I brought my 10 week old puppy into a VCA clinic on Elliot Road on Chandler, AZ last Wednesday. I had gotten her from a shelter that was having a parvo outbreak. She had all the signs of parvo. The doctor said she wanted to do a parvo test and it would cost $80. I asked her if the test came back negative or positive, if she would still treat the puppies symtoms the same way, and she said yes.
So I opted not to get the parvo test because I already knew it was positive. She gave the puppy a antibiodic shot and an anti barf shot. She also gave me a bag of iv fluids and told me to inject the fluid under her skin on her back every 4 hours and she sent me on my way after charging me about $200.
What she didn't suggest we do is blood work on the puppy. Had we done that we would have learned that the puppies protein levels were so low that she was about to bleed to death and the sub q treatment would not do a thing to hydrate her in that condition. My puppy died in my arms on friday morning.
If a blood test would have been done, we could have treated the low protein levels with a plasma transfusion, and she may have lived.
I found all this out when her brother fell ill the day she died, and I took him to a vet that knew what he was doing. So far her brother remains alive, and it looks like he is going to make it.