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    Default New puppy, worms and not settling in and depressed - Please Help!

    Hi Everyone,

    I've just joined on here and am hoping that you can advise me whats best to do or how I can help my puppy (Belle).

    I just picked up her up yesterday (Saturday 27/04/2013), she is an 8 week old Maltese Shitzu and had all her vaccines on Thursday.

    She got sick in the car on the way home which is normal, and has taken to life in her crate very well - a little too well. She had normal poos all day yesterday and is getting there with the potty training, however she is not eating her food and barely drinking water - she has had one or two bites of kibble that she had been on from her breeder but nothing else - I even tried canned food this morning to get something into her but she has no interest.

    She was great last night making noise to be let out to potty. Then this morning she is having difficulty going potty, then she had runny poo and clear poo with spots of blood. I then found a long worm coming out of her bum which I removed, this was alive. The breeder did tell me to worm her today - so I did that - but now she just is sleeping in her crate and has no interest in coming out - I bring her out to go potty - and she is hiding under things to shy away. when I try to give her cuddles she is walking away and just going back into her crate or hiding ubder a cushion on my couch - I don't want to force her. Any poos that come now are small and either a clear drop with a spot of blood or runny poo.

    She seems just so sad and depressed and the fact that she is not eating is really worrying. She is just sleeping in her crate all day except when I brought her out for a quick walk in the park across the road which she really didn't enjoy

    The pet shop said this is all normal for her second day in my house and the fact that she has worms explains the lack of interest in food - but i really am so new to all this and want some advice or more peace of mind from experienced owners? I am more than willing to bring her to the vet - but don't want to seem OTT but really want her to settle in.

    Thank you in advance for your help or advice.

    Dee and Belle x x

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    That is not normal at all particularly the lack of interest in food/water and she's probably not only constipated but in pain from the worms. They shying away and hiding could be because she's sore and stressed.

    Get her to a vet ASAP for a thorough checkup as worms can cause stomach aches and anemia quickly particularly in a pup that small. Blood in the poo is a very bad sign in one so young, don't wait. Did you get her from a pet shop or a breeder because you mention both?

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    She literally just ate some food (she is 1.5 kilos, so what's a normal amount?) and drank some water and had a little time outside after a potty without hiding (Wee) but now she is gone back into her crate and is chewing on her toy, i think she is teething also.

    I bought her from a breeder, well a woman who's female had her first litter but didn't get enough advice and not getting great support from her today. I got the advice from the Pet Warehouse where I bought the worm dose from today.

    It is only a tiny bit of blood - it's more clear than anything with a spot of blood? Do you think I should take her to the vet right now?

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    Hi Dee, and welcome to the forum.

    Perhaps you could ring your vet now and ask their advice about taking Belle in now or leaving until the morning.
    The vet will tell you what signs and symptoms to check first.

    She is still a baby and will sleep most of the time, and yes, she will probably be teething for the next 6 to 9 months.
    It isn't a good idea to take pups to the park until after they are fully immunised.

    Also, take Belle's immunisation paperwork (and any other paperwork the breeder gave you) to the vet when you go.

    I hope everything is sorted quickly for you. Please keep us informed.

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    The symptoms you described sound exactly like when my Ridgeback puppy had parvo...although he never did eat by himself again for along time after the vet saved him.

    Please dont risk it......i'd be taking him to the vet first thing in the morning. Good luck.


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    Thanks everyone.

    She is getting a little better as the evening goes on since I got the worm dose in her. She is drinking some water and has had some food from the can. I will take her to the vet tomorrow just to make sure she is OK.

    Thanks for your help - really appreciated as I have no-one else to ask.

    I'll let you all know how she goes.

    Dee and Belle x

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    vicrugby

    I feel like you've been sold a very cute lemon.

    New Regulations for Dog Breeders - Department of Primary Industries

    The puppy should also be microchipped.

    It should not have worms or other health problems.

    A long flat worm could be tape worm. Not all wormers kill these. Check on the pack that it kills intestinal and hydatid worms.

    Your puppy could also have heart worm - and if you give worm tablets when your puppy has these - you can kill it.

    well a woman who's female had her first litter but didn't get enough advice and not getting great support from her today.
    Personally I'd believe this person was a front for a puppy mill. And she clearly doesn't know the law that applies to puppy breeders including her. So I'd be having a quiet chat to the RSPCA about her.

    How did you find this particular person and why did you choose to buy from her?

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    Hi vicrugby,
    Any news on your girl yet?
    Hope she is ok.
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    Hi Guys,

    She is actually doing fantastic now. After a slow start, I think it was the worms that were causing her to be in pain.

    Hyacinth - i think I was sold a lemon in a sense, but I Love her and am glad to be able to take proper care of her. I found her seller on the internet and she seemed pretty genuine, i Have informed her of the problems I have had with Belle and she was very apologetic.

    she eliminated about 12 large worms in the 3 days after this post.

    Belle is becoming alot more confident and is learning new things everyday.

    Thank you for your support and help and I look forward to chatting with you all moving forward.

    Dee and Belle x

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    Hi Vic Rugby

    I do love an update.

    You might want to worm her again soon... just to catch the next batch of hatchers... your vet can advise on how often. Puppies often need worming more often than they will as adult dogs. Some worming products they will eat happily (like drontal chewables) and others - I put the pink tablets inside a piece of tinned sardine to encourage wolfing down.

    Glad things are going better for you. Puppy sellers get away with all sorts of mischief because puppy buyers fall in love with their new pets and don't want to give them back no matter what. But hopefully you will learn heaps here and avoid problems like that in the future.

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