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    Default New puppy - health concerns.

    Hello, not been on here for a while!! My big girl Molly is now one and just the most beautiful girl ever. We decided to get her a friend and last night got an 8 week old Ridgeback x labrador x Shar pei. She is a lovely little thing and very cheeky already. We got her home and I noticed some dirt then realised she was covered in fleas. Not just little ones either, poor little thing could barely walk without being irritated. Anyway I had some Capstar and gave her quarter of a tablet which worked great. my hubby waited and then used a comb to catch the fleas and kill them. I also gave her a nice bath using Fido's emu oil shampoo. She seems better this morning and I am going to go get some spot on treatment. She has had a few bouts of diarrhea last night and this morning. The people said they had been feeding her mince etc and some dried food. I have switched her onto dry food this morning as I didn't feed her last night. She ate it and has been drinking lots of water and been quite active for a puppy her age. I thought I noticed worms in her poo so also wormed her last night. This morning her diarrhea looked like it had some white stuff in it (dead worms?). Her gums are also not very pink they are not grey either but is this because of the fleas and worms?? I have spoken to the vet already and arranged to have her booked in for a check up and first set of needles. This isn't until Wednesday though. Just really looking for advice on what to do in the meantime. She is also looking a bit skinny I suppose it would be hard looking after 9 puppies and the parents but come on they haven't really given them the best start have they?? I didn't pay for her. They were trying to sell them for $200 and advertised that they would be wormed and first vaccine but obviously changed their minds. I just want to get this little girl healthy!! molly and gypsy.jpgmolly1.jpgGypsy.jpg
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    Default New puppy - health concerns.

    Hello, not been on here for a while!! My big girl Molly is now one and just the most beautiful girl ever. We decided to get her a friend and last night got an 8 week old Ridgeback x labrador x Shar pei. She is a lovely little thing and very cheeky already. We got her home and I noticed some dirt then realised she was covered in fleas. Not just little ones either, poor little thing could barely walk without being irritated. Anyway I had some Capstar and gave her quarter of a tablet which worked great. my hubby waited and then used a comb to catch the fleas and kill them. I also gave her a nice bath using Fido's emu oil shampoo. She seems better this morning and I am going to go get some spot on treatment. She has had a few bouts of diarrhea last night and this morning. The people said they had been feeding her mince etc and some dried food. I have switched her onto dry food this morning as I didn't feed her last night. She ate it and has been drinking lots of water and been quite active for a puppy her age. I thought I noticed worms in her poo so also wormed her last night. This morning her diarrhea looked like it had some white stuff in it (dead worms?). Her gums are also not very pink they are not grey either but is this because of the fleas and worms?? I have spoken to the vet already and arranged to have her booked in for a check up and first set of needles. This isn't until Wednesday though. Just really looking for advice on what to do in the meantime. She is also looking a bit skinny I suppose it would be hard looking after 9 puppies and the parents but come on they haven't really given them the best start have they?? I didn't pay for her. They were trying to sell them for $200 and advertised that they would be wormed and first vaccine but obviously changed their minds. I just want to get this little girl healthy!! molly1.jpgGypsy.jpgmolly and gypsy.jpg

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    Hello Mrs B
    Seems like whilst having a rough start bless her, she's got a nice safe landing in you
    I would perhaps call the vets, and say how she's been struggling a bit, and what you have described above. Ask if they recommend following the current pace of her treatment plan. or perhaps spreading things out a little.

    she seems a strong pup. Her vibrancy is testimony to she's coping. Your vet may suggest having her check up alone. Stabilise her, then continue with deworming, new diet, new life can play havoc on a pup.

    Your job is to keep her hydrated. Free access to water, and make sure she's drinking whilst she's loose.
    Follow your vets advice, and this keen hunch your following, to ensure she bounces back, as she will, i dont doubt.

    best wishes and congrats on your new puppy !

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    If she is not vaccinated I would be a little concerned if she could possibly have Parvo...Especially if she was worm laden and flea invested...

    I am very loathe to bring dogs in with my dogs that have not been vaccinated or at least come from a clean healthy environment.

    I would change my appointment time to ASAP.I know yu puppy is still energetic, but the pale gums always worryme. I know it could be from worms and fleas, but the other is still in my mind and treatment is better ASAP.

    The white things are most likely worms, but sometimes bowel mucosa is mistaken for worms........And your little one does have diarrhea

    I am sorry to sound so negative at what should be such a happy time....But I hate the "if only I had", so I tend to work on the side of caution.

    I would also tell the vet that it is a possible infectious puppy, whatever it may be.......


    Anyway, congratulations on you new puppy, I hope it will feel happy and well soon
    Pets are forever

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    Grrr I was typing the reply and it logged me out!! Anyway thank you for your feedback and replies The environment we got her in seemed fine to us. They were outside together and had access to fresh water and had food. I was told they were wormed but not vaccinated yet as it is between 6-8 weeks and they were almost 8 weeks. We got her home and I noticed "dirt" then I noticed fleas. We treated her etc and seen how bad it was. I also wormed her just to be safe as I thought that's what it could be in her poo. She has done a couple of squishy, lumpy poos. I could see whatever they had fed her so at least it wasn't watery those times. I spoke to the vet who said it could be stress, change in diet etc and to keep an eye on her. If she gets worse then bring her in. Her gums are not that pale, just not as pink as what I would expect to see, but yeah I know pale gums = trouble. They also suggested some boiled rice and chicken to settle her tummy. Ill let you all know how she goes. Thanks again.

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    I'm glad this dog has found a better home, but for the welfare of the dogs you didn't take home, you should report these people. They are breaking a bunch of laws regarding animal welfare and dog and cat management in QLD.

    Managing cats and dogs - Department of Local Government and Planning

    I guess I'd call either the RSPCA or your local council and report them for not providing a clean safe environment for their dogs and giving away or selling dogs without microchips (not to mention basic health care like worming and flea control let alone vax shots). If these people were making false statements in their advertising - you should also report them to where ever you found the ad.

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    merged the threads, we only need one.

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    Geez....i dont wanna sound negative either put the whole time i was reading the O.P i was reliving my parvo nightmare i had with Scooby. I cant offer any advice really but i hope you have a win with this. I wouldnt wish parvo on anyone.

    Whats her name ? I have a soft spot for any dog with Ridgy in them. Please keep us informed on how she goes and good luck.


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    Hi guys, thanks for the reply's. I am happy to report that little Gypsy is doing much better. Her diarrhea has stopped and her poos sort of look like cat poos lol. They are still soft but taking shape. She is completely rid of the fleas and hopefully my house is too. I have been cleaning like mad!! She has a great appetite and we also got to the vet for some pro-biotics and some puppy milk to add to her dry food. She is drinking well and is hydrated so that's good. Sound asleep at the moment. She is so little but very playful and cheeky. My poor 1 year old pup Molly doesn't know quite what to make of her but is being very gentle. Molly is also a lab x ridgeback. As for the people we got her from, I think that I will report them. They had 3 ads. The first said they were selling for $200 with vaccination and worming. The 2nd they dropped the price to $70 then the ad I saw was that they were giving them away. There was 4 pups left and they own both parents but really they should get one of them fixed if they are not equipped to deal with a litter. Gypsy.jpgmolly and gypsy cuddle.jpg

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    sorry meant to add this picture gypsy2.jpg

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