Two puppies brought to the Maryland SPCA are being treated for Parvo.
The dogs, named Luca and Manny, are critically ill and were taken to Pet+E.R. to receive “the most comprehensive, around-the-clock, critical care they needed for a chance to survive,” Tina Regester of the Maryland SPCA said in an email.
Officials aren’t sure when the puppies contracted Parvo, but the longer they’ve had it the more difficult it will be to treat, Regester said.
Manny is a lab mix, and arrived Sunday, he's responding well to treatment. Luca came in Tuesday, and is at the turning point.
Parvo is a disease transmitted between dogs that destroys the digestive and intestinal tracts of puppies and pets who haven’t been vaccinated. The disease is fatal if left untreated.
"Just like when you've had diarrhea at home and there's a lot of cramping and I don't know if you've ever been dehydrated, but you feel so weak. these puppies feel awful when they come in," Doctor Tanya Tag at Pet ER said.
Medical bills have reached $5,000 and treatment is expected to last a bit longer.
“While still in critical condition the pups’ medical team is cautiously optimistic that they will respond to treatment,” Regester said.