Surviving Parvo in Waimanalo
PDP does its best to help owners care for their pets, but sometimes, its in everyone's best interest to remove the pet, as was the case with Lovely. The lab mix puppy was not doing well and needed medical attention that the family couldn't provide - especially living homeless on Waimanalo Beach Park. When Lovely was diagnosed positive for Parvo, the owners agreed to surrender her so PDP could seek appropriate medical attention.
But no amount of medical care will help if an animal doesn't have the will to survive. Lovely found that life could be better - if she could just get past the next few weeks. After long nights staying up with Lovely in her Hawaii Kai townhome, learning how to administer fluids, and running her back to the veterinarian when it looked like she wouldn't make it, PDP volunteer, Jackie, was finally able to bring Lovely home to begin more concentrated recovery. The process was long and ardurous, and even the vet warned Jackie that Lovely was not out of the woods yet.
A lot of other stronger people could have easily given up on Lovely, but not Jackie and her husband. With two other dogs in the household, they recognized the risk of caring for a parvo-positive puppy in the home, but they took every precaution to ensure the safety of the entire ohana. Poor little Lovely was just skin and bones after two weeks of just fluids.
Her recovery has been slow but for the most part, the vet considers her to be past the most difficult part of beating Parvo. Now known to the entire ohana as Ipolei, she's adapting well to her new home and has been embraced by the rest of her wahine pack. Jackie continues to give Ipolei her love and devotion to ensure that she has the best that life has to offer. For now - they take it "one day at a time."
Mahalo to Animal Angel and PDP volunteer - Jackie Gravener, as well as her husband, .