I just brought my new 8 week old Great Dane puppy Lucy home on Saturday and she started vomiting several times on Sunday. Monday and Tuesday she perked up and i thought it might have been a bug but Wednesday she started again. Took her to the vet as soon as i got off work today because she had 1) lack of appetite, 2) darkish red vomit, and also bloody diarrhea. When we got to the vet they did their checks and she came up negative for Parvo and they say she is just LOADED with hookworms. They gave her medicine and also gave us some to keep her doing ok, and they also ran a CBC? test to check blood levels. They said she is close to needing a transfusion and we will take her again in the morning to test again. Long story short, I was wondering if she could still have Parvo like maybe a false negative test or if it is possible hookworms could really be this bad?
Hookworms can be deadly, especially with a heavy infestation, such as your pup has. My advice to you is to take her back into the vet, and get the blood transfusion if she is severely anemic, feed her a high protein diet, and as much fluid as she can drink.Watch for a lack of colour in her gums or oral mucosa..that means she is losing blood quickly, and rush her back to the vet. You will have to literally nurse her like a baby. Thoroughly clean your house and wherever your pup has defecated outside. You need to clean everything with a strong bleach /water solution.If she has been outdoors, you have to flame the area, or use a chemical solution. Hookworms burrow into the ground, and can live there for a long time.If you have other animals , keep your pup away from them, or vise versa. Where did you purchase your pup? It's quite possible that her littermates, mother, and other dogs in the kennel are infested too. I would call the breeder ASAP, and I would be looking at your health guarantee. The pups should have been wormed at 2,4,6,and 8 weeks of age, at which time they could be sold. You would then continue with the worming schedule.The same goes for Parvo, as the pup should have received at least 2 immunizations before you bought her.If the Parvo test came back negative,and your pup is loaded with hookworms, don't underestimate the hookworms. I am hoping and praying your little pooch makes it.
A false positive is more likely and common than a negative on a PV test. Major parasite infections are very serious and can be life threatening though it isn't always something people think can happen. I would definitely notify your breeder. Let us know what they say. Hope your baby is feeling better very quickly.
We didn't get her from a breeder we got her through some friends who's uncle had a litter unexpectedly and was giving them away, but we let our friends know as his mother and sister both have a puppy from this litter as well they are all taking steps to deworm theirs though it seems like our little Lucy got the worst end of everything. They also let their uncle know so he can de worm the mother as well. Thanks for everything she just got back from a day trip to the vet for some IVs and more shots and we have to go back again Saturday morning for a check up and make sure everything is still going well. Thank you for you answers and ill keep you all updated.
Did she test anemic? We had a rescue that was also full of hookworm, anemic along with a dozen other health issues.
Panacur for at least 10 days likely 14 though would be best at this stage. Iron pills (you can give human over the counter ones, ask vet for dosing) and he can give you Cipro which is an antibiotic but will also aid in the reproduction of red blood cells. Lots of fluids and start stocking up on bleach/ammonia to cleanse every surface she has come in contact with...bedding, floors even the yard.
Good luck and thankyou for doing so much to help the puppy. Too many people dont care and dont get them vet care when needed.