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UPDATE: Vaccinations & Parvo

Why did this baby end up with parvo despite having had vaccinations? The simple answer is that he hadn't managed to complete his full course of puppy vaccinations, so his immune system wasn't prepared or competent enough to avoid succumbing to this virus.

This is a really vital information and something that many people are unaware of or choose to disregard.

Puppies need a course of 2-3 vaccinations (depending on their age and vaccine manufacturer), to provide full response and to stimulate the best immunity that their body can give. AND It takes 10-14 days after their last puppy vaccine to acquire that immunity! Exposure to viruses before that period can be a death sentence.

Another really important point is that YOU can be a vector of disease. If you visit the home of someone with a puppy that has not yet had their full vaccination regime, you can be the reason that puppy gets sick.

I understand the overwhelming joy and delight of having a new puppy. I know we all want to take them out into the world as soon as possible, BUT please use caution.

Tragically, the little boy didn't make it. 😢 But his sister has managed to pull through and will be going home today. Our hearts break for his mum, but at least there's a little sunshine with this baby girl. 💕
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UPDATE: Vaccinations & Parvo

Why did this baby end up with parvo despite having had vaccinations? The simple answer is that he hadnt managed to complete his full course of puppy vaccinations, so his immune system wasnt prepared or competent enough to avoid succumbing to this virus. 

This is a really vital information and something that many people are unaware of or choose to disregard. 

Puppies need a course of 2-3 vaccinations (depending on their age and vaccine manufacturer), to provide full response and to stimulate the best immunity that their body can give. AND It takes 10-14 days after their last puppy vaccine to acquire that immunity! Exposure to viruses before that period can be a death sentence. 

Another really important point is that YOU can be a vector of disease. If you visit the home of someone with a puppy that has not yet had their full vaccination regime, you can be the reason that puppy gets sick. 

I understand the overwhelming joy and delight of having a new puppy. I know we all want to take them out into the world as soon as possible, BUT please use caution. 

Tragically, the little boy didnt make it. 😢 But his sister has managed to pull through and will be going home today. Our hearts break for his mum, but at least theres a little sunshine with this baby girl. 💕

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What an amazing job you have done saving one of the pups and trying so hard with the little boy. Thanks for explaining how the puppies got parvo, something to be very aware of with a new puppy. How can we as humans be the vector of the disease? Do we need to have been near an unvaccinated dog to then pass it on?

Oh how terribly sad. Condolences on the loss of the little man. Thank you Bec for giving your all. If I see puppies on the ground and obviously too young I stick my nose in and tell them what could happen. Some people are totally ignorant of the enormous dangers they put their pups in...one lady was so absolutely horrified because she didn't know picked up pup and rushed home.

So sad. 😞 I do think you are amazing Bec. Thank god his little sibling survived it all. People should really vaccinate their loved pups. I know I did. Three times. 8 weeks 12 weeks and 16 weeks. Sorry for the owners as they did the right thing. People need to be responsible. Well done alpine animal hospital

I was told years ago that Parvo got into the soil. By a vet. Is this not true? Well done on saving 1 pup. It is a cruel disease.

We brought our husky Puppy from Victoria to Queensland where parvo has been rife..we kept her home until 2 weeks after the last vaccine..we believed she would have no immunity after coming from the snow..so happy that this lil one survived

Heartbreaking. Run free pup.

good job though Bek Day...one is such a magnificent feat...Parvo so deadly

Happy for the little girl.

Very very sad

Well done, wonderful vet , people dont realise all the time and care you put in saving these animals, you deserve a medal.

Thanks Bek! Hopefully people learn how deadly this disease can be!

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4 days ago

Alpine Animal Hospital

This is how I spent last night.

Yes, I'm wearing a biohazard suit and yes, that tiny little puppy is wrapped in newspaper. No, I shouldn't be holding him, in fact, I shouldn't really be touching him at all!

What you don't see is the vomit and bloody diarrhoea in the cage behind me........so much blood and so much diarrhoea. And the smell......nothing on earth smells like this. The fetid stench of blood, decay and rotten tissue.

This is the reality of parvo!

VACCINATE YOUR PETS!!!

PS That little puppy was in dire need of some love and human affection. He was having seizures and not long for this world at the rate he was going. I had him wrapped in paper to keep him warm and to try to absorb his 'discharges' as much as possible.

His mum had vaccinated him twice but because of an unprotected visitor, he's suffering the consequences.

Thankfully, he's still with us this morning. He's not out of the woods, but in a much better situation.
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This is how I spent last night. 

Yes, Im wearing a biohazard suit and yes, that tiny little puppy is wrapped in newspaper. No, I shouldnt be holding him, in fact, I shouldnt really be touching him at all! 

What you dont see is the vomit and bloody diarrhoea in the cage behind me........so much blood and so much diarrhoea. And the smell......nothing on earth smells like this. The fetid stench of blood, decay and rotten tissue. 

This is the reality of parvo!  

VACCINATE YOUR PETS!!! 

PS That little puppy was in dire need of some love and human affection. He was having seizures and not long for this world at the rate he was going. I had him wrapped in paper to keep him warm and to try to absorb his discharges as much as possible. 

His mum had vaccinated him twice but because of an unprotected visitor, hes suffering the consequences. 

Thankfully, hes still with us this morning. Hes not out of the woods, but in a much better situation.

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You are a Angel with out wings. My heart hopes he is ok. Xxx

This is why we come to you.. I have NEVER met a veterinarian like yourself. You do such a great job for our babies and I've never met a more caring human like yourself. Thank you Dr Bec

I went through the first parvovirus outbreak in Melbourne back in the 70’s - whilst managing a very large boarding kennels at Christmas. Only our vet knew about this ‘new’ virus - most of the others had never heard of it. We lost 5 dogs in 10 days - I closed the kennels to protect those in there. None of my own dogs got sick - but I was the most scrubbed person in Melbourne. I would NEVER leave a dog unvaccinated for parvovirus - it’s a dreadful disease. Thank you Bek for caring for that poor baby.

You are amazing! Please keep us posted. So heartbreaking. I don't know how you do it! Love and prayers to this precious dog. W is he being given meds etc??? 🐕❤❤🙏🙏

Oh bec....this has me sobbing....you are such a dear angel to so many....this pic says it all. I hope the poor sweet puppy survives and i hope the visitor gets tended to. 😭😭😭😭

Oh the poor little darling, thank heavens for your compassion & care. Such a dreadful disease, hopefully his vaccines will give him a fighting chance... <3

Poor little poppet sending best wishes his way x thank goodness for such kindnesses more than anything your cuddles reassured him to keep fighting x your an angel ❤️

Oh my god .... is it a little frenchie??? Poor lil thing ... sending loads of healing energy his way

Your dedication is wonderful. You do incredible things, Bek. I hope you have a good outcome with this little guy.

Poor little thing, hope he is ok, sending healing hugs. I'm concerned though that if he has been vaccinated, how did he get parvo? What can we be doing to protect our animals.

Oh that poor little bubba. How is he going?

Hi Bec, Wow what an amazing job you're doing!! And sorry if I'm opening up a can of worms but I think I would like to ask you a question (that m8ght sound stupid)... I'm just wondering how come a vaccinated animal gets sick while being vaccinated? Is it that the vaccine is being inefficient or am I missing something? Thanks

Oh my goodness, the poor little darling, bless you Dr Bek.

Parvo is totally preventatable. Get you fur babies vaccinated. Hope the pup gets better soon. Thank you for being so careing .

Thank you for your care and compassion. This is such an emotional picture. Vets do the hard yards and I am grateful for souls like yours!

Such much frank honesty in this post. Thank you and I hope he comes through this

This has brought tears to my eyes. You truly are a wonderful loving vet ❤️

Oh Bec that’s so terrible . You are an amazing and loving vet ❤️

This is heartbreaking! I hope this little pup pulls through!

Oh Bek - am absolutely in bits for you and that sweet baby. If ANY vet can pull this puppy through, it's you. Stay strong, my warrior queen xxxx Sending hugs for both of you xxx

I know the devastation parvo killed my first dog sweet Maggie my chihuahua and her son and her grandbaby:( an entire generation all taken it was horrific and devastating

Sending strength and luv to this little puppy. Great work Bec.💜

You’re amazing Dr Bek! I so hope this little pupper pulls through!!

Poor baby. He will know that you are doing he best for him in sure. You are a great vet bek. My guys loved you. Please let us know how he is now. Sending prayers he is strong and pulls through.

Poor little mite, yes, there is nothing on earth that compares to that stench and so preventable. Hope he survives x

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2 weeks ago

Alpine Animal Hospital

And now for 'Round 3' of snake bite patients!

Please keep your eyes peeled when out and about because they're obviously on the move with all this heat. 🐍🐍🐍🐍
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And now for Round 3 of snake bite patients! 

Please keep your eyes peeled when out and about because theyre obviously on the move with all this heat. 🐍🐍🐍🐍

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Holy crap......you certainly are under the pump, my love. I just thank the God of Dogs that you are such an energetic, caring, knowledgeable professional - the clients in your area REALLY need to thank their lucky stars that you are where you are. You are a *blankety blank* awesome doctor and you should be so goddamn proud of yourself and your support team xxxxx

Not another one! Thank heavens for them that you’re there Bek!

Poor animals, but lucky you’re on board and call 🙌👏

I feel so much for the animals who get bitten, but they are in good hands.

Your in good hands. Dr Bek is the best.

Oh no! Hope all goes well & smooth for this little one 🤞🏼

Thanks Bec for doing such a wonderful job of caring and looking after our pets. We are lucky to have you

You are amazing Bec! I’m so thankful that we have you to look after our babies x

Such great work! Thank you x

When snake seasons over you deserve a holiday!

So many lately. Thank goodness you are there to help them all.

Good job, Bek. I’m betting you’re getting keen for a full night of unbroken sleep.

Poor baby she’s in good hands xxx

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About Alpine Animal Doctors

Alpine Animal Doctors is located at 7047 Great Alpine Road, Porepunkah, Victoria, Australia. We are on the front road between Porepunkah and Bright, just after the roundabout.

We welcome patients from throughout the region at the hospital, and do house calls and farm visits in the area stretching from Myrtleford, Beechworth and Yackandandah down to Mt Beauty. Within this area we cover every town and settlement as well as outlying farm properties.

All consultations are by appointment only.

News and Announcements

Our Facebook Page is the primary means we use to keep our clients informed of what's happening in the hospital and in the veterinary world. A Facebook feed also appears on this page (left). Major news items of broader interest are also published here on the site.

Community and Events

From time to time the hospital organises open days and events. Most are designed to be fun days out for pets and people, to help increase public awareness of animal health and welfare issues, and sometimes to raise money for local animal welfare initiatives.

Upcoming Events

  • Carnival at the Vets (Porepunkah)
    Carnival at the Vets (Porepunkah)
    Come join us for a fun filled day on Sunday the 20th of October. There are free gift bags, prizes and non stop action for people and pets. Jumping castle, face painting, fairy floss and...

Past Events

  • Families and their pets at the 2014 Blessing of the Animals
    Make a note…
    Our next community event will be the annual Blessing of the Animals for 2016. This family day is generally held around October. Check back for details nearer the time....
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When we hold one of our community public events a photographer will usually be there to record the fun. Occasionally we will publish a full web gallery of all the images taken. You can find the most recent galleries here...

Fact Sheets and Articles

Our website contains a wide range of helpful and informative articles to assist animal owners. We are constantly adding to the library so please check back frequently for new content.

Talk With The Animals

Although our Talk With The Animals print newsletter is no longer being produced you can still enjoy all of our previous issues online. Click here for all issues, or go direct to a specific issue using the links below...

And all the rest...

Alpine Animal Doctors carries an extensive range of animal and pet products for sale at competitive prices. We also regularly have special offers, which are always featured on our Facebook Page, and sometimes here on the website as well. You can find any current offers here.
Careers with Alpine Animal Doctors. We are always interested in hearing from qualified veterinary professionals seeking a more fulfilling career role. Even if we are not currently listing any current vacancies we encourage skilled and dedicated professionals to contact us to discuss future career possibilities.
Testimonials. See what our clients are saying about us.
Being the owner of several pets, I must say that the very best vet I have ever encountered is Dr. Bek and her staff. Keep up the good work. Barbara Clapperton

THE ALPINE ANIMAL DOCTORS' PROMISE

Our full service Veterinary Hospital provides quality care for all animals.

Since 2009, when Dr. Rebekah Day, BVSc (Dr. Bek) first opened a small clinic in Porepunkah, Alpine Animal Doctors has grown to become the ‘most trusted’ veterinary practice in the region. Our clients and patients come from across the Alpine region — from Myrtleford, Yackandandah and Beechworth to Bright, Harrietville and Mt Beauty.

With an A-Z of almost 350 veterinary services available our team is equipped to provide the optimum level of care for all conditions, and for all animal species, great or small, including farm livestock.

Our hospital is fully equipped with the most up to date and technologically advanced equipment available, with state-of-the-art facilities the equal of any capital city-based specialist veterinary facility. We are constantly re-evaluating and upgrading our equipment and facilities to ensure that our patients receive only the very best treatment outcomes — the same level of care that we would want for our own animal family.

Dr. Bek’s nursing team — Mary, Tegan and Lizzie — are all locals, all professionally qualified, and dedicated to ensuring your animals are treated with compassion and kindness. Our practice is ably managed by Mark, Dr. Bek’s partner.

Most importantly, everyone at Alpine Animal Doctors loves animals just as much as you do. It’s why we do what we do. Our high tech equipment and advanced facilities are important, but, more than anything else, what makes us different is our people and our dedication.

Our promise is that we will never stop striving to achieve excellence in the delivery of animal healthcare. And we will never stop caring.

 

TALK WITH THE ANIMALS

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