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i have a new puppy and its stool is reddish brown and ...

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i have a new puppy and it''s stool is reddish brown and his nose ears and paws are hot. is this a sign of parvo? he has not had his shots yet. he is only 3 months old.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 8 years ago.
Hi C.Wolod,

Puppies should start their vaccination between the age of 6 to 8 weeks. They should get a vaccine for Canine Parvovirus, Distemper Virus, and Adenovirus-2 Vaccines at a minimum. Your pup’s vaccine may include protection against other diseases as well to be determined by your Vet. This is repeated every 3 weeks until the dog has one shot at or after 16 weeks of age.

Most States require a Rabies shot at 16 weeks of age.

So your pup should have a vaccination as soon as possible since he is already behind in his vaccinations. Signs of parvovirus are a loss of appetite, followed by vomiting and the bloody diarrhea or diarrhea that smells terrible.   These are the most common.

If your pup is eating and drinking normally, then parasites like worms or a protozoan infection such as coccidia or giardia is to blame for the blood in the stool.

In some cases these worms are passed from the mother to the puppy, in other cases such as tapeworms, they are contracted by other methods such as ingesting an infected flea. Most over the counter medicine will only kill one or two types of worms, so your best bet is to take a fecal sample to your vet to determine the type of worms your dog may have and then decide on treatment. Dogs should be checked for worms periodically even if they appear healthy. This is so if your pet does become ill, you are not fighting a worm infestation along with a more serious problem.

For additional information about worms, see this site

Common dewormers are Panacur, which is a prescription product so you need to obtain it from your Vet and it works on roundworms and whipworms. Wormers labeled as Pyrantel Pamoate are the best over the counter medication for roundworms. Drontal plus is also a prescription product and is used for the treatment of Tapeworms, though dewormers with praziquantel work well against tapeworms.   Revolution and Interceptor as well as other heartworm medications also control whipworms and roundworms. Another reason to keep your dog on Heartworm medication.

Information on coccidia
Symptoms are diarrhea which could be mild or severe depending on how infected they are. If severe there may be blood and mucous along with vomiting, loss of appetite leading to dehydration.
Information on giardia
Symptoms of giardia are diarrhea with possible terrible smell, mucousy stool and sometimes bouts of vomiting.

Other causes could be anal growths, infected anal glands and inflammation within the large intestine. You can read about the various cause of red blood in the stool here:

I hope you find this information helpful.

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