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I have a 16 week old double doodle female puppy she was riddled

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I have a 16 week old double doodle female puppy she was riddled with worms when i purchased her at 8 weeks she had blood in her poo for a couple of weeks then all ok she has been dewormed and treated with advocate, she developed a cough 3 weeks ago has been treated with ronaxan 100mg 1 daily for a week she still has the cough she is with 27 other dogs and no one else is coughing so definately not kennel cough, she passes black tarry poo about twice a week the rest is normal her gums are very pale almost blue, she is fine in herself playing eating drinking etc
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Has she been examined by a veterinarian? If so, have they done any testing?

There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

yes she has been examined by my vet who suggested putting her to sleep, he has given me a few things he thinks it could be. I am a veterinary nurse with 27 years experience and i disagree with putting her to sleep as she is not in pain or suffering we have taken bloods yesterday but wont have results till wednesday I just wanted a second opinion

Diane, as you may already know when the gums are pale almost blue the puppy is having poor oxygen delivery by the red blood cells to the tissues (gums). Possible causes are: Anemia (decrease red blood cells) or secondary to cardiopulmonary disease. You are also seeing black tarry stool which suggest bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract. So, it is possible this puppy is anemic secondary to chronic blood loss. In addition, she is also coughing which suggest a possible lung infection or even heart disorders.
In this case, to determine the exact underlying cause I would strongly recommend you consider doing some imaging of the abdomen/chest like an ultrasound or xrays to take a closer look at what is happening. Rule out things like a foreign body, infections, heart disorders, etc. Any further treatment should be based on blood work and ultrasound/xray results.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back. I am happy to address follow-up questions. Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!

Dr. Peter
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

ok thank you so much will get on to it now


Many thanks

You're welcome Diane, keep me posted. Best of luck!

Dr. Peter
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