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Old 11-20-2012, 12:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We've got a miniature poodle puppy 2 month ago. It's been such a joy, but also some worries. She has been very energetic puppy with a good appetite. A week ago her behavior changed. Now she sleeps more, eat less, not that active. She still has her energy, but it does not last long. After about 20 minutes she can just lay down and stay there. She can skip her breakfast, then eat lunch as usual. I took her to the vet on Friday, they say she seems ok, the only thing that can be is parasites. Tests came negative today, and only recommendation we've got is to try another food... It's our first dog and I am not sure if it's normal for that age and she is just growing, or I should take her to another vet... When should I start really worrying? She does not have diarrhea or vomiting...
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When I first brought my Molly home I had some issues with her not eating much, but I discovered that it was a matter of her mouth hurt from teething so I found a very small kibble (Solid Gold Wee Bits) & her appetite improved tremendously! Try soaking her food with a bit of chicken broth too! Also, some puppies do sleep a lot normally it just depends on the puppy sometimes! Play hard,Sleep hard!
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It sounds a bit like Harry too. He still has 'not so fond of food' days. He definitely was unhappy w teething and soften kibble s can help too


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Puppies do play hard and sleep hard, and some have different energy levels than others, but I would keep an eye on him because it's different than from what he did at first. You know him best, and vets check for the most obvious things first; if you have a hunch there's something more wrong, ask the vet to run other tests. Also, I would watch for escalation in the symptoms you've noticed. Hope all turns out to be good for you.
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The eating could be teething- her mouth hurts. As suggested, soften her food. The behavior change is unusual except she could be having a hard time with teething and her mouth hurts, so she doesn't feel very playful right now. You took her to the vet. They listened carefully to her heart, right? They checked her mouth and teeth and listened for any pneumonia? If she continues to not eat, I would take her to another vet, but it could be totally normal for her, also. Let us know how she is in a week or so. I hope it is nothing. She could be going through a big growth spurt- that is very tiring for them.
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Thank you for all your replies! She was more herself this morning, even though did not eat much. Probably it is teething... I will watch her closely for the next week or so.
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Have you run any bloodwork on her at all? I would probably do this if she doesnt start acting like a normal bouncy puppy soon. I have known a few small breed dogs to present with similar symptoms who have liver shunts. Bloodwork can at least rule this out
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