Baby Teacup Chihuahua sick – retching, listless, sleepy after Advantage flea treatment.

2 Baby Teacup Chihuahua sick   retching, listless, sleepy after Advantage flea treatment.This is my 9 week old female Chihuahua. She is only 1 pound and 2 oz. I bought her one week ago. I took her to the vet on 05/20 and she was diagnosed as having parasites and worms. The vet gave her a LOT of medicines and treatments. Here is the rundown of all the different meds.

The vet gave her a shot of Pyrantel Pamoate for pinworms. The invoice says “Qty 2 – Pyrantel Pamoate (Strongid).

He also gave her a partially used bottle of Albon 5% oral medication for parasites, which I was to continue giving to her until it ran out. She has taken the medicine for 5 days now. I’ve read online that 5 days is the normal length of treatment so I am not giving her any more of it. I read online that you are supposed to shake the Albon very well before using it. The vet did not tell me that. He also didn’t bother to tell me about any side effects that could occur, although there are several.

He also gave me a small tube of Advantage Dog flea treatment (ointment) that I was instructed to rub between her shoulder blades. The tube says that it is for dogs under 10 lbs. I asked him if I should use the whole tube considering she is only 1 lb. He said yes. Looking back, I see that I should have used my own common sense and intuition. Obviously you don’t need the same amount of medicine for a 1 lb puppy as you would need for a puppy 10 times her size. I’m angry that they would hurt her this way and not care.

I applied the flea treatment (poison) on 05/23. After I put the medicine on her, it left a nasty glob of greasiness on her coat, so I looked online to see how long I had to leave it before I could take it off. (Of course, I called the vet to ask them but they didn’t answer and did not return my call, even though they were still open.) What I found online shocked me. Flea treatments are PESTICIDES and can be very harmful to dogs. If you apply a pesticide to your lawn (which I would urge you not to do) the bottle clearly tells you NOT to allow your pets or children to walk on the lawn for a certain length of time because the POISON can harm or kill them. So why then would a vet advise you to put a similar poison directly on your puppy’s coat? Maybe because he only cares about money and not you or your puppy. It’s a possibility.

If he cared about my tiny, adorable, 1 lb puppy, I doubt he would fill her with as many poisons as he could in such a short amount of time. (By the way, vaccinations for children are not any safer. Please research vaccinations+autism before vaccinating your child.)

I really don’t think he cares at all about my puppy. She is only 1 pound and it doesn’t seem like he is taking that into account when prescribing meds to her.

The same day (Friday) that I put the flea treatment on her, she ate some gr outside. That evening is when she started retching and she has continued doing this all weekend. It is now Monday and she has been sleeping a lot and is still retching some, although thankfully not nearly as much.

While reading the warnings about flea treatments, I also found many people who warned that you must be careful with choosing a veternarian because many of them are only interested in making money and they would rather fill your pet full of unneeded poisons and make a quick buck than to do what is best for your pet. I already knew that that was the case with human doctors, which I why I never go to them anymore, but I never suspected that the people that we trust to care for our pets might be the same way. The medical industry is such a sad, sorry place.

If you have any advice for me or you have seen this retching symptom before and know what I should do about it, please reply. I am wary of going back to the vet since I believe that may be what caused the sickness in the first place. I used to have dogs when I was a kid and we never took them to the vet and they did not get sick. I’m really starting to think that the vet CAUSES sickness instead of preventing it.

Update: Little Nibbles healed up from her sickness. I ended up finding a new home for her, but I want to leave this video up in case anyone else has a similar problem with their puppy. I believe her illness was caused by the medications she was given. Please do your own research into each medicine that your vet prescribes. Do what you feel is right. Do not blindly follow the orders of someone who may not have your pet’s best interest at heart.

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  • raisinghorses123

    i no a lot about …
    i no a lot about puppy’s and mabe she is getting too much of med and she might have a hair ball too! so look out for her and give her a room to sleep in and to eat in also she cant be bothered
    to much tho! cute dog tho! hope she turns out ok!

  • AK47sherni

    I’m glad ;). The …
    I’m glad ;). The bug that causes kennel cough is probably in most vet’s offices. In any event, I’m sure it’s worsened by compromising the immune system or an environment of stress like the pound, where it is endemic. Love, good home, and wholesome food are the best medicine of all. take care! Your pup is a real treasure.

  • 7heather

    Thanks for your …
    Thanks for your help. She is much better now. The cough or retch is mostly gone and has been replaced with some sneezing/coughing behavior. It sounds much better than before.

  • AK47sherni

    it sounds like …
    it sounds like kennel cough which our pup had when we got it from the kennel. We gave it 2 courses of antibiotics and the dog is fine now 1 year later.

    I would be leary of overtreating an immunocompromised animal. At this point it’s really up to nature and the dogs genetics. Don’t feed it canned dog food. My mother’s treatment for sick pets was fresh cooked chicken, baby beef liver and don’t give tap water, give it bottled water. All you can do is love it and try.

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