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Old 03-21-2017, 08:46 PM
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Lethargic Puppy

I will preface this by saying I will be calling the vet in the morning when they open to get an appointment in.

I have been reading the forums, and I am a bit worried. My 12 week old chihuahua mix has suddenly started being a bit lethargic. Her eating has declined a bit, but drinking pretty good. She is peeing/pooping normally. She is wagging her tail when I talk to her, but just doesn't really get up and try to get lovings like she did previously.

I recently switched her food on Saturday. I've been slowly blending into her existing food. She hasn't had an issue eating until this morning. As the day went on, she has become a bit more lethargic, and now is weak and having trouble walking for a long period of time. She will go outside, go potty, then lay down, or stumble inside to lay down. She ate all of her dinner tonight, and drank some water.

Of course some of these symptoms are signs of parvo. BUT she is having normal bowel movements at this point, and not vomiting. A part of me feels like maybe she is nauseated from the food switch, or she got into something. She also has torn up some puppy pads, so another reason if maybe she ate some of it and it's gotten her feeling nauseated.

She has had one round of shots already, and has an appointment on Friday to get more.

What do you think? I'm financially capable of taking her to the emergency vet, if necessary. But I am not sure I should since she is eating, and doing mostly everything else normally.

What do you think?

SN: lethargic, weakness, slight decline in eating and drinking, normal bowel movements - recently switched food, one round of puppy boosters thus far
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Old 03-21-2017, 09:52 PM
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Poor puppy!

I'm honestly not sure what it could be or how serious the symptoms are, but if you have the financial means to take her to an emergency vet, I don't think it could hurt to at least call them to ask their opinion on whether or not you should bring her in. (I'm not sure about the emergency vet by you, but mine won't hesitate to tell me if they think it's unnecessary to bring my dog in.)
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Old 03-21-2017, 10:26 PM
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Thank you. I did call, and they said as long and she is eating, drinking, and having normal bowel movements/peeing, that it could probably wait until the morning.

She's just so sleepy. I just took her out the last time for the night and she actually seemed better. She peed and ran around a bit with my other dog. But still showing weakness, especially in her back legs.

I'm putting her to bed in her crate, and will check on her through the night. She SEEMS fine and happy, but the sleepiness and weakness is what worries me.
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Not sure if the emergency vet mention it, but you may want to keep an eye on her gum color and temp if you're able. Gum color should be nice and pink with a good amount of moisture to them, you can compare them to your own if you're unsure what to look for. The acceptable temperature range for average healthy dogs is 100.0 - 102.0.
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Old 03-22-2017, 11:33 AM
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She woke up this morning like a brand new puppy. Inhaled her food, as usual, and chased my other pup around the yard. She is acting as good as new.

I am still taking her in today, but my best guess is that she was nauseated from either the new food or she got into something.

Sometimes you shouldn't google symptoms. It keeps you up all night with worry (like I was).

I'll let you know what the vet says.
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Glad to hear that she was doing better yesterday! What did the vet say, and how's your puppy doing now?
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Glad to hear that she's better and I'm also glad to hear that you're still bringing her in. I would do the same.

What food did you switch from and to? Did she come from a rescue? Pet store? I assume not a breeder since you indicated she is a mix.

I'm curious what your vet says, please update us when you have a chance.

She's super cute!
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Yes, she is 100% better. After speaking with the vet, she said it's possible that I didn't switch to the new food slow enough, and puppy got a bit of an upset/sour stomach because of it. We think she was just nauseous. She had diarrhea or vomited, and she is back to her rambunctious self. She got her second round of boosters too.

I had her on Wellness Core, and switched her to another Wellness Complete Health (it was a little less expensive and on sale). The only major difference between the two was that the Core is grain free and the Complete Health is not. She is eating the CH now without issue, so I probably switched too quickly.

My co-worker actually saw her mom get run over, and then heard puppy cries nearby, so she saved the ones she found and spent another two hours looking for more - there were 2 saved. So I was able to take both in, and cared for them - took them to the vet, got them de-wormed and their first set of boosters. One was adopted by a good friend, and I kept the other one (because I mean, look at that face?!).
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@mileybird wow! What a sad start to life! I'm glad she found a soft place to land

I used to feed Wellness CORE as well.
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