Texas puppy with life-threatening virus found floating in box on a river
A man rescued a puppy he discovered floating in a box on a river in texasThe dog is now in a shelter ready for adoption.
Earlier this month, Austin Pets Alive! He got a call from another shelter in the state saying the man had come with a puppy he had found floating downstream and that he needed help that their shelter couldn’t provide.
The puppy, a two-month-old Labrador retriever black Labrador mix, has been tested for parvovirus, a highly contagious and life-threatening virus, Austin Pets Alive! wrote on Facebook.
The virus affects the digestive system of dogs and is spread through direct dog-to-dog contact, as well as contact with feces, contaminated environments, or people. It can contaminate kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes, and the hands and clothing of people who handle infected dogs. Unvaccinated dogs and puppies under the age of four months are at a higher risk of infection.
After communication between the two shelters, the man who rescued the pup drove two hours to Austin Pets Alive! Parvo puppy ICU. This shelter runs one of the only Parvo intensive care units in the country and has been able to treat the pup.
Clinic Director Lauren Hyman told FOX 7 that the pup, later called Kayak, was “falling apart” and was lethargic and dull. Kayak was taken to the hospital, treated by clinic staff and volunteers, and given antibiotics, intravenous fluids, and medication for vomiting and nausea. They also fed him food through a syringe.
Kayak was so sick that he didn’t show signs of his personality at first. Over the next few days, as he underwent care and treatment, the puppy improved, ate more, and grew to 18 pounds, the shelter said.
“Now that he’s tested negative, he’s back to his old ways of wagging his tail,” Austin Bates Alive! wrote on Facebook. “He’s excited to learn more about this big world he lives in!”
kayak now Available for adoption In Austin Pets Alive! Town Lake Accreditation Center.