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I have a frenchy who is 14 weeks old, have her for 2 weeks

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Hi i have a frenchy...
Hi i have a frenchy who is 14 weeks old, have her for 2 weeks and shes verrrrry calm to the point of me being nervous
JA: What sort of animal are we talking about?
Customer: french bulldog 14 wks female
JA: OK. I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the French bulldog?
Customer: well the vet asked me ow energetic she is and that "she should play hard and sleep hard", but she doesnt "play hard", she wants to sleep all the time and cuddled i am worried there is something wrong, as well she came to us with giardia and is being treated for it
JA: Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the French bulldog. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the French bulldog?
Customer: just giardia
Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
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Hi, i`m Richard, a Veterinarian from the UK. Hopefully I can help today.

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Dog Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 4 months ago

What treatment is she currently on for the giardia?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
hi, worried about my pup being lethargic
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
hello?
Dog Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 4 months ago

What treatment is she currently on for the giardia?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
panacur and metronidazole
Dog Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 4 months ago

OK, then panacur shoudn`t be causing an issue, but the metronidazole could potentially make her a little lethargic. How is her appetite?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
appetite is fantasticthis whole time, but lethargy too, before medication, i am just not sure if this is normal or not
Dog Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 4 months ago

Did your vet identify any medical problems when he checked her over?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
no just giardia and she has watery eyes
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
oh she also continues to eat her poop even through for-bid
Dog Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 4 months ago

does she still have diarrhea?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
no she has not had diarrhea since like a week ago
she did a tiny tiny vomit saturday, however chauked it up to eating too fast
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
i just let her out of the pen and she came right to me on the couch an lay down on me and has momentarily fallen asleep
Dog Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 4 months ago

How long a course of metronidazole does she have?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
7 days, started fri or sat
Dog Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
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Have you seen any blood in her stool?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
no
Dog Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
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Excellent. If her diarrhea is improving I would continue the medication for the full course. As long as her appetite is good, I would be happy to keep an eye on things, see her antibiotic course through and see if she is brighter when she has finished her medication and her diarrhea is remaining settled. She was not 100% when she came to you and now she is on medication every day, it may just be difficult for her to keep up. If you do not notice her being significantly perkier once shes finished her antibiotic course, I would recommend getting her checked over again.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
ok ty, when i picked her up today she also peed a tiny bit, which she has never done before, is that just a random pupy mistake or alrming? last question
Dog Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 4 months ago

That can be due to excitement sometimes, it is not alarming unless she is showing general signs of incontinence.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
what would be a sign of incontinence? as she pees on the floor all the time :)
Dog Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 4 months ago

More peeing in her bed and not knowing she is doing it, appearing to not have any control. Does she squat to pee?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
she squats
Dog Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 4 months ago

If she squats, she knows she needs to go, so she isn`t incontinent. incontinence is more of an unconscious leakage of urine. I suspect her peeing on the floor is just lack of house training so far!

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
while i have you, im having a hard time with the crate training, i keep going back and foth between keeping crate closed and open at night (with playpen closed though), because she eats her poop but also walks all over it and around, i have been bathing her in the middle of nights, what is the best method?
Dog Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 4 months ago

The best method is perseverance and patience! You haven`t had the greatest start as toilet training is futile if a dog has diarrhea! There is not a great deal you can do about it while you are sleeping, if she has a crate as a safe place and is happy to be in it that is good. Take her out last thing at night and first thing in the morning. Take her out regularly during the day and make a huge fuss when she does anything outside. If she odes something inside, make no fuss but get her outside immediately so she associates peeing/pooping with being outside.

Remember, with a pup, whenever something goes in the front end, something is going to come out the back end. So straight outside after she eats.

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Thankyou so much,
Richard

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
oh wait though, she cant go outside yet....shes confined to the home until another set of vaccinations...
Dog Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 4 months ago

She can go into an enclosed back yard as long as its secure from other dogs

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
i live in manhattan in an apt, any other suggestions? i think my vet said she cant gzo even out on the concrete...
Dog Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
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You don`t really have many options if you don`t have any outside space. Her main risk is other dogs and their feces. If you have no control over other animals in the environemnt then I wouldnt take that risk. The best you can do in your situation is substitute absorbent puppy pads for the times you would take her outside.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
what do you mean? take in her front of the building with like 3 pads and dont move her from the pads and see if she goes?
Dog Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
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If she pees on the floor, move her to a puppy pad in the kitchen.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
while she starts peeing or after?
Dog Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 4 months ago

when she starts if you catch her, or after if you dont

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
got it, ok thanks
Dog Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
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You are very welcome. Click the stars!

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