Railey and Canine Distemper Virus

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October 6, 2010: Day 1

As a monthsary gift for our 55th months together, we finally decided to get a dog. We’ve always wanted one but our previous place is not suited for dogs. Plus, we are too busy at work that we almost spent 20 hours of lives outside our house. But now that we are telecommuting for work, taking care of one would not be that much problem for us.

And so, Wednesday, we went to Bioresearch at SM North to look for a puppy. Our criteria: first, medium in size when it became an adult dog so that the space wouldn’t be that big of a problem. Second, one that is tame enough not to tore our house down and third, a female dog.

We were choosing between a beagle(inspired by Hunter and Roxie) or a shih tzu besides that fact they are out of our budget, they look sad and sleepy and also, shih tzu is a furry dog and needs regular grooming. So we chose the yellow male labrador. The standards that we have made were all crossed out lol. From there we also bought the basic things that we would be needing in taking care of him like leash, collar, dog food, vitamins and a small cage. We haven’t thought of a name for him yet during that time.

Born on June 25, 2010.

We weren’t able to get the dog certificate up until now because there was a switch of papers and the correct certificate hasn’t arrived yet. The one written in the certificate was female lab named “Patrish of the Xed” and the one that we bought is the male one. Only the vaccination certificate was given to us. He just had the fourth of his 5-in-1 shot last October 2 and was due for his fifth shot this coming October 16 was already dewormed last July and August.

We went to UCC to get some coffee and there we thought of his name: Railey.

When we went home, he was timid at first and doesn’t want to be out of our sight nor an inch away from us. But as soon as we have toured him around the house, he was already frisky. And has started running to us and jumping on our feet whenever we take a step. He was sweet and always wanted to caressed in his head and neck. In his first dinner, he started to get excited and for the first time we heard his bark when he saw us putting his food on his bowl and teased him with his food.

It was kinda a long night, he didn’t sleep while we are working and just roamed around the house. He take in between naps beside are feet while we are busy working in front of our computer. It’s as if he had been with us for a long time already.

October 7, 2010: Day 2

We woke up late around lunch time and saw him in the sala peacefully sleeping. The moment he saw us, he stood up and started wagging his tail. We fed him his lunch then we went to SM to buy some supplies. And of course, we brought him along although he and Romeo just stayed at UCC. It is nice to have a day out with him.

Back at the house, he was more comfortable and started biting the sofa and other cloths around. He loves sniffing around the house, and if we stomp our foot, he joyfully run towards us immediately. He was full of joy and the house became lively.

He loves to roll and sleep beside our feet. He won’t sleep on the foam bed we made for him and he acts so uneasy when we tried to hide from him. Hehe…

He is so loved and everyone is happy.🙂

October 8, 2010 Day 3

As usual, we woke up lunch time and prepared his food. This time he acted weak and sad. He also didn’t have any appetite for his food. He just stayed under our computer chair or anywhere near us and slept.

Around 1PM, the symptoms started.

After he pooped, he vomited what he had ate the night before. At first, our worry level was just low. We thought he just ate something that made him puked. But he continued to poop and vomit until late afternoon. He has gotten thinner than the first day we got him. We tried calling the vet that Bioreseach recommended but he didn’t answer his phone. To think that this is an emergency situation, just so unprofessional and unreliable. We decided to call Bioresearch. They advised us to observe him for 24 hours and just make him eat spoonful of sugar and some water. We later on learned that sugar solution is better than what they had suggested.

Still worried about Railey being weak and no appetite, we tried googling for the nearest pet clinic and found Animal Clinic in West Ave. It was an overwhelming place that shook me. In short, I am not comfortable with the clinic but I still had them treat Railey. The vet gave him shots for his dehydration and respiratory problem. I was really terrified and tearful when Railey cried in pain after being injected with the medicine. The owner is suggesting me to admit Railey although the speech felt like he is forcing me to let Railey be admitted and is trying to give me no other option, Romeo and talked and decided not to leave him because I am not really comfortable leaving him there. *I have other things to say about the clinic but this is not the right time.*

We went home with Railey. He was a little shaky and still weak but we were hoping he would be better.

We laid him in his bed and used an old cotton shirt as his bed sheet to keep him warm. A few minutes later, he kept on rising out of bed and sniffed around the house as if searching for something. He doesn’t want to drink nor touch his food. I am really really worried.

A few hours later, our gloomy world was enlightened, he tried to drink a spoonful of water. It was his first drink of water for that day and we were joyous. After trying his water, he went back to slumber beside us. Then later on, he started to eat a few amount at a time with nap in between. It was a long night for us.

October 9, 2010 Day 4

Brunch time when we woke up.

I hurried out to check on Railey immediately. He was awake, sitting on his chest with his cute puppy look as if smiling at me.🙂

He was back to being playful, biting and playing with our ankles and feet. But we were very cautious not to stress him for he is still recovering.

Friday, we have already decided to ask for a second opinion about Railey’s case. So we ask for a recommended vet from a family friend doctor about the best and nearest vet in our place and he suggested Dr. Wenceslao Ortiz. After, his number was forwarded to us, immediately called him and set an appointment asap.

His clinic is in Bago Bantay which is very convenient to us. We brought Railey there.

The clinic’s atmosphere is way too far than the first pet clinic we went to. It is a sophisticated clinic for animals. I feel the comfort and security that Railey would be in good hands.

