Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Ms. Hinton, we are truly saddened by what happened to Marvel & Ivy. We have attempted to contact you several times over the past week, but have not been able to reach you. The phone number you left us does not accept incoming calls, our text messages have gone unanswered, and we did not receive a response to a Facebook message we sent you on May 19th. We even reached out to the full-service animal hospital we referred you to, but they have no record of you visiting them.
Parvovirus is a horrible disease that is still prevalent in the Las Vegas valley because of owners who don't vaccinate their pets. Unfortunately, all pet owners are vulnerable since dogs may be exposed to infected, unvaccinated animals in places such as boarding facilities, dog parks, shelters and animal hospitals. The scary thing about this virus is that it can be tracked into your home on the shoes or clothes of pet owners who unknowingly cross paths with an infected dog.
The Parvovirus typically has a 5 to 7-day incubation period, which means the infected animal does not become symptomatic for nearly one week after the puppy has contracted the virus. This tells us that since Marvel & Ivy started vomiting and having diarrhea on May 16, the little guys were likely already exposed to the virus when they showed up to the Spay & Neuter Center 4 days earlier on May 12th—we had no way of knowing because they were not showing any symptoms yet.
It is hard to pinpoint how your puppies contracted Parvovirus, but given the incubation period, relative ease of transmission, and the fact that nearly 100 other puppies/kittens came through our clinic that same day without incident, it is my professional opinion that Marvel & Ivy were already exposed when they arrived on May 12th. Please understand that I am not diverting blame, but simply asking for your fair and objective assessment of the entire situation.
In order to provide a clean and safe environment for our patients, we sanitize our hospital four times a day with solutions designed to kill viruses. In fact, we have received numerous accolades for the cleanliness of our hospital.
While I wholeheartedly believe that Marvel & Ivy did not contract the parvovirus from our clinic, this is a tragic situation that absolutely breaks our hearts. We hope you find comfort and closure in the near future.
Dr. Taryn C. Griffth, DVM