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Old 03-10-2008, 01:31 PM   #1
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Exclamation Diarrhea & blood.

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I have a 14 week old bullmastiff puppy - we only got her last week. We were told by the breeder that she'd been wormed and wasnt due for another few weeks.
Well on Thursday we noticed she'd got a case of diarrhea - we thought we should just change her diet [she has dry pedigree chum puppy mix at the moment] and that might stop her getting an upset tummy. Also as she was new to our home maybe she was nervous at settling in. Basically we were not overly worried.

On the Friday morning, we found little bits of blood in the diarrhea. We took her straight to the vet, who checked her over and gave us new puppy food and some medication to take for 3 days until Sunday. It was a worming medicine - white milky substance which we had to administer with a syringe in her mouth.

The vet said that should clear her up.

So she had all her medication, today is Monday and there was MORE blood. Back to the vets, who said she would test her for parvo tomorrow as she didnt have the right kit to test for it today?!?! Its ridiculous. We have to take her back tomorrow now.

I am so worried. I have been looking up parvo on the net and it says it is deadly. But it also says with parvo there is vomiting which my pup has not been doing. She is still taking food & water too.

Anyone had similar experience or know what the hell is wrong with my poor pup?

Please help.

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Old 03-10-2008, 01:42 PM   #2
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It could be colitis - what colour is your pup?

Its very stressful for the pup being rehomed and trying to settle in - change of diets etc - when your pup is well I'd seriously consider changing her diet to Burns -

I think its pitiful that your vet doesn't have the test in her practice - and I do hope that your pup has nothing worse than a stomach upset. Pups can go down quickly but they can back to good health just as quickly. Hard to say don't worry of course you will and your pup might feel your stress so just give her plenty of TLC until you get a result. i expect its too late to take her to another vet for the test?

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she's fawn with black face.

too late to go anywhere else yes, but we are going straight back tomorrow morning for the test.

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Hello and Welcome to the Dog Forum.org.

Did the breeder say she was given her first shot.? Was she exposed to any dogs before bringing her home? One shot does not prevent any dog disease if they are exposed to it?

I feel the vet should have necessary equipment never heard of such a thing.? The puppy if so would have parvo it is getting worse without being able to check and treat. Vomiting is a sign, but not always, parvo is deadly. It could be the pup is highly nervous, but giving her meds from vet should of cleared the diaherra up now. I do not like the blood in it, sounds serious.

We are NOT vets here nor can prescrible medicine only over the counter help. Your puppy has already seen a vet and by now you should know her problem. I pray it is nothing serious and will clear, the food may not being agreeing with her, but vet gave her some that should have? Hmmmm a big mystery that would worry me sick. I feel badly for you, but please let us know what you do find out soon I hope....
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Old 03-10-2008, 01:57 PM   #5
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The breeder did not give her any shots.
We were due to take her this weekend but then the diarrhea came and the vet said she couldnt do the shots til it cleared.

She doesnt seem 'ill' in herself - she still plays and eats. She is a bit lazy but then we were told all bullmastiffs are lazy? When do u know if the laziness is due to illness?!

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It is frustrating and scary, and like sheppie said, we are not vets, and even vets can't give a diagnosis over the internet.
The good news is that it is not necessarily serious, but only a vet can say for sure. It sould be the stress of a new home, unfamiliar food, too much food etc. I do wish you and your little pup the very best and good for you getting her to the vet as quickly as possible.
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Well, this is a new thing now....NO SHOTS AT THIS AGE? Mine get at six weeks first shot a 5 in 1 Vanguard. Next is 7 in 1 Vanguard. The pup has NO immunization to a thing, so keep her inside or in your own yard and hope no dog passes through carrying a disease?

Lazyness could be a sympton also. Most puppies are rareing to play, chew, barky, and be frisky.? I am not going to even guess with no shots, I just hope the vet clears her up and she becomes ok......The Best to your Puppy....
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thank-you all for your replies.

I hope its nothing serious, but the vet seemed to be just as stumped. She said she doesnt know without running tests. I wanted to get a second opinion but we live in a small town and as she had already had the weekend treatment with this vet my b/f thought it best to stay with these.

I have an awful feeling though

She hasnt been out yet since being with us last week.

She is sleeping now. Poor thing.

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Well honey that breeder should be paying for at least half of this expense, I would if it were me, but I make sure my pups have shots, wormed, etc.

I feel so badly for the poor little thing, what has the Breeder said? Do they never give puppy shots, just sell for money? If it is serious, I would make sure they pay or replace. I know now that might break your heart but if this might be a lifetime disease, they should replace the puppy....Pray it will be ok.
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Oh dear, poor puppy. If its any small comfort, we rushed into buying a puppy from a breeder who was selling her pups at 6 weeks, with no vaccinations. The pups were on some horrible grain food fed with milk - basically what the mother was being fed - and they all had smelly yellow diarrhoea.

We took her home and kept her indoors (potty training was outside in an enclosed garden) - she had her first jab at 8 weeks, the second at 10 weeks, and although she shouldn't have gone out before 12 weeks, she ended up going out a little earlier than that (UNWISE).

But as you can see opposite, she has ended up a fit and healthy pup despite a rather dubious start. In the UK the stray dog population is much lower than in the US (I believe??), so the chance of parvo is small, but not impossible.

Take heart, its hopefully just a nasty infection which can be cleared up. If it is parvo (I believe lethargy is a strong indicator ), you may have caught it early enough to save the pup without too much long term damage.

Think positive! Good luck and please keep us posted. I can't believe they couldn't test for it there and then???

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