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Exclamation 8 week old puppy :(

i have a male black/tan 8 week old puppy . I recently got him on thursday. The breeder gave me a dewormer that i had to use for 3days(today finished). She gave me Albon pills though . ( im completely new at this, first puppy) I wasnt satisfied with what i was told "the puppy will undergo stress so this clears bacteria" . I have enough knowledge to know that if she gave me those little pills to give him its because he NEEDS them medically, So i did my research. I contacted her ASAP when i read why the medication is taken and she told me he has Coccidia. Im a bit disappointed she didnt tell me that from the beginning. I';m so afraid i love this little guy so much. He's active, run plays jumps. He's eating dry kibble (pedigree for puppies). Yesterday he didnt POOP until 10PM and then again at 4AM. I did notice his poop was hard and he was struggling so def. it is constipation. (this is where i get confused. when researching coccidia it says symptoms are diarrhea and he doesnt have diarrhea but the opposite ) I was told when this happens i can add a bit of milk to his water so he can loosen up. it worked . Ahh his nose. sometimes its dry, other times is a bit wet. Is it true dry noses means unhealthy pup? If anyone can answer all these questions please do so. Im new to this and i Love my little guy ! I dont want anything horrible to happen.
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Hi and

I am so sorry to hear about starting off with a ailment to treat that really sucks and your breeder should've fully disclosed everything to you.

If I were you, I"d make an appt with the vet asap and get him evaluated, since you breeder may be assuming he has something and treating him with another dog's medicine (you never know!!! Especially, if he isn't showing symptoms)

I'm not too familiar with the condition, I'd push water...encourage it, or feed him some wet food to loosen the stools, serious constipation can be just as painful for them (I know it is for my girl)

My husband is a believer of that old' wives tale about dry noses, and I suppose it may be a symptom of dehydration, perhaps that is where the saying came from.

He is so very cute!! I can see why you are smitten Stick around and ask any questions you need to, we are here to help

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I agree with Kara. I would take the puppy to the vet. It's always a good idea, and it was mandated by my contract with my breeder, to go to the vet within a day or two to make sure he's healthy. Don't make yourself crazy about what you've read but let a professional tell you what's going on with him and what you can expect. I know it's hard not to worry, especially when it's all new to you.

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Congrats on your new pup and welcome. You really should take him to a vet in your area. Coccida is very common in dogs in a shelter environment, dogs in puppy mills and dogs bought in pet stores. It is very important you take your puppy to the vet. You really need to have your puppy checked over and establish a releationship with vet for his future. Since this is your first puppy you may have been to excited or just trusted the breeder. I take all new dogs to the vet within a few days and most breeding contracts state you should. He is so cute, best of luck and we look forward to seeing more pictures of him.

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I agree with all the above but wanted to welcome you to the forum! Your little guy looks adorable - it's no wonder you fell in love with him!

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Welcome Yep, have him checked out. It's always a good thing to do anyway.

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Thanks a lot guys!! O god I spent so much on him too! 1800 to a personal breeder upstate,new york. I wanted to avoid all puppymills and petshops and now my poor little one is infected. I made an appointment. He ate more today and he drank lots of water and he pooped a couple times. Relief but I'm still taking him. I don't know if its because I come from work but when I go to him he feels so warm I get paranoid thinking he got a fever but my brother who sstays all day says he isn't. Maybe I'm over worried. I just want him to grow up into a healthy young doggy
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Welcome to the forum.

You might try to give him some Pure Pumpkin, just one to two teaspoon full once a day, it will help him not be constipated as well as if he gets the runs it will help to solidify it.

It is true that a puppy/dog can get Coccidia or Giardia from the stress of changing to new home or from something traumatic. But if you were not seeing the symptoms from the beginning I wonder why the breeder would be treating him for that. I am sorry that the breeder was not up front about the fact either.

I would agree to have him checked out by your vet.

Good luck with you little guy, he is cute


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If you don't mind me asking, where did you get him? Not the breeder, but what town. I'm curious since I'm in Upstate New York.

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to the forum and congratulations on your new puppy. First of all, don't panic. Sometime it is not uncommon for puppies to get coccidia from the stress of being in new situation. I would also recommend that you bring a stool sample to your vet when you bring you little guy for his check up.

Good luck.

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