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I have been and purchased a puppie today, he's 9weeks old

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Hi I have been and purchased a puppie today, he's 9weeks old he's been wormed and fleaed and had his first injections. Since bringing him home he has had 2 poos and both times their has been spots of blood their, he's running round and eating and drinking like any normal puppie. Please can you advised me what this can be caused by.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Congratulations on the new addition to the family, Matthew! The hematochezia (blood in the stool) you're seeing is most often due to coccidia; less commonly the protozoan Giardia. I also have to consider the common nematodes roundworm, hookworm, and whipworm which haven't been completely eliminated by prior worming. Make sure that his vet performs a fecal ova and parasite exam plus an in-house Giardia ELISA test. Until he can be attended to, you can presumptively worm him with over the counter Panacur (fenbendazole) available in many pet/agricultural merchant stores which addresses all of the nematodes as well as Giardia. Coccidia require a prescription drug such as ponazuril or (less effective) sulfadimethoxine.

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