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Old 06-14-2014, 04:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default VERY worried about my puppy: Lethargic with Diarrhea

Okay, here's the situation. My puppy is having 100% liquid Diarrhea. This has been going on most of today. Toward the evening he began to act lethargic, but is not throwing up at all. He has eaten several times today, but seems slightly less interested in treats than he did earlier in the day.

He has had 2 parvo shots (most recent last week) so i'm desperately hoping it's not that.

Last night he got into the trash and got some cuttings from the steak i made... these were pretty much 100% fat. This is the only thing he's had that might have caused the problem as far as I know.

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Old 06-14-2014, 04:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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additional info. He had his last shot 9 days ago. He ate several times today with no problem at all.

I am very worried that this might be parvo, because i simply don't have the several thousand dollars it will cost to treat it.
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Diarrhea but bright and happy otherwise.....probably a wait and see.
Diarrhea, lethargy and disinterest in treats/foods .......take your puppy straight to the vet.
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Okay, here's the situation. My puppy is having 100% liquid Diarrhea. This has been going on most of today. Toward the evening he began to act lethargic, but is not throwing up at all. He has eaten several times today, but seems slightly less interested in treats than he did earlier in the day.

He has had 2 parvo shots (most recent last week) so i'm desperately hoping it's not that.

Last night he got into the trash and got some cuttings from the steak i made... these were pretty much 100% fat. This is the only thing he's had that might have caused the problem as far as I know.

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Diarrhea but bright and happy otherwise.....probably a wait and see.
Diarrhea, lethargy and disinterest in treats/foods .......take your puppy straight to the vet.
Good Luck.
That's the part that's hard for me to really be sure of. He was at the river ALL DAY running, swimming and acting a fool. I don't know if the lethargy is just being genuinely tired, or if it's more.

He has eaten 4 times today, and still gets excited (just checked) about his favorite treat, but ignores the other (beggin strips) ones...

he's not refusing to eat, but he's not excited about anything but his favorite treat
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Middle of night update: I went to walmart, got a thermometer and some pedialyte. I took his temp (101.5) and he doesn't have a fever. I'm going to monitor closely over the next 12 hours and if his water/food intake drops or he shows a fever, i'll take him in for a parvo test, but i don't have the $1500 to get him treated properly, so I'll have to treat him at home if that's what it is, and survival rates aren't great under those conditions
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He ate pure fat, had the runs, was at the river all day.
Logic says he is dehydrated and tired. Let him rest 24 hours and do not feed him.
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He ate pure fat, had the runs, was at the river all day.
Logic says he is dehydrated and tired. Let him rest 24 hours and do not feed him.
My brain said this about 60 times in the last 5 hours... my dad instincts are in full freakout...

Thanks for being the voice of reason :P
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I am great at a wait and see 24 hours before running to the vet.

However with puppies? Not so much. I'm much quicker to vet in a situation like this than I would be an older dog.

He could of picked up something in the water, it could be the fat. I wound not jump to parvo. Well logically, emotionally that always goes through my mind with pups. LOL
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Old 06-14-2014, 09:29 AM   #9 (permalink)
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everyone is correct
lethargy in a puppy is a cause for a vet visit but add to it diarrhea and it becomes irresponsible to not take in for diagnostics at the very least

you dont even know how much it will cost at this point
many vets have care credit applications and you can try that
i find it ironic your user name is be prepared when apparently you are anything but :-/

i hope your puppy is just tired and didnt pick up a parasite or parvo
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Old 06-14-2014, 11:49 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Put the pup on a bland diet of half cooked boneless chicken and half very well cooked brown rice. Give about a cup 2-3x a day. Better for upset stomachs to eat smaller amounts with more feedings. Don't give fatty or high sugar treats. Keep the diet bland for 5-7 days till his stools normalize before slowly reintroducing regular diet.

Get unflavored Pedialyte and give that instead of water. Some pups don't like the taste so you can offer sodium free chicken broth instead. Make sure he is hydrated and having frequent urinations. Dehydration kills quickly. Don't let it happen. Check his gums frequently to make sure they are wet and pink.

Get bene-bac gel and give a tube - 2 doses about 2 days apart. It will help repopulate his gut with beneficial bacteria.

If stools don't improve within 2-3 days, it is not colitis associated with a high fat meal, it is a parasite, bacteria, or virus. Take a stool sample to the vet and get it diagnosed so you can treat it.

Good luck
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