Belle’s Story Part 3
Even after multiple days of treatment, Belle’s diarrhea continued to be so severe and became so bloody that she became anemic (low red blood cells) and this caused her significant weakness and depression. Belle then received a blood transfusion to replenish the red blood cells she had lost. She also received multiple plasma transfusions throughout her stay (plasma is the liquid component of blood after the red blood cells are separated) to help with her blood pressure and increase her protein levels.
Miraculously, less than 24 hours after Belle received her blood transfusion she was standing and wagging her tail and even willing to eat on her own. From this point on she continued to rapidly improve with very limited vomiting and diarrhea. Her strength improved with each passing day. Her white blood cells finally rebounded and she was able to be discharged one week after being admitted to the Care Center.
Despite the severity of Belle’s illness, her amazing owners (this is her and her mommy in the picture) never gave up. We are so happy that Belle became one of the lucky puppies that was able to recover from such a severe from of parvo virus.
Please remember…parvo virus has a VERY effective vaccine and adult dogs are not typically affected by the disease if they are well vaccinated. Talk to your family veterinarian to ensure your dog is protected from this deadly virus!