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Is it safe to give a 7 week old puppy Pepto Bismol

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Is it safe to give a 7 week old puppy Pepto Bismol?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Christian K. replied 6 years ago.
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Christian K. :

Can you tell me your puppy's problems?

Customer :

Throwing up, cant keep water down and not eating......was a different story yesterday. Ate like normal

Christian K. :

Has she had any vaccines yet?

Customer :

no

Customer :

her biological sister was the same way yesterday.....today shes the one with spunk and energy

Christian K. :

Pepto bismol can occasionally be used but it has aspirin in it so can cause problems. In addition, it won't help this situation since it will only cause more vomiting since she is vomiting up water. At this age with these symptoms there are several possibilties:
Something she ate to cause an upset stomach
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

The best you can do at home is force feed her small amounts of water or warm chicken broth mixed with honey or karo syrup. Don't try food yet because it will cause her to worsen. If she keeps that down and feels better then you can start offering bland food such as boiled chicken breast white rice and scrambled egg whites in very small amounts. There aren't any over the counter medications that will help vomiting. If she continues to vomit then she needs to be seen by a vet rather than trying to wait it out since she will quickly become dehydrated.

Customer :

Thank you for your help.

Christian K. :

You are welcome. Good luck. I hope she feels better soon.

Customer :

So do I.

Christian K. :

:)

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