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Monday, January 09, 2006

Hectic Weekend

This weekend was the first full weekend with both chocolate labs. The girls seemed to be getting along even better since Dakota wasn't tired from daycare but with Saturday came the news we were not looking forward to - Cheyenne has coccidia! Eww! So, the vet gave her the normal vaccines (distemper, parvo, etc.) and a bottle for a week's worth of Albon. Of course, since Dakota is around the new pup, she had to be given medication as well and so both pups started Saturday night.

Everything was fine until last night (Sunday) when Dakota started to freak out. Her energy level went from 40 to 1000 in no time. Sure, the girls weren't eating a lot because that is one of the side effects of the medication but where did the energy come from? Not only was it energy but she was barking at noises that didn't exist, trying to climb on my lap while I was on the couch (not her normal behavior) and jumping off the walls. It was at that moment that I did some research and found a number of articles linking hyperexcitability to Albon. Needless to say, the medication has been stopped for both labs until I can speak with the vet this morning. Sure, we want to kill these little parasites but we don't want to hurt our dogs in the meantime.



Blogger allison said...

My pup is on albon for coccidia also, and totally freaks out in the same way. I just assumed it was an insane puppy phase. Can you tell me if you switched meds, which one you used and if that helped the hyperexcitability in addition to curing the coccidia? my pug doesn't seem to be responding well to the meds....still has the runs and all - this is our second round! this parasite is tough.

February 07, 2007 6:32 PM  
Blogger Sianan said...

First I would need to know how old your pup is and how much it weighs. There isnt much you can do in the way of medications - you need to burn that energy. Do you take your pup for long walks? How much play time do you have with your pup? How much longer is the pup on medication for coccidia? Are you sure you pup has coccidia if this is the second round? Are you cleaning up the poop immediately and making sure it isnt near any other dog's poop?

February 11, 2007 12:28 PM  

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