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A two month old coonhound puppy is brought to a veterinarian. The pup has a mild history of vomiting, bloody loose stool, sleepiness, and not eating. The puppy hasn’t had its shots and was fine until now. Upon physical examination, the animal had a fever, and was lacking water in its body, and was extremely tired. Feces was gathered for testing of parasites in the digestive tract. Blood was collected for a complete blood count and the chemistry panel for testing. The stool tested didn’t contain any parasites, and the blood tested showed there was a low white blood cell count. And the chemistry panel was normal except for signs of dehydration. A diagnosis of inflammation of small intestines due to a dog virus was thought to be why the white blood cell
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Unformatted text preview: count was so low and because no parasites were found. While waiting for the virus test results, the puppy was isolated and hospitalized with intravenous fluids (inserted within vein) and medications to fight off bacteria were given so a secondary bacterial infection would be avoided. Twelve hours later, the pup died. An examination of the dead tissues in the intestines, showed signs of loss of the small projections in the intestine that aid in absorption of nutrients and dead flat tissue. The virus tests came back and the pup was positive for canine parvovirus. The facility were the pup was kept was sterilized to prevent the virus from spreading and the owners were told to do the same, and to vaccinate future pups....
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2010 for the course VET 183 taught by Professor Erickson during the Spring '10 term at SD State.

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