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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-15-2010, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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2 Puppies, Same Symptoms, Need help

10 days ago, we found 2 5-6week old (give or take they were around 10-12lbs each) german shepherd puppies dumped on the side of our country road. I don't know how long they were there on the side of the road in the ditch's. I fed them canned dog food the first night and they perked right up and had a bowl movement very fast. I seen corn in the remains, so I assume they might of been on the edge of the field for a day or so.

Up until last night, they ate 3-4 good meals a day of small bred puppy food made by purina softened with warm water and 1/2- can of canned dog food, they also have always had full access to water 24/7. They ate without hassles everytime. They played, eat, did everything a dog could do without any complaints. They played with my kids like healthy puppies 24/7. I am totally baffled by this.

As of last night, they are refusing to eat anything, no dry food or canned ( I tried multiply brands). I tried human food also, they are also only drinking a very small amount of water. They are extremely gaunt tonight, very lethargic and have Diarrhea.
Taking them to the vet is out of the question, I can't afford this being a single provider with 3 kids. So I have to try and help them myself and with any suggestions and thoughts from anyone, I would hate to lose them.

I did have access to a IV bag with a hook up. We gave them IV under the skin tonight to help keep them hydrated because they have liquid bowls as we speak. There has to be a common cause because they are both affected.

The only cause I can think of is, every time I took them out for a BM after meal times. They would constantly try to eat there own feces. I stopped them every time, but they would get the odd mouthful here and there. I don't know if that could be causing this much damage because prior to last night they were perfect.

Any thoughts, suggestions, ideas would be much welcomed.

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could you maybe borrow the money or give them to someone to take them to the vet for you ? im not sure what it is they have as im not a vet but it could be a few things, my biggest concern is maybe pervo ? but i could be wrong . they definetly need medical attention if they are not eating or drinking. There stomaches might just be upset as well from lack of food from before you found them, but they definetly need to see a vet.

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I'm sorry to have to say this but they need immediate vet care. No one can diagnose something like that over the internet and it could be anything (Parvo being a possibility). Since they were probably unvaccinated, there are all sorts of diseases out there.

If you can't get them to a vet, surrender them to a shelter who can (or who will at least put them down if it's bad enough). If you want to keep them, call vets and ask about payment plans. Either way, you can't really wait.


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