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Why would a puppy not poop or pee all day long?

Postby housecat » 21 Jun 2010, 21:01

Okay. Yesterday there was a puppy in the local 7-11. It's filthy, covered with fleas, and very friendly. It seems healthy enough, but kind of lethargic. My boy loves it upon first sight, of course. We ask and are told the the puppy showed up three days ago and no one knows who it belongs to. I didn't want to bring it home, so another girl took it home last night and I agreed to take it to the vet today.

She brought it back, I took it to a vet and he said it has fleas and ticks and stomach worms, but seems healthy other than that and a little skin problem here and there. I figure it will not take much to take care of those things and I agree to pay for its care and take it home.

The vet put the flea and tick stuff on its neck and gave it a pill for the tummy worms. He said that the dog should poop like mad when the worms are killed, or at least that's what I think he said--my Chinese is very rusty. But this dog hasn't peed or pooped all day long. Yes, we walked it. It's more letharic than I think it should be, still, but is playing. It drank some water, but will not take food. It did take about half of a doggy cracker, just a tiny bit. It seemed interested in some people chicken, but I don't like to feed dogs table food, so I didn't give him any.

*edit: HOLY CRAP!! I've never seen anything like that before in my life! While I was typing my son called me--these very long, kind of stiff, discusting things were all over the floor! Really, really huge! The stuff of nightmares! People can't get those, right?
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Re: Why would a puppy not poop or pee all day long?

Postby jimipresley » 21 Jun 2010, 21:04

Tapeworm, eh? Yes, people can get them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapeworm_infection
No wonder the poor thing didn't poop. The worms were eating all the food before he/she had a chance to digest it.
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Re: Why would a puppy not poop or pee all day long?

Postby bababa » 21 Jun 2010, 21:06

If you're referring to the worms, then yeah, I think people can get them.

A lethargic puppy could be distemper. It's unlikely to have gotten any shots, after all.
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Re: Why would a puppy not poop or pee all day long?

Postby housecat » 21 Jun 2010, 21:09

The doctor didn't seem to think there were any major problems. I guess lethargy could also be lack of nutrition if the worms were eating all the food. Why are the worms stiff?

P.S. I tried to contact BARK earlier to find a good vet and ask for advice, but the website isn't updated and the email address I found was undeliverable. Can anyone give me up to date info for contacting BARK, Please?
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Re: Why would a puppy not poop or pee all day long?

Postby jimipresley » 21 Jun 2010, 21:30

housecat wrote:Why are the worms stiff?

Rigor mortis.
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Re: Why would a puppy not poop or pee all day long?

Postby urodacus » 21 Jun 2010, 21:38

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Re: Why would a puppy not poop or pee all day long?

Postby jimipresley » 21 Jun 2010, 21:57

housecat wrote:
P.S. I tried to contact BARK earlier to find a good vet and ask for advice, but the website isn't updated and the email address I found was undeliverable. Can anyone give me up to date info for contacting BARK, Please?

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Re: Why would a puppy not poop or pee all day long?

Postby Ladybird » 21 Jun 2010, 23:42

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Re: Why would a puppy not poop or pee all day long?

Postby housecat » 22 Jun 2010, 10:52

Thanks for your replies, all. Now, any advice on getting an excited puppy to understand that he can't bite while playing?

He's eating this morning and no longer seems lethargic in the least. He was absolutly BOUNCING this morning! He seemed very afraid of going back outside for a walk, though. Maybe it's because he can't climb the stairs? Does he worry we won't let him back in?

It's been a very long time since I've raised a puppy. I think this one (my son is insisting on calling him "Barack") is about 4 months old.

I intended to have CATS, but life is rarely as I expect it will be.
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Re: Why would a puppy not poop or pee all day long?

Postby CraigTPE » 22 Jun 2010, 11:27

It seems I recall our vet telling us the deworming medication can make them lethargic, or maybe it was the first set of vaccinations... I can't remember which.... I'm sure the poor puppy was drained from the fleas and worms....
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