whenever I go to the vet, she finds something wrong with my puppy. first he had worms, then coccidia and now an ear infection. I am always paying for tests, medicine and other fees. Is she messing with me? Should I get a new vet and see what happens with them? Are puppies prone to all this stuff so I don't need to worry? thanks.
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whenever I go to the vet, she finds something wrong with my puppy. first he had worms, then coccidia and ... and see what happens with them? Are puppies prone to all this stuff so I don't need to worry? thanks.

Where did you get your pup?
coccidia is common in puppies who were kept in not-so-clean conditions when younger. Worms would also be pretty consistent with that sort of thing. I'm not sure about the ear infections though. Aren't Poodles one of the breeds that can be prone to those?
Tara
whenever I go to the vet, she finds something wrong with my puppy. first he had worms, then coccidia and ... and other fees. Is she messing with me? Should I get a new vet and see what happens with them?

I'd suggest at least a second opinion from a vet recommended by friends. Puppies often have worms and other infections are common.
Your medical questions would be best posted to
rec.pets.dogs.health

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
whenever I go to the vet, she finds something wrong ... get a new vet and see what happens with them?

I'd suggest at least a second opinion from a vet recommended by friends. Puppies often have worms and other infections are common.

thanks
Your medical questions would be best posted to rec.pets.dogs.health

I wish I had that newsgroup but I don't. I guess my server doesn't carry it.
Your medical questions would be best posted to rec.pets.dogs.health

I wish I had that newsgroup but I don't. I guess my server doesn't carry it.

If it carries the groups you posted to, I don't understand why it doesn't carry the health group. I'd contact your service provider and ask them to add it - rpd.health is a very informative newsgroup.
Your other option is to subscribe to the free server that many of us use:
http://news.individual.net /

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
whenever I go to the vet, she finds something wrong with my puppy. first he had worms, then coccidia and ... and see what happens with them? Are puppies prone to all this stuff so I don't need to worry? thanks.

Nobody ever said owning a dog was cheap. You can try a new veterinarian and see what happens, but chances are your puppy needed treatment.
KM
I'm not sure about the ear infections though. Aren't Poodles one of the breeds that can be prone to those?

Usually it's dogs with heavy flop ears, especially if they're very hairy on the inside. In Florida, the heat and humidity makes ear infections on flop ear water dogs almost inevitable. The best thing to do is use the cleaning/drying drops (from a vet - over the counter isn't as good) as a prophylactic measure every time the dog gets wet.
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whenever I go to the vet, she finds something wrong with my puppy. firsthe had worms, then coccidia and now an ear infection.

All of those things are common, although more likely in a puppy from a breeder who didn't take proper care.
I am always paying for tests, medicine and other fees.

That's pretty much to be expected when you get a puppy, more so if your source for the puppy was a shelter or a less-than-meticulous breeder.
Is she messing with me?

Why on earth would a vet "mess with you"?
In any case, since (AFIAK) none of us are vets, and even if we WERE vets, none of us have SEEN your puppy to verify whether or not those ailments actually existed (which I'm betting they did), there's no way that any of us can answer that question.
Should I get a new vet and see what happens with them?

Again, none of us can really answer that, because none of us knows A. the vet you're currently seeing and/or B. why and how your puppy contracted the ailments your vet has diagnosed and treated.
If you have SUBSTANTIAL reason for feeling distrustful of this vet (not just the fact that she's diagnosed common ailments), you could ask around, get recommendations from other dog owners whose dogs appear healthy and well cared for, and try going to another vet.
But IMO, it's highly unlikely that a vet would lie about finding common ailments in a puppy, and highly LIKELY that your puppy simply has some health problems.
Taking proper care of companion animals is never cheap.
Is she messing with me?

Well, the first and last years of a typical dog's life are usually the most expensive. As well as shots and neutering, there are often other things that one needs to treat. For example, when my smooth collie, Zeffie, was a puppy she had a bout of vaginitis and needed antibiotics. When Pablo, another of my fine smooth collies, was a youngin' he had a retained baby tooth that was forcing the incoming adult tooth out of alignment (it was pressing against the roof of his mouth) . He had to be put under light anesthesia to yