So after visiting the vets for our new puppy the fecal screening came back and he has hookworms. My husband stopped and picked up a script for Panacur on the way home from work, and we've been giving it to him for four days now. His stools have become much more uniform and firmer which makes us happy. However he has started scratching alot, and we know we got rid of the fleas he came home with, both he and the house and yard were treated completely and no new fleas have shown up on either of our dogs. He has also started to shed like crazy. The weather has been up and down, but I'm not sure its that and not the Panacur or the vaccinatons or the microchip that might have started the shedding. The vet was about as friendly as a wet dishrag and didn't mention any possible side effects from what they gave him. I had to lookup the info for whether Panacur needed refrigeration myself as they just gave us the script and a receipt (and asking questions is about as much fun as pulling teeth). So is it possible the wormer or vaccinations are the reason he's scratching and shedding? Or am I just being oversensitive?
I'm no expert on routine dog care, but having gone through life-and-death decisions twice in a couple years, the process is much easier if you have a vet that listens to your concerns and *helps* you make decisions. Part of the vet's job is to answer questions -- questions are NOT merely an imposition on the vet's busy schedule.
Find a better vet now, while the health concerns are much more routine. You'll be glad you did when more difficult health problems arise.
p.s. Sorry I'm not answering your questions -- I think that's your vet's job!
He's officially my husband's dog and thus went to the VCA his parrot does. We have our second visit with the other vet in the office and if it doesn't go better he will be transferring to my vet. I told him he could try his vet, but if they acted like typical busy vets it wasn't going to stay that way. In the meantime I just have to hope they don't do anything overly stupid. The front desk people are about as ditzy as my ten year old niece so I haven't been keen on calling them and hoping for answers.
Onto the questions. Boris is a 13 week rottie/lab mix. He's neutered and we've had him for three weeks now. He is eating Pro Plan large breed puppy food, dry only. We picked up some Pro Plan Selects puppy food, but we really haven't tried it yet as he's only half way through the other bag. We feed him treats like Schmackos and Mother Hubbards puppy bones, but we normally just use some kibble instead. He scratches under his jaw(not his collar as he did when we first put that on) and the vacs were given in the back haunches-microchip between the shoulder bladed. He has been washed in puppy shampoo with an herbal dip additive, but he was fine the first two weeks we had him. He is also rinsed three times to ensure no soap is left behind and the water runs clear. The only change i the vet visit for vacs and wormer that I can tell.
I actually do not believe this is from either the vaccination or wormer... you would have different signals. I think there is a possibility this is from food allergy (maybe) more likely a reaction to the shampoo/dip (even though you rinsed him it would not matter) or flea. With fleas he could just be reacting to the saliva but even with that he would be scratching more on his body.
Vet vet vet LOL.... just not sure and only a vet can tell you. Why are you going to the same place though if everyone in the front is a ditz and you dont like that place? You really need to find a new group. JMO
some shedding is normal. but if you notice ALOT and bald spots. then you have a totally diffent problem on your hands. Rotties are prone to demotic mange. i would use only a good dandriff shampoo or malaseb shampoo on him.
The script states 7 days although I question if there is enough left for two more days, let alone enough I can get in the syringe they gave us with a short tip. He's not going bald, it was just a drastic switch from not shedding to shedding.
I talked to the vet that treated him down in Mississippi where he came from as well as the woman who adopted his brother. His brother is shedding as well so we've decided it must be climatic change. He was fed Kibble n Bits at his foster home so his old vet thinks it might just be some leftover fleas or perhaps a mosquito bite. I'm going to wash him with the puppy shampoo alone just to make sure it not the flea dip.
I apologize for not even realizing what you were referring to with the shedding. It's 100% normal and the technical term is "blowing coat". You are correct, this is climate changes and the natural procedure for many breeds to "blow out" the undercoat and get the new coat in.