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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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My 9 week old puppy has vomited 3 times this evening in the

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My 9 week old puppy has vomited 3 times this evening in the space of approx 30-40 minutes. She is now asleep. Before vomiting she was playing with another puppy and was very boisterous. How worried should I be?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Hi Sir or Madam,
My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
In order to supply you with an informed answer, it is necessary for me to collect some additional information from you. When I receive your response or reply, it will likely take me between 30-45 minutes to type up my reply if I am still online when I receive notice that you replied. I hope you can be patient.
How long ago did you get the puppy?
Has the puppy had any vaccinations?
When was it?
Was this a littermate?
Did you breed this puppy?
Has the pup been around unvaccinated dogs or puppies or in pet stores or dog parks?
Is the dog eating and drinking?
Does the dog have diarrhea?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
We have had the Puppy for almost 2 weeks.
She had received her first dose vaccinations prior to this.
The playmate is my sister in law's puppy of the same age though not a litter mate.
This was the first time we have allowed Pebbles to interact with another dog since we got her and have restricted her outdoor space to a small fenced area directly outside the rear door which we have been regularly disinfecting.
She had eaten earlier in the evening; perhaps 60-90 minutes prior to the first vomiting episode, but hasn't eaten since. I gave her a small amount of water a little while ago which she drank.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the additional informaton. You should never have a puppy around any other dog who has not been fully vaccinated. Since they are both 9 weeks old or so, neither is fully vaccinated and could easily pass disease to the other. However, the incubation period for parvovirus is 3-10 days or so. So your pup would not have caught something from the other pup in that short of time. However, if she was in a pet store, vet office waiting room floor or other unvaccinated dogs, then she might have picked up parvovirus in one of those places.
Usually parvovirus starts with nausea leading to a loss of appetite, vomiting when they try to eat, the diarrhea that smell horrible and possibly back or maroon in color. It doesn't quite fit that pattern but I want to give you information on this anyway because parvo can be treated successfully if treatment is started within 48 hours of the loss of appetite. Read more on Tamiflu here:
If you think she may have parvovirus, I urge you to have her seen as possible and ask about tamiflu if she tests positive for parvo. Pass this information onto your sister in law as well.
There are other reasons a dog may vomit including eating something they shouldn't have parasites such as worms, coccida or giardia.
Here are sites on worms, coccidia and giardia, which you may find informative.
Even too frequent changing of food might lead to nausea. I highly recommend sticking to one puppy food until she gets used to it. At this point, without testing for parasites or parvo, I couldn't tell you what exactly is wrong. I'd monitor her closely and be sure she is eating and drinking. If she continues to not eat, have her seen by your vet. It is not normal for a puppy to not eat.
I hope this information is helpful to you. If you need more information or clarification, please reply and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are satisfied, please take the opportunity to rate.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Hi Jo,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Pebbles. How is everything going?
Jane Lefler