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    Saturday (just yesterday) Morning my boyfriend and I had rescued a puppy. We named her Lily and she is just the cutest thing ever! Her first day she was a little shy, but she still played with her toys and peed outside. Although she was pretty relaxed, she liked to lay in your lap, she didn't seem to be a very in-your-face type of dog.

    Well early this morning we awoke to a really loud yelp, she had slept with the bed with us, and when we looked at her she was just sitting there, we weren't sure what happened, but in the morning we noticed that she had a slight limp. She still put pressure on it, but you could tell she was walking weird. I assumed that possibly from her jumping on and off our bed, she got a sprain, or maybe a sore muscle of some sort because she's only roughly about 10lbs if that.

    Going back to her first day home, she ate twice, an drank throughout and today she's not eating anything. I put her food out and she doesn't seem very interested, but she IS managing to drink water which i'm very happy about. And on top of everything, she is just lounging around, she doesn't move and if she does it's very slow and she looks so sad and it just breaks my heart. I'm not sure what to do, since she is a stray, I don't know anything about her health history, her age, or even what kind of dog she is! But I want to help her so bad, we've already become so attached to Lily.

    Although I AM going to take her to the vet as SOON as I can, seeing how none are open on Sunday, I just need advice. I don't know what to do, does it sound serious? I'm a new pet owner, and it would probably break me if we lost this little dog.

    She has had a 7-in-1 shot, we started her on a wormer medicine just in case, and she had another shot that started with a D but I can't recall the name, and we also gave her some vitamins.

    I'm not sure if this is helpful, but earlier this morning, I gave her milk. Could this be the cause of her throwing up? She's only thrown up once, and it was almost like it looked like she ate a big plate of scrambled eggs. (Ew lol)

    I just don't know what to do! Any suggestions, please! I haven't tried feeding her chicken/rice yet, but I am about to.

    OH, and she has pooped -- and it is solid, no trace of blood or anything.

    A lot of detail, sorry! Just wanted to make sure I gave every bit so I can get a good answer!

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    Re: Dog seems very sick, and lethargic

    It sounds like she may be having some side effects from the vaccinations, lethargy is one of them. 7 in 1 is a lot to take in, (assuming this was done by your vet). Vaccinating is injecting with a synthetic or live virus. The body builds its immune system, which can cause inflammation, tiredness, etc, just like when you're fighting off an infection.

    I would hold off on the milk and vitamins and keep the meals simple with chicken and rice, or some canned food (scrambled eggs are fine too), for now and give her some time to lay low until you get in contact with your vet. As long as she is hydrated and not vomiting, you should be ok. If she continues to not eat after 36 hours, or stops drinking, you will also need to her to be seen.
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    Re: Dog seems very sick, and lethargic

    That's what my boyfriend had said, but the look on her face is just so sad! I managed to get a hold of an emergency vet with emergency prices do you think I should hold off until tomorrow morning, or even Tuesday to have her looked at? Or would it be smart to take her in today?

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    Re: Dog seems very sick, and lethargic

    Many dogs can't handle milk, so yes, that could make her vomit.

    You need to be VERY careful giving vitamins, because you could end up harming the dog by giving her too much of a certain vitamin (for example, too much vitamin E can end up causing bleeding disorders in dogs because it induces a vitamin K deficiency). Are you feeding a good dog food? Check out Dog Food Advisor and choose something in the three-star range or above (preferably four or five). That food will be properly balanced and you won't need to give any additional vitamins.

    Definitely take the dog in for a full checkup. I would think about avoiding seven-in-one shots in the future -- not all of those vaccines are required in all areas. Talk to your vet and see what they have to say.

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    Re: Dog seems very sick, and lethargic

    So on Saturday when you adopted your puppy is when she received her shots before you brought her home? The vet at the rescue gave her a clean bill of health? If so, then she probably is scared & has an upset stomach from the milk - but I would definitely take her back to the vet ASAP. Good Luck to you & congratulations on rescuing


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    Re: Dog seems very sick, and lethargic

    Was the 7-in-1 shot a bad idea? It wont hurt her will it? I just figured since she was a mature dog, she could handle it and her being a stray who knows how long someone could have dumped her out there for, and it was kind of a last resort decision with the time, and the day.

    How long will the side effects go on you think? We decided to let her ride it out for the night and i'll call the vet tomorrow morning at 7:30 as soon as they open

    Thank you for all for putting my mind at ease! I have been frantically searching all day and babying her in fear that it was something much, much worse. (Still not ruled out, but rather than me trying to diagnose her, i'll leave it to the professionals.)

