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Poor Bacardi! Has she always had this problem or has it just developed?
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Thanks for that information. The two major things I'd be worried about would be a congenital structural problem somewhere, or that she has maybe aspirated some milk into her lungs.
Has she got a cleft palate?
Did she take the wormer ok?
I will do my best to help you.
Did she take the wormer ok when you gave it to her?
Ok, that's good, it means it's not the wormer that is causing the problem.
Do you have her mum?
Ok, that explains why you have her so early. Poor mum! When was this?
Was she taking the dog milk replacer initially or did you have to force feed her to get her going?
I would hold off with the wormer right now.
Ok it sounds like you have been doing well with her.
I would switch her back onto the Lactol as it is designed for her. The diarrhoea may be down to the switch in milks.
Lets deal with the milk coming out her nose, then I will work out how much she is to get fed.
Is she still bright and playful? You mentioned she was a wee bit subdued. How is her breathing compared to normal?
I think if she is a bit down it would be best to see your vet. It sounds like she got a bit excited at the new milk and a bit of it went down the wrong way in her haste. Young pups are at risk of chest infections due to this, and with the diarrhoea also ongoing she may be feeling a bit sorry for herself. Your regular vet will be able to listen to her chest and check her tummy to see why it's so hard.
Meanwhile we can work out how much Lactol she is to get. Do you know what weight she is? Pups should be growing every day and monitoring her weight daily is one way to know you are feeding her enough.
It sounds like you are getting the milk dose right. I'd have her on 250ml Lactol split over 6 feeds during the day, including one first thing in the morning and one last thing at night. So that would be about 40-50ml per feed, 6x daily.
I think your regular vet should give her a once over, she might needs antibiotics if she has managed to inhale some of her milk.
She is very cute!
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Oh no, poor Bacardi!
Can you remember what they gave her?
I can try and find the out-of-hours vet for you - if she is struggling to breathe she may need to go on oxygen.
I will go check - can you remember the name of your vet?
I'm just checking which out of hours practice is closest to you, please bear with me.
She looks a bit flat. I'd give these vets a call, they are the Out Of Hours provider for your vet practice and are open 24/7:
125-129 Chertsey Road
Their contact number is ***** 769 881.
She doesn't look terrible, but being so young they can go downhill quickly, and her breathing is quite laboured.