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    We are about to purchase a pure bred puppy in 6 weeks time. Problem is that there may be a chance that he have contracted herpes virus. The mother lost 4 pups during birth and only three survived. One of them was very tiny, one is huge and the girl nearly died last week. They are now 3 weeks old and we had been advised at first that they were on antibiotics due to there being a dead pup in the womb. They are now all on their 3rd lot of antibiotics and the female had breathing problems and thought she wouldnt make it. Anyway, just found out the little boy |(which would be ours) suffered the same thing last week and the vet was called. he is now ok and on antibiotics. She didnt say definitely that it was herpes virus but she did mention it, and now when we talk to her she tells us it looks like they all suffered bacterial infection. Our fear is that we purchase this pup and bring him home only to lose him down the track. Ive read taht the herpes virus is hard to detect in pups and that it can have long term effects. We dont know what to do? We are paying alot of money for this pup and dont want to lose him in the first month or so. Just after any advice if others have heard of similar situations? thanks!

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    I can be of no help as I have never had to deal with this. My thoughts though are to save your money for another pup. Kudos to this breeder for keeping you well informed. We live with our choices for the rest of their lives so waiting at times for the right dog can pay off in the long run despite our frustration in it not happening when we want it to.

    Have you googled this condition? I know that with humans it can keep recurring. It is a virus that lurks.

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    If the vet thought it was herpes alone they wouldn't be treating with antibiotics - I'd make sure you get the full story from the breeder before deciding to purchase or not.

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    There are anti viral herpes drugs, I am on one and have been for cold sores during my treatments. I didn't know that till I just mentioned in passing about them and whammo, a prescription which stopped more forming. Maybe there are for dogs as well.

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    I know that Di, I'm a pharmacist ya doofus
    Sorry I hear antibiotics and I assume people mean anti-bacterial. But yeah if it is herpes I wouldn't be taking the pup home, like Di says it's a lifetime infection. I'd be wanting the breeder to give a 100% guarantee it's NOT herpes first.

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    Oh gees, Meegs. I forgot!

    ***Di wonders if there is a pill for dufusness***

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    Look elsewhere for your puppy.
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    thanks for all the feedback. We are just really confused right now. They havent confirmed herpes and breeder has been saying |"bacterial infection" lately... but she did mention the herpes thing earlier on. I was thinking why would a vet put them on antibiotics, ive read it doesnt help the herpes anyway. I think Ive been reading way too much on the internet.. might be best if we get some advice from a vet maybe? I dont want to give up on the puppy... but im also concerned that he has had 3 doses of antibiotics now? Im also thinking the reason 1 puppy died in the womb, and 3 were mumified was because there was a virus there at the time....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cadburygirl View Post
    thanks for all the feedback. We are just really confused right now. They havent confirmed herpes and breeder has been saying |"bacterial infection" lately... but she did mention the herpes thing earlier on. I was thinking why would a vet put them on antibiotics, ive read it doesnt help the herpes anyway. I think Ive been reading way too much on the internet.. might be best if we get some advice from a vet maybe? I dont want to give up on the puppy... but im also concerned that he has had 3 doses of antibiotics now? Im also thinking the reason 1 puppy died in the womb, and 3 were mumified was because there was a virus there at the time....
    I wouldn't be buying this pup but waiting for another as you may (or may not) be in for a lifetime of health problems. Maybe talking to the same vet that is treating the pups may help clarify your decision.

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    Herpes kills pups end of, they die fast and in horrible pain, they do not linger on and no drug will help them, dogs in a kennel will build up a resistace to it to a large extent over time, there is no cure as such ,they may have thought they had it to start with but pups only die from it before 3 weeks of age, if they are kept warm enough it will often not even affect them, the breeder sounds inexperienced and their vet must be too ,or else they are liars, if it is a bacteria they will have sent tests of and should show you the results, at least they are honest enough to tell you they have had problems so I would ask more questions before dicing them, pups often have problems and many breeders do not know what they have, many vets are bloody hopeless, a survivor of herpes if you find one should be ok, some can probably carry the virus and pass it on but only young pups are vulnerable so if you are not a breeder you need not worry, if it is that, which I doubt it is from what you have written

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