Help Save Beau From Parvo

I’ve always done my best to handle hardships on my own. I struggle with the thought of asking for help, especially in terms of financial struggle. However, here I am doing what I thought I would never do.

I bought Beau, my handsome 10 week old Australian Shepherd on March 9th, and on March 12th he made the trek across the country to his forever home. It would be nearly impossible to describe in words the impact he has made on my life, and those around him. Every single day I’ve thought about how thankful I am that this sweet boy fit so perfectly in my world. Beau is as smart as he is adorable, and continues to impress me every single day. I told myself that I would never buy a puppy without meeting them first, but one look at Beau and I was hooked. He proved to me that it is absolutely okay to fall in love with a picture. Which made March 22nd one of the hardest days I’ve ever had.

Every single day I’ve thought about how thankful I am that this sweet boy fit so perfectly in my world.

Around 3:30 am on March 22nd, Beau began vomiting and couldn’t stop. It was evident that a little boy his age needed to get to a vet as soon as possible. Luckily, there is a 24 hour vet not far from my house and we were soon on our way. The vet had confirmed that Beau did in fact have parvo. For those of you that don’t know the parvovirus is a highly contagious viral infection that affects puppies. Parvo affects the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, and an infected puppy will unfortunately become dehydrated and weak from a lack of protein and fluid absorption. Since parvo is such a serious disease, veterinary care is recommended and sometimes even with treatment, parvo can be fatal.

Luckily, Beau is one of the strongest little guys I know and he has been fighting since getting to the hospital on the 22nd. Many of the doctors and nurses have indicated how lucky he is that he was brought to the hospital so quickly without hesitation. In doing so, Beau was able to receive some antibiotics before showing other physical symptoms of parvo.

The past 5 days have been a blur, constantly checking in on my little man, and visiting him for as long as allowed. The first 4 1/2 days of treatment has racked up $4,600 in bills. The next 3 days looks to increase that overall cost to anywhere between $7,000 and $8,700.

I in no way wanted to trouble anyone with the emotional, or financial demands of this unfortunate circumstance which is why so few people know what has been going on the last few days. I’ve done the best I can to make decisions that will give Beau the best chance at getting through this awful disease, but I know that I need help. Any funds that are raised will go directly to the treatment that is keeping him alive, and giving him the best possible chance at beating parvo and coming home. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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