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Jane Lefler
Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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Experience:  Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 18+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist
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I have a couple puppies in a litter (6 weeks old). They seem

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I have a couple puppies in a litter (6 weeks old). They seem to have no energy. they eat a little but dont go after food like other puppies I have had.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the puppy. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Its three puppies in a litter. I didnt name them
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Them?
Customer: They seemed fine till a couple days ago
JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Veterinarian about your situation and then connect you two.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi JaCustomer, My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. I've been breeding for over 20 years now. It will be my pleasure to work with you today. Have the pups been dewormed?How many times?Have they been around any other puppies or dogs that were unvaccinated?Do they have loose stools?Any vomiting?When did their appetite decrease?
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
I was hoping to get a response back from you before giving an answer, but you do need an answer. If they haven't been dewormed, go ahead and do that. Parasites can cause nausea and once you have a real heavy load even cause vomiting. However, other conditions like giardia and coccidia can cause a decrease in appetite, loose stools and even vomiting. For additional information about worms, see this sitehttp://www.thepetcenter.com/exa/worms.html Common dewormers are Panacur, which is a prescription product so you need to obtain it from your Vet and it works on roundworms and whipworms. Wormers labeled as Pyrantel Pamoate are the best over the counter medication for roundworms. Drontal plus is also a prescription product and is used for the treatment of Tapeworms, though dewormers with praziquantel work well against tapeworms. Many heartworm preventatives also help control whipworms and roundworms. Another reason to keep your dog on Heartworm medication. Coccidia manifests as mild or severe diarrhea depending on how infected they are. If it is severe, there may be blood and mucous in the stool along with voming and loss of appetitie leading to dehydration You can read about it here:http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1622&articleid=727 Information on giardia can be found here:http://www.petplace.com/dogs/giardia-in-dogs/page1.aspx Symptoms of giardia are diarrhea with possible terrible smell, mucousy stool and sometimes bouts of vomiting. However, parvovirus can cause a loss of appetite, then vomiting and diarrhea that is bloody or black and smells horrible. There is Tamiflu that is started within 48 hours of the lost appetite which can stop the rest of the symptoms from appearing. I've had 100% recovery with numerous litters and puppies having parvo using Tamiflu. For this reason, I urge you to have the puppy seen immediately and if it is indeed parvo, ask about Tamiflu and if the doctor doesn't know about it, insist they look up the information. You can read about it here:http://www.dalmatianrescue.org/documents/parvo.pdfhttp://www.runningridgeratterriers.com/pages/Parvo_Treatments_Specifically_Tamiflu.htm A puppy can become dehydrated quickly, so it is important to keep them hydrated with pedialyte and put a drop of pancake syrup on the pup's tongue to keep the glucose level up. I hope this information is helpful to you. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have . If you do find this helpful, please take this opportunity to rate my answer positively so I am compensated for my time.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi Cody,

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

Jane Lefler