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Hi ! I am so thankful to have this forum to go to with all my questions.<br><br>
I adopted a hound mix puppy last week at a local shelter. She's about 11 weeks old and very sweet. I am crating her and feeding her the same food as the shelter fed her HIll's Science diet.<br><br>
Unfortunately, she's been having intermittent diarrhea since being home. Also, over the w/e she had some blood in the stool at the end of going...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Yesterday and today I started following the advice of a vet and am giving her rice, which seems to be helping. She's going poop less and they are now on the mushy side. When I called the shelter they said it sounds like coccidia and that she was supposed to go home w/medicine for that but I wasn't given it.<br><br>
I'm taking her and a stool sample to the vet on Monday -- what do you know about coccidia? Does it have to be treated? Will she get better w/o the meds?<br><br>
Is it okay to give her treats and start her in school before going to the vet? I'm worried that I haven't been giving her treats for anything and haven't really started training her. The naughty things I want stopped are pulling on the leash, chasing my cats (who for the most part are in different areas from her. I use gates etc.), jumping up at the kitchen table during meals, and mouthing/biting. She does not go into the crate by herself either and I know I'm not supposed to Force her in but I do.<br><br>
What kind of treats should I use?<br>
What else besides the rice should I feed her?<br>
Should I stop the Hill's completely?<br><br>
THanks so much for listening!<br><br>
RL
 

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congrats on your new family member!! you'll have to post pics <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
coccidiosis is a parasitic infection from coccidia organisms. most young puppies have it especially those in shelters. it is a VERY hardy parasite and is nearly impossible to extinguish from the environment. that being said, it certainly can cause diarrhea, vomiting, listlessness, and even death in very young puppies/kittens. most of the time, diarrhea is the only symptom. there are meds available to help, but they don't kill the parasite...only stop it from reproducing. your puppy's immune system will need to fight it, the medicine helps to keep the parasite load to a minimum so that the puppy has the best chance of killing the parasite. my golden puppy had it pretty bad around 14 weeks of age, but he made it through just fine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
as far as taking her to school, i'd wait until she's on meds first....just to reduce the chance of her spreading it to other pups. you should definitely be cleaning up any poops that she has and disposing of them to help decrease the amount in the environment and reduce the chance of reinfection.<br><br>
you definitely should start training basic commands (sit, down, stay, come) as soon as you can. getting enrolled in a puppy kindergarten is a great way to do this. most of the "problems" that you're having are normal puppy behaviours and you need to correct them and redirect her into doing more acceptable behaviours (ie. sit instead of jump). a lot of this also will be helped once you establish pack order, meaning that you are the alpha or leader of the pack...not the puppy.<br><br>
get her off of the hills food....it's crummy. she really doesn't need to be on puppy food at all, adult food is just fine. a lot of folks really like to feed a raw diet...i haven't braved that yet, but i do feed a premium kibble. look for brands like innova, california natural, canidae, or solid gold. these would be found at a specialty pet store, not the petsmarts/petcos.<br><br>
also, regarding the diarrhea....holding food for 24 hrs can usually help to solidify things. then a transition diet of rice and plain yogurt for a day or two gradually getting back on her normal food. of course, in the case of a parasitic infection, the infection needs to be treated to clear up the diarrhea.<br><br>
hope that helps!<br><br>
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also, use treats...loads of them to lure her into the crate <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Great advice, thanks a lot. I'm so upset the shelter forgot to give me the meds! ALso, to add to my stress, the puppy bit my 4 year old today on the arm. THey were playing and she got too over excited.<br><br>
Do I need to worry about rabies now on top of everything else? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: I"m so dreading my dh coming home and finding this one out.<br><br>
In terms of treats -- what kind? I don't know if I have a good "specialty pet store" in my area. There's a petco (boo) and other kind of scary looking ones...
 

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oh dear, i hope it wasn't a bad bite! i wouldn't worry too much about rabies....just watch the puppy and if he exibits any signs of the disease in the next 10 days, then you'll need to get your kid to the doc ASAP.<br><br>
to find a good pet store maybe you could try visiting one of the company's websites that i mentioned before and do a store locator. <a href="http://www.naturapet.com" target="_blank">www.naturapet.com</a> is one website for calif. nat. and innova. that will at least get you to a store that will likely carry several premium brands. same goes with treats...you should be able to find "healthy" ones at the same store. otherwise, you can use baby carrots, cheese, cooked chicken, hotdogs (yikes), etc.
 
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