Hi, my name is Heather and my hubby and I just adopted a 7wk old Chihuahua last Saturday. We named him Corky. He has had a rough time of it but is on the mend I think. I just wanted to see if anyone had any other tips for me to make him feel better.
He is a small little guy 1lb and was taken from him mommy way to early and put in a pet store. When we got him he was infested with worms. We took him in for a physical on Monday and got him dewormed. He has already had his first round of shots on 6/28 (he was born on 5/15).
By Monday night he was not hungry, had diahrrea, not drinking, and had some blood in his stool. I had him tested for Parvo Tuesday and it was negative. Finally Tuesday afternoon I had to take him in and get some fluids put in him. He would only eat babyfood so we gave him that. The vet gave us some Rebound to put in him for fluids (it is like doggy gatorade). Tuesday was bad, he hurt and was lethargic. The vet said the worms and medicine had upset his tummy and the blood was from the worms detaching from his intestines and he bleeds a little bit. He was passing so many worms beginning Monday night and through last night.
I had his stool tested for parasites yesterday. Because it was diahrrea, it was hard to get a good sample for them. They did test what I brought and there was none in that stool. Once he solidfies I am going to take another sample in for better testing.
By last night he was feeling more alert and wanted to play. He ate some Hill Science Diet wet food with a smear of baby food heated up. He really liked that. His stool is still runny but I think that is from all of the baby food he has eaten. Now that he is liking the wet food, I am hoping that will help solidify things.
He still doesn't have an interest in drinking but I am not sure if he knows how really. He doesn't understand the lapping concept. Do you think a rabbit water feeder would help? We have been giving him the Rebound with a needleless syringe to keep him hydrated.
He has made a vast improvement and the worms are less and less. There were none this morning and the blood has kinda diminished to a watery version, not red spots. He is alert and hungry.
I just want to see if anyone has any suggestions to make sure he continues to get better. Also do you think the wet food will help solidfy his stools or is there something else I can do. The vet doesn't want to push him right now with lots of things because he is so small and had such a rough few days. She said as long as he is eating and we are making sure he is hydrated, she said any improvement is good. He got pretty bad...
Thanks in advance!