Jerry Jordan, a four-year veteran with the Gary Fire Department, said the six-month-old puppies are vastly improving, yet are not out the woods due to Parvo’s reputation as deadly, especially in young dogs. The disease infects the digestive tract.
Mike and Ike are now taking medications and are on a special diet that’s easy on their digestive tracts. The veterinarian recommended a six-month isolation period, so they are being kept separated from the other, adult vaccinated pets in the house, Jordan said.
Jordan said when he picked them up from the side of the road in Gary on Thanksgiving, he could tell they were cold and malnourished. Timid and afraid, the two dark-colored dogs — no older than six months — also appeared to have been severely abused, he said.