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Old 10-23-2011, 06:45 AM
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What do you do if your puppy is always sick

Bentley has been here for 2 weeks, I finally feel better about having a puppy. BUT he has been sick a lot. He went to the vet for a well check the tues after I got him, then two days later he was bleeding from his bottom, took him back to the vet that day, giardia.. treated that for a week, brought in stool, then they asked me to bring another stool sample in a week cause they can't tell anything so soon.

Friday night Keith found a weird lump between his spine and his hip, Sat he was sleepier than usual but still ate and drank, but refused his treats. Slept great all night, we wake up, take him out, feed him, I put away the food, he is squating over diarrhea by my back door. food untouched. he runs back to his crate and goes to sleep.. wont eat. had a few sips of water.

I am waiting to hear back from the vet as it is sunday. Our dog budget is spent for the month though. I can't do anything except maybe bring in a stool sample and buy his meds again for giardia if that is what it is.

DH wants me to call the breeder, I am already worried about the lump, now he is sick. Does this mean he is an unhealthy dog? Do you think the breeder was sketch even though she was supposed to be good?
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Typically, the most money you will spend on a dog is in the first year of it's life and in the final year.

Some diarrhea in the first two weeks of a new home and at that age isn't out of the ordinary. He's going through a lot of changes right now. New environment. New food (according to his puppy profile... ?) I wouldn't have switched his food so soon so as to not add too many stressors at once but what's done is done. The Merrick may alsobe too rich a food for him. Puppies also tend to have tons of intestinal parasites. The breeder should have been all over that.

I'm not quite sure what to think of the lump because I can't really picture what you are describing.

I don't think you necessarily have an unhealthy puppy. Luckily you didn't get a "teacup" anything... but, I will be honest and say that you did get one of the breeds that tends to have some really bad issues. No saying he'll be sickly, but you may want to think about increasing your monthly dog budget or putting money aside for potential issues.

Giardia can be a pain in the butt to get rid of. We had to treat Holly twice before we got rid of it and then she still had soft poop for a while. Giving her a tablespoon of canned pumpkin with each meal helped and she eventually grew out of it and now rarely has soft stool on the food she's on.

Hang in there. As long as he's still eating and drinking and acting fairly normally you've got some time to work things out.

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Sam is just coming up on 7 months old and we've spent about $1,000 on her health care to date due to recurring Urinary Tract Infections and recurring bouts of Giardia. I agree with Holly: the most you will spend typically is in the first year of life.

Even with deworming, intestinal parasites can still be problematic, so I wouldn't necessarily bring this down on the breeder.

I strongly recommend pet insurance. Had we put Sam on pet insurance when we first got her, a large percentage of them money we spent would have been reimbursed to us. The thing is, you have to get the pup on pet insurance BEFORE anything major happens.. pet insurance won't cover pre-existing conditions.

Anyway, Definitely speak with the vet soon. The fact that Bentley's behavior is changing (refusing treats that he would normally eat, sleepier than normal, etc) would make me take the dog in to either the vet or emergency right away, but I'm a worrier haha. At the very least if he becomes more lethargic or changes any further, take him in then.

We had to bring Sam to emergency only two weeks after we got her.. and yep we didn't have the money, but it's all part of owning a dog. It went right to credit because it had to be done.
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The vet finally left me a message, I didn't get the call, and for some reason said he couldn't get through till then (doesn't make sense at all)
Anyways he said he needs to get to an emergency vet office. I called the emergency vet office and I can not afford to take him there, they want 200 just for the office visit, then the cost of testing his stool which they want 85 for and meds which they didn't tell me the cost of.

He is playing, his poop gets more and more liquid each time he goes potty. BUT he ate rice mixed with some wet food this morning, and then about 20 minutes ago he ate science diet mixed with wet science diet, he cleaned the bowl.. he is also drinking.. I am not trying to be irresponsible but the emergency vet office is out of reach right now, I spend 1300 already this month on expenses for Bentley. I can afford a 40 dollar office visit at our new vet office, and hte stool test and meds, but I Can't spend over 300 more until after wed.

I think if he is eating now, and drinking, and playing, the brown water poo will have to be looked at tomorrow by a regular vet office. I am not sure what else I can do.

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oh and the pet insurance take s 14 days to kick in which also is an issue. we went to sign up a week ago and found out.
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Yes it does, but had you signed up a week ago, you'd only have one more week to go :P The 14 days is to prevent fraud.. people who's pups get diagnosed with something or they suspect the dog has something and then they would turn around and get insurance before doing treatment. Ideally you're supposed to get the insurance when the dog is healthy in preparation for potential problems.

Recently though the establishment that sold us Sam has stepped up and is taking over the cost of her health care, after much complaining on my part, so we won't have to spend any more on her current issues thank goodness. Just gotta keep fighting off the evil Giardia, haha.

The poop getting more and more watery reminds me of Sam when she gets Giardia. It starts out with soft poops and then degrades from there.
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Yes it does, but had you signed up a week ago, you'd only have one more week to go :P The 14 days is to prevent fraud.. people who's pups get diagnosed with something or they suspect the dog has something and then they would turn around and get insurance before doing treatment. Ideally you're supposed to get the insurance when the dog is healthy in preparation for potential problems.

Recently though the establishment that sold us Sam has stepped up and is taking over the cost of her health care, after much complaining on my part, so we won't have to spend any more on her current issues thank goodness. Just gotta keep fighting off the evil Giardia, haha.

The poop getting more and more watery reminds me of Sam when she gets Giardia. It starts out with soft poops and then degrades from there.
I know it is giardia, back again, I have no idea what I am going to do if I can't get rid of it. (boarding places won't take a dog with giardia not that I would want them to) But I have 6 months before I have to board him.. it has to be gone before then
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I find Giardia typically re-infects from somewhere in the yard I find. The parasite can live for months in the right conditions, typically moist ones. Unfortunately there are very few ways to cleanse the yard. I'm pretty sure that's where our reinfections come from.

Sadly when it comes to puppies, just like children, sometimes your life changes based on the situation. You have to board him in 6 months but if the dog has Giardia, you'll have to consider other options, like a house-sitter or a dog walker who can come in and walk / feed / give medication until you return home. Just gotta roll with it.
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I hate to sound rude, but you got a puppy...much like having a baby you have got to make sure you can financially afford a puppy....IMO from your first post and even from there this sounds like an emergency....I don't know where you live but parvo is a possibility and the longer a pup is denied treatment for it the harder it is to treat. Giardia can take quite some time to treat and requires fecals and medication which cost money....The lump is beyond concerning as well....time to sign up for care credit IMO and get him in TODAY.
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I hate to sound rude, but you got a puppy...much like having a baby you have got to make sure you can financially afford a puppy....IMO from your first post and even from there this sounds like an emergency....I don't know where you live but parvo is a possibility and the longer a pup is denied treatment for it the harder it is to treat. Giardia can take quite some time to treat and requires fecals and medication which cost money....The lump is beyond concerning as well....time to sign up for care credit IMO and get him in TODAY.
I have care credit but no credit on it anymore, I used to use it for dental stuff. I have spent tons of money this month. He had his parvo vaccine serious, it is more giardia. The Breeder thinks it can wait till tomorrow, I spoke with her. I would say the same to anyone who had a dog and thought it was parvo, BUT this is not parvo. He just ate his dinner with out trouble and he is still playing just napping more than usual.

I have been doing everything the vet wants me to do, he said to wait a week then bring another stool sample, but apparently it is back more quickly than a week. he said he would see him tomorrow.
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