I just got a new 6 week old baby boxer and we fed him last night for the first time. We fed him can food, Eukanuba natural puppy food. He hate half a can and did just fine. This morning we got up and fed him around 9 and he ate the remaining half and he has thrown up 4 times!!! Two of them were significant substance and the other two were more liquid and weren't quite as big. He is on his worming shots and has been given his first round of shots and is due for his 6 week shots. We have an appointment with the vet today but i am scared that he might be sick. Is this throw up and runny bowl b/c of the medicene or purhaps too much of the wrong kind of dog food? Does anyone have an idea? I am hoping and praying very hard taht he's not sick and that it's just part of the puppy shots and the worms. I hope the vet has good news but in the mean time can anyone shed some light for me?? Many thanks if you can!!! :)
I disagree a simple change in food should not make a healthy pup vomit maybe give loose stool but not vomit
I'm guessing the pup did not come from a reputible breeder or maybe was a rescue because he was placed too young. Also was not fully wormed and given the first full set of shots which should have been done before he came home with you. I'm curious as to what shots he was given before 6 weeks of age. If they were given recently yes, it could have to do woth the shots
A pup filled with worms may have some of the symptoms you are describing, hopefully that is all it is... Unfortuntely, there is a whole list of things though that can cause vomitting from stress, to parvo and many things in between. I'm glad he is going to get checked at the vet
Please keep us posted on the pup and post some pictures. I love boxers
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Oscar's momma, I feel like a broken record again. Where did you get your little man? He's too young to come from a reputable breeder, and you say he's had his first set of shots. Do you know when they were given? If its possible to find out what he was eating from the breeder you bought himfrom, check that food out. If it's not high quality, start him on a good corn free, preservative free, high protein puppy food. Watch him very carefully. He is susceptible to dehydration at this age, and any amount of vomiting and diarrhea is dangerous, what did your vet have to say about him.
Okay so we got back from the vet with a clean bill of health except for the worms and just a small amount of ear mites. He had good health everywhere else. He said the diarreah was more than likely due to the worm medicene and probably too much of the wet food. He said that he should be through with the runny bowl movements in a couple of weeks after this second heart worm dose and he told us to mix 1/4 cup of dry puppy food with 1/4 cup wet food and that should also help with his runny bowls too. The lady we got him from is a registered breeder in Conway and both the mother and father are AKC reg. and so is our baby she gave us all his papers. He came from a clean house and crate. My main thing is the vet said he's in good health. Just change a few things with his diet. I'm a happy camper.
I'm glad that is all that is wrong with the pup and that he will be OK.
I'm not at all picking on you and I'm sure the pup is lovely .... but having worms and ear mites is not a clean bill of health IMO and a good breeder like I said before doesn't place pups that are not fully wormed or have other health issues.
Actually if she is placing pups at 6 weeks old, I'd report her to AKC as that is not ethical IMO and also is illegal in manay states
Having AKC papers and being an AKC breeder is not a sure fire way to find a good breeder
I wish you luck with the new pup
***Edited By: PatchOPits on 7/7/2007 11:10:39 AM*** Reason: typo
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Oscar's Momma, how is your little boxer now? Not so little? It really upsets me when I hear someone say they bought a 6 week old puppy. No reputable breeder sells a puppy before 8 weeks, and many like myself usualy wait until 10. The puppy needs that time with his mother and litter mates, and taking a puppy away too early can be detrimental to the dog, in many ways. It's a fallacy to assume a breeder is good because of having AKC registration. Unfortunately, some of the worst puppy mills (shuddering) have AKC registration papers. I hope he's better now. Sorry to repeat what has already been said,I did'nt realize this was in a previous posting from Patch O Pits.
My new babies are diong great!! I recently added another brother to Gage (my first baby) and he is 7 weeks old. We took him (Gunor) to the vet today and was told he looks great!! No worms, no ear mites no nothing!! In great health!! He got his second booster and that's it b/c he already had his full worming before we got him!!! He's soo cute!!! Gage, my original baby, is 7 weeks as well and doing great!! He's almost done with the worms, infact i haven't noticed any in his last couple of bowl movements so i'm thinking he's done!! his stool has hardened (gotten past the liquid stage and now it's solid) i think the change in eating helped out a lot!! His ears are fine now no itching or anything, we clean them with baby q-tips just to keep debri out of them!! I love both my babies they are precious!! If i could figure out how to post pictures of them i would!! Maybe i can get some on tomorrow!! Thanks for everyones concerne and advice on Gage he's doing great!!! :)
Oh and by the way yes my babies are still little!!! Gage barely fills up the length of my fore arm...he's smaller than Gunor who is a chunk!! But he(Gunor) is roughly the length from my elbow to middle finger tip!
Oscarsmomma, I don't want to sound rude to you but I think you've made a couple of mistakes with the purchase of your dogs. As I said before, the first puppy, was too young, had worms and ear mites, not a good sign. Now you've added another puppy, also too young, that has already had 2 sets of shots. I'm wondering if they both came from the same breeder. Since these things are signs of poor breeding practice, have you been provided with any proof of health testing from the breeder? You seem to be happy with the fact that the 2nd puppy has no worms or ear mites, but did the vet tell you that this puppy can easily catch ear mites from the first one? This 'breeder' makes me shudder.
PEN- These puppies did NOT come from the same breeder. Gage, my first, is FINE, his ears are clear and he's just about worm free. Yes, my vet did tell me to be careful with the second puppy but he also said that Gage's ear mites were so insignificant that it was not a threat to Gunor. The ears were cleaned and medicene was administered in both ears and now are just about gone. And yes, i did get medical papers from Gage's breeder. Gunor, my second, is FINE, his breeders gave me all of his medical records and to correct my previous post on him he has had ALL of his current shots and worming prior to my purchasing him, all that he got from our vet yesterday was a thorough check up and a clean bill of health oh and along with Gage he got a Sentinal tablet for treatment of all worms along with fleas and misquitos. I realize the risks with having two small puppies but I am not the first to purchase a puppy under 10 weeks of age. I don't plan on breeding them so i'm not worred about what AKC has to say. They didn't come from a "puupy mill" or "back yard breeder". The owners were very knowledgeable about boxers, about breeding, about the puppies and answered all of our questions with no hesitation. These puppies were two days shy of 7 weeks when we got them, they were through nursing, and were on to regular dog food AND according to both breeders vets were fine to be adopted out. Say what you want about the breeders, their vets and whatever else you can think of but these babies are happy, healthy and EXTREMELY loved. Thanks for your concern. And, it is my understanding, by all vets that i consulted, that ALL puppies are born with worms, transmitted by mothers, however they are usualy all gone by the time you(the adotper) take them. Unfortunately not ALL worms are gone by the time they reach 7-10 weeks and further treatments are needed. Gunor had shots at 2 weeks and at 6 weeks and was wormed both times. He has NO worms. Gage was about to be taken for his second shots and worming the week after we got him but we took him because we were going to purchase him anyway I guess what you and I consider too young is two different things. I would consider too young to be 6 weeks and younger. Over 6 weeks unless they are still nursing can be taken from mother. I have asked my vet if i should be concerened about the need for mother and her milk and they said that if they were through with nursing (which they were) then they are fine to be taken away infact sometimes it makes it easier on the puppy so as not to whine for her for too long after adoption.
Oscar'sMomma, Every breeder has their own opinions about when they think their puppies should go to their new homes, but there are guidelines that good breeders adhere to with regard to immunization, in particular. I was just giving you my opinion, and it's only one of many. I'm glad your babies are fine, and good luck with them both!