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    Re: Dog seems very sick, and lethargic

    7-in-1 is not the best way to go, especially if not all of the vaccinations are necessary. With her being a stray, I can understand why you thought it was a good idea, but really, sometimes a little less is better. You might want to consider keeping vaccinations to the minimum amount needed and maybe talk to your vet about titers. If you want a quick and easy read on the subject, Vaccines Explained, by Laurie Coger might help.

    Crantastic also made some very good points about vitamins and milk. A good food should provide all the vitamins your dog will need. Vitamins and milk can also be tough on the stomach. I would keep an eye on your new baby, but give her some space to adjust and rest.

    All that aside, congratulations on your new sweetie. Post a picture when you can.
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    Re: Dog seems very sick, and lethargic

    Do you think she would be vomiting though? She puked about 5 minutes ago.. I was reading about the side effects and the only side effects I could find that involved puking was an Anaphylactic reaction, which is severe and life threatening. Granted she has only puked twice .. still worries me, still can't get her to eat, she drinks water though.


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    OMG she's so cute!

    Keep in mind you also dewormed and gave milk and vitamins. All things that can cause a loss in appetite and lethargy. I like that she is drinking. Did the vet give the dewormer or did you do it yourself? As long as the appropriate dosage was given, she should be fine. As long as she's not dehydrated or not excessively vomiting, you should be ok until tomorrow.



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    Re: Dog seems very sick, and lethargic

    I have a really good friend who's mom is a vet-tech and she did it, but she threw up the 2nd dosage. She just threw up, twice, so it's starting to get a little more excessive, seems like now shes going to get a sip of water afterwards and then lays down but then throws it up in 5 minutes. :/

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    Re: Dog seems very sick, and lethargic

    Yeah, it's e-vet time. Water gets absorbed a lot faster than food, but 5 minutes isn't enough time.

    Vaxxes do cause lethargy, as can dewormers, and new rescues can be very scared, which comes off as lethargy.

    I think it's the milk/vitamin combo. Dogs can't drink milk, they're lactose intolerant. Vitamins can irritate the stomach. Dogs have very short digestive tracts, so if you set off stomach upset, it can progress very quickly.

    Take her to a vet now.
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    Given that this was done by a tech and not under the direction of your vet, I would probably seek advice from your local e-vet. More than likely, she is ok, but she is small and with everything else going on, I would probably err on the side of caution. My biggest concern would be dewormer overdose. Because the side effects are similar to those of vaccines and dewormer, it is hard to say on the internet, what it is normal, and what is not. The e-vet/reg vet will want to know the type of dewormer and the dosage given.
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    Re: Dog seems very sick, and lethargic

    It's free to call a vet and describe symptoms... even an e-vet.

    This is so much at once... 7-way vaccine, dewormer, milk, vitamins, new home... it's really hard for anyone to sort out what could be the culprit, especially when we can't see the dog. You need to ask a vet asap.

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    Re: Dog seems very sick, and lethargic

    Just got back from the evet and they said everything was ok she was just stressed with a new home, shots, milk and vitamins didn't help. Her limp is okay she was just sore. Her tummy was a little upset and so they gave her a shot to keep stuff down and she has an appointment for 7:30 am tmw morning for a full check up at my vet

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    Good! Even though it was nothing serious, it's still a good thing that you took her in -- you just never know. Glad to hear that she's okay and will have a full check-up tomorrow. Hope she gets a clean bill of health!

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    I'm so glad she's ok and nothing serious. When she starts eating again I would drop a fecal sample off to your vet for analysis. (keep in mind, it could be 24-36 hours after she eats that she starts pooping again).

    Enjoy your new addition.
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    Re: Dog seems very sick, and lethargic

    What a sweet little girl! She is absolutely adorable! I am glad to hear she is ok! ...........


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    Re: Dog seems very sick, and lethargic

    New update... they found digested blood in her stool abs she was incredibly dehydrated. They simply put it that if I hadnt brought her in, she would have passed.

    Bill so far is at $453 that's with blood work, fecal test, and 48 hours of IV fluids. I don't get it... she was drinking just fine :'(

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    Re: Dog seems very sick, and lethargic

    Oh, wow! I'm sorry to hear that. Good thing you brought her in. I hope she recovers quickly.

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    I am also sending prayers for all of you. Keep us posted.


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