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Catahoula puppy
HarleysMom9212 posted:
Hello, I am a very proud owner/Mommy to 2 large adult dogs, a German Shepherd (Isabella) who is 4 years old, and a 10 yr old Choc. Lab named Kassi. On 31 May 2013, I saw a beautiful face about to be euthanized at the local animal control facility (because she had been there too long & they had to make room for new dogs coming into the facility). She is a Catahoula puppy named Harley & will be 8 months old this month (June). She was spayed on 30 May (because they knew I was coming to adopt her the following day). I brought her home and we put her on Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken Recipe (the same food we feed our other 2 dogs), the animal control facility did not have any food to send home with her, so I could do a gradual transition. She ate the food no problem and had normal stools, did not run a fever and has been extremely active & playful. On Thursday 6 June 2013, she had an accident in the house & I noticed 2 small tapeworms (segments) in her stool (normal formed stool, with no odd discoloration). So, I went to PetsMart and bought SafeGuard4 (broad spectrum dewormer), put the granules on her food & she ate it no problem, but did have a small bout of diarrhea that night. I knew that diarrhea can be quite common when using dewormers, so I just ensured she had plenty of water & crated her that night (to avoid accidents on the carpet as much as possible). She had an accident in her kennel in the early hours of the morning. I got up let her outside, sanitized the kennel, leaving it in the sun to dry & bathed Harley. She ate like normal & acted normal, still playing like she has since we adopted her. Friday, I gave her the 2nd dose of dewormer (calls for 3 consecutive days), same thing happened. Same behavior, no lethargy, no vomiting, still eating and drinking like normal. She was having diarrhea still, but the consistency seemed to be getting a bit thicker. Saturday, she received her 3rd dose with the same results. Sunday & Monday she had no dewormer (her last dose was Satruday), still eating and drinking like normal, still playing like normal. She still has really soft stool and it is now Tuesday 11 June 2013. This morning we awoke to find she had an accident in her kennel and had vomited. The vomit smelled like her stool. She vomited twice more outisde, but it was clear with no discoloration & no blood. She didn't want to eat earlier, but did drink several ounces of water. A couple hours later,I put a very small amount of food in her bowl, and she ate it a little bit ago. I haven't seen her vomit any more, but am still concerned. Since then, she is acting normal, tail wagging, barking and even playing some. She had her last parvo vaccine on 23 April 2013, and hasn't been anywhere except our home since we adopted her. It's also important to note that she hasn't had any blood in her stool this entire time. I am wondering if anyone can help me determine of this diarrhea/really soft stool is still the result of the dewormer, or if they think it could be the result of something else. Any advice would be most appreciated. Thank you.


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