Hello My little 6wk old Toy Poodle was eating just fine earlier today but now he has runny diarehia, its pure liquid. I did give him some nutrical just a tiny tiny bit and he has took some water, but i am concerned. When he just went poop it was runny and although I cant be 100% sure it looked a little redish brown? His butt is a tad sore, he must have had hard poops first, so I put some ointment on that and just have him laying here by me on a blanket. He has peed in the past 30 mins and even chewed on his blanket a little after i gave him the nutrical. His gums look ok. I was giving him once a day dry food watered down and i slowly stopped that and put him on normal dry that was two days ago. Then he was eating normal dry iams i kind of grind it up some so it makes the chunks a tad smaller.. Proactive puppy is what he is on. He is sleeping now and this is normal sleep time for him, He is peaceful, but im not sure if he is ok? I plan to get him some pedialyte in the morning and take him to the vet if he is not doing better. He has never been outside, he was born here with me. All my dogs are up on shots. Noone wears shoes inside my house, they are left in the basement and noone has been here for over a week and the ones that were here were in my living room and he does not go to the living room. My question is what should i be looking for if its parvo? What will his runny poops look like? How often will the poops occur? He had poops earlier two small spots were dark brown, then he went again and it was dark brown then he did it again and it was more of a brownish red color. That was all since noon today and now its midnight. I remember when i was a kid and my parents had a couple dogs die of parvo, they threw up a lot, they couldnt get them to walk and the poop just ran out of them. My dog gets up and moves around since this started, i got him to drink a teaspoon or so of water, (NO FOOD), and he has peed and even played with his blanket a little bit. He will also pick up his head and look at me if i talk to him. He is almost 2lbs now, and one of the biggest eaters I have ever seen. Im just worried about him and my vet don't open for another 8 hrs.
oh he just went again, it is more brown then red, but how do i know if there is blood in it? Please help
Try some pumkin and rice in with his food. Have you given him any shots yet?
Personally it doesn't sound like parvo to me, it sounds like a new stomach with new food. What age did you wean this baby? The reddish could be food coloring in the dry food. If there is no bright red, then I doubt it is blood. A good check up with your vet would be a good idea. Take a stool sample so they can check for anything unusual.
Parvovirus typically has a couple of other symptoms associated with infection. Here is a common list:
• Diarrhea. First clear and runny then turning bloody. Parvo in the feces has a powerfully distinct odor. If you ever smell it, you will never forget it. Parvo plays havoc on the intestinal system of the infected dog or puppy.
• Fever • Loss of appetite • Vomiting. This is the the most dangerous symptom as dehydration quickly follows • Lethargy. Your puppy will just lay around.
Once infected, Parvo runs it's course quickly with a puppy. Within 24 to 72 hours. All you can do at that point is offer critical support such as hydration, electrolytes, antibiotics to prevent secondary infection etc. Puppy fatality rates are as high as 70% with critical support 99% without. This is according to studies documented by IVIS.
There is good evidence that suggests the the human antiviral drug TAMIFLU (oseltamivir phosphate) when administered before the onset of symptoms will lessen the severity of or eradicate the virus from the puppy before any damage can be done. I keep a supply of it on hand here in my kennel. I also keep several SNAP Parvo antigen test kits for early detection. The way to beat this pathogen is to strike fast and strike hard.
Based on the symptoms you described, it really doesn't sound like your puppy has Parvo.
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When my pups have the runs from the cocci, during treatment I put them on 100% boiled rice and Metamucil for 24 hours, longer if it's persistant. Then I slowly incorporate the food back in. The pumpkin may work too, but metamucil is more cost effective and stores well. The idea is to form more bulk in the stool and no the metamucil won't give them more runs.