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my puppy wont eat or drink and has diahrea, and vomiting.

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my puppy won't eat or drink and has diahrea, and vomiting. i gave him pedialyte/ water, and 1/2 tsp. pepto bismol. his temperature is 102.2 is there anything else i can do for him til the morning?, all the emergency clinics have a 2 to 3 hour wait.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 6 years ago.
Hello,

This is Dr. Christian. Welcome to JustAnswer. Is he keeping the water down? Has he had his vaccines and how old was he when he got the last one? Is there any blood in his vomit or diarrhea? How long has he been this way?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
no not really, i was at work when my husband called me, he gave him some water by medicine dropper and he threw it right back up, his first vomit was bright yellow, and now its white and foamy and kind of mucusy. i've only had him for a month and i was told he had them at 3 months but the mobile vet i take my dogs to hasn't been in the area yet. no blood in his vomit or diarrhea. it was just brown and liquidy with a few strands of grass. he was fine this morning when i put him outside with my other two dogs (who both are fine)
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 6 years ago.

Thank you for the information. There are several possible causes for the his symptoms:

  • Parvovirus is a deadly, highly contagious disease that is especially dangerous for puppies and their poor immune systems. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and lack of appetite. There may be blood in the diarrhea and vomit. 3 things about parvo are deadly to them: the virus itself, bacterial infections from the intestinal tract and dehydration. Treatment usually includes fluids and antibiotics as well as medications for vomiting and to help the immune system fight the virus. Vaccines are incredibly good at preventing the disease but are necessary about every 3 weeks until about 15 to 16 weeks old. One vaccine does not provide enough protection. The disease usually takes 3-7 days to appear after the puppy is exposed. Here's a link: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/parvoviral-enteritis/page1.aspx
  • Intestinal parasites are common and include hookworms, roundworms, coccidia and giardia. All of these can cause vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the stool, weight loss, lethargy and lack of appetite. Most puppies are infected with roundworms and hookworms very early in life from their mother through the milk or the womb. Giardia is potentially contagious to humans. All of these parasites can be treated but fecal tests are necessary to diagnose them. They can't been seen in the stool with the naked eye. A microscope is necessary to find the eggs in the stool to identify which parasite is present. Here's some links:
    http://www.petplace.com/dogs/intestinal-parasites-in-dogs/page1.aspx

    http://www.petplace.com/dogs/protozoan-parasites-in-dogs/page1.aspx
    http://www.petplace.com/dogs/gastrointestinal-parasites-in-dogs/page1.aspx
  • Colitis- A change in food and environment can also cause diarrhea, some lethargy and vomiting. Sometimes puppies become sick enough that fluids and medications are required to keep them from getting dehydrated and weak. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/colitis-in-dogs/page1.aspx

The most likely cause is parvo which does require veterinary attention. The options are limited since there are no over the counter medications that can help this situation. I don't recommend giving any more pepto since it has aspirin in it and can actually cause bleeding in the intestines. It is good news that his temperature is normal. The best thing to do is to keep him hydrated so keep giving him small, frequent amounts to minimize stomach upset. Don't worry about food overnight, he'll be fine without it. It is best to have him seen immediately but it that is not possible then first thing in the morning. If you have more questions please let me know.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
thank you so much
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 6 years ago.
You are welcome. Good luck.
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