Winfrey’’s pet pooch Sadie recovering after bout with parvovirus

March 24th, 2009 - 1:42 pm ICT by ANI  

Oprah Winfrey

New York, Mar 24 (ANI): American talk show host Oprah Winfreys cocker spaniel puppy Sadie is said to be recovering from her bout with parvovirus and appears to be on the mend.

Sadie has been hospitalised for more than a week fighting off the potentially life-threatening disease, which recently killed Sadie’’s littermate, Ivan.

Winfrey revealed on her show on March 20 that her dog was getting better and that Sadie had remained stable over the weekend.

She was on plasma replacements and four antibiotics and she’’s been through a lot, the New York Daily News quoted her as saying.

Sadie still does not have her little puppy personality back yet, she added.

Winfrey had adopted the 8-week-old dog from the PAWS Chicago shelter and she had introduced Sadie to her millions of television viewers on March 6.

The disease has the same effect on dogs that cholera would have on a human and its symptoms are lethargic behaviour followed by severe bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea.

Dogs suffering parvovirus can die from dehydration if they are not treated with intravenous fluids, said Manhattan veterinarian Dr. Phillip Raclyn.

It doesnt help the dog to drink, he stated. (ANI)

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