he had not one bit of energy. At first I thought the girls had worn him out, but not long after the vomiting and diarrhoea started and we knew something wasn’t right. A quick trip to the vet revealed the awful truth.
This sinister virus, that sits and waits, hiding in dark places, looking for a small window of opportunity, had taken hold of our beautiful and energetic family member and Booey was in for one hell of a fight.
The week that followed comprised of a plasma transfusion, antibiotics, isolation, a lot of tears and even more prayers. The topic of euthanasia was raised and even though we knew Booey was a fighter, we had to seriously look at what he was going through.
Was it cruel to make him fight this virus? Were we being selfish simply because we couldn’t imagine our household without him? In the end, Booey turned a corner and showed the parvo virus exactly who was boss.
Every year around this time we run a story on the start of ‘parvo season’ and every year I am reminded that because of our naivety or stupidity, we nearly lost a big part of our family.
Don’t be the family who thinks it won’t happen to you. This virus lays in wait and you are the only one with the power to stop it.