In well over a decade, we’ve never had a case of parvovirus in our kennel, unfortunately, we’ve been hit.

We had two of three, sixteen-week-old puppies that were current on vaccinations, contract the parvovirus.  These pups had never traveled off our property and no outside dogs or individuals have visited our kennels.  As we reviewed our processes and precautions with our vet, he assured us that parvo is ubiquitous, virtually everywhere.  He explained that the Treasure Valley has been hit by an especially aggressive strain of parvovirus with numerous unvaccinated (any parvo is very bad for these dogs) and fully vaccinated dogs showing up in clinics around the valley and reducing the available supply of plasma.

After great effort, we did lose one of the pups and the second female is home recovering after a long hospital stay.  The parvovirus destroys the lining of the intestines.  This reduces the nutrition the body is able to absorb as well as allows toxic bacteria to leach into the body and bloodstream increasing the chance of sepsis.  She is still a sick girl struggling to gain weight but we are glad to have her home.

The presence of parvovirus on our property greatly increases the risk to our upcoming litter.  There seems to be a general consensus that the incubation period is 4-7 days with some suggesting up to two weeks.  We are committed to ensuring that our customers receive healthy puppies, so this presents a challenging situation.

If we lose any puppies after/if picks are reserved, the affected deposits will be refunded immediately.  If a puppy becomes symptomatic within two weeks after going home, the puppy must be returned to us for treatment and the price of the puppy will be refunded.  If a customer is unwilling to return the puppy for treatment, the maximum medical reimbursement we can offer will be the purchase price of the puppy.  The hospitalization and treatment are very expensive, Puppy #1 cost $1,400 and didn’t survive, Puppy #2 cost $3,400 and is still recovering.  Depending on the vet and the level of treatments provided, costs can exceed $10,000.

This has been a tragedy for our family and we apologize for the stress and uncertainty this may cause you.