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Sick Whippet :-(

Discussion in 'Hound' started by Charlie-whippet, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. Charlie-whippet

    Charlie-whippet New Member Registered

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    Hi all :flowers:

    I'm really hoping someone will be able to help us.....

    We have a 1 year old whippet (infact, it's his birthday tomorrow!) who has a v v sensitive digestive system. He's recently recovered from a reaction to a yellow pepper - stolen off the kitchen worktop when my back was turned :angry: - and the vet had said to give it a couple of weeks after his tablets and bland diet (chicken and rice) before worming him, which I did. However, since worming him on Tues/Wed he's hardly eaten, appears to have lost weight, and is looking v sorry for himself (sleeping mostly). We took him to the vet this morning as he seemed so poorly but the vet was totally unconcerned, gave him a vitamin shot, and told us to come back on Wed if he's no better and they'll run some tests.

    Thinking back, when I wormed him last (Oct last year) he was v v sick, threw up several times, and may have missed a meal.... But I assumed it was because it's given him the tablet in a piece of sausage.. But actually now I'm thinking maybe he's reacted to the worming tablet.. It was a flavoured Drontol.

    Anyone else had this experience?... How long did it take your dog to get well again?... Is there anything else we can do?

    I'm worried as he seems so weak and not like himself at all.. But the vet wasn't worried at all :wacko:

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts!!

    Laura & Charlie-whippet
     
  2. dogshome

    dogshome Member Registered

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    I've never had a dog that reacted to a worming tablet - apart from getting rid of worms. Is he drinking and (was) pooping OK?

    Get him back to the vet.
     
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    glasgowranger New Member Registered

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    hi my dog bracken was the same as yours with dronal wormers i took him vets as he was in pain with belly ache n being sick not eating much all he needed was differant wormers so try milbemax from your vets and see if that helps :thumbsup: :luck: hope this helps you n your dog.
     
  4. Charlie-whippet

    Charlie-whippet New Member Registered

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    Thanks for your responses :)

    "dogshome" - must admit my reaction was the same as yours...... "I want a second opinion!!" :angry:

    "glasgowranger" - that's really interesting.. Poor Bracken :( I'm glad you found a solution for him! I will bear this in mind when I next go for worming tablets in June :thumbsup:

    So this afternoon I cooked up some chicken and rice to try and get him interested in food again... And it's worked!! (w00t) Just hope he manages to keep it down!.... It did cross my mind that perhaps its all an act to get some nice food ;) ha ha ha! Here's hoping he's now on the mend.

    Thanks again...

    L & C-W x
     
  5. Seraphina

    Seraphina Active Member Registered

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    My dogs have stomach made of iron; they can eat absolutely anything, but when I gave them some Drontal chewable wormer they vomited them up. I still use Drontal, but only the tablets or Drontal syrup for baby puppies for the first few weeks, and once the bottle gets finished, they also get the tablets and I have never had problem with it.
     
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    Donlin New Member Registered

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    My dog was also sick with Drontal, but fortunately not as generally unwell as yours.

    I have found that he does not react to Milbemax.

    Glad to hear that things seem to be improving
     
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  7. Charlie-whippet

    Charlie-whippet New Member Registered

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    Thanks both :thumbsup:

    Charlie is so much better today! Actually came out of his bed of his own accord this morning and was keen to eat his breakfast. He even managed a walk this morning, although unsurprisingly wasn't running much..... We'll feed him chicken and rice until Wed, which I think seems sensible, and then reintroduce his normal diet.

    Thanks to all those who responded :cheers: ...... What did people do before online forums?!??
     
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    whippetsrus Active Member Partner Registered

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    Just make sure you introduce his normal food gradually over several days :D
     
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  9. Charlie-whippet

    Charlie-whippet New Member Registered

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    After being so much better yesterday, poor Charlie had diahorrea in his crate overnight :( .... Having said that, he's seemed fine today, perky and happy to play outside, etc... I didn't feed him this morning, wanted to let his tummy rest a bit, but he ate well at lunch and teatime.

    Fingers crossed he continues to improve but, at the moment, we're set for a return to the vet on Wed.
     
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    Esty New Member Registered

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    We also use Milbemax and even though we have a whippet who has had colitis in the past he doesn't react to them.

    If you have a dog with a sensitive tum like ours, make sure you do any food changeovers VERY slowly eg in a normal dog you might introduce new food over four of five days, in a sensitive one you should take a couple of weeks of very slowly introducing the new food. We were told that sudden changes in protein can cause flare ups so be careful to keep him on his usual food once you've finished with the bland diet, and not to give leftovers etc that could irritate his colon.
     
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    interesting to see how many people recommend milbemax. My dogs have been fine with it, but the three farm collies I was looking after had bad diarrheoa which may have been a reaction to milbemax. I have since read that milbemaz is related to invermectin, which some dogs are very sensitive to (it can be dangerous for them). Invermectin sensitivity is hereditary and is fairly common in the collie breeds.
     
  12. Charlie-whippet

    Charlie-whippet New Member Registered

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    Etsy - thanks :) He's absolutely fine now (didn't need a return trip to the vetin the end) but, yes, we wil take special care in future of changing over his food. We never give him leftovers, wouldn't have done anyway regardless of his sensitivity.

    Macha - yes, I read that Milbemax is to be avoided with collies. Thanks for your reply :)
     
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    If you use a spot on like Advantage you only need to give the dose for tape worm if your dog gets infected with them.

    This it what my vet advised me to do with my whippie.
     

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