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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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My puppy started having the watery stool, with lil bit of

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My puppy started having the watery stool
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: with lil bit of blood .... dont have the money at the moment to take him in the vet
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Customer: trying to get hold
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Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Dog
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Can you please help
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 12 months ago.

Hi JaCustomer,

My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

In order to supply you with an informed answer, it is necessary for me to collect some additional information from you. When I receive your response or reply, it will likely take me between 30-45 minutes to type up my reply if I am still online when I receive notice that you replied. I hope you can be patient.

How old is your puppy?

Has your pup had any vaccinations?

If so, when was the last one?

Has the pup been dewormed.?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
5 weeks old not yet just got him from a friend nope not yet .....planning to do that once we have money
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 12 months ago.

Thanks for the additional information. Just so you know, in most areas, the rehoming of dogs under 6 weeks of age is not legal. I'm not sure of the laws in Canada but I'm sure they must be similar. Pups should not really be separated from their mom's until they are at least 8 weeks of age. While a pup may be weaned, those last few weeks teach a dog bite inhibition ans social skills that they learn from mom and their litter mates.

The most common reason for blood in the stool is parasites such as worms or a protozoan infection such as coccidia or giardia. The most common worms found in dogs are: Roundworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms, and Whipworms and Heartworms. 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

http://www.thepetcenter.com/exa/worms.html

http://www.truecompanionvet.com/site/view/124515_CanineIntestinalParasites.pml

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. These dewormers are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased at most pet stores.

Drontal plus is also a prescription product and is used for the treatment of Tapeworms, though dewormers with praziquantel work well against tapeworms.

If the pup is eating and drinking well, I'd go ahead and deworm him as soon as possible. Plan on deworming again in 2 weeks. He should be seen by your vet if possible, but if you can't afford it and he is eating drinking normally get him started on his vaccinations. It takes at least 2 vaccinations 3 weeks apart to even possibly develop immunity to puppyhood diseases like distemper and parvovirus. Starting at 6-8 weeks is recommended. He should also not be around other potentially unvaccinated dogs or in areas where other dogs go until he is fully vaccinated.

Many feed stores sell vaccinations and they are also available online as well at a reduced rate in the US. However, you may not have that option in Canada. I have heard that some vets will sell vaccinations to breeders, so if your friend is a breeder, his vet might sell him a vaccination and allow you to pay for it and administer it yourself.

Coccidia manifests as mild or severe diarrhea depending on how infected they are. If it is severe, there may be blood and mucous in the stool along with voming and loss of appetitie leading to dehydration You can read about it here:

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1622&articleid=727

Information on giardia

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/giardia-in-dogs/page1.aspx

Symptoms of giardia are diarrhea with possible terrible smell, mucousy stool and sometimes bouts of vomiting.

If you switched the pups food suddenly that could cause a little blood and diarrhea as well. If that is the case, it should clear up in a few days. I would still try and get the pup dewormed as soon as possible.

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Customer: replied 12 months ago.
i think hes 5 weeks but could be wrong hes has most of hes teeth ... and i will seek the help he needs ... at the moment hes active and drinking and eating has he should be
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
hes has blood in stool a lil and no vomiting just the watery stool
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
how do tell how old my puppy is ?
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 12 months ago.

If your friend's dog had the pups, he should know how old they are. However, you can use the chart on this page to determine how old your pup might be.

http://www.lowchensaustralia.com/health/teeth2.htm

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 12 months ago.

As I mentioned if you suddenly switched food, it might cause this. However, almost all pups have worms and that will also cause diarrhea and a little blood as well.

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 12 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Jane Lefler