My pup threw up 4 times yesterday, before I got her home. Now, her gums look a little light and her skin on her entire body has snap, except a little bit on the back of her neck.. i've always heard this was a sign. My question is, could this just be from yesterday.. she lost some of her fluid. Will she get better if I just give her water, after a few days? If absolutely necessary, if you guys believe.. I will have to draw out emergency money to get her to a vet tomorrow. Just looking for input.
I've been offering her water all day, and she has been drinking it. She's itty bitty, I guess I shouldn't expect her to lap it up like a big dog would. A few sips here and there is probably good for a little dog like that.
I think that you should take your puppy to the vet as soon as you can. A sick puppy can all of a sudden get very much worse in a matter of hours. The way you talk about the puppy's gums and the texture of the skin, these are all advanced RED LIGHTS that are telling you something is wrong.
I do not know what time it is where you are, but if you can get to day time vet it will not cost as much. But if you are reading this and your puppy is still ill - go to the vet. Better safe than sorry. This is not an internet subject, it is a real world cause for action.
She seems to be doing excellent today. I believe the whole slightly dehydrated (maybe) thing is because of the vomiting on the way home. She is now getting water and nutrients from the food. The only thing now is, I have 2 dogs.. and 2 foods. A puppy formula, and a coat/skin/maintenence formula for my shihtzu/poodle mix. The pup wants to eat my other dogs food, she won't touch her own. You think this can hurt her? Also, there's no more blood in her stool, though it's a little mushy. I blame that on the sudden food change. Lemme know what you think.
I think this is good news for a great many people who took the time to read. I, for one, and soooo very happy that your puppy is doing better. Still, please, even if the pup looks better, go to the vet. If everything is OK it will not cost that much money. But you should have the little guy looked at.
Also, about the food... so long as your adult dog is eating normal dog food, it should not harm the puppy at all.
Oh, and - its always cool to have a puppy in the house.
The breeder said I should worm her again in about a week, just in case. So, i'm taking a fecal scan in tomorrow to have them check for coccidia, and giarda. It only runs 13 dollars here. If the puppy shows it in her fecal scan, I will treat my mix as well, just to be safe. They have had their vaccinations for parvovirus, canine influenza, etc etc.. so I know it's nothing like that. Just a little parasite, i'm sure. Better safe than sorry. Yes, it's a great joy.. I have 2 dogs in my apartment. Here are a few pics, if you'd like. Also, what kind of pets do you have? any pics?
When you take the stool sample in, make sure you ask for the giardia check also. I don't know about your vet, but here when you drop off a stool for a check, they only look for worms and coccidia. I have to specify a giardia test. Maybe in your area that is checked for anyways, I don't know but just thought I'd mention it! If you have already had it done you may want to call them and ask if they did indeed check for giardia.
My puppies do the same thing about the food. I think they just want it because it's different and some just want what the other has!