One of Oprah’s New Puppies Dies

Newly adopted Cocker Spaniel puppy succumbs to parvovirus over the weekend.

Posted: March 18, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

A Cocker Spaniel puppy named Ivan that Oprah Winfrey adopted from a Chicago animal shelter has died of parvovirus, People reports. Winfrey’s other pup, Ivan’s littermate Sadie, is undergoing treatment.

A spokesperson for Winfrey said that Sadie “is getting stronger.”

Winfrey adopted Sadie several weeks ago from the PAWS Chicago animal shelter and announced the dog’s adoption on her March 6 show. Winfrey adopted Ivan several days later.

Ivan came down with the deadly virus last Wednesday, said Jean Dodds, DVM.

“It was just a little bit too late. All the veterinary community got together to save his life,” Dodds said. “The puppy didn’t make it, but he’s teaching others how important this is to get vaccinated at the right times.”

Dodds, who founded nonprofit animal blood bank Hemopet, said the shelter and veterinarians did everything right, but that Ivan was exposed between two critical shots.

Parvo “is everywhere; it’s like the flu,” Dodds said.

Sadie is being treated with “plasma from hyper immunized healthy dogs” as a precaution until she’s old enough to get her second shot, Dodds said.

Symptoms of parvovirus include lethargy and lack of appetite, followed by explosive (and often bloody) diarrhea.


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kylee   green bay, WI

7/12/2010 5:42:07 PM

im very sorry to hear that the pup died my mom won't let me bring my dog ANYWEAR

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kim   covington, KY

10/3/2009 2:25:56 PM

i think it is just awful for such little babies to catch a seroius diesase i think there should be more done about i had a baby puppy he was just six months old he got very sick grant u it wasnt parvo it was a bad infection i think it os called upper gi infection took him to the vet and they had him for 4 days they had told me it could be the gi infection but they never check until it was to latei i think vets should check exrays and blood work first then go from there but some of them, is only woooried about money. espectially the ones who cant afford to pay high vet bills or have a place towhere they can take them for help without having to give them up for adopotation

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Debbie   Ephrata, PA

4/4/2009 12:04:23 AM

That is really sad, but true about parvo!! It is a ruthless disease. One of my puppies had it and he didn't make it either( my son's puppy) Do all you can, so these wee ones can live a long and happy life.....

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lala   salinas, CA

3/18/2009 10:18:04 PM

wow hard to believe she lost a puppy to parvo. I rescued a puppy that came down with parvio and thank goodness she made left me in dept but with lots of happinesss

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