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Hello everyone,

I have a 5 week old chihuahua that I bought last Thurdsay. She was fine on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning (when I took her to the vet) other than some whining at night. We went to the vet for a regular check up and the vet said she had ear mites and gave us some ear drops to give her. Upon returning home on Saturday she started throwing up (I hadn't given her the ear drops yet). We were feeding her Eukanuba Puppy formula. (A mix of dry with wet) She threw up about 4 times on Saturday, and on Sunday she threw up 3 more times. It was kind of a yellow filmy discharge. She is keeping her food and water down (no food in her vomit) but I'm kind of worried. She has only had her deworming, no other shots because the vet said she is too small. Last night we changed her over to the Science Diet Puppy formula that we got from the vet to see if it was her food, but she threw up again this morning. She has also been having diarhe since about 7pm last night. I have been feeding her a small amount of food 4-5 times a day. She weight 1lb, 8 oz. I have an appointment at the vet today at 3pm, but was wondering if anyone would have any clues on what is going on or have any questions I should ask the vet when I take her in. Thanks in advance!

Josh
 

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Hi Josh,

I don't think you can ever be too careful with these babies. I think you're doing the right thing to take her to the vet asap! Hopefully it is nothing serious but I would be worrying too especially if she/he is vomiting and has diarrhea. Make sure she is not dehydrated... but you said she is still eating and drinking. As far as any other diagnosis I can't help.
The other concern I have is you buying a 5wk old puppy! She/he should still be with their mum at that age. What does everyone else think? Are you in the UK? I don't know any breeder that gives their pups away until they are at least 8wks old but usually between 8-10weeks. Sorry to say that but I think its a big problem!
I really hope your baby gets well soon....sending best wishes, welcome and good luck at the vets.
Lucie & Lola :wave:
 

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loubie1736 said:
Hi Josh,

I don't think you can ever be too careful with these babies. I think you're doing the right thing to take her to the vet asap! Hopefully it is nothing serious but I would be worrying too especially if she/he is vomiting and has diarrhea. Make sure she is not dehydrated... but you said she is still eating and drinking. As far as any other diagnosis I can't help.
The other concern I have is you buying a 5wk old puppy! She/he should still be with their mum at that age. What does everyone else think? Are you in the UK? I don't know any breeder that gives their pups away until they are at least 8wks old but usually between 8-10weeks. Sorry to say that but I think its a big problem!
I really hope your baby gets well soon....sending best wishes, welcome and good luck at the vets.
Lucie & Lola :wave:
Yeah, I know 5 weeks was a little too early. I live in the US, Texas. Unfortunately this is my first puppy, and I thought it would be okay. I am going to do whatever needs to be done though to make sure she is okay. Hopefully the vet can figure out what is going on. Thanks for your response.
 

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I don't have much advice...5 weeks old...yikes!

Make sure she is drinking water...I give Gizzie pedialyte when he gets an upset tummy.

Keep us posted and good luck!
Yeah I'm really starting to figure out that the breeder gave her to me WAY too early. I'm hoping the vomitting/diarhea is because of the switch from her mom's milk to puppy food.. anyone think that could be the case? I guess I'm trying to look on the bright side here.

I'll let everyone know what the vet says.
 

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I dont know anything about puppies that young as didnt get my chis til they were 3,4 and 5 months old and older rescues, do they not still need milk at this age, i know petshops sell mothers milk substitute for pups??
 

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I dont know anything about puppies that young as didnt get my chis til they were 3,4 and 5 months old and older rescues, do they not still need milk at this age, i know petshops sell mothers milk substitute for pups??
I asked the vet on Saturday when I went and she said it the puppy would be fine with puppy food. I'll be seeing the vet in an hour, hope all goes well.
 

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Please keep us updated on her progress. I hope she gets well soon. It sounds like you're doing all the right things. You might also want to buy some Nutracal as that is high in calories and she needs that at such a young age.

I know in Florida and most states, it's illegal for anyone to sell/adopt a puppy out that is less then 8 weeks old. I'm sure you were probably unaware of that law, but I can't imagine if you got her from a reputable breeder that she didn't know the law. Sorry, but that just sickens me that people are willing to seperate mother and baby at such a young age. Eight weeks should be the bare minimum. This probably won't be the last time either that she lets a puppy go before they are 8 weeks old.. GRRRRR
 

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I'm so relieved!! I just got back from the vet with Bella and the doctor said it doesn't look like she has Parvo! They took a stool sample to do a fecal test, and they said it came back with no blood in the stool and everything looked good. She said her color, heartbeat, gums, weight etc. all look good. She gave us a can of Prescription Diet's I/D to feed her until she gets over whatever she has and also some antibiotics to give her twice a day. They also went ahead and gave her a sub-q water injection because the doctor said she was a little bit dehydrated, but that all the vomitting was probably the reason for that. I'm really happy, hopefully she'll be feelin' well in the next day or so!!! :)

And I agree about the breeder. I actually brought up to her that I thought puppies were suppose to stay with their mothers until they were AT LEAST 6 weeks old and she assured me that the puppy was fine and ready to go, and that she sells them at 5 weeks old all the time. :evil:
 

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what kind of water is she drinking...

I got Gadget at 3 weeks(way to early).. I had started giving him tap water and he started throwing up too.. as soon as I changed to bottled water he stopped.. I also found out that caned food is only good in the refridgerater for 5 days. After that it will sour... I found out after Gadget got sick from it.. but as soon as I stopped feeding it to him he stopped being sick..

Good luck and God bless

I am glad she checked out ok at the doctor..
 

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Gadget's Mom said:
what kind of water is she drinking...

I got Gadget at 3 weeks(way to early).. I had started giving him tap water and he started throwing up too.. as soon as I changed to bottled water he stopped.. I also found out that caned food is only good in the refridgerater for 5 days. After that it will sour... I found out after Gadget got sick from it.. but as soon as I stopped feeding it to him he stopped being sick..

Good luck and God bless

I am glad she checked out ok at the doctor..
That's a good point about the water, yes I have been giving her tap water. I will switch her over to bottle water, at least for the next 2-3 weeks until she hits 2 months old. Thanks!
 

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Keep her on bottled..........in my opinion its best :thumbleft:

I just read this so sorry you had to go thru that....10-12 weeks is when they "ideally" should go as chis need extra socialization and learning from siblings and mom... :read2:

So glad things are looking better. Switching all this food will definately cause the dire-rear.....their systems are too sensative, especially so young :pukeright:
 

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So glad to hear she's doing better. Please get some Nutracal (local pet store). It will really make a world of difference. I kept Zeus on it for 5 months. Just dab alittle on your finger at least twice a day. It really gives them energy and the additional calories they need at such a young age. I recall fostering puppies that were 5 weeks old. We'd mix some puppy supplemental milk in with dry food so they got the additional calories and it helped soften the food.

Good luck and keep us posted. :) I can't wait to see some pictures too... ;)
 

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She is just an adorable baby! I am so glad to hear that there is nothing serious wrong. You are doing all the right things for her. Just keep up the good work.

What sort of breeder sells their pups at 5 weeks? :x That is just ridiculous. Any good breeder knows they need to stay with the mom at least until 8 weeks.

Please keep us posted on how she is doing.
 
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