i have a 4 week old basset pup that i have had since he was 4 days old. all was well untill this past wed. i noticed him sneezing a lot and had the vets i work for check him out. they diagnosed him with aspiration pneumonia. we started antibiotics right away and i am now feeding him beef human baby food at their request. He still coughs a lot and i was told that most puppies with this dont make it. has anyone had a puppy with this that did make it? if so what did you do to help? i have a humidifier near his cage and i take him in the bathroom with me while i shower for the steam to help. im worried about him cause he has had a rough start. first his mom squished him and he nearly died. now it seems he may be blind as well. he's a fighter and im hoping he will pull through this.
I'd like to here how you acquire this puppy so young. Did your vets do a simple fecal sample for worms? Is he taking amoxicillin for the pneumonia, and an anti-inflammatory? There are a few things you can do. Buy some goats milk, mix 3 ounces of that with a whiped raw egg, and add a teaspoon of Karo or corn syrup to it. If he'll suck it out of a bottle ( just cut the hole in the nipple a tiny bit bigger. Feed him that 4 times a day. Next get a box of baby rice cereal, or pablum. Mix it to a very thin consistency also with goat's milk (essential) and either let him lap it up, or put it in a big syringe and SLOWLY put it in the side of him mouth, being very careful to get it in the esophagus, not the trachea.How much does he weigh, and what breed is he? I would'nt steam him, I'd keep him wrapped in a fleece blanket with another cloth around his butt, just to save your blanket. Is his mother around? You will have to stimulate his anal area, with a warm wet wash cloth. Just wipe back and forth about 10 times, and do that morning , noon and night.I would keep the temp very warm for this baby, he is so sensitive to the temperature. When you lay him down, make sure he's on his side, with his head raised slightly.The only other thing that could help him is blow by oxygen, but I'm not sure if you are prepared to buy a small O2 tank. I'll really be thinking about you, and hoping for the best. I think the vets could have been a little more encouraging. When did this start? I think I asked you before , how they came to this diagnosis, because it also sounds like hookworms.Keep us posted, and don't hesitate to ask any questions.
he is from a litter of pups my mother's dog had. the mother dog squished him and his runt sister and unfortunatly the runt died. he has had strongid once so far and is about due for a second dose. i have hand raised over 25 kittens so im no stranger to that part. he is now going to the bathroom on his own and is starting to eat canned puppy food mixed with a little bit of his formula. he is currently on clavamox liquid and seems to be perking up. he started sneezing this past wed. and we started the clavamox right away however all 7 dvm's i work with were worried about him. since i have been using the vaporizer near him (but not spraying directly at him) he has not been wheezing as bad. i have hopes for him as he is a fighter. even with being blind he is doing pretty good. i just am hoping he can beat this problem and live to be an old basset.. thanks for all your help and your concern.. he needs all the love and support he can get.
oh.. almost forgot.. he is kept in a carrier with a heating pad on one side of it so he can move off of it if needed.. and im able to take him to work with me every day being that i work at a vet. its just that none of the doctors have ever seen a pup his age survive. that's what got me so worried.. but i am not giving up on him. i have never lost a hand raised baby and i dont plan on starting now.