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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I am thinking about adopting a 2 yo yorkie-poo who is currently

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I am thinking about adopting a 2 yo yorkie-poo who is currently being treated for Parvo. Is that a wise decision. I read that there can be lingering cardiac issues?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
The cardiac condition you're referring to is a weakening of the heart muscles due to a septic endocarditis - invasion of the heart muscle by the parvovirus. Thankfully, this isn't a common event but, yes, there is a small risk of that occurring. We can ultrasound the heart of such a patient to see if there's any evidence of such infection. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for your response. I'm a Sr.Citizen and don't have much additional cash to pay for a chronic illness in a pup I'm thinking of adopting. So in my search for a new companion it's important that I know what diseases he/she may have. I don't know much about parvo other than it's bad. If it's curable I would be happy to adopt him. Thanks, Kathy
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
In almost all cases, parvo patients who pull through never suffer from parvo again in their lifetime. Please continue our conversation if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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