Dr. Ortiz checked Railey out and diagnosed him of viral infection and gastro internal disease. Railey was also underweight and is already dehydrated. The doctor suggested to have Railey admitted to give him IPV and fluid therapy. He will be staying overnight to do a lab test to check his real condition. Gastro internal disease is much better for it is easier to treat than a viral infection.

He was very careful with handling Railey. I am at ease leaving him there.

After a few more explanation from Dr. Ortiz, we checked Railey in his crate first then went home.

Relief. Secure. Worried. Missing Railey for the night.

I already got used to him lying under or beside my chair. Then I’ll just hang my hand down, he’ll lick it then Ill pat his head, then he will roll back on his back then go to sleep. *Sigh*

It was a long night waiting for the text or call about the lab result.

October 10, 1010 Day 5

Something new. We haven’t slept yet because we went to “10.10.10 Run for Pasig” which started at around 5:30am. We arrived back home around 10AM, in just the right time to answer Dr Ortiz’s call.

It was a sad news. The lab test showed that Railey is positive for “Canine Distemper Virus”, a viral disease of young dogs characterized by high fever and respiratory inflammation. He advised us to let Railey still be admitted for he is still weak and that his condition may got even worse. *Sigh* Thought he will be home by now.😦

We visited Railey late in the afternoon. As soon as the door was opened, he stood up and wagged his tail and his body language showed he was to caress him. My heart melted in sadness *sniff* I petted his neck and sweetly laid down in my left hand as if he felt secure so secure. I am very thankful to the clinic because he was taken care of very well. He have his own clean crate. He was not as thin as he was last Friday. Grateful, really. The assistant told us he never cried during the night and just rested and sleep.

Things got more complicated for me now. We have already filed a complaint to Bioresearch the day before regarding the status of Railey stating that we have bought an infected dog. The result of the complain is due on wednesday which very unreliastic for us. They said that the complain papers will be brought to the main office Monday because there is no office schedule on Sundays and that the filed complaint will still be reviewed and blah blah blah.😦

It was so hard to talk to the staff in the Bioresearch for the fact that they only relay the response of their OIC and that they couldn’t answer are inquiry. All their answers were just playing safe. Their latest response was, because we were already the owner, it is up to us if we would like to “pull out” (yep that was the term they said) Railey from the pet clinic to avoid further expenses. Too much business strategy. It stinks!

It is still a LIFE, darn!!!

As what genuine pet owners with genuine love for pets and not as something that gives them pots of money, NEVER BUY PETS FROM PET SHOPS.

So much for a first time dog owner.

Learned a lot about acquiring a dog in very very hard way.

Brighter side.

Here is Icy’s Distemper Survival story which is giving us high hopes that Railey will also be cured.

Organization: Save Dogs From Canine Distemper

4 thoughts on “Railey and Canine Distemper Virus

    abet pogi said:
    October 11, 2010 at 1:02 AM

    nosebleed naman ako :))

    nabili nyo si Railey infected na? malamang.
    complain kayo sa shop. ask ka sa DTI what to do. palagay ko, pede mo ipa-charge sa kanila yung magagastos mo sa treatment ni Railey.

    i-“pull out”.. adik din yung staff, palibhasa product lang tingin nila sa binebenta nila.

    haay.. nami-miss ko tuloy old pets ko😦

    marian said:
    October 11, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    Yiiks. Naku Jhoy, prehu tau… first dog, ngka distemper. Prehu pa tau vet (Dr. Ortiz). Lolz.

    Sa pagka kwento mo, uu nga nkakuha kau ng infected dog beforehand. Usually mga 1-1/2 week after ng contamination lumalabas ang symptoms ng distemper. My general advise to everyone, if not willing to adopt from pet shelters, you could buy directly from breeders… never ever to pet shops, even at Tiendesitas. You can find forums of pet classifieds locally (pinoypetfinder or philippinepetfinder) where you can buy directly from breeders. Si Kuya (yung assistant you’re referring to who is a Veterinarian too) is a dog breeder too, lately lang nmin nalaman na nagb-breed sila ng dog – though small breeds lang. But… from what I learned, Mongrels/Mixed-Breed/Aspin/Askal type of dogs have stronger immune system than with the pure-breeds. And also, from what I remember, when we had Cocoy first injected with 5-in-1 vaccine last year, Dr. Ortiz advises us not to bring the dog outside the house in between the dates of shots… di ba limang balikan din ang shot ng vaccine. And kahit updated ang vaccine ng dog, pwede pa ring mahawaan especially kung mababa immunity ng dog. (^^)

    Hehe.. marami din akong natutunan… but like you, we learn the hard way.

    So eto kami ngaun, looking for a dog blood donor for Cocoy! Actually Cocoy is doing fairly good so far, he was actually diagnosed not only with distemper, but with Parvo-Distemper.

    Haba ng comment ko, sensya na… nakakarelate lang kasi, lol. Btw I would be posting Cocoy’s side of story one of these days sa WP ko in aiming to look for a donor, hopefully someone from the higher society would take notice and save a dog’s life, hehe. I’m praying for Railey.🙂

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    jhOy imPeRiaL responded:
    October 11, 2010 at 1:42 AM

    thanks guys!!

    @ate marian, gumaling ang distemper ni Cocoy? hehe coincidence nga!😀 pero magaling si doc no?

    nakakainis talaga.

    we’ll pray for him din… kung pede human blood, pipilitin ko si meo magdonate! hehe kiddin’

    hay sana gumaling na mga pets natin😦

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