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This fund will help us pay for the high medical bills incurred in caring for our new puppy who came down with the parvo virus.

Two days ago we went for a visit to the Humane Society, and immediately fell in love with this adorable ball of fur. At 8 weeks old, he's already been through a lot. One of large litter, he has two sets of staples in his right rear hind leg where the doctors at the Humane Society had to patch him up.

We spent a wonderful two days playing with him, teaching him how to sit, and his new name, Chance. Even our two cats warmed up to him pretty quickly.

On the second night of his stay with us (New Year's eve), we were woken up to him vomiting. For the rest of the night he continued to vomit each hour or so. We tried our best to comfort him, but when it was apparent that things were not going to get better, we decided to take him into the vet. Unfortunately because it was New Year's day, we weren't able to contact our regular vet or the Humane Society. We took him into the emergency animal hospital, where they immediately screened him for the parvo virus. The test came back positive.

Parvo is an extremely serious virus that when untreated can kill. Parvo is also highly contagious, and because the Humane Society does not test for the virus there was no way for us to know he was infected when we adopted him.

Aggressive supportive treatment is necessary, although with no guarantee of his survival. Treatment involves constant monitoring, fluid intake, and in some cases plasma supplements. This kind of care does not come cheap. The doctor told us of a recent case where a puppy came in infected with parvo, and left healed, but with a $7000 bill. It is impossible to put a monetary value on a life, one we view as a new addition to our family.

Chance is now being treated at the hospital, and things are looking ok, but the current bill is around $1500. There is some hope that he will be able to come home tomorrow, but it remains to be seen. We are two students, with minimal income, and this is a large financial blow for us. A friend suggested we setup this site so we're putting this out into the webiverse to see if folks will help us out. Anything is appreciated, albeit certainly not expected. If nothing else it helps to share our story, and let folks know about this awful virus.
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