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Originally posted by zeeon
Originally posted by Destinyone
reply to post by zeeon
OK more pieces to the puzzle. You mention farmland. Was your dog screened for amebic parasites? The reason I ask, I lost several dogs, and almost myself, due to amebic dysentery we all caught from a coatimundi I was taking care of.
There could have been an outbreak on a nearby farm. Then spread through wind, birds, water though out the neighborhood..
The symptoms you mentioned seemed familiar. Just running things through the thinking cap here.edit on 8-1-2012 by Destinyone because: (no reason given)
Honestly, I don't think he has been screened for any type of parasites. Just the normal vac's a dog should have at his age. I wouldn't even know how to go about finding out if there was any kind of outbreak on local farm land. I do know that it's mostly cow country up here - with some agriculture but mostly cattle.
Originally posted by openeyeswideshut
reply to post by zeeon
well it would pose another possible question is your dog fixed. Mine is not.
He was up to date on all his vaccinations, and is generally a young, healthy dog. He was only a year old at the time, so we was healthy and strong.
Originally posted by Kllyblvn
Sounds like Parvo since other animals in your area had the same symptoms. Coyotes in this area can carry it. It stays in the ground so other dogs not UTD on shots can get it later on. Certain breeds of dogs need to have SEVERAL parvo shots a year. My rotty pups had to have the shot every two weeks until 6 months old and then once a month up to a year old, due to the breed being very susceptible to parvo. A wormy animal who is UTD on shots can have a low immune system and come down with parvo. Important reason to worm your animals on a regular schedule.
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