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Hi everyone ? I have just joined this group after lurking for a few weeks before picking up my puppy. I’ll give a bit of background first.

I picked up Molly, 8 weeks old from the breeder 3 days ago. A very reputable breeder, well researched and recommended. She was fine when that first night, she played lots and ate her dinner and all was well. The next day she was sick twice and had very watery stools (complete water) and although she was still drinking lots she had no appetite. The breeder called me that morning to say one of the other puppies was at the vets for vomiting and they think it is gastroenteritis. All the other puppies were fine but they were keeping her pup in for fluids as she was dehydrated. I took molly to the vets and they said no temperature, everything else seems fine and she wasn’t dehydrated so they gave me some probiotic to give her and I as told to give her chicken and rice and stop normal food until stools firm up.

She started eating again, the chicken and rice and the diarrhoea stopped, she didn’t poo at all yesterday. She became much more active and I thought that was the end of it but wanted to continue with the probiotic and chicken/rice until she had a firm stool. This morning she did have a firm stool which I was relieved about although it was yellow colour. But then she was sick once with little bits of red in it and she also has not eaten today. She has been drinking lots still and when she is awake she is very active, running and chewing everything and seems very well in herself but the vomit worried me and also her not eating.

Could the vomit and lack of appetite be due to the gastroenteritis still? Or perhaps the probiotic? I did wonder as she has only been with us 3 days if she isn’t eating because she is still settling in. Any advice would be appreciated. I have another appointment with the vet after the Easter weekend but I’m worried about her so wanted to post on here. Thanks for reading :smile2:
 

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Welcome and congratulations on your new puppy! Before starting the chicken and rice diet were you feeding her the same food as she was on at the breeders?

I'd be pretty worried that she's still vomiting and not eating. If she won't eat today, I try to get an appointment with the vet today or tomorrow. If she's not improving, she needs to be assessed for an obstruction and given antibiotics if tests suggest a bacterial or parasitic cause.
 

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The 'red'= was it red like blood or red like a piece of something solid? If it was not liquid but solid, I'd worry she had an obstruction. It could be a part of a toy or fabric from a stuffed animal. And that maybe the GI issue was just a coincidence.

The probiotic isn't going to cause an issue for her. If it does anything it would be a helpful thing.
The continued vomiting is worrisome. The bright attitude is a good thing, but not eating chicken and rice is worrisome.

Did the vet give you any other drugs, like metronidiazole?Or perhaps give her an injection of it?
The vomit- does it look like undigested food, or mush?
 

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Thank you for your reply. The red in the vomit was kind of stringy/mucusy and it mostly consisted of water and partly undigested rice. She’s still on the same food from the breeder but won’t eat it.

We weren’t given anything else except the probiotic. He said if she didn’t improve he would give us antibiotics but she started to eat so I thought it had improved and didn’t take her back to the vets. Since posting this she has had watery diarrhoea again so I have an appointment booked with a vet today. I’m really worried.
 

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Hello and welcome. Sorry your pup isn’t doing well. Glad she’s going to the vet today. Please keep us posted.
 

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Thanks everyone, we’ve just got back from the vets. He's hoping it’s acute gastroenteritis. He gave her an antibiotic injection and some a course of antibiotic tablets plus some special food to help replace whatever she has lost. If she is no better by tomorrow then he wants to run some tests to see if it’s an obstruction or something else going on. It’s really worried me ?
 

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I'm so sorry to hear you're going through this with your little one, I hope she improves with the antibiotics and it isn't anything more serious. Sending you lots of positive thoughts.
 

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I'm so sorry to hear you're going through this with your little one, I hope she improves with the antibiotics and it isn't anything more serious. Sending you lots of positive thoughts.

Thank you I appreciate that. It’s definitely not what I was hoping for within the first few days! I love her so much already that it’s quite upsetting. Fingers crossed she will soon feel better x
 

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Thank you I appreciate that. It’s definitely not what I was hoping for within the first few days! I love her so much already that it’s quite upsetting. Fingers crossed she will soon feel better x
I feel for you, especially with it being a bank holiday weekend too.
 

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Thanks everyone, we’ve just got back from the vets. He's hoping it’s acute gastroenteritis. He gave her an antibiotic injection and some a course of antibiotic tablets plus some special food to help replace whatever she has lost. If she is no better by tomorrow then he wants to run some tests to see if it’s an obstruction or something else going on. It’s really worried me ?

I'm so glad you took her in. I was going to say, a bit of blood in diarrhea is not so bad, but blood in the vomit can be very bad. My dog had that - my vet called it hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, and I am guessing it's what your vet meant by acute. So I can tell you, the antibiotics worked very quickly on my girl - she did not vomit blood again, and though her poops stayed very soft, it was no longer bad liquid diarrhea. We did the injection plus a course of antibiotics, and Shala ate the prescription gastro food (canned for the first few days and then the kibble). Once all that was done, she was really fine, but her poops were still more soft than not, and continued to be soft for a week or two more, so I eventually did a 30-day course of probiotics, which got everything back on track.


Really hope your pup responds well and it clears up quickly.
 

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Thanks everyone, we’ve just got back from the vets. He's hoping it’s acute gastroenteritis. He gave her an antibiotic injection and some a course of antibiotic tablets plus some special food to help replace whatever she has lost. If she is no better by tomorrow then he wants to run some tests to see if it’s an obstruction or something else going on. It’s really worried me ?

I'm so glad you took her in. I was going to say, a bit of blood in diarrhea is not so bad, but blood in the vomit can be very bad. My dog had that - my vet called it hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, and I am guessing it's what your vet meant by acute. So I can tell you, the antibiotics worked very quickly on my girl - she did not vomit blood again, and though her poops stayed very soft, it was no longer bad liquid diarrhea. We did the injection plus a course of antibiotics, and Shala ate the prescription gastro food (canned for the first few days and then the kibble). Once all that was done, she was really fine, but her poops were still more soft than not, and continued to be soft for a week or two more, so I eventually did a 30-day course of probiotics, which got everything back on track.


Really hope your pup responds well and it clears up quickly.
Thank you. She still isn’t eating! She hasn’t been sick at all but she just won’t eat anything and I’m really worried. The thing is she is still active, running around and playing. But I can’t get her to eat.
 

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Thank you. She still isn’t eating! She hasn’t been sick at all but she just won’t eat anything and I’m really worried. The thing is she is still active, running around and playing. But I can’t get her to eat.

Is it canned food or kibble that your vet gave? Is it EN food? That food is usually like crack to them. How long has it been since she ate?
 

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Thank you. She still isn’t eating! She hasn’t been sick at all but she just won’t eat anything and I’m really worried. The thing is she is still active, running around and playing. But I can’t get her to eat.

Is it canned food or kibble that your vet gave? Is it EN food? That food is usually like crack to them. How long has it been since she ate?
It’s purina pro plan dietetic tinned food. I soaked it in water and have been syringe feeding her. She has had a couple of bits of soaked kibble and a tiny bit of chicken. This is an improvement from earlier when she walked away from all food. She is also bounding around chewing all the furniture at the moment. She’s actually had loads of energy all day except a few naps. She has also just ate a bit of my other dogs kibble! Although I know she isn’t supposed to, I’m jus glad she is actually choosing to eat x
 

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It’s purina pro plan dietetic tinned food. I soaked it in water and have been syringe feeding her. She has had a couple of bits of soaked kibble and a tiny bit of chicken. This is an improvement from earlier when she walked away from all food. She is also bounding around chewing all the furniture at the moment. She’s actually had loads of energy all day except a few naps. She has also just ate a bit of my other dogs kibble! Although I know she isn’t supposed to, I’m jus glad she is actually choosing to eat x

I hope she is eating better by now. If she's not, a return visit to the vet is needed. Usually canned food is very tempting and yummy to them. Are you syringe feeding because she won't eat normally?
 

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It’s purina pro plan dietetic tinned food. I soaked it in water and have been syringe feeding her. She has had a couple of bits of soaked kibble and a tiny bit of chicken. This is an improvement from earlier when she walked away from all food. She is also bounding around chewing all the furniture at the moment. She’s actually had loads of energy all day except a few naps. She has also just ate a bit of my other dogs kibble! Although I know she isn’t supposed to, I’m jus glad she is actually choosing to eat x

I hope she is eating better by now. If she's not, a return visit to the vet is needed. Usually canned food is very tempting and yummy to them. Are you syringe feeding because she won't eat normally?
Hi, yes I was syringe feeding to kick start her appetite as recommended by the breeder. Thankfully the next day she started eating again and now has a very healthy appetite and very playful once the antibiotics started working. She had me really worried!
 
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