Unfortunately you are correct to be concerned about your other dog. With the symptoms of lack of appetite and bloody diarrhea in a young unvaccinated dog, then most likely cause was parvovirus. This is a very infectious disease which can be fatal if untreated. It is also very preventable with administration of several vaccinations, starting at 6-8 weeks of age and given every 3-4 weeks until 4-5 months of age. The only way to help your other dog is to take her to a veterinarian, especially if she starts showing the same symptoms. You may be able to find a low cost pet clinic in your area. They can also talk to you about other preventative medical treatment required for dogs, such as monthly heartworm prevention and deworming. I am so sorry about the loss of the dachshund mix, dying of parvo is a very painful death, and although you mean well, if you do not have the resources to give your pets the medical treatment that is needed, then I would not recommend that you keep pets until you are in a better situation.
yeah, that definitely sounds like parvo...very contagious. sorry =/
Thnk you for the help...and right now I am 17 and can not work because I just found out I have Narcalepsy. I just started on medication. My parents got a divorce this past year. So it is very hard for me to do anything. I love the company of animals because they don't judge me or make me feel insecure about myself at all. I know that it would be best not to have or keep animals since I don't have the money to take them to a vet, but I am trying my hardest to find work that people will pay straight up cash so I can save to take them, or I mean the one. But there's isn't anywhere close to me that people can let me work around their house or anything. There seriously needs to be a place where vets can help or work with pet owners. After this dog, my pit Evy, if she dies then I am not getting another animal until I hav money saved to get them vacinated and everything taken care of the day I go to bring them home. I can't give her up, she's all I have left. I really don't want to lose her either. I am going to try and find a vet that will let me work off payments, either by paying small payments at a time or working around the clinic they run. If I can not then I will regretfully give her to sumone who might b able to help her.
An option to consider in the future would be to volunteer at a shelter, so that you can give the love that you have to give, to all the animals there that need so much love. For now, google low cost pet clinics in your area; some clinics will take payments or Care Credit.
Kimberly Coyner, DVM
I am very sorry to hear about your poor pup...I hope that this posting might help you with your complex situation.
In todays struggling economy, concern about paying for veterinary expenses is very common. Veterinarians are being asked for extended payments or even discounted care. But, like any business, veterinarians need to make money to keep their doors open and they are not equipped with either the cash reserves or the ability to collect unpaid debts so that they can routinely extend payment plans to people.
Obviously, being prepared in advance for these costs is the best way to go. Purchasing pet health insurance or setting up a pet health savings plan can help defray many veterinary costs. You can learn more about the different insurance plans by visiting URL?? Pet Insurance University and information about savings plans can be found at http://www.pawsitivesavings.com. Some pet owners even set aside a separate credit card that is only used for pet costs.
Sadly, these options are only good if you have planned ahead.
There are other urgent need resources. Many personal finance companies can help by providing short term loans with “same as cash” or interest-free options. These options should be used only if you can pay back the principal within the set period of time otherwise the interest rates are quite high. You can find information about these personal loans and applications at these sites: CareCredit, Chase Health Advance, and MedChoiceFinancial are several examples, but, unfortunately, at the age of 17, you are too young to qualify. Maybe one of your parents could help with this...
You will need to make sure your veterinarian accepts these forms of payment. The good news is that most veterinarians do accept major credit cards, like Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
A few local and national organizations do offer grants to pet owners in extreme need. These groups review grant applications and base their decisions on the pet’s condition, the client’s need and a referral from the veterinarian. In most cases, the veterinarian will need to complete the application on behalf of the client. Keep in mind, during tough economic times, these organizations are often overwhelmed with requests.
Two national examples are: IMOM.org and AAHA’s Helping Pets Fund. And there may be local resources available near you as well.
Finally, if all else fails, don’t overlook your family, friends, or even neighbors. Many times, just getting enough money so the veterinarian can examine your pet is a good first step. Once you know the extent of the illness or injuries, you can work towards finding ways to continue treatment or diagnostics. There might even be some good nursing or therapeutic things you can do at home. Be sure to ask your veterinarian about this.
Most veterinarians understand well the financial burdens some pet owners fact today. Don’t be afraid to communicate your concerns with them and perhaps find some good solutions and get your best friends the care they need.
I wish you a lot of luck and hope that everything works out well with your pup.