We Got Hit By Parvo – Details, Precautions, and Concerns for Willow’s Litter

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.

Booker – Willow and Rico 3 YO

Booker has been an amazing member of our family for the last three years. He was the runt of his litter, but has turned into a near perfect 60-65lb boy who loves fetch, adventures, and hates being more than 10 feet away. He also gets along great with his 10lb brother and cat sister.

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Our sweet Bella

We are enjoying our sweet and sassy Bella so much! Her new big sister has had her life turned upside down after being an only dog for several years (including having to share her beds), but is loving every minute of it!

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Water Work

This poor girl is loaded down with puppies, but that doesn’t deter her love of retrieving or the water.  She probably relishes the weightless feeling she enjoys while swimming.  Her trademark launch into the water is now a bit awkward and cumbersome.  We are anxiously awaiting the announcement of her puppies and look forward to meeting you.  Until then, enjoy Willow.

Scheduling Puppy Selections and Helpful Information

We know that you are in the seemingly longest part of this process. The puppies are healthy and so much fun as they begin to play and explore. They are now eating moistened puppy food and Indi’s food when they can sneak a bite.

We have started scheduling dates for you to visit and select your puppy. We will contact you as soon as the prior pick is set so we can schedule your visit. We have many people traveling significant distances so it’s important that we schedule as quickly as possible so travel plans can be arranged. Scheduling timely, sequential visits is important and challenging so we appreciate your patience and flexibility.

With COVID concerns, here are some details of your visit that may alleviate some lingering questions. Your visit and selection will be conducted outdoors on fifteen rural acres. In the event of rain, we have a large outdoor covered area. I will not be providing masks nor do I require them. You will be greeted warmly…from a distance. If you don’t feel well or have a fever, contact me so we can develop an alternate plan.

The puppies are on Nature’s Domain Puppy Food that I get at Costco. I will send you home with a quart bag so that you can transition onto your preferred puppy food.  By the time they go home, they are on dry puppy food.

I will have the puppy purchase agreements completed for you with all current and updated information including the health records.

The puppies will be on a gravity feeder before going home so they have access to as much food as they need. We recommended offering full bowls of food a few times a day and removing the bowl after your puppy eats and loses interest. The intent is to minimize the chance of a food-obsessed dog. If at some point the dog is unable to self manage a healthy weight, the quantity of food will have to be restricted.

The first of the vaccination series will have been given at six weeks and will need to continue at regular intervals until the age of sixteen weeks. The intervals will vary by the vaccine manufacturer, but generally are every two to four weeks.

For final payment we only accept cash or credit cards with the additional 3% processing fee.  I can send a Paypal invoice prior your your visit or swipe a credit card during the visit.  If paying with credit card, paying the invoice prior to your visit simplifies the pick up process and minimizes contact.

Depending on the county mosquito abatement spraying schedule, mosquitoes can be plentiful, we do have mosquito repellant available if needed.

 

The Affects of COVID-19 On Our Process

With COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, I intend to delay visits/selections until nearly 7 weeks when the puppy can go home at the time of selection. This would greatly reduce the number of interactions with different customers. This deviates from our long-standing traditions but unfortunately necessary at this time.

I know how difficult it is to wait to meet/choose your long-awaited puppy and I appreciate your patience as we try to minimize excessive interactions. Please contact me if you have any questions.