Hey all!

So real quick question/post. Roscoe is our 10 week old little boy, and we tried to switch to a healthier food for him. His poor little tummy didn't like it one bit. He was fine on Wednesday, which was the first full day on the new food. Thursday morning he didn't eat, and around noon he started having horrible diarrhea. He was sleeping A LOT during the day and would only get up to potty or throw-up. Last night at 8-ish we got him to eat some green beans and rice. Later on he even ate some of his old kibble (what we first had him on) He immediately perked up and was acting more like his normal self. We went to bed thinking that everything was back to normal. This morning he ate his breakfast with no issues, and seemed to be back on his normal potty schedule. But after I went to work at 1-ish, I got a call from Derek (Roscoe's dad, my boyfriend) saying that he wouldn't stop throwing up and he was taking Roscoe to the vet. The vet did a once-over and said that it was just the change in food that Roscoe didn't like, and sent him home with antibiotics and probiotics. Since I have been home (7-ish) he has only had water, and that got thrown-up thirty minutes after he drank it. So here are my questions after that long winded story:
-- how long can he go without eating?
-- how do I feed him his medicine if he can't keep anything down?
-- I know that he is weak, how do I make sure he gets some sort of juice in him to keep him going?
-- how long should something like this last, if the vet said that he didn't have any bugs?

Any advice/answers are GREATLY appreciated!! Roscoe has two VERY worried parents! Thanks so much y'all!

Katie, Derek, and little Roscoe

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Comment by Katie MacCallon on August 20, 2011 at 1:09pm
When Derek took the little one to the vet yesterday, they said that they did and it came back negative. So I am not too sure. The vet that we saw this morning said that we caught it early. So fingers crossed. And I will try the yogurt thing. I just have to figure out how to get him to be hungry. Thanks for the advice :)
Comment by Wind Dial on August 20, 2011 at 12:58pm

I don't want to play blame the vet game here but he should have done a parvo test the first visit. They're not that expensive and early treatment increases their odds of survival by quite a bit. 


YOu might try having lick some non-fat yorgurt or cottage cheese off a plate.  Smear it out so that he can't gulp it and upset his tummy.  Good luck.

Comment by Katie MacCallon on August 20, 2011 at 12:45pm
Thanks for the advice guys. Took Roscoe back to the vet this morning, tested positive for Parvo. At least now we know what was bothering our little guy =/
Comment by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on August 20, 2011 at 1:59am
Good advice from Jane and be sure Roscoe has plenty of water available so he doesn't get dehydrated.  Dogs are just like humans in that respect, a few hours or a day of barfing and the runs and dehydration can happen.
Comment by Jane Christensen on August 20, 2011 at 12:16am

Poor baby. I would keep him on his old food for a week and then start mixing the old (75% with the new 25%). Water is fine for today and then slowely start his old food a little at a time. Some do chicken and rice but personally I find the old food is better and not to start switching till he gets over this. This happens more often than you think. Everytime in his life you will need to switch the foods slowely over the coarse of at least a week or longer.


Feel better soon Roscoe! PS...so your worried parents can feel better also:)

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