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Hi there, I am Dr. Kane, and I will do my best to assist you with your pet today. Please give me a moment to type up a response to your concerns. In the meantime- please take a moment to relay any other pertinent information. Sound good?
OK, got it. In a puppy this young who is vomiting, the first thing we have to consider is an infectious disease like parvovirus, or gastrointestinal parasites/worms. If she has been vomiting for more than a day- she is at risk of becoming severely dehydrated. In puppies a puppy this young, it would be best for her to be examined as soon as possible by a veterinarian. They will be able to assess whether she needs to be rehydrated, and test her for parvo if they dee, appropriate. When you bring her in, try to collect and bring along a fresh stool sample if one is available. Has this helped?
If your other dog is an adult, or older puppy who has been vaccinated- they are likely protected from getting parvo as the vaccine is highly effective. The reason so many puppies get it is because they have not received the course of vaccinations yet, and they do not have a mature immune system. Vaccination for parvo is typically started at 6-8 weeks, and continues monthly until 16-18 weeks.
There are numerous other causes, and unfortunately it can sometimes be difficult to ascertain what the underlying cause of vomiting or diarrhea is. So we start with eliminating the most common causes by testing the stool for parasites, and testing for parvovirus. If these tests are clear- she may need bloodwork and/or x-rays to help determine the most appropriate course of action.
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I hope that you can get to the bottom of this and that little Chloe is feeling better soon- she is lucky to have you looking out for her!
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