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Galileo looking almost as ill as he is

Galileo looking almost as ill as he is

Galileo has contracted parvovirus and we’re waiting to see if he pulls through.

His faeces has been loose for some time, but yesterday evening he started vomiting.

I phoned our local vet twice in the late evening, and again this morning. Each time I was advised to bring him to the 5.00 – 7.00 pm surgery today, and not to give him anything to eat; latterly not to let him drink either.

Galileo produced a lake of blood-stained faeces just before I took him to the surgery.

At the surgery the vet put him on an intravenous drip for a short time and injected him with an antibiotic. He sent him home with us saying that if he didn’t vomit or do diarrhoea any more, then he might make it, but implied it was touch and go.

At about 8.00 pm Galileo did projectile diarrhoea that seemed to be almost pure blood and I tried to phone this same local vet. He never picked up.

There was no way we were going to lie down under this. I phoned another vet, considerably further away but whom we’ve known for years, on his emergency number.

He met us at his surgery just before 9.00 pm, gave Galileo subcutaneous fluids and an anti-vomiting injection, and took him in for the night to be kept warm under an infra-red lamp and be checked on every hour.

Now we have to wait.

We can phone at 9.30 am tomorrow to see if he’s survived so far.

Apparently he stands a reasonable chance, being thus hydrated, PROVIDED it isn’t the strain of the virus which attacks the muscles of the heart. In that case there’s nothing we can do, or could have done.

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  1. January 23, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Oh no, I hope he pulls through.

    • January 23, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you. He’s not out of danger yet, but the news has been positive.

  2. January 23, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this and send lots of love and prayers that he pulls through. Poor little chap. Keep us posted Damaris.x

    • January 23, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      Thank you. There’s quite a long way to go yet but he’s in good hands.

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