|09-12-2013 11:44 PM|
This does not sound like parvo...lethargy is commonly one of the first symptoms and develops into nasy diarrhea/vomiting.
Our puppy has issues with throwing up bile as well (she has been vet checked several times). It has to do with the fact that the acid in the stomach builds up (they release prior to eating rather than in response to it like humans) to the point in makes them throw up. Some dogs after throwing up don't want to eat right after (ours doesn't have this issue).
Try by feeding her more frequently (her regular meals split up over the course of say every 5 hours or however long you find your pup is able to last reliably) and continue to add a small amount of water to the food...especially the last meal of the day. If the problem continues under the guidance of your vet you may have to give your puppy an acid reducer.
Some GSDs are known to be "picky" eaters...is she losing weight? Have you tried pumpkin for her soft stools? It's possible that the food you wanted to switch her to was too rich for her...(of course it could also have been unrelated).
Personally, I would just monitor things and follow up with the fecal exam (to make sure she doesn't have an overgrowth of bacteria or something else).
|09-12-2013 12:57 PM|
New Puppy Concerns
We just recently adopted a Shepherd. She is 10 weeks 2 days old and we've had her for less than a week. We have noticed since we got her that she is a very slow eater and yesterday and this morning she has not been all that interested in food unless we coax her or hand feed her. She will eat treats though we don't give her a lot because we don't want to encourage her to not eat her food.
Over the past 3 days she has had softer stool than she did when we first got her. I do recognize that this could be a food issue so we've switched her back entirely to the brand of food that the breeder had had her on. We had been slowly switching her to a different brand (because we had been told previously that the breeder uses this other brand...oops).
This morning after taking her for her mini walk she came into the house and played while waiting for her breakfast. After I put her food bowl down she only looked at it. She then went back to her blanket and threw up yellow bile. Nothing else was in the vomit. She did this twice and both times it was just a small amount of foamy bile. She has no diarrhea and she drinks a lot of water so dehydration doesn't seem to be an issue at this point. I was able to coax her to eat this morning after she threw up by putting her kibble along the floor and allowing her to "find it". She then did eat some out of her bowl while I was standing there...(I also soak her food in a little warm water to see if that makes a differnce, and it doesn't).
BUT....I've been reading horror stories about Parvo and unfortunately, in my area people are very bad about picking up their dogs poop. We try to keep her away from sniffing but she constantly has her nose to the ground. We've taken a fecal sample to the vet to be checked and are taking her in this afternoon. In the meantime, I am just worried. I don't think that she is lethargic as she was still quite playful and follows us around from room to room.
Any thoughts or experiences out there that might shed experience on what is potentially going on?