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I wonder if you can help me i have a 10 week old puppy who

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Hi I wonder if you can help me i have a 10 week old puppy who i have had home for 2 weeks today and last night he was sick and today he has very sleepy and shivering. i have made him as warm as possible throughout today and kept him indoors but i'm unsure wether i should phone the 24hour vet service.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
Has he been sick today?
Is he drinking? Can he keep water down?
Are his gums pink or pale/white? Moist or sticky?
If you press on his belly, does he have any discomfort, tenderness, or tensing?
Could he have eaten something he should not have (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, etc)?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hi he has not been sick since last night, he ate some breakfast but had a very small runny poop, then was back to sleep the I got him to eat a little more later and he's had another poop but had a green/yellow mucas. Earlier when I picked him up he yelled a little but now when I press on his belly he just opens his eyes. I've saw him taking 2 drinks today only. His gums looks pink to me and a little sticky. I haven't saw him eat anything but he has been in garden yesterday. I have 2 bunny a also who get out in garden
Thank you,
Now if Malky can keep water down, has eaten since vomiting yesterday, and isn't weak/collapsed; then we can monitor him over tonight until your regular vet is open in the morning. It is pups that are weak, collapsed, unable to keep water down, or vomiting profusely that we'd want to rush to be seen tonight.
That said, we can try a bit of supportive care for him until he is seen. To start, if he is a bit weak, you can try rubbing a sugary syrup (ie pancake syrup, glucose syrup, honey, etc) on his gums to give him a sugar boost. As well, you can start him on small meals (a spoonful with 30 minute breaks) of a light/easily digestible diet. Examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, or scrambled eggs (made with water and not milk).
Now we do need to keep an eye on Malky's drinking tonight. Those sticky gums are an early warning sign of dehydration. So, we do want to encourage him to drink (fresh water, water flavoured with lactose-free milk or low salt chicken broth) for us. Furthermore, just to check hydration since we have these sticky gums, I would note that we'd want to make sure his eyes are not looking sunken and that he doesn’t have a "skin tent" when you lift the skin. To see how to check these parameters for dehydration, you can find a good video HERE ( If you are seeing any of those signs of dehydration too, then we'd want to have him seen sooner.
Overall, a wide range of agents (ie bacterial or viral GI bugs, pancreatitis, general dietary indiscretions, etc) could trigger the GI upset we are seeing with Malky. Still if he isn't vomiting just now, is able to keep water down, and isn't collapsed/weak; then we don't have to rush him to urgent care and can use the above to help keep him settle and hydrated until his regular vet is open to have a check and make sure he hasn't eaten anything odd or caught a wee GI bug. Of course, any of those worrisome signs or further signs of dehydration and we'd want him seen sooner.
All the best,
Dr. B.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
He is very weak he has ran around today at all?
Hi again,
Are you saying he has not ran around today?
If you place him to walk, can he or does he wobble/collapse?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
he wobbles but can walk
Hi again,
In that case, I would suggest trying the sugary syrup option I noted to see if we can give him a boost. If he perks up, we'd then want to try him with some of the light diet to give him some energy to fight this GI upset. If he doesn't perk up, then we'd use that as our sign to have him seen tonight to just be cautious with him being so young.
Take care,
Dr. B.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok thank you - i will try syrup now and take it from there.
Perfect, that sounds like a good plan of action.
Take care,
Dr. B.