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One of Oprah’s Dogs Killed by Virus, Sadie Seeking Treatment

A spokesperson for Oprah Winfrey confirmed to People Pets that one of the puppies Oprah showcased on her show, Ivan, died over the weekend. Apparently Sadie, Oprah's newly adopted cocker spaniel who the world met last week, is also being treated for the virus and “is getting stronger.”

According to veterinarians, puppies around the country are suffering from a new strain of the disease called Canine Parvovirus Type 2c. Little Sadie was exposed to Ivan before her second shot so she is being treated with "plasma from hyperimmunized healthy dogs” (as you can see from the picture Oprah shared on her show) as a precaution.

As you may already know, Parvo is a highly contagious viral illness, that can attack your pups intestines (which is characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and lack of appetite) and cardiac system (which affects heart muscles of very young puppies), and often leads to death. The majority of cases are seen in puppies that are between six weeks and six months old, so be sure to get all your pups vaccinations before introducing them to the outside world. Check out PetMD for details of symptoms and precautionary tips.

We know all dogs go to heaven, but we are sure little Ivan will be missed!

Tracyjp511 Tracyjp511 8 years
Parvo is also carried on the bottom of your shoes. I have a holistic vet, who vaccinates very little, but urged the parvo, since I work in a Store where pets come and go. I wish, though, that Oprah would focus more on the fact that these pups were probably sick because they were rescued from crowded puppy mills. I understand that some people want full breed dogs, but the puppy mills are destroying the most popular breeds and the dogs themselves. The good breeders should be rewarded by not having to compete with puppy mills. Surprisingly to me, the Amish have become some of the worst offenders! What a great controversial show that would be for Oprah!
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
My dog died from this~~ I was a little kid and got a black lab puppy for christmas. As soon as we got it we noticed he was vomiting and had bad diarrhea. We put him in the hospital like 3 days after christmas and a week after new years he had passed away. It's sooo sad and heart breaking!
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Poor lady. Isn't this her third dog to die in just a couple years? That's more than I think I could cope with.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Bond Girl, thanks for pointing that out. A lot of people assume that only puppies are at risk when being introduced to other dogs before all their shots are in. I've had a couple of friends fully grown dogs (who've had all their shots) get sick from catching something from puppies (most recently my cousin's sweet pitbull got puppy warts at a dog run where some silly owner had brought her pup who wasn't done with all her shots). It's dangerous for both puppies and dogs! There is a reason vet's tell new puppy owners not to walk their dogs outside until they've had all their shots, they can get parvo from the ground if it's infected. People, please take extra care of your pups because trust me it's absolutely heart-breaking to have your pup or dog die.
james-bond-girl james-bond-girl 8 years
My cousin got a puppy in August and he died from Parvo a week after they got him... my dog had met their new puppy so I had to go get her tested...argh what a nightmare! Even if your dog has it's shots I recommend keeping them away from any new puppies who have not yet been vaccinated!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
We've had a lot of parvo around here too. I know a lot of people who have had their puppies die or get very, very sick. So sad.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Scary! our vet said to be very careful with the new puppy bc parvo has been around a lot lately. This is both really scary and really sad!
runningesq runningesq 8 years
that's so sad! our shelter recently had a parvo outbreak :(
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
this is terrible! he was so so so cute :(
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Very sad. But pretty inevitable that a new strain of parvovirus would occur.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
awww. RIP ivan. hope sadie can fight it out!
ladyr ladyr 8 years
How sad! Parvo is so scary!!
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