Faith and Fats are Husky-Malamute mix puppies who came to rescue from a remote village in August 2015. Siblings from the same litter, they were infected with Parvo, which we did not know when they came to us.
Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness in dogs. The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog's body, most severely affecting the intestinal tract which can cause severe vomiting and bloody, foul-smelling diarrhea that can lead to life-threatening dehydration. Parvovirus also attacks the white blood cells, and when young animals are infected, the virus can damage the heart muscle and cause lifelong cardiac problems.
The puppies were immediately isolated at the first signs of illness because even the though the other dogs are vaccinated, it is still a concern should a new unvaccinated dog come to the rescue. Infected dogs can shed the virus for up to six months, so the puppies were kept separated from the other dogs. Faith got very ill and required IV fluids, but both recovered with no residual problems and were adopted.
Fats kept close watch over Faith while she was sick.
Faith turning the corner - the first meal she had since coming to the rescue
Faith and Fats outside - Faith getting some fresh air and feeling better every day.