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Puppies: 5 Potential Red Flags You Need a Vet

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Puppies: 5 Potential Red Flags You Need a Vet

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“Puppies: 5 Potential Red Flags You Need a Vet” is our second blog about understanding your puppy’s behaviors. Let’s take a a closer look at behaviors that may require a vet visit or at least a phone call.



In our last blog post, we discussed four common puppy behaviors that don’t always require a vet visit. For example, when your:

  • Puppy Isn’t Eating.

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    Sophie, an F1b Goldendoodle Puppy Sitting by Yellow and Purple Flowers
  • Puppy Hasn’t Gone to the Bathroom.
  • Puppy is Crying During the Night.
  • Puppy is Breathing Too Fast.

Of course, there may be times or issues with your puppy that should be addressed by an experienced vet whether it’s an office visit or a phone call for advice.


Puppies: 5 Potential Red Flags You May Need a Vet

Below are signs your puppy may need to visit the vet for medical attention.

  1. Diarrhea continuing past 12 hours. If they are also vomiting, see your vet sooner as the risk of dehydration is increased!
  2. The presence of blood in their diarrhea or vomit.
  3. Their gums are whitish or gray or dry and tacky (possible dehydration).
  4. Your puppy is lethargic or weak.
  5. The presence of worms in the stool.

Next, let’s take a closer look at each scenario below.


Potential Red Flag: Puppy Diarrhea

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Zoey, an F1b Goldendoodle Puppy Sitting by Yellow and Purple Flowers

There are a few common reasons why your puppy is challenged with diarrhea (loose/soft or watery stools) including:

  • Stress, anxiety or fear.
  • Something they ate, food or a toxic or foreign body.
  • Food intolerance; or
  • An infection (including bacterial, viral or internal parasites).

No matter the reason, follow these 3 steps:

  1. Closely monitor your puppy’s symptoms.
  2. Offer them smaller portions of a bland diet (boiled chicken (with no spices or skin), rice and pureed pumpkin or sweet potato (in small amounts only; too much may exacerbate diarrhea; and
  3. Make sure they are drinking normally to avoid dangerous, even fatal, dehydration.

IMMEDIATELY contact your vet or an emergency vet if:

  • The diarrhea continues past 12 hours without any signs of improvement.
  • The diarrhea is accompanied by fever, a bloody or tar-like stool, pale gums, mood changes, lethargy or poor appetite.
  • Puppy is also vomiting with diarrhea.
  • There is blood in your puppy’s vomit.

If your puppy is experiencing diarrhea often, work with your veterinarian to determine what changes and precautions you need to take to keep them healthy. Also ensure your puppy cannot get into the garbage, trash cans, cleaning products or compost piles.

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Oakley, an F1b Goldendoodle Puppy Sitting Sitting by Yellow and Purple Flowers


White or Gray, Dry or Tacky Gums

Healthy gums are light pink in color and moist to the touch. But if your puppy’s gums are white or gray in color or dry and tacky, these could be symptoms of potential dehydration or a medical emergency. To avoid dehydration, monitor your puppy’s daily water intake each time you change his water. Once you’ve established a baseline, it will be much easier to determine if your puppy has stopped drinking normally.


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Another Red Flag for Puppies: Worms in the Poop

The common types of worms in dogs include:

  • Hookworms.
  • Roundworms.
  • Heartworms.
  • Whipworms; and
  • Tapeworms.

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    Sierra is an F1b Goldendoodle Puppy

Many times, puppies will not exhibit symptoms of new or mild cases of worms. Also, most worms cannot be seen by the human eye! That is why fecal exams are so important to detect intestinal parasites early.

Below are some signs or symptoms your puppy may potentially have worms:

  • Diarrhea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Weight loss.
  • Lethargy.
  • Dehydration.
  • Poor coat appearance.
  • Pot-bellied appearance.
  • Bloody stools.

If you observe any of these symptoms in your puppy, secure a stool sample and immediately see your vet for accurate diagnosis and timely treatment. Always bring a stool sample to your dog’s annual examination.

Always monitor puppies for these 5 potential red flags you may need a Vet. If you’re unsure about whether you need to take your puppy to see the vet, reach out to your veterinarian for expert advice and support.


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Ariel Whitley
Ariel Whitley
May 10, 2022.
I got a little boy doodle from here and he is a great dog! He has the best of both breeds in him. The perfect personality and has been so easy to train. He is a great addition to my family and a perfect companion for my Pomeranian. I couldn’t be happier! I am out of state and the whole process to get him was very smooth and I have no complaints. Would definitely recommend them!
Monica Hamilton
Monica Hamilton
April 24, 2022.
We Love Our new Aussie doodle Duke! As a first time owner Mona was very nice and helpful about puppy care. She answers all questions!! She made coordinating picking up our pup supper easy!! She provided all documentation and goodies to send home with duke making his transition to his new home smooth! If you’re looking for an Doodle mix puppy I would recommend them!
Clinton Baird
Clinton Baird
April 23, 2022.
A great experience with obviously very experienced breeders. Our journey was clear the whole way. The team was great in explaining. Could not be happier with the Goldendoodle addition to our family.
Jim Conerton
Jim Conerton
April 11, 2022.
Our Sammy Joe is now 10 months old and what a beautiful dog. We have had Goldens for over 20 years so we’re very familiar with the breed. He is very healthy and very smart. Mona was so helpful when we contacted her in our search for a dog. We told her what our lifestyle was and what type of puppy we were looking for. She definitely recommend the best dog for us (thanks!) hopefully I’ll get a recent picture of Sammy and add to this post. Thanks again Jim & Paulette
Mollie Duddleston
Mollie Duddleston
April 11, 2022.
Mona and her family were wonderful to work with. She consistently gave updates as we waited for Oakley to be born. We enjoyed selecting our puppy and then receiving weekly pictures and updates as we awaited picking up Oakley to bring her into our family.Oakley is an incredible dog!! She is spunky, yet gentle. She LOVES people! She has been a fun puppy and very easy to train. She follows instructions well, and we couldn’t be more pleased with this addition to our family.We highly recommend Arkansas Bear Creek Goldens and Doodles for beautiful, well bred dogs who are sharp, smart and easy to train. Mona is wonderful to deal with and Oakley has been a wonderful addition to the Duddleston family.
Robert Thompson
Robert Thompson
April 10, 2022.
They were very professional. And they even met us half way. Quality animals. Very Healthy. Definitely would recommend this Professional Organization
Suzy Tusing
Suzy Tusing
April 10, 2022.
Three years ago we bought our golden retriever From Bearcreek, she was 10 weeks old. The next day Mona called us to check on her. Throughout Riley’s life, Mona was always there to answer questions and to help us. They truly love their dogs and it shows. I recommend Arkansas Bearcreek to anyone who wants a happy puppy.
Rebecca Moreira
Rebecca Moreira
April 9, 2022.
Could not be happier with my experience with Arkansas Bear Creek Doodles. They raise the puppies like their own with so much love and care. They were so easy to work with and brought Lexie with everything I could need to get her thorough the first few weeks of transition, including medicine in case she got sick and her favorite toy. She has been the BEST dog.
Pamela Benskin
Pamela Benskin
April 9, 2022.
Our family has purchased 2 puppies from Mona's family. Both of the are wonderful dogs. They're not only adorable, but they have great temperaments and are extremely smart. Both puppies were housebroken in only a few weeks. They're both wonderful family members. I would definitely buy another puppy from them.
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