My husband and I just recieved an 8 week old Black Lab. I am not at home with my husband because I am currently deployed. However, our puppy seems to have diarrhea and there's blood in it as well. My husband is worried, as am I. He's taking the pup to the vet, but the vet told him that it could be PARVO, but would have to run tests to pinpoint what is wrong. Anyone have any ideas about what could be wrong? I'm trying to ease his mind and he's getting really anxious because he can't take the pup to the vet until he gets off work. Being in the military is so time consuming!
It could be an internal parasite like coccidia, giardia, roundworm just to name a few.
Parvo usually includes vomiting a listlessness along with diarrhea. It can kill a puppy fast so seeing the vet for a test is the best idea. Tell your husband to take a recent sample of the diarrhea in with him just in case there is nothing in the colon to collect.
Thank you very much. He's going to take Drake to the vet after work. What you told me I relayed to him, and it eased him a little bit. I guess I won't find anything out until tomorrow! Thank you, I appreciate any information given!
Dobie girl, you are doing the right thing by taking the dog to the vet. I am sure the vet wasn't trying to scare you by mentioning it could be parvo, just trying to make sure that you did take the dog in.
As the above stated, it could be many many things, and most just require simple meds to treat.
When my black lab mix was about 12 weeks old she contracted cocidia (Sp) and they weren't sure how but she had to go on a chicken, rice, yogurt diet for a few days plus take meds. So it wasn't fair giving my lab the ckicken mix without giving it to my beagle so they both went on the diet and their stool turned yellow, it was gross. But the vet will need a stool sample, so if you don't bring one they will get one. I would suggest bringing a fresh one if possible. I'm sure that would be more pleasent for the dog. With my dog it was straight liquid blood and were weren't able to get one. Anyway I'm sure he/she will be fine but good luck anyway.
my 4 month old puppy had parvo and never had diahrea(sp) or vomiting she was just very lathargic and whining....she was always a very playful and energetic puppy so we knew something was wrong...we took her in to see the vet and the vet took a stool sample and didn't see worms, anything, he just gave us some upset stomach pills and sent us on our way...we let one day go by and she wasn't any better we knew something had to be wrong...so we took her in the next day and a different vet saw us and did a parvo test and sure enough it was, plus hookworms and roundworms, luckily with every hour nursing her back to health medication after medication she came around and now 9 months she is all better....i think we might of caught it very early. and i've also heard that worms don't always show up, and the first vet didn't do a parvo test cause she wasn't having any syptoms, so please it is always safe than sorry.
when i recieved my puppy she had very bad diarhea and she was pooping blood also- it was very bad. she really didnt have any other signs. she ate and played. of coarse we took her to the vet that monday ( we got her on saturday) and i broght a stool sample in and she had coccida. it lasted for a month and she had to have fluids threw iv and she was on meds off and on for a month- i was very scared threw all of this- she didnt seem to get better and it only got worse threw that month.
she still has diarhea to this day off and on- and now the vet restested her stool and she tested neg for coccida which i could of swore this is what it still was- so now the vet had dewormed her and hopes this is the cause. she has a follow up appt in a few days. the vet is now going to do blood work and hopefully find out what is doing on-
i wish you all the best- im telling ya it was a very horrible time dealing with daisy and not really knowing what was going on and i had her in the vet every other day it seemed the vet thought maybe it was parvo and then she said it wasnt but thought corona and then wasnt sure- but then said coccida but its never really gotton better but her stool samples are not showing coccida-
she is gaining weight and plays and is very active- i just hope that my vet can get to the bottom of this.
+++ yes my vet told me the same thing about testing for worms- it wont always be in the stool. even if they do have it. so he has treated daisy for worms just to be safe. if it was worms would i see them if she passed them when she went to the bathroom? or are they really tiny you cant see/
***Edited By: tapettyjohn on 1/23/2007 4:08:27 PM*** Reason: add
Thank yall for all the ideas on what this could possibly be. Good news, the vet said there is nothing wrong with Drake. The vet tested him for worms and parvo, and he was negative on both. Apparently he is fine, and he could have diarrhea due to stress from flying. I hope that is the case. My husband has said that his stool has hardened, so that has to be a good thing right? Thank yall for being so kind as to share your experiences with me. I appreciate it very much. I'll keep yall updated with Drake's progress!