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hey guys, I just joined this forum to learn some new stuff about my new pup which I have brought recently. brought him when he was just 10 weeks old!

second day, I gave him a shower and some treats (I fed him the same food hes been eating before), he started having diarrhea which got me worried, so I brought him to the vet, got some meds and fed it to him, I told the seller about his condition which didn't improve after 3-4 days, he said he'll take care of the dog for a week and bring him back to good health, as well as giving him a rabie's shot.

I just got him today, and it looks like hes really skinny, his bones are showing, and hes been really down, been sleeping alot and not very playful. it's got me worried, i'm in love with this pup already and theres no way I'm going to exchange him for another one.

I need to find a cure so I can bring this guy back to good health, the seller told me he' would keep the pup for another week but I declined to it after seeing its condition.

It doesn't have diarrhea anymore, but it does have a fever now, seems like its got chest congestion and cough. I got some medications which I will give him once a day for 7 days to improve his health.

this little guy hates moving tho, if I want him to goto the backyard he'll refuse to walk, I always carry him around from one place to another haha, hes basically living like a king around here.. but I really want his health to get better, he doesn't have any worms or diseases as I have had him checked by the vet

any comments/ help would be appreciated. heres a picture of this cute lil guy named Johnny


 

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How many vaccinations has he had? Rabies at 10 weeks is VERY young IMO. Have you had him tested for worms and a good overall physical?
 

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It depends on the state, but I'm pretty sure Rabies vaccinations aren't given before 4 months of age. Not to mention it's not a really good idea to vaccinate a sick dog.

I would definately recommend getting him to see a vet for a physical and possibly a deworming to see what's going on. Poor lil guy. He sure is a cutie.
 

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I'm with the others. I'd want a thorough exam with a fecal and blood work asap. Dehydration is always a concern, especially with diarrhea and fever. Rabies vaccinations can cause illness, but so can a host of other things. Small pups don't have a lot of extra to spare when they get sick, so diagnosing what's wrong FAST is imperative.

What medicine has your vet prescribed thus far, anyhow?
 

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My vet told us last week that if they have a tape worm it will not show up on the fecal. I would check with your vet about that. With a tape worm, you will see an ocassional worm in his poop (almost looks like a maggot, gross I know) but not every time.

Since we had Apollo treated on Thursday, you can tell he has gained weight and we can't see his ribs anymore.
 

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When was the last time he was at the vet?
OBVIOUSLY something is going on. Puppies (or dogs for that matter) don't have a fever, chest congestion and coughing for no reason. Not do they refuse to move. I would take him to a different vet if the first one says he is not ill. I wonder if he has pneumonia?
 

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Also wanted to add, if that breeder had that puppy get a Rabies shot, I would keep that pup as far away from his as possible from now on. Even at 12 weeks he is TOO YOUNG for a rabies shot. Besides the fact that anyone with half a brain would NOT give a rabies shot to a sick pup. (This is NOT directed at Johnnys owner, but the breeder.)
 

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Also wondering could it be kennel cough? Not sure how pups end up with this. LOL Besides a Kennel of course.
 

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If your girl has kennel cough the next thing to watch out for is Pneumonia cause this seems to follow if not caught and treated right away
 

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Can a pup get kennel cough from somewhere besides being boarded? (Just curious my pup is not sick)
 

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I've only had dogs get kennel cough a couple times and as far as I can recall, they didn't get it from being boarded in a kennel.
 

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Originally Posted By: DSuddCan a pup get kennel cough from somewhere besides being boarded? (Just curious my pup is not sick)
a pup can get kennel cough anywhere. and since symptoms dont often show for 2-10 days after exposure its usually hard to trace the source unless its something obvious such as a kennel or animal shelter.
 

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the seller gave me some Azithromycin Usp to help him get back in good health.

hes been sleeping all day, and is really weak, he keeps falling down whenever we go outside and doesn't feel like doing much. I'm going to call the seller tomorrow morning and find out what to do with this guy
 

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As you know, your little fella is cuter'n anything!

Please take your puppy to the vet. Forget the seller. You have a "sick puppy" and as the expression leads you to believe, nothing to mess around with.

I'd also worry a bit about something like parvo showing up.

I'm hoping for the best for you and this little guy. But please, go back to the vet. If that vet doesn't do it, go to another vet. Please.
 

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Yikes, get him to the VET. Not the person who sold him to you. . .but a licensed veterinarian!! Unless they happen to be one in the same, which it doesn't sound like to me.

It's apparent from your posts that he's just getting sicker and sicker and the longer you wait, the worse it could be. He's such a cute lil guy, I'd hate to hear of something bad happening to him. Get him to a vet ASAP. Even if you have to take him to the emergency clinic--he needs to be seen and evaluated.
 

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Please, please take that precious looking pup to a Vet. Puppies are very vulnerable to dehydration and it doesn't take a long time and the pup is so sick it can't be helped.

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