(Closed) My baby is sick, any advice?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2820 posts
Sugar bee

We gave our pups pumpkin when they have messy #2s and it seems to clear it up.  For some of the foster pups that aren’t gaining weight we end up switching from dog food to chicken and rice and that seems to help a lot as well.  Is she eating much in one sitting? 

We had one little guy come through who had cleared his worms in the other foster house but was still so scrawny with lots of diahrea.  So we fed him more often and lots of chicken and rice whenever he seemed remotely hungry.  It took a few days but he started having solid #2s. 

Just make sure to keep in contact with your vet, especially if she starts to become sluggish. 

Post # 5
2820 posts
Sugar bee

Just canned pumpkin, either mixed into their food or just by itself in a bowl, they seem to love it.  I usually just throw the chicken in the slow cooker while I’m at work and cook some rice up when I get home.  I haven’t worried too much about amount of food from guidelines at this age because their activity and digestive systems can all be different or for some of them out of whack so it’s just important that they’re getting what they need and gaining weight.

With the one pup we had come through that was really scrawny he would only take a few bites so we literally fed him like 10 times a day for the first few days until whatever was going on, either with the deworming medicine, or just being so skinny, he got over and could eat more at one time.  But he would eat a lot less of the dog food, while he would gobble down (well comparitively for him since it still wasn’t much) the chicken and rice. 

I’m not a vet so I don’t know really what best practice is, but that’s just whats worked for us with the foster pups that come through.

Post # 7
218 posts
Helper bee

Being put in a new home is a really stressful time for a puppy, and parasites is just making it more uncomfortable for her. Once she rids her body from all the yucky things, then she will start gaining weight. Just keep loving her!

Post # 9
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - St. Charles Borromeo Church/Jefferson-Orleans North

It took my puppy about 2 weeks to fully adjust from shelter to our home, bowels wise. She had worms too, poor thing.

Like PP said, if that puppy gets sluggish or crazy lethargic, then call your vet ASAP.

Post # 11
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i find that when dogs are sick they don’t like playing or running around. it sucks but i am exactly the same. when i’m sick i don’t want to do anything, i just want to sleep. she probably feels yucky. as long as you’re following the vet’s advice, i would just try to make her comfortable. if you’re concerned, take her back to the vet.

Post # 12
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Canned Pumpkin – 100% PURE PUMPKIN – can be found in the pie aisle with the other pie fuits, etc….

Canned pumpkin helps firm up their stool or also loosen it up if they are plugged up! it’s the cure all for poo.

However, sometimes it does go beyond that. It’s best to switch to bland food, white rice and boiled chicken. Let her stomach calm for a while, and then slowly ween her to her “normal” food. If she was eating different food at the shelter it could also be the shock of new food. Anytime you change a dogs food you need to do it slowly, over weeks, slowly mixing more and more of the “new” food. 

Parasites are def. a contributing factor, however, it could also be diet. Dogs can also sometimes have food allergies.

Once she stops having diarrhea and holding water she’ll gain some weight. But if she’s “still sick” it doesn’t surprise me she hasn’t gained any. Last time my pup had diarrhea he lost 5 lbs in 36 hrs! 

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