Prayer Request for Zander

by Desiree
(Lander, Wyoming)

Zander at my feet, before he got sick

Zander at my feet, before he got sick

Zander at my feet, before he got sick
Zander at my feet, showing off his fluffy hairdo

I have an 8 week old Rottweiler puppy that I picked up from the breeder on Saturday, and his name is Zander.

When we drove away from his home and his parents, he howled and I almost turned around at that point. We had a long drive back to my house, but we bonded quickly.

When I unloaded him and took him into my house, he immediately took charge of exploring my house. He has a very confident, mellow personality. He spent Saturday afternoon bouncing around, following me EVERYWHERE, and having pack walks with my other two dogs (two adult labrador retrievers) in the back yard. He was as happy as he could be. And so was I. He has the perfect personality and is just the cutest little pup I have ever seen.

He and I are the perfect match for each other personality-wise. I already love him after only one day of having the pleasure of his precious company.

He refused to eat Saturday and I woke up to the sound of him vomiting at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. I cleaned him up, assumed it was just stress, and put him back to bed. He slept the remainder of the night and was still asleep when I woke up in the morning. I found this a little bit unusual for a pup. He refused to eat Sunday morning, and only took a few laps of water. He vomited up the water and became more and more lethargic.

I called two emergency vets, and both said to keep a close eye on him and call back later in the day or if he got significantly worse. I gave Zander some pepto bismol and he became progressively more lethargic and depressed. When he got to the point that he would no longer stand up and I had to carry him with me everywhere I went, I told the emergency vet he needed to be seen ASAP. She agreed and met me at her office 20 minutes later (about 1:30 p.m. Sunday).

The vet tested Zander for Parvovirus, and he tested positive. He was immediately quarantined, put on an IV, and given IV antibiotics and liquids. He was doing great until last night (Monday night), when the virus really took hold. He is now vomiting blood and having bloody diarrhea. The vet said he looks pretty weak. She has added anti-nausea medications to his cocktail. I have not been allowed to see him since Sunday due to the highly contagious nature of the virus, which makes me really sad. I worry Zander will think I abandoned him right after taking him away from his mother and father.

I am still very optimistic, as he is a large pup (20 pounds at 8 weeks old), he received early treatment (IV fluids and antibiotics before he even had bloody diarrhea and vomit), and he did in fact have two vaccinations already. The vet said if his mother had a strong maternal immunity to parvo, this immunity likely passed to him and his immune system could have worked against him, allowing him to sort of fight off his initial two vaccinations. None of his siblings have gotten sick, to my knowledge.

I am writing to ask for prayers for Zander. He has been so strong so far, and I believe he will make it. He may just need a little bit of help. Once he makes it through this, he will be back to his normal self and following me around the house, bouncing around, and hopping through the grass in the back yard. He is an amazing dog already. His big brown eyes tell you all you need to know about his personality. He is gentle, self-assured, confident, and just the sweetest little puppy.

The more prayers he has, the better. Please help us!


Desiree, I'm SO sorry for what has happened to Zander. Parvo is a terrible disease and having had personal experience of it's effects I know just how heart-breaking they can be. I also know that some pups survive and go on to grow into happy, healthy adults.

I am most definitely praying for Zander's recovery.


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Dec 31, 2015
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Sending Prayers NEW
by: Captain Nancy

Boy, get those shot records BEFORE you take a pup home. Highly contagious BUT THEY CAN BEAT THIS DISEASE. The entire litter must have it.....he will not think you left him, he is too sick but he will be so delighted when you pick him up and take him home again. Hang in there, sending prayers for him and you.

Dec 31, 2015
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by: Pierre

I know exactly what you went thru, as I'm going thru this now(31/12/2015)I have taken Becky(10 months)to the vet this morning, and I'm so worried I can hardly see the keyboard as I type

Dec 11, 2015
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by: Anonymous

This is a very emotional post which is about Prayer Requests for Zander. I will also like to share that we all have to pray for him and I will must share it with others.
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Aug 11, 2015
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Zander Final Update NEW
by: Desiree

I wanted to provide one final update to let everyone know your prayers worked. Zander survived parvo!!! He is now a BIG boy, weighs around 120 pounds (still growing), and is the sweetest baby. He is glued to my side at almost all times (even when I am in the shower, he lies down right at the door and waits for me). He is now just a giant clown who is happy all the time. He makes me laugh at least a few times every single day. He is my baby, and it was worth every penny and every ounce of hope it took to get him through that terrible terrible time. I hope everyone out there who is going through the same heart-wrenching experience sticks with it. Don't give up hope. Visit your puppy while they are at the vet, if possible. It made all the difference in the world for Zander. I know it was all the prayers, my visit, and the time I spent petting him and telling him he would be just fine, promising him all the belly rubs in the world if he would just find the strength to survive that gave him the extra bit of strength he needed to survive. Whatever you do, do not give up hope.

Aug 03, 2015
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by: Anonymous

I hope Zander's is back to health Boy. I am going thru some medical problems with my new puppy. I feel your pain. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Jun 01, 2014
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by: Cheryl & Max

I held Max's paw and we sent prayers for Zander and your family!!! May God bless you all for a speedy recovery, please keep us posted!

May 31, 2014
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Since I wrote my initial post, I went through an emotional roller coaster with Zander's progress. He improved at first, then got worse. There was a point a few days ago when I was almost sure he was not going to make it. He couldn't even lift his little head. His eyes looked foggy and he just did not seem like he was there. It broke my heart. I thought he had given up, and I cried and cried and cried after I left.

Now we are on day 7 and he is finally doing much better. Yesterday, I was permitted to visit him twice, and I think it made all the difference in the world. He perked up a lot and howled when I left(for 1 hour, the vet said). This morning, I visited him again. He ate!!! Two mini plate-fulls of food. He also drank some water on his own. After about 5 hours passed from when he ate, the vet said he had not vomited or had diarrhea. I was allowed to take him home. He has been doing pretty darn good since I brought him home. He has been following me around the house everywhere I go, lapping water every now and then, and he even took a few bites of food. His eyes are bright again and he has been whining at me every now and then. He is not nearly as depressed as he was a week ago, although he is very very skinny, looks quite a bit different than he did before this virus hit, and is still a little bit lethargic. He had an almost solid poo about an hour ago, which I was very happy about (I never thought I would be excited about dog poo). :) His confidence is also coming back! Please keep up the prayers -- he has really made a turn for the better today. I think all the prayers from family, friends, and you are working.

May 31, 2014
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by: Captain Nancy

WOW!!! From the breeder too! NOT GOOD.
Sending prayers daily, please let us know how he is doing as time goes by. Holy Smokes....this is terrible.

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