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Old 10-23-2011, 03:16 PM
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If your dog had giardia within a couple days of having him then it sounds like the breeder has it in her home. Giardia takes time to treat. The dog being so tired is concerning and sounds like there is more going on, or this is a serious case of giardia. I have said all I can on the matter....
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ok so I took him to the emergency vet after all yesterday evening. I decided better safe than sorry, it is giardia and this time coccidia too. so we are treating again. he has no appetite today.I got him to eat a little rice and chicken broth and chicken. Keeping him close and giving him his meds hopefully he feels better soon. they checked him and he is staying hydrated, I took him by my vet today and he is not dehydrated still so that is good.

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Old 10-24-2011, 11:59 AM
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Poor little guy. You and I are in the same boat fighting Giardia haha. Coccidia is very similar..

The biggest source of both of these is an infected water source, like stagnant water they might drink from outside. I personally have nothing like this on our property so we continue to be baffled where ours got the Giardia to begin with, which started at only 12 weeks, and we weren't taking her out at this point, so we think she might have come home with it from the beginning and now we're stuck with it out in the yard since the bloody things can live for months in damp conditions... helloooo Vancouver rain -.-

Luckily we haven't had a reinfection in weeks.. and now with the second dog, we're praying we don't see one because chances are they'd both get it
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Hi Meg! How's it going?
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he is feeling a lot better, eating normally poop is solid.. we just keep giving him his medicine. hopefully this time it works.
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I can totally sympathise with you - Hatchi got Parvo not even 7 days after we got him - spent over $500 right there. GREAT start. We almost lost him to Parvo but we stuck with the treatment. It sucks but I guess it's all part of owning a dog
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I can totally sympathise with you - Hatchi got Parvo not even 7 days after we got him - spent over $500 right there. GREAT start. We almost lost him to Parvo but we stuck with the treatment. It sucks but I guess it's all part of owning a dog
OMg that stinks! I told the Breeder that Bentley must have his serious of three Parvo lepto vaccines or I Would not be taking him. thankfully he had them when he was with her. I also refused to sign or hand over money till I saw his vaccination records just to be sure. I was so paranoid about parvo!

See If Bentley was to get sick and not make it, I am at the point where I Would throw in the towel on dogs forever and stick to being a cat owner. But I really would like to see this through, and see what this reward people always talk about is. See if I can understand whey so many people have dogs and enjoy having them. I think it must be good after you get past the puppy phase. I am so curious. It gets a little bit better each week we have him. I am not totally comfortable with owning a puppy yet but I am sure as the months go by it will get to a point where I Feel at home again in my house when Bentley is here with us. (right now I am at home when he is in his crate, and anxious about him the whole time he is out of his crate lol)

Bentley has not had an accident in the house in 6 days.. 7 tomorrow. I am so proud of him! He is such a smart pup! Our new system is working great. (this is with the exception of the explosive runs sunday morning by the back door, he tried so hard, he knew where to go, he just couldn't hold it, so totally not anything anyone could have done about it) Today he even has started running over to the door and sniffing the bottom of it when he needs to go out, now If I can just get him to ring the bells I have we will have a system down pat!

Someone told me to get piddle pads and train him that way too, so that he can just use that in bad weather.. is that actually a good idea? or not?

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Sam can ring bells on the door, get some Christmas jingly bells and tied them on with some string or a shoelace, then whenever you go to the door help him pop up a bit on his hind legs and hit the bell. Then praise / treat before heading outside. after a few times, instead of helping him hit the bells, just tap the door near the bells. If he doesn't jump up, help him again, then treat/praise.. rinse and repeat. Sam had this down very quickly. These days she has forgone the bell in favor of barking rofl
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I told the Breeder that Bentley must have his serious of three Parvo lepto vaccines or I Would not be taking him. thankfully he had them when he was with her. I also refused to sign or hand over money till I saw his vaccination records just to be sure.
How old is Bentley? He seems awfully young to have gotten all of those vaccines already so just wanted to check.. !

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It depends. I hate that my dad trained our little dog to go on those... because then she'll miss sometimes and go on the floor etc. And she refuses to hold it for anything... urinates like 15 times a day. It's ridiculous.

It may work if you only put it down during bad weather. Our last dog was paper trained as well and we only put paper down when she was having a bout of diarrhea-- she hated going in the house but she's go on the paper as much as she could if needed. It helped us with a situation like that.

I think it really depends on you, the dog and your expectations.
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How old is Bentley? He seems awfully young to have gotten all of those vaccines already so just wanted to check.. !



It depends. I hate that my dad trained our little dog to go on those... because then she'll miss sometimes and go on the floor etc. And she refuses to hold it for anything... urinates like 15 times a day. It's ridiculous.

It may work if you only put it down during bad weather. Our last dog was paper trained as well and we only put paper down when she was having a bout of diarrhea-- she hated going in the house but she's go on the paper as much as she could if needed. It helped us with a situation like that.

I think it really depends on you, the dog and your expectations.
he is 4 months old. (17 weeks sat) he was the last one left from his litter when we got him 3 weeks ago.
He isn't that young.. the vet said he is right up to date and on track.. he goes on the 10th for his distemper. then he is good till he is 6 months.

a far cry from my cats, one has had a severe vaccine reaction that almost killed her so now she only gets rabies vaccines each year cause according to the vet it is the law... (and a benedryl shot to go along with it) and pepper gets his rabies shot if I can can catch him.. but they are indoor only cats.. in Bentleys case I want to keep him up to date. seeing as he is an animal that will be outside and inside. but I am new to this dog thing so if I am doing it wrong let me know

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