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    First post, new puppy mum! I have a few questions and dr Google can be very confusing!!

    I picked up my 10 week old border collie pup yesterday, she's adorable. Her breeders lived and raised her on a property, and she's never been inside until I adopted her. She's a little shy/scared inside but outside she's very bouncy and playful. How can I help her settle inside better?

    I'm feeding her the same food the breeders did, but last night when I checked on her at 4am, she had thrown up - and pooped, alot! Today, she hasn't pooped since 9 am and it's now 7:15pm. She threw up when I got home from work at about 3pm, I was only gone 3 hours. 10 minutes after I got home, she threw up/regurgitated food. I took her to the vet, as I like to air on the side of caution, 2 vets looked at her and couldn't find much, no temp, no reaction to her tummy being felt. So could the throwing up be stress from a new home environment?

    Lastly, she's due for her 2nd vaccination Monday. I know so,e vets do 2 vac and some do 3, why is this? ,y last dog wasn't socialised at a young age - we waited till after last vac, and as a result he became dog fearful/aggressive. I don't want to repeat that with this girl, I want to be able to enjoy dog parks, the beach etc. She starts puppy school next week but when can I take her for walks, to the beach (I live 5 mins from beach) etc? I've read that before 16 weeks that it's the best time to socialise them and acclimatise them etc, but that seems hard if u have to wait for 3 vacs etc?

    Thanks!!

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    Could she have gotten into something that she should not have? Puppys LOVE eating everything and this includes things they should not be! What are you feeding her? I would go back to dry plain food. As for vaccination i am no help sorry.

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    I've had a good look around, I can't see anything she's gotten into. She's on purina super coat puppy, not my ideal brand but it's what she was raised on. I hope to change her over eventually to something better.
    The vet put her on boiled chicken and rice which she has wolfed down!

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    With the newer vaccines all my vets believe that 2 should be adequate. I give the second one at 11 -12 weeks and then wait about 10 days. Some vets may give a third one to cover the very small percentage of puppies whose maternal antibodies have interfered with the second vaccine. I have always just done the 2. Before they are fully covered I have taken pups into busy areas but I carry them and never put them on the ground.

    When I lived by the beach I was able to get to stretches that were not heavily used and I would walk my pup at low tide on the area of beach that is washed clean every day.

    Chicken and rice is always good for upset tummies. I tend to put all my pups straight onto my preferred food and have never had a problem yet.

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    I would have a look at crate training and keep her closer at night maybe. If it is stress that would help her. Maybe feed smaller quantities more often. Chicken rice is a good combo for funny tummy.She is on a massive learning curve and would be scared at night I imagine.

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    Well the chicken and rice just came back up :/ she's had 2 small feeds of it about 2 hours apart. When we went out into the backyard she goes and eats grass, not sure what that's all about ?
    Last edited by Flick; 07-18-2015 at 09:43 PM.

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    Dont panic funny tummy and puppies go together. Eating grass is instinct. See the vet tomorrow and just keep her calm and near you so you can reassure her. Anyway that is what I would do. She won't starve overnight and up chucking may be ridding her body of something (or not). But in itself it won't hurt. Maggie did a lot of it as a puppy and then it faded out so it may be nothing much. I think she ate too quick and weird things.
    Last edited by farrview; 07-18-2015 at 11:25 PM.

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    pups puke a lot. Here are some of the innocent reasons why?
    Owner just came home from work, and over excitement or sharing the food
    They want to eat it twice
    They want to share with the scary person/thing who looked at them funny
    They've been eating grass
    They've exercised after eating
    They can

    So chill, no pup will starve in 24hrs.
    Unless my dogs are behaving sick, i ignore sick. Behaving sick pup: no energy, listless, pale in the gum or eyes, shivering whilst led down, continuous heavy panting accross several environments.

    Invest in a thermometer. Sick dogs will have raised temperatures and not full of energy as your pup is. The correct temp for a dog is: 101-102.5, Using this method, will save you thousands in vet fees over the next 14yrs.

    Welcome and please send cute BC pup pics. Some of us are broody by proxy on here.

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    Thanks guys. I've waited several years to get a puppy, so she's very wanted and loved and I'm a bit over protective!

    She had some diarrhea over night, some of it a bit jelly like.. Then solid stool. Upon clean up I discovered a worm in the jelly stuff!! Aswell as 1 in the vomit, roundworm. Off to petbarn this morning to get treatment! She was all waggy and happy to see me this morning which was nice to see image.jpg

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    Thanks guys. I've waited several years to get a puppy, so she's very wanted and loved and I'm a bit over protective!

    She had some diarrhea over night, some of it a bit jelly like.. Then solid stool. Upon clean up I discovered a worm in the jelly stuff!! Aswell as 1 in the vomit, roundworm. Off to petbarn this morning to get treatment! She was all waggy and happy to see me this morning which was nice to see

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