We brought our seven week old puppy in for his first vet visit. We went ahead and did the parvo vax, and we're bringing him back in a few weeks to do the distemper. (We decided to do those two plus rabies.)
Anyway, I was going to wait a couple of weeks to start vaccines, but he's been having loose stools for quite a few days now...so I really thought it'd be a good idea to get him checked out.
Stool sample couldn't happen - there wasn't any there to get a sample. So the vet wanted to just go ahead and treat for intestinal worms, as well as a bacterial infection, both of which are very common in puppies and could be the cause of the loose stools.
He gave the pup the parvo shot, and then the first oral dose of the worm medicine, which he has to take for three days I believe.
He also gave us an antibiotic (albon) to treat the possible bacterial infection. On top of those, he gave us an anti-diarrheal oral medication (pro-pectalin) to give him for three days.
Seems like a lot of meds to me for such a little puppy, and without confirmation of an infection or worms...especially since the loose stools could possibly be caused by something as simple as his recent dog food change (went from the cheapest puppy chow to Blue Buffalo).
Thoughts? Which ones, if any, would you be inclined to give?
Edited by emma1325 - 3/19/11 at 1:57pm