Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care


by Emaleah

My family got a red merle Aussie after the first of the year. Considering this was the first puppy my brother (10) and I (15) owned we were very happy and proud of our beautiful pup! Unfortunately, about after five days she began to act lethargic. So that day we took her to the vet. The first thing the vet told us (we had never been to this vet before) was "We are letting everyone leave early because of the snow, so the only thing we can do is you give us $600 now and we can put an IV in her, as a down payment, or we can put her to sleep." All and all she pretty much said that we weren't leaving with her. We decided it was best to put her down. The vet said parvovirus can live up to 6 months and the best thing to do was to bleach were she pooped in the yard. So after the snow all melted that's what I did.

Well, my mother has been looking for different breeders to buy another Ausssie from in later fall and she found the perfect breeder, but after talking to her my mom found out parvovirus can live 6 months to 5 years!! I really don't want to what till I'm in collage to get another Aussie!!! Can anyone tell me any real facts they know about parvovirus? I heard that even if a bird stepped in an infected dog's stool and lands in my yard the puppy could get parvovirus! Also I've heard of parvovirus shots? Does anyone know anything about those?

Thank-you for reading and possibly answering my questions!

One last thing, when we bought her she was already infected. And she was six weeks old.

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by: Debbie

I am so sorry for your loss. The first thing I do when I purchase a dog is take it to the vet right away. I do put bleach on solid surfaces but how could you possibly put it on the dirt. Anyway, I make sure that as soon as the dog goes it is cleaned up. Yes there is something for parvo. If you would have taken the dog to the vet when you had gotten it you would have found out it was sick. Good luck in the purchase of your next aussie. I have one that is almost 9 mo. old. she is the greatest dog I have ever had.

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