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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Sick Puppy

Cheyenne had yet another accident in her crate last night and it seems odd because the quilt was wet but there seemed to be a residue on the area as well. No blood or anything and she isn't have difficulty going outside so I don't think it is a urinary tract infection (UTI) but now I am concerned.

Why am I concerned that a 4.5 month old puppy is having accidents all of a sudden? Well, because this morning she threw up all her breakfast and then threw up bile about an hour later. Since then, I have had her crated (and her sister) to keep her calm and in a cool area. She was in there for a few hours this morning and she seems fine now but a little tired (and, of course, I think she is hungry as well). I didn't want to let her run around outside and aggravate it at all but I don't even know what "it" is at this point. Sometimes puppies can have a nausea spell but if it doesn't get any better, then it is back to the vet for us. *sigh* I don't want to think about another vet appointment or making her go through it all again. Last time it was kennel cough and now this. Sure, she could have gotten something from the daycare - wait! The daycare did mention about a protozoan that was going around. Okay, now I am nervous. They sent a notice home a week ago about "giardia" and it is most likely not transmitted easily.

From looking it up, the symptoms include feces that are soft, light-colored, and greasy. Mucus from the large intestine may also indicate that the large intestine is irritated even though the colony of active protozoa remains in the small intestine. Blood tests appear normal with the possible exception of an increase in a type of white blood cells and mild anemia.

Nope, doesn't sound like our puppy. Thank goodness! But, I did call the daycare will typing this blog and found that a number of puppies there have come down with a 24-hour bug that is similar to the 24-hour flu in humans. So, it seems that our little lab may just have a 24-hour bug. So, it is boiled ground beef and rice for her tonight for dinner - and, of course, lots of rest and spoiling. *smile* I will let you know how it goes.



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