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post #1 of 84 Old 08-20-2011, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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Found A Puppy

I went on my first trail ride alone, pulled the trailer for the first time. Got completely lost (1 hour trail ride turned into 3 1/2). While I was lost I found a puppy. I thought it had gotten hit by a car because it was just laying there. So I carried it to the nearest house to ask for directions. And then got up on my horse and they helped me put the puppy up with me. Got lost again trying to find my way back, waved down a car. They met me back at my trailer with the puppy. Brought him home and put him out in the barn because I still had no idea why he was acting lethargic.... Won't eat, head down, beaten attitude. He took a drink of water, peed and then threw it up. So I was thinking PARVO! Gum color is pink, pinched his skin it goes right back down. But when I went out to take a picture of him he started doing something weird.

We cannot honestly afford to take this puppy to the vet. We've exhausted our emergency vet funds on our dog who has ringworm and got it on her nose, which is causing her all sorts of difficulties. She's been to the vet three different times for it so far. We've still got to take her back to the vet. She isn't up to date on her booster either because when we went in she was running a fever. So I'm very afraid that what this puppy has is contagious.

My only option is to call the humane society tomorrow, or Monday and have them come pick him up. Which really irks me because I feel like I was supposed to find him, that's why I got lost and looked over and saw him curled up in a ball and carried him all the way back to have him be put to sleep. But at least he didn't lay out in the middle of the woods to die and get eaten by a bunch of other animals....

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post #2 of 84 Old 08-20-2011, 11:43 PM
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Poor guy he is very cute looks to be a lab? I have no advice on what was up with the shakes but I would say it could be parvo or a number of other things a nuerologic(sp?) problem might cause the shaking thing though

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post #3 of 84 Old 08-20-2011, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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I think someone dumped him... : (

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post #4 of 84 Old 08-20-2011, 11:52 PM
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It sounds to me like he has been poisoned with either flea/tick shampoo or flea/tick drops. Friends of ours lost a puppy due to neurological problems that showed up as weakness, lethargy, and shivering type seizures like your puppy. There wasn't anything that could be done because there's not really a cure. I'm so sorry but this doesn't look good.
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post #5 of 84 Old 08-20-2011, 11:56 PM
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He looks like a lab. I googled puppy head shaking and came up with this:

Cervical Vertebral Instability (Wobbler syndrome ) - Page 1

Explains the trembling of his head and why he is just lying there. I'm no expert, of course. I just know my way around Google.

Good luck.
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post #6 of 84 Old 08-20-2011, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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You know it's funny you say that because I have a bunch of bumps from where I was carrying him. And if someone treated him with flea drops they probably put it between his shoulder blades and on his back end. The bumps are where I touched his back end. I'm allergic to flea shampoos.... I get hives every time I give my dogs a bath.

And now since I have a big fear of dead things I'm afraid to go check on him.

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post #7 of 84 Old 08-21-2011, 12:01 AM
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Oh no.. contact lab rescues.. they will help. I have the email of someone who runs a rescue. Would you like her email? Shell be happy to help.
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post #8 of 84 Old 08-21-2011, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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I contacted both rescues near me. If you have anyone willing to help than please feel free to PM me the email.

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post #9 of 84 Old 08-21-2011, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Poseiden- He's gotten up and walked fine. I've seen wobblers and I don't think this is it...

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post #10 of 84 Old 08-21-2011, 12:20 AM
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Definitely looks neurologic. Could be from a tick borne disease or distermper. Make sure you keep him away from you other dogs and wash hands afterwards and don't let them share blankets and bowls. If you can't afford to keep him then the SPCA or Animal Control is the best bet. If he is still vomiting or has diarrhea he can have pedialyte to help replenish his fluids. Good luck with him.
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