I have a pup that is having some diarrhea. It just started this morning. He is eating softened puppy food 3 times a day and still on a bottle in between feedings.(he had to be taken away from the mom early).. He is just over 4 weeks old and it is time for another deworming. I am afraid if I deworm him now it will make him sicker.. should I or shouldn't I.. he is playing and acting normal right now. I am also starting to give him unflavored pedialyte to make sure he does not get dehydrated.. He is not vomiting. Anyone had any experience with this.. I have some albon should I give him a dose of that? There is not blood in the poo just brown soupy poo (nasty I know ).. I am at my wits end here. I just don't know what to do.. I would take him in to the vet but it is horrible nasty weather out there now and I am afraid to stress him even more. I just need your thoughts on this, if you were in this situation what would you do. > thanks
I would say at that age, take him into the Vet and have a Parvo test pulled on him. If it is not Parvo then the Dr. can best advise you how to stopit before he gets even sicker. Ruins at that age can be life threatening.
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I just took him to the vet before I read this post.. he didn't seem to be concerned with parvo and it wasn't mentioned.. I thought parvo would be bloody diarrhea.. but I might be mistaken.. this is runny poo.. he told me give Albon for 2 days and pepto bismol. And to keep giving him pedialyte which I had already been doing since he had the first diarrhea this morning..any thing else I should be doing??? should I go ahead and feed him a bottle.. or will that just make matters worse????
My bosses puppies sometime get something called, (I am so going to spell this wrong), coxsidea. Use phonics to try to pronoun. sorry english was not my best subject lol. If you take a fecal to the vet he could see if it is there. Hopefully someone else will see this an possibly spell that better. sorry again for my extremly poor spelling
Young puppies can be VERY sensitive to diet issues and develop diarrhea instantly if you change the milk replacer or food, even if just slightly. Have you done this by any chance? Diarrhea is also very dangerous to puppies if not brought under control quickly. It couldn't hurt to give the Albon, but I sure wouldn't just give it for 2 days. Giving a one time dose of antibiotics or a quick 2 day treatment does nothing at all, except maybe help the bacteria you are fighting develop an immunity to it. Always treat for the full time span or not at all. If you have the Albon 5% the dose is: Day 1 - .5ml per pound once, then each day thereafter .25ml per pound sid. Treatment can vary from 5 to 21 days, though unless my vet told me to, I would not have a puppy that young on it for more that 10 days. Keep weighing your puppy every other day or so because they are constantly gaining. Parvo does start out with blood in the stool right away. Many times it can begin as what appears to be simple diarrhea. Albon would take care of the coccidia. Stool checks can find coccidia BUT not always. If you are concerned about taking th pup out maybe you could just run a stool sample in the the vet.
What kind of milk replacer are you using? I have tried many kinds and I discovered that baby formula works best. I raised an orphaned litter of 3 week old kittens on this and they all survived and are big healthy cats now! Before when I used other kinds they got sick. Hope the pups better by now!
What breed is the puppy, and what were the circumstances of having to take him from his Mom at this age? What brand of puppy food are you feeding him, and what are you feeding him in the bottle? If he had parvo you'd know it, it reeks, and he would probably be near death. It sounds as if he's perky enough.
FYI..parvo does not have to have blood in the stool at all. That is just common. Usually, parvo poo has a very bad smell-not typical poo smell which is not roses by any means. It sticks BAD!!! For the above poster-coccidiosis is a parasite that can be passed by the mother or contaminanted environment. Albon would fix this. Blood and mucus are in the stool. If the vet truely does not think it is parvo. What about resting the stomach or children's imodium?
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Be careful with immodium in puppies. They are much more prone to the possible cns side effects than the adults are. Be extra careful with the dosing if you decide to use it, though I personally would not in a 4 week old puppy. I order kaolin/pectin (horse supply) for my younger ones. It is NOT like the human formula known as Kaopectate which contains the exact same ingredients as Pepto (aspirin type ingredient.) I do use the human Kaopectate in my adults if needed though, they don't fight me as bad as with the Pepto! I also have used the Immodium in adults just for 1 or 2 doses.