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Oprah Winfrey talked on her show Friday about the harrowing ordeal she has gone through with her dogs since happily announcing her adoption of Sadie, a cocker spaniel puppy, two weeks ago.
Sadie’s brother, whom Oprah took home that day, died within a week from the deadly parvo virus, as PEOPLE Pets reported earlier this week. The media mogul said on the show Friday that Sadie is still “hanging in there.”
“I went through it all,” Oprah said, describing the symptoms of parvo, which include bloody diarrhea and vomiting. “You can’t get it. If you could get it, I would have it.”
Sadie appeared via a videoconference with her vet, Dr. Alexis Newman of the Arboretum Animal Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill. Newman said that Sadie was about 80 percent recovered after being precariously close to death on Sunday and Monday.
Sadie has stopped vomiting and is now eating warmed chicken meat and should be home in a few days, Dr. Newman said. Oprah explained that Sadie is being kept in isolation and even her toys will have to be burned.
Newman said that the parvo virus is everywhere and that the dogs may have been exposed in the ground in Chicago after the snow melted. She theorized that Ivan, who got sick first, contracted the virus first. She said that Sadie had lost half a pound throughout the ordeal.
“We had some … nights where we thought she might not make it,” Oprah said.
Oprah showed pictures of her happy introduction of Sadie to her audience two weeks ago. During that show she brought out three of Sadie’s brothers who were still awaiting adoption at the PAWS shelter.
“That’s she and Ivan kind of kissing, shouldn’t have done that,” Oprah said of the day she had the puppies on set.
The talk show host theorized that Ivan contracted the virus when she took both pups for a walk outside the Harpo studio on a warm day after the snow melted.
Shortly after the show Oprah flew her dogs to California. “Ivan had really one great day playing with the big dogs and playing with Sadie and then he got sick,” Oprah said. Ivan died last Thursday, she said. She added that her other dogs were “fine” because they had been vaccinated.