I recently bought an 8 week old teacup chihuahua. He was fine the first week and ate perfectly normal until a few days ago when he stopped eating the food I was giving him. I changed his food constantly to different brands, but he still wouldn't eat. I took him to the vet and parvo test came back negative. He's had his first shot of parvo a week ago when I first got him. Stool sample test just showed some bacteria in his stool. The vet prescribed him some flagyl since she thinks it's intestinal parasites in his stomach. He's on his 4th day of therapy and he's still not doing well. He's now resisting eating nutrical as well. I've been syringe feeding him ever since he stopped eating. What should I do? Thanks!
Since you're doing the responsible thing and have him under vet care (thank you for that), please let the vet know hes refusing to eat. Dehydration is the more serious, immediate concern with young, very small pups. Make sure he's staying well hydrated. You can try giving him a bit of rice with small bites of chicken. See if it tempts him. Satin balls are also something that tend to tempt the ultra picky.
One little thing though, you might not want to refer to him as "tea cup", which is a term used by less than scrupulous breeders to refer to smaller than standard sized pups.
It (the term) tends to cause some friction with some folks.
"Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant". author unknown
I agree with Pyr. This age and size of puppy is at great risk of dehydration,and hypoglycemia.Does the vet think your puppy has Coccidiosis? Try your little dog with a small amount of yoghurt, and I would ask the vet to either show you how to administer sub-q fluids, or get some pedialyte down him. You will have to use a small syringe, and just push a tiny amount at a time into the dog's mouth, at least every 2 hours. Keep up the hand feeding, but also tempt him with food as well. One concoction that worked amazingly for me is baby's rice cereal, mixed with goat's milk, warmed slightly. I've never seen a puppy who won't eat it.Good luck with the little guy.
Thanks for the advices! I've been syringe feeding him now that he has stopped eating. I have also syringe fed him fluids as well. I have informed the vet that he has stopped eating so she suggested that idea. It seems like he is not liking the goat milk as well. I don't know what's wrong and I don't think the vet knows what's wrong with his stomach too. I have to admit though, chihuahuas are very picky eaters.
I've been researching on coccidiosis that you mentioned and I'm trying to look at treatments for him. Knowing he's a very small chihuahua, do you know how he can be treated? It seems like the vet that I go is not very good because she didn't even mention anything about it. He does seem to have these symptoms of this parasite.
You would need to get the diagnosis from the vet and then he can prescribed the meds if it is positive for coccidiosis. If the vet doesnt seem as helpful as you had hoped, try another vet. Take a stool sample with you.
Here is the update. I found some blood in his stool today so I brought the stool sample to the vet where they found that he had coccidosis. Finally they found something. He is now on Albon. Hopefully he will feel better with this medication. However, he is very sleepy and drowsy after taking his first dose today. I'm also feeding him some yogurt as suggested by you guys. When do you think I should see some improvement? He is also on flagyl. Thanks guys!
I just wanted to make a comment regarding your comments about drowsiness from the medication. My puppy has had two bouts of it in the past five months. Both times she was given a medication called Novotrimel (not Albon or Flagyl- I didn't even know those names until I read a number of posts on TP). Both times the meds had an effect within one or two days, and it cleared up. When we switched vets, he saw that we had been given Novotrimel, and he said that was a human medication, but he made a comment about it being a good idea, and that he might "steal" it from our previous vet. He said that he had been looking for a similar formulation for dogs, but never found one. This medication never made my puppy drowsy or sleepy. And it must taste good, because she LOVED having it! It's a pink solution, and I gave it to her by syringe. You might want to make sure too, that the sleepiness/drowsiness is not the effect of dehydration. Did the doctor give your baby an injection to rehydrate?
He doesn't seem dehydrated because Ive been giving him a lot of fluids. Although u do make a good point. I've pinched his skin and it comes down fairly quickly so I think he is hydrated. Do u know if by injection how fluids can be done at home? The vet once mentioned it to me but I forgot to ask her again. He seems to like the albon than flagyl since he doesn't seem to resist it. My puppy has been sleeping a lot though and has less energy than before. I hope he will feel better a these two antibiotics. I forgot that the vet did lengthen his flagyl therapy. She said he should feel better within 5 days. If not she said a liver function test is needed to be performed to see if he has a liver shunt. Do u think 5 days would be enough time for him to feel better since the albon is for a 10 day course. I just want him to eat on his own again and play like he used to do when I first got him. I guess it's gonna take time? When should I see an improvement?
"he saw that we had been given Novotrimel, and he said that was a human medication"
My esitimate is 90% of all meds used on pets is also a human medication altered for pet dosages. As aa nurse, I administer most of the same meds to my human patients as I do to the dogs. Dosages are different of course.
OP....the Albon is not what would causing the drowsiness. The coccidiosis itelf will cause some drowsiness and for them to be less active. They do not feel well, abdmoninal discomfort, etc. Dehydration can very easily be one of the reasons for drowsiness. You can do sub-q fluids at home. If you can give a shot, you can give sub-q fluids. You can ask your vet to show you how and send syringes home of fluids for her.
She should begin to feel better within a few days of beginning the albon/flagyl.
Here is the update. We went to the vet on Thursday and they think that he might have hydrocephalus as well as the parasites in his body. He was given injection of prednisone and went home with some oral form. I thought he was doing better yesterday with the prednisone, but he seemed to be getting worse. He's still on his antibiotics, but now he can't even walk. He can barely walk. He would take a few steps and just fall. I'm not sure what's wrong with him. Any advice?
I'd say have a chem panel 12 and a cbc done on the dog if it hasnt' already been done so (really, it should have). I'd also take the dog to another vet for second opinion. I'm not sure youre going to get better advice from people on this forum than your vet can give on potential pet illnesses, we're not vets, we're pet lovers.
I will say that this is why no chihuahua or toy dog should be leaving it's littermates before it is 12 weeks old, they are extra vulnerable to sickness due to their small size.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
I have to agree with Minniyar. The fact that this is such a tiny pup and so young, you don't have a lot of leeway. Perhaps a 2nd vet opinion is in order. Please keep us updated on your little one's progress.
"Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant". author unknown
I did get a second vet opinion and they do not know what is wrong with him. I don't want to do a cbc test on him because I believe it would be worthless. He's done so many tests, taken so many medications and still he is not getting better. I'm really sad about this. These vets don't know what they are doing, and I guess also because he is such a small tiny puppy they don't know what's wrong with him. I gave him tuna a few days ago and he ate it a few times on his own, but now he refuses to eat it. I've changed his food many times and he is still not feeling good. He still walks funny too with his hind legs slower than the two front legs.