New puppy with intestinal problems (long)
I just adopted a puppy from a friend who had found him in her grandmothers yard. Beautiful puppy but he has a few health issues. When they found him he had ticks. They got them off and I got the puppy today. I took him to the vet for a checkup and the vet and I found a few more ticks. He treated my puppy, Xander, with Frontline and said that everything was ok. He said Xander looked healthy and to take a fecal sample for worms and bring it back to his next appointment in 2 weeks.
When I finally got home I was able to spend more time with Xander and while he is a bit reserved, he is also lethargic in my opinion. His ate once when he got here but did not eat again afterward. He did drink water and peed, but no poop.
I took a look at him and his stomach is large and while he gives no reaction to gentle pressure, if you try to pick him up, he whimpers. His nose is a bit dry, but he does not appear to have a fever. He finds a comfy spot in the house and lays there, usually sleeping and relaxed, but has not run at all.
I'm not suspecting Parvo because he is not vomiting, but I am wondering if he has worms. Because he has not pooped, I can't tell but I don't think that I am comfortable with waiting much longer. Is there any way that I can take him to the vet without a fecal sample and a diagnosis can be made right then?
Something is obviously wrong, while I have only had him for 8 hours, I can easily tell that. If one of my patients had a distended stomach and showed pain to touch, it would be obvious. I don't think that I should just buy a dewormer and give it, but at the same time, I'm wondering if I should even go back to the same vet. How can you miss something like this?