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Hi, We got a puppy (18 week old cross collie) from a shelter at the weekend and since yesterday afternoon it has been unwell. It had very soft poo which has gone worse but not very frequent and last night he threw up about 3 times and had packets and stuff in his vomit. he is completely off his food, fairly lethargic and not into going out for a walk. We are taking him to the vet this afternoon. In his poo the other morning I saw what I thought were elastic bands, my husband now thinks that they were dead worms and I have checked on the net and they look like roundworms. He has had three lots of wormer in the shelter and they said he would be fine now for 6 months. We were going to ask the vet when he gets his second injection in a week or so. I am just looking for assurances really - we will be taking him to the vet, will he be okay? Is it worms do you think that is making him have diaorrhea (sorry about spelling) or do you think he could have something in his stomach - seeing as he had somehow got hold of wrappers and stuff already?<br><br>
I feel sick to the stomach as well!
 

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I'd see if you could take him to the vet early. What kind of wrappers were they? Did he somehow eat chocolate candy? Worms definitely can cause diarrhea but I'd think it'd have to be a severe case to cause such lethargy, and if he already had deworming injections at the shelter I don't think that would be likely. Maybe he's anemic from the worms though.<br><br><br><br>
I'd get him to the vet ASAP.
 

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I would take him to the vet before next week. If he is that sick, they aren't going to vaccinate him anyway. Puppies dehydrate and get VERY sick very quickly, so it's not worth waiting.
 

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Like I said, we made him an appointment for yesterday - as soon as we felt he was going downhill. The vet gave him an injection which I think was to help his diarohea, some med to give him orally to help his gut and to stop him being sick and some stuff for in his water. He thought the worms coming out of him had probably caused some upset and all the coming to a new home and being fed has unnerved him. Got to take him back today if he doesn't buck up. He is drinking but we can't get him to eat - having to give him boiled rice and chicken but he won't touch it. He is feeling really sorry for himself. He is also really thin. We also have an appointment for friday if he hasn't started eating by then, and another appointment for next week for his second vaccination.
 

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Perhaps you already did this, but if not it might be worth contacting the shelter and seeing what they were feeding him. A sudden change in diet when he moved in with you could have upset his digestion, and it is possible that he has only been exposed to one type of food before.<br><br>
Also (something our shelter used to do for dogs with the runs) it might be worth trying pasta mixed with "smooth" meat. Here the usual brand is Chappie (dont know if you have that in the US, but its basically like pureed meat (no lumps)) and Ive know it tempt a few to eat when nothing else seemed to.
 

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I'm in the uk actually queenarmadillo. We got the same dried food as they were feeding him in the shelter but he was only in there a couple of days. As he was in a shelter I don't know what it was like where he was born. Maybe all the moving about has unsettled him. He still isn't eating, its an effort to get him even to drink but he is having some and he is still having the runs, though not too frequently. He is going back to the vets tomorrow. I think I know which food you mean, I might get some tomorrow. I just don't know what to do.<br><br>
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I'm in the uk actually queenarmadillo. We got the same dried food as they were feeding him in the shelter but he was only in there a couple of days. As he was in a shelter I don't know what it was like where he was born. Maybe all the moving about has unsettled him. He still isn't eating, its an effort to get him even to drink but he is having some and he is still having the runs, though not too frequently. He is going back to the vets tomorrow. I think I know which food you mean, I might get some tomorrow. I just don't know what to do.<br><br>
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dogs like people can get stressed out especially after being moved from one home to another in a very short period of time, such as has happened with your pup.<br><br><br><br>
Others have already mentioned diet, sudden changes in food can effect their poop as well.<br><br><br><br>
I can only suggest you keep doing what you are doing and be patient and give him lots of attention and assurances and show him he has a home instead of a temporary residence...... can take awhile.
 

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Husband has taken him back to the vets this morning and they have kept him in and put him on a drip and are doing blood tests. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/worried.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":worried:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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thanks wolfie<br><br><br><br>
They kept him in overnight, very ill but stable. Phoning shortly to find out about blood test. They think it might be parvo. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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thanks wolfie<br><br><br><br>
They think it might be parvo. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("></div>
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That was my first worry. I would have done all that the first time he came to me. It's not a good idea to send a puppy or kitten that is not eating, lethargic and dehydrated home. I hope he perks up and comes through.<br><br><br><br>
The worms are the least of your worries. They typically only come out like that after a deworming (they get paralysed and evacuated). Make sure you pick all his feces and dispose of them immediately or they can contaminate the environment with eggs. Also get a second deworming 2-3 weeks after the first one.
 
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