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I'm new here. I actually read on here often and decided I should probably join instead of creeping. I'm not a new doberman owner, but I certainly feel like it. My husband and I lost our other to DCM in 2015. It took us a while, but we finally took the plunge and got another puppy. Everything was going great until he had to start treatment for Giardia. The pancur made him projectile vomit about 8 hours after treatment, so we are adjusting meal times to accommodate that. Hopefully we have that all figured out. I am just wondering how to help him gain some weight once he finishes treatment. I feel so bad for him. He is skin and bones. He still wants to eat constantly and is super playful and happy. He is just so thin.

We are also planning to post his ears for the first time tonight. It has obviously been a while. I have been researching and watching youtube videos. I am just worried. I have been reading a lot about pockets, and one of his ears already wants to point inward. If we are already noticing it before even beginning posting, will this be a problem? He is 11 weeks old. He was initially posted to a cup, but he now has his sutures out and is healed.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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I'm not sure how to add a photo of him to show his ears.
We do have a tutorial showing how to post pictures using Flickr. It is easiest to post here using an online photohost like Flickr or imgur.
https://www.dobermantalk.com/new-mem...ng-flickr.html


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We are also planning to post his ears for the first time tonight. It has obviously been a while. I have been researching and watching youtube videos. I am just worried. I have been reading a lot about pockets, and one of his ears already wants to point inward. If we are already noticing it before even beginning posting, will this be a problem?
Puppy ears can be really wonky when you start posting. It's OK. You've got time to correct any problems you run into. Go ahead and use bumpers on his ears until they look straighter, but you might not even need them after that. It's a play it by ear thing (Haha--pun e.e ).

We have a tutorial for a method we like to use to post ears here too.
https://www.dobermantalk.com/ear-cro...acker-rod.html


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I am just wondering how to help him gain some weight once he finishes treatment. I feel so bad for him. He is skin and bones. He still wants to eat constantly and is super playful and happy. He is just so thin.
Giardia and weight gain...puppies tend to be fairly resilient, and it sounds like you've caught this early. Feed a good quality food and he should bounce back once the giardia is gone. Feed him according to the weight he should be with a touch extra tossed in, but don't overdo the food thinking he'll regain the weight faster. You can also try feeding him several small meals instead of fewer large ones.

Other folks here can suggest what you can try supplementing his food with for a healthy diet; I haven't fed a puppy for a long time. But it's better to have a puppy SLIGHTLY on the thin side than an overweight one--within reason, of course.

Giardia can reoccur though..Puppies can reinfect themselves. Have him poop in only a certain area of your yard until the treatment has a chance to take effect. Also clean clean clean--carpets, dog beds, any area that may have gotten soiled. The cysts can hang around for a while.


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The pancur made him projectile vomit about 8 hours after treatment, so we are adjusting meal times to accommodate that. Hopefully we have that all figured out.
If he keeps having trouble with the panacur, ask your vet whether metronidazole might be easier for him to keep down. There is talk that giardia is becoming resistant to it and it can have more serious side effects, but if he can't eat without vomiting, it may be an alternative for you.


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I'm new here. I actually read on here often and decided I should probably join instead of creeping. I'm not a new doberman owner, but I certainly feel like it. My husband and I lost our other to DCM in 2015. It took us a while, but we finally took the plunge and got another puppy
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WELCOME to DT from Colorado. Looking forward to your pictures.
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I really have not much at all to add.

The only thing I do have to say is about the giardia and it's treatment. Metronidazol is generally pretty easy on the stomach (and by the way, welcome from giardia central--Oregon it's commonly called beaver fever and is dead common) when vets run into resistant cases they usually give both panacur and metronidazol around here.

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I really have not much at all to add.

The only thing I do have to say is about the giardia and it's treatment. Metronidazol is generally pretty easy on the stomach (and by the way, welcome from giardia central--Oregon it's commonly called beaver fever and is dead common) when vets run into resistant cases they usually give both panacur and metronidazol around here.

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I didn’t realize it was so common. Thank you! If we don’t move past the nausea and vomiting, I will see about switching to flagyl. In human patients Flagyl always seems to make them feel worse initially. I’m glad to hear it’s not the same for dogs. Although, I’m sure he can’t feel much worse than projectile vomiting.
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Oh...where’s gamer mouse......she dealt with this last year.
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