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PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse
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Diarrhea, not eating, Boomer 9 weeks, Threw up, No,

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Diarrhea, not eating
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Boomer 9 weeks
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Boomer?
Customer: Threw up
JA: Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did Boomer eat anything unusual?
Customer: No
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 5 months ago.

Hello and thank you for your question. I am a Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience and I have assisted in the care of many pets with this particular medical concern. It would be my pleasure to assist you today. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?

1) How long have you had Boomer?
2) Where did you acquire him?
3) Any change in food?
4) Any human food?
5) Any vomiting?
6) How many visits to a veterinarian has Boomer had?
7) How many vaccines?
8) When was his last fecal performed?
9) When was he last dewormed?
10) Any blood in the stool?
11) Is he still eating and drinking? If not, when did this stop?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
1.One week
2. Am older lady that couldn't care for him
3. Did change food
4.no human food
5. Yes vomiting
6. Non since he's been with me
7. I was told he did get his shots
8. ?
9. I gave him a dewormer yesterday
10. Yes very little
11. He did eat a little bit but vomited it
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 5 months ago.

At 9 weeks of age, there are a few things that we need to be wary of here.

First, on the most minor end of the spectrum, a change in food, environment, giving dewormer and so forth can all cause a GI upset. It can cause both vomiting and diarrhea. However, it sounds like the food change was done before the dewormer was given and the vomiting and diarrhea has continued past just a few days.

On the more concerning end, perhaps even life-threatening, is the risk of viruses like parvo which can very quickly debilitate a puppy. These viruses commonly cause vomiting, diarrhea, refusal to eat, lethargy, blood in the stool, etc.

Because the history on Boomer is so varied, I would recommend that you go ahead and take him to the vet in the morning for a physical exam and to get his veterinary care started, if nothing else. Because you're unaware of when his last fecal exam was performed, this means we cannot be sure that an intestinal parasite or protozoan is not to blame here. Broad spectrum dewormers only cover hookworms and roundworms, they do not rid pets of giardia, coccidia and other intestinal parasites. On top of this, there is no proof of vaccines and even some dogs who are vaccinated will acquire parvo and other viruses. The vomiting and diarrhea can very quickly debilitate a young puppy necessitating hospitalization where home therapy might have sufficed had it been started a few days earlier. Blood in the stool can also indicate a GI bleed, so antibiotics are indicated.

More info here: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2102&aid=467

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