Hi, I'm new to this forum and I thought I'd introduce myself and my puppy.
I have a 14 wk old GSD named Prince. He was a Christmas gift I bought for my boyfriend and myself. He previously had a GSD named Princess that passed away when he was younger so we always talked about getting a pup someday and thought I'd put our plan into action! We picked him up at 8 weeks old from the breeder on Christmas Eve, popped a ribbon on him and surprised my boyfriend with him when all the prezzies were being unwrapped. I think he suspected it all along, but he was really shocked and pleased when I came walking around the corner with the little fuzzball in my arms!
Pup was introduced to the other dogs, fit in really well and was really such a pleasure to be around. We had tons of laughs from him tripping over his own giant paws and he was such a fuss-free little guy who only cried when he was hungry. He bit a LOT, he had more toys than a puppy could ever need to keep him occupied but still preferred human feet and hands to chew on.
Fast forward two weeks and pup barely touched his dinner. This was quite unusual as he usually GOBBLES it down. Tried bribing him with his favorite food (milk) and he had a little drink but left most of it in the bowl and went to lay down in the kennel. I stayed outside for a couple of hours, trying to coax him to eat to no avail, and when the food he had previously eaten came right back up I knew I had to take him to the vet.
This is 12:30AM by this time and we arrived at the veterinary hospital emergency room. We waited for a couple of hours while a few other, seemingly sicker dogs came in and were seen by the vets. Prince's turn came and we went into the consultation room. The vet nurse said he looked fine, did a quick check, said it was most likely a tummy bug and said she'd get the vet to see him anyway. Vet came in, had a feel around his tummy and said straight away she suspected a couple of things, one of which was intussusception. He had an ultrasound and she confirmed it right away - he'd need emergency surgery. I was shocked, I most definitely was not expecting something so serious. After paying a giant deposit and bawling my eyes out on my way out of the vet hospital cause I was leaving without my boy, I stayed up all night waiting for a call from the vet letting me know how it went.
It went as well as we could hope for and by morning he'd woken up from the anesthetic and was hazily playing with the vet students. Went to visit him the next day and he was his old self again. A couple of days later and after paying my giant $4000 vet bill he was ours again.
Had to keep the little tyke cooped up with no exercise for 2 weeks - we initially used the laundry but he wasn't having a bar of that, he was far too bored! So we made him a small pen outside he could watch the other dogs from.
He is now 14 weeks old and *touch wood* has fully recovered. He is in his second week of puppy school and is coming along really well! I have taught him not to use humans as chew toys and have also started clicker training. It's a privilege to be able to train such an intelligent and willing puppy and I'm learning more and more about him every day. He now knows how to sit, lie down, lie down lower (put snout on ground), shake, spin left, spin right and leave a treat until I give the command to get it.
Congratulations if you got through all that, it's been a rough start to this guy's life with us but it's most definitely looking up! Time for pics I think.
Prince at 8 weeks:
One week ago: