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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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MY 4WK OLD PUPPIE WOKE ME UP IN MIDDLE OF NIGHT WITH DIARRHEA JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the dog? Customer: Mother abandon him so soft food with moist dry and bit of honey and yogurt mix first day fine till last night just sleeping, I'm giving water with syringe JA: Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the dog. What is the dog's name? Customer: Jigger JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Jigger? Customer: Playful yesterday today just wants to sleep

Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your puppy. There are a few scenarios to consider:

1) He is breaking with a life threatening infection such as parvovirus which causes profound depression, vomiting, and diarrhea - often quite foul smelling. Parvovirus is best treated while my patient is hospitalized on IV fluids and all medications are given parenterally - in any manner other than orally. If hospitalization can't be done, caretakers must try to keep these pups well hydrated and electrolyte balanced. This is done by administering small amounts of an infant fluid/electrolyte replacer such as Pedialyte (or generics) by means of an eyedropper or small poultry baster placed between the cheek and cheek teeth. A puppy's daily fluid requirement is ~1 ounce per pound of body weight which can be difficult to give orally but every little bit helps.

2) He's heavily parasitized. You can purchase an over the counter wormer containing either pyrantel pamoate or fenbendazole and worm him now and at 2 week intervals until he's 12 weeks of age. If worming is successful, these pups generally normalize quickly - within 36 hours.

3) He's dehydrated and depressed because he has lost fluids and electrolytes through his vomitus due to simple colic. He would need those fluids replaced as mentioned above and the tincture of time usually normalizes colicky pups within hours.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.
Hi Bennett,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin