Well after a weekend of every 30 minutes running for the back yard to keep some semblance of house training going, getting IN the puppy pen seemed the simplest way to hand feed brown rice and puppy food and still contain the potential mess.
Gia. . . Coccidi. . . What!?! Parasites. And the short version of the story? Parasites are bad!
The good news? After five days of Panacur we rechecked stool samples and he is officially parasite free. The bad news? On the way home from the vet he threw-up all over his carrier from a “build up of harmful bacteria in the intestines, due to a lengthy bout of giardia and coccidia induced diarrhea.” Lovely huh?
So after seven more days of Metronidazole he should be good as. . . new? Hopefully better than new since he most likely picked this up at the puppy mill and has always had it. Poor boy!
The other good news is that despite not retaining any food actually in his body (or so it seemed to me as I clean up after him) he has gained 1.07lbs. To bring him up to a whopping 5.07 pounds.
In summary: parasites-bad, puking-bad, and stool samples? Not fun either! Except that it is good for some comic relief when you carry a baggy of poop into the vet and the receptionist says in her oh so sweet voicee, “Is that your stool sample?”
Of course I reply, “Well not MY stool sample, but it is Magnus’”
To which the Beagle toting lady next to me in line starts retching and says, “EEEW that is just too much for me I could never do that!”
And then the receptionist makes it even better when she says, “Yeah, the vets office is probably the only place that it’s okay to keep poop in the refrigerator!”
Of course I start laughing, I mean I am in serious need of some comic relief and sympathy at this point. The Beagle toting lady? Just more retching.
Ah well I guess stories of bodily fluid aren’t for everyone!