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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 02:41 AM
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Your a great parent to be concerned, the best thing to put your mind at ease is to do what you are already planning and get the first shots and discuss Newtons symptoms with the Doc. My Mieka had some similar symptoms and some of the whining is caused by separation anxiety. Good luck at the Vet!


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Definitely do a stool sample. Good luck at the vet

Here's the vaccine schedule recommended by the leading vet school in our corner of the country, btw. In our rescue we start puppies at 6-7 weeks of age, but only use 5-way vaccines.
Please start with 5-ways and do not let the vet give your puppy Leptospirosis vaccine. You will need to specify or else they may use it routinely.

Community Practice Vaccination Protocols from the College of Veterinary Medicine

DA2PP
Puppies 6,10 and 14 weeks or 8, 12 and 16 weeks
Repeat 1 year later
Then repeat every 3 years
Each patient should be evaluated for increased risk of exposure – may consider yearly protocols for these patients
Give in right shoulder

Rabies
Start puppies at 12-16 weeks of age
Repeat 1 year later
Then repeat every 3 years or as required by state, provincial, and/or local requirements
Give in right rear limb
What is Leptospirosis and why should it be avoided?

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Well, Newton has been given a clean bill of health for the time being. The vet advised to return if his diarrhea does not subside within a week.

He weighs 18lbs, can't wait to see how large he ends up being.
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Lisl was brought home at 7 weeks and she's none the worse for wear now at almost nine weeks.

She is also on Purina Puppy Chow. In spite of what many here might think about Purina products, I've been raising dogs on Purina products for 30 years and all have faired well, none have died, and all dog health visits were positive. I'm not using the latest 'designer' dog food, but I stick with what works for my dogs over the years.

No sickness, fever, diarrhea, or other common puppy maladies. Her stools are firm, but not like a rock, and samples were negative for worms.

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How many times does she poop a day?

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What is Leptospirosis and why should it be avoided?

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It's a bacterial infection and the vaccine should be avoided because it tends to make puppies very ill.
Many dogs aren't even prone to it so it makes no sense to vax for it, that and kennel cough, skip it, as well.
On the link I provided it shows core vs. non-core vaccines. Core vaccines ought to be done, while you can skip non-core vax unless your dog is very "at risk" to develop the illnesses which they protect against.
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How many times does she poop a day?
4 or 5 times. Usually after dinner time.
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my question about how many times, is based on the fillers certain brands of kibble have. My rawfed dogs poop once a day, and it isn't a big amount, because they utilize their nutrition. When you feed a lower quality kibble, you have to feed more and of course the dog will poop more often. Filler is just that, nothing nutritious that is absorbed.
I'd rather pay a bit more to pick up a bit less, and have the dog benefiting from the meal vs just having it work its way thru the system.
Of course pups eat more often, and go poop more, but I'd still feed a better nutrition, especially to a growing puppy.

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That is the reason we are trying to make the food switch. I hope things start going better in the coming weeks, or we too may switch to raw.
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My puppy had some kind of infection when I brought her home. We never figured it out but after several different antibiotics over the course of a month or so it got better. But she never completely lost the pudding soft stool. I finally switched her over to raw and her stools are perfect.


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