received a mini dachshund 3 months left family with 4 small children, eatting small amounts of food, can see ribs

should i be worried, can not afford vet at this time

Asked by Member 985015 on May 3rd 2010 in Worms & Parasites
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Unfortunely, you should see about taking the dog to a vet as the dog may be ill. Or adopt the dog to a new home who can occur expenses at this time.

Dieta answered on 5/3/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Par of taking on the responsibility of owning a dog or puppy is being able to pay for a vet visit when the dog needs it. Otherwise, if you have a sick dog who needs to see a vet and you don't take him in, it's called neglect.

Its hard to tell from your ? if the dog is 3 months old or if you have had him for 3 months. But if he's 3 months old and not eating and you can see his ribs, you absolutely must get him to a vet. He can have any number of things wrong with him, from a simple case of worms to something serious like distemper or an issue that is causing wasting.

Has the dog had all his shots up to this point? If not, you'll need to get him up to date on those, too when you take him to the vet.

But the bottom line is that you MUST find a way to get him seen by a vet. You should be worried, yes, any time your dog is not eating or you can see his ribs like that. And the longer you wait, the worse his chances of recovery are. So please do the right thing and bring him in.

Jack answered on 5/3/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


This is a difficult situation. Usually a dog will eat all it needs. It could be it just needs more time to adjust, but I am afraid it does have medical problems. Pick through its stools looking for foreign materials. Compare what you find to descriptions on OTC worm medicine. Try to match what you found to what should cure it and follow directions.

A vet visit would be best, but treating it yourself may work.

Aster answered on 5/3/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I don't mean to sound harsh, but if you cannot afford to properly take care of a dog, you should not be owning one.
Taking your dog to a veterinarian in times of need is necessary for a dog's health. Please, if you can't take care of your dog, find someone who can.

Sprite answered on 5/3/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


take him/her to the vet or get her soft food dogs tend to like it more

Member 984556 answered on 5/4/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer