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7 wk old red nose pit bull very sick HELP!

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Paula Delores, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. My dog symba is about 8wks old. We went to the vet, and found out he had worms. He also has a bad case of diarrhea. His worms cleared up however his diarrhea has not. I was given pro pectalin gel to give him.The vet gave it to him once, and I gave it to him the day after but I stopped. Right now he has lost drastic weight, I can't afforn to hospitalize him so that he can get fluids. Now i am stuck at home, he does not like any of his food but will eat chicken breast i cook up for him. what should I do to get him the nurtions he need to fight off infections and get rid of his diarrhea.

    When i first got him his owner was feeding him heavy protein food, we switched it too purina beneful healthy start, and mighty dog wet food.
     
  2. marriss770

    marriss770 Good Dog

    He needs to see a vet
     
  3. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Welcome!

    I second the vet visit. Pups that young can go downhill pretty quickly if their issues aren't handled ASAP. If your current vet can't figure it out, it might be time for a 2nd opinion.

    How long had he been on this new food? Did you do a cold turkey switch or did you transition slowly? That food isn't good at all and can definitely cause chronic issues such as diarrhea.
     
  4. Lee D

    Lee D Good Dog

    agreed....if you cant afford to take him to the vet, you shouldnt own a dog
     
  5. Gatorpit

    Gatorpit Good Dog

    has he been tested for parvo? Parvo is a particularly vicious and highly fatal (not to mention messy, disgusting and heart breaking) disease that is VERY easy to spread/contract and especially harmful to puppies.

    Most obvious early symptoms are general malaise, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. LAter symptoms include bloody diarrhea, urine, vomit, etc.

    IF it IS parvo, all that can really be done is support (IV fluids, etc) in the hopes of recovery. Even with hospitalization, there's only about a 20% recovery rate.

    Wether it's parvo or just general diarrhea, your vet may be willing to show you how to use an IV drip setup and let you use it at home for significantly less than it would cost for in-office hospitalization.

    As for the rest of you...ease up. This whole "shouldn't have pets unless you're a millionaire" shit is getting old.
     
  6. BBPITS

    BBPITS Good Dog

    A pup that young can't loose a lot of weight and become dehydrated.If you don't get him to a vet more complications will set in (infections etc.) then vet costs will be more and his survival rate goes down.
     
  7. catchrcall

    catchrcall Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Sounds like vet territory to me. Could be coccidia or any number of things. Pups dehydrate quick so be careful with it.
     
  8. ~Missy~

    ~Missy~ Snaptastic

    Why did you stop with the treatment that your vet prescribed?

    I suggest taking him back to the vet and finding a better food for the pup.
     
  9. JoeBingo

    JoeBingo Banned

    If finances are an issue ... try and apply for Care Credit. Your pup needs vet care
    Apply for Care Credit here: http://www.carecredit.com/
     
  10. Thank you so much for this! I def feel attacked by their comments. I know pets are expensive, I just didn't expect it to be this soon in time! I will start researching the at home drip tomorrow morning! If you come across anything else please let me know!!
     
  11. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    Personally, I wouldn't wait until morning to get him into a vet again.

    Good luck with your puppy.
     
  12. ~Missy~

    ~Missy~ Snaptastic

    When getting a new pet, especially a puppy, you should always be prepared to pay vet bills as you never know if the pet is going to be sick or not. Just something to keep in mind.

    You didn't answer my first question. Why did you stop giving the puppy the medication that your vet prescribed?
     
  13. She didn't really specify for me to give it to him continuously she told me just once after she gave it to him if it persists. & I now realize that, I could've saved myself the heartbreak.
     
  14. ~Missy~

    ~Missy~ Snaptastic

    Well, if you still have the pro pectalin gel, I'd suggest giving him some. You can also give canned pumpkin for diarrhea...not the pie filler, but actual pumpkin. Also, if your pup isn't drinking, you need to try to force fluids in him. If you have something like a syringe (no needle) you could use it to push fluids into his mouth.

    Try adding some boiled rice with the chicken breast.
     
  15. Thank you so much for the advice! I set up a vet appt for the AM. He drank some Gatorade in a bowl & some through a baby bottle & ate some of his dog food. Got up. Walked around my house, sniffed around. Came back & ate a little more (although his eating is more so licking his wet food. & now he's back sleep.
     
  16. ~Missy~

    ~Missy~ Snaptastic

    Well, him eating and drinking is a good thing. I'm glad you're bringing him back to the vet in the morning! Please let us know what the vet says!
     
  17. I will def keep you all informed!
     
  18. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Get some unflavored Pedialyte. Gatorade has a ton of sugar in it that's not good for him.
     
  19. JDod

    JDod Puppy

    I had a puppy with Parvo once. Tons of diarrhea, sick, lost weight. The vet gave me a prescription for Tama Flu. Worked great. They gave her IV fluids once at the vet's office then sent us home with the prescription. I went to the drug store, the meds cost $100 and the next day she was playing and eating. She was fine. Talk to the vet. Might help your dog.
     
  20. Lee D

    Lee D Good Dog

    I really don't give a shit what you think is getting old. i didn't say that you have to be rich, I said you have to be able to provide BASIC needs...which includes trips to the vet when necessary. its called common sense
     

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