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Old 01-26-2014, 07:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 8 Weeks Can't Hold Down Food (to health issues)

Hi,

I was given Sasha as a present 2 weeks ago, she is 8 weeks today.

From day one she has had a hard time holding down her food. If she eats anymore than 1/8 of a cup every 2.5 hours she howls with tummy pain and can't hold the food down.

Yes: she has been de-wormed.

I have experimented with a few different high end puppy chows with little to no improvement.

She seems very thin to me and I am getting very worried but if I try and feed her any more she ends up holding down less.

Yes: I am going to take her to the vet as soon as I can.

Can anyone give me any advice in the mean time, Please.

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Old 01-26-2014, 07:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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MegaE or PRAA is a possibility....Breeder let the pup go at 6 weeks?
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Poor little thing, great you are taking her to the vet, hopefully they will be able to diagnose what is going on.

Being so young it is a worry, I wouldn't force her if she is in so much pain that she is crying, best to feed little portions often.

I hope you can get into your vet asap, in the mean time, you should soak the kibble in water to a mushy consistency as this will help with easier digestion, you may also want to look at putting her on a grain free kibble. Perhaps grains are causing her issue?

Keep her food as bland as possible.

Also, it is not a good idea to swap brands all the time, they need time to get used to one and if you decide it is not the right one, then you need to phase in another one slowly.
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I would maybe give her boiled chicken and rice or a good canned food. I doubt it's grain in the food bothering her. Vet ASAP


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i switch brands (kibble) all of the time. i keep a variety of cans on hand. sometimes my dog may have brand x in the morning and brand y in the evening.

[QUOTE=Harry and Lola;4910274]Poor little thing, great you are taking her to the vet, hopefully they will be able to diagnose what is going on.

Being so young it is a worry, I wouldn't force her if she is in so much pain that she is crying, best to feed little portions often.

I hope you can get into your vet asap, in the mean time, you should soak the kibble in water to a mushy consistency as this will help with easier digestion, you may also want to look at putting her on a grain free kibble. Perhaps grains are causing her issue?

Keep her food as bland as possible.



>>>>> Also, it is not a good idea to swap brands all the time, they need time to get used to one and if you decide it is not the right one, then you need to phase in another one slowly.<<<< [/QUOTE]
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your pup has been sick for 2 weeks that you know of.
go to the Vet.
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Old 01-27-2014, 02:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Being so young, she does not have a lot of reserves. You need to get her to a vet
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Old 01-27-2014, 03:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Two weeks is a log time to be sick. Until you can get your puppy to the vet feed very little meals throughout the day. Canned food sounds like a good Idea along with moistened kibble.
Hopefully you can reach a vet ASAP. Please keep us in the loop as to how you puppy is doing.
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Please take her to a vet, she won't have the immunity or strength to cope with sickness for too long.

Doggiedad, all dry food manufacturers recommend to introduce new products gradually to the dog, it is not a good idea to suddenly stop giving one product and start another without slowly phasing it in. With canned food, I don't know as I don't buy it for my 2, however I don't think this applies to canned dog food, only dry.

What happens if you don't do it gradually?

Stomach Cramps
Heartburn
Indigestion
Diarrhea
Vomitting
Refusal to Eat
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Thank you for all the responses.

In my defense I didn't know Sasha was sick. This is the first puppy I've had, all my other dogs have been grown, mixed breed, rescue dogs. I thought like human infants, lessen portions and increase feeding times. That seemed to work for a while but then Friday night she snowballed. I took her to the vet first thing in the morning Monday. I should have explained better, I must have sounded awful.

The vet took one look at her and said "she is still wormy". I was surprised because he had wormed her when I was there at 6 weeks. He educated me on the different kinds of worms and the different treatments. Having come from a less than reputable breeder apparently she had multiple kinds.

Although I am taking it slow, Sasha is doing much better today!

Clearly I have a lot to learn but have no doubt, I love my pets and do everything I can to care for them.

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