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Old 06-15-2009, 06:51 PM
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Concerned for my lethargic puppy...

I recently became the proud companion of a puppy, and he has kept me hopping, to say the least. He's three months old on Wednesday, and is a boxer/lab/german shep mix, seeming to favor most the boxer/german shep.

I am perhaps being paranoid, because a couple of months ago, my cat of 11 years passed away from post-surgical complications. But basically, I spent a week and a half fretting over him, force feeding him, trying to get him to eat or drink, and eventually watching him lose the ability to even walk.

Imagine my dismay when, today, my puppy wants to do nothing but sleep. He's been a healthy, active, rambunctious puppy, but this morning, we had a hard time coaxing him out of his crate. He's gone poo a couple of times, and has peed outside, but he's eaten only about 1/2 a cup of food and has gone to his water bowl twice. He has no interest in playing, and won't come to me when I call him. He just wants to sleep. It's like the spirit has gone out of him today.

I took him to the vet because he was due a parvo booster anyway, and she tested him for parvo, which came back negative, and worms (he had a bad case of them when we got him) which were also negative. She said everything seemed fine, that he probably just had an upset stomach, and she gave me metoclopramide to give him twice a day. I gave him one pill about an hour ago, but so far haven't noticed any change.

He was about 12 lbs or so when we got him Memorial Day weekend, and now weighs 20. He usually eats about 3 cups of Professional kibble for large breed puppies a day. I've started feeding him twice a day instead of three times. And he seemed fine with that.

His coat looks fine, his gums look fine. He's not throwing up. His poo looks normal, if a little softer than usual. He did have a pee accident because I just couldn't get him outside fast enough, but I think that was because he was so lazy all afternoon and had just passed the point he could hold it. He's not cold at all... he took a nap laying on me today and is generating quite a bit of heat. He occasionally makes a little grunting noise when he shifts to nap in a different position. I am a little concerned about his back legs... when he gets up to move to a different part of the crate, he kind of drags his back legs, but he's always been a scooter, so to speak, and that crate floor is kinda slippery for him. When I last took him out to pee, he seemed to walk fine, so I figure his legs are just stiff from not using them much today. He still seems to be fairly well hydrated... his skin seems to be very supple and returns quickly to its shape when I grip him at the scruff of his neck.

He isn't whimpering or crying out, and I've pretty much rubbed him all over and poked and prodded and he doesn't seem to have any painful spots. He spent a good part of the afternoon sleeping on his back with all his paws in the air, all stretched out, so I don't think it's skeletal problems.

Do puppies have days like this, where they're just lethargic and don't have much interest in eating/drinking?

Thanks so much for all your help. This is my first puppy, and I love the little guy, especially after a whole day spent snuggling him to try to perk him up.
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Old 06-16-2009, 04:42 AM
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I'm taking him back to the vet as soon as they open, but he's having a lot of trouble walking. He was able to get up to walk outside, but it took him several tries and when back in, he just fell down again.
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:18 AM
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Apart from that last post he sounds fine... just sleepy? He's not in pain and sick dogs don't normally splay out on their back like that. Unfortunately this is a case for the vet I think, not much I can add anyway... I hope he gets better
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:19 AM
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Could be neurological... they don't have to be in pain for it to be...unfortunately i think you have a lot more vet bills in the future.
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So the vet looked at him today and says he has a 104 degree fever and is slightly anemic. They've got him on fluids and injectible antibiotics -and- whipworm meds and are going to keep him overnight to keep an eye on him. My poor puppy.

I'm kinda outraged they didn't take his temperature yesterday at the vet, though.
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Thanks for replying you guys. It's comforting to know someone's reading
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I'm amazed that they didn't take his temp at the vet the first time. That's just something that is an automatic thing to do, I thought.

Hope your baby gets better quickly!
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Yay!

He's back from the vet today with some Cipro I have to give him over the next two weeks. But he's back to his old, puppy self, trailing havok in his wake.

The bill was a lot less than I thought it would be, which was also a nice surprise.

They suspect he had a bacterial infection, but didn't know the source. He didn't have any wounds, so it's hard to say. He's the only dog we have, and we only take him around our yard right now because he has a puppy's immunity, so I don't really know where he might have gotten it. I guess it'll remain a mystery - just glad he's okay again. Thanks for the kind words and thoughts.
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