Puppy health Issues common and uncommon

Common

1.  Roundworms: When the vet checks a stool sample they are looking for adult worms that are shedding eggs. We have wormed the puppies 2 times, so there should be no adult worms.  We still recommend that you worm the puppy 2 more times.  The cost of checking the stool and worming the puppy is almost the same.
2.  Coccidiosis: This is a parasite. It is in all dogs in small quantities. It is an opportunist and blooms when a puppy is under stress. Either from bringing the puppy home or another illness.  Symptoms are: a smelly diarrhea and loss of appetite. Must be confirmed with a stool sample.  Most important is to make sure your puppy does NOT dehydrate. Easily treated by your vet.
3.  Flu:  Puppies get the flu just like we do. Same symptoms as we get. Should not last more than 24 hours. You can give 1 teaspoon of Pepto Bismol up to 4 times a day.
4.  Bladder infections: Common in young puppies. Symptoms: Very frequent urination , possible blood in the urine.  Easily treated by your vet.
5.  Ear infections: Symptoms: Bad smell in the ear, frequent scratching the ear and dark colored substance in the ear.  Easily treated by your vet.
 
UNCOMMON

1.  Parvo virus: Symptoms: Blood in severe diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargic, and vomiting. Snap test are only 70% accurate. False positives are very possible.  Your vet needs to send a Parvo test to a lab for confirmation. The incubation period can be as little as 48 hours. Most important is to make sure the puppy does NOT dehydrate.
2.  Giardiasis: This is a parasite that is found in wet or swampy areas. Symptoms: Blood in stool, loss of appetite, lethargic. Must be confirmed with an in-house stool sample.
Most important is to make sure your puppy does NOT dehydrate. Easily treated by your vet.
3.  Worms: Hookworms, whipworms & tapeworms.  Symptoms: Very thin puppy, rough dry coat. Must be confirmed with a stool sample.
4.  Coronavirus: Same symptoms as Parvo.  You need a Parvo test to confirm that it isn't Parvo.  Most important is to make sure your puppy does NOT dehydrate.

 


 

 

 

PUPPY HEALTH ISSUES

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