I know that a discussion board is not the same as a vet's diagnosis, but I am kinda worried about Bella, but not sure if it is something to call the vet in for. Could you give me advice?
She started out last night sneezing and acting a little sleepier than usual, but she also was outside for a little while. She has a light, colorless discharge from her nose. Just a few minutes ago she did this coughing, sneezing, gaggind sound like she was trying to clear her throat. She seems to be okay now, and has a regular body temperature of 100.1.
Would you call, or just watch her? And what exactly am I watching for? What signs would warrant a call to the vet?
If it was Macy doing this I would wait until Monday, but with Bella being only 4 weeks old, it makes me more nrevous.
I have a puppy book that I got when we got Mia a year ago. It says that Discharge from the nose is a sign of distemper......Now, dont freak out, I am sure there are other things things that cause discharge. How does her poop look (normal?) and is she eating?
Yikes! My heat just jumped. Her poop looks okay, just a little darker. I think this is from adding food. She is eating today, but seems a little more finicky with the bottle. She seems more interested in chewing the bottle than sucking. She just seems to have lost some of her spunk today. Oh, and she has been whining all day. This has almost been a gradual problem, she yearns for human contact. All of the time!
She seems like a child with a cold, not really sick, but not really well either.
***Edited By: bellas_mom on 6/24/2006 6:29:15 PM*** Reason: add
Thats why I didnt want to use that word! If she had distemper though she would be sleeping all the time, or near. We had a puppy with Parvo many years back and know it all too well. Distemper is like the sister-virus to parvo, so they are similar. Her poo would be pretty runny.....and her activity level would not be high at all. Just keep a close eye on her. If I were you I would take her in just because I am a paranoid-mental-case! LOL I'll say a prayer for Bella.......... Hang in there!
I've compromised with myself. I called the vet's office and left a message that he will get this evening, instead of calling him at home. This way he can tell me what to do, and if she needs to be seen.
Did you just change her food? That would be a cause of this....... I havent followed all your posts so Im not to sure when you made the switch to the food....... If it were a few days ago, do you think she might be reacting to it, in a way or something similar to that? That wouldnt be too serious then...... hang in there mommy!
I use Authority and think it is a good food at least mine love it. You are talking about a puppy food right? The reason I asked is mine have to be starving to eat kibble and I didn't know if Authority made a puppy kibble. She is just so young, I think you have done a wonderful job with her so far and I don't blame you for calling the vet. I would be sitting on his doorstep. Let us know what happens. Hope nothing is wrong with this baby. Tina was 5 weeks old when I brought her home and I fed her Gerber's Rice cereal, mixed with deluted carnation milk.
Let me just add something, I know everyone wants to help and there is alot of advice here that is good. But, you really have a young baby there and I would not do anything I didn't check with the vet first. Just keep up the good work, she is very fortunate to have you.
i am glad you called the vet. with a pup that young a wait and see approach can mean life or death. make sure she is getting some liquids ... whether it be the bottle or liquids from sofetening her food. little ones can dehydrate rapidly.
i honestly do not remember how you got this puppy. i wouldn;t say distemper right away but i wouldnt rule it out either. though usually doistemper carries a thick green yellow snotty discarge from the nose and eyes . have you or your other dog been around any other animals recently ? has bella ? if the answer is no then it likely isnt something she caught from another animal or something you brought into the house yourself but she could have gotten something from her mother.
The discharge is a sign of distemper. Then again, I am not diagnosing it because it could be anything. It probably isn't urgent if she isn't unconcious (sp?) and her poop is solid, and a good color. Just book an appt with the vet for as soon as possible, and get her checked out. It could be anything, mild or serious. So, good luck.
Bella's doctor called back and wants to see her in the morning if she hasn't improved. He said that there is no reason to suspect distemper, since he mother and littermates are fine. He thinks that it may be an upper respiratory thing and hw will put her on antibiotics tomorrow.
All this mention of distemper over a clear discharge. I have had many many many times of clear discharge in the nose and it is minor. Less than a cold. None of my dogs have ever had distemper. I vaccinate as do many people now days.
Is distemper really that prevelant (sp)? Lung infections, bacterial infections, kennel cough, pnumonia are all fairly common, I just didn't think distemper was, I guess it depends on what area you are in too.