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06-14-2014 09:10 PM
sparra As I said in my first post a puppy with diarrhea but who is bright, happy, normal, good appetite otherwise is not really a cause for great concern.
Diarrhea accompanied with lethargy and no appetite is a cause for concern.
It does not sound like your puppy has parvo so you can probably stop worrying about that.
06-14-2014 05:22 PM
BePrepared I'd appreciate some info from the experts. Does stool ever solidify during a parvo infection? He had 100% liquid stool yesterday, but today, it is normalized, as is his energy level. His gums are pink and he shows no signs of dehydration. He is eating the chicken and rice, and he's drinking normally. Other than looking a little thin, he doesn't appear to have any negative symptoms. I'm obviously getting him tested monday either way, but i would love to know if this still sounds like it could be parvo. I have no real experience with parvo
06-14-2014 02:20 PM
BePrepared thanks for all the info guys. I spent the last few hours calling vets, and none of them can get me in before monday... that is a little surprising. I scheduled an appointment for 9am monday. Hopefully that won't be too late

So here's the situation now. Chewie is bouncing around, drinking large amounts of water, and acts like he's starving. I'm not feeding the normal hard food, but per a suggestion above, I gave him some chicken and rice, and he was extremely happy to get it.

He has never had a fever and doesn't seem to be having stomach pains anymore.

My knowledge of parvo is limited, but these seem like good signs to me. Someone tell me if I'm wrong.
06-14-2014 10:57 AM
qbchottu Also be careful letting pups around unknown water sources - monitor their water intake. Giardia, Cryptosporidia, and Lepto are frequently transmitted via a water route.
06-14-2014 10:49 AM
qbchottu 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
06-14-2014 08:29 AM
my boy diesel 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
06-14-2014 07:24 AM
Betty 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
06-14-2014 06:52 AM
Originally Posted by Sunflowers View Post
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
06-14-2014 06:21 AM
Sunflowers 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.
06-14-2014 06:13 AM
BePrepared 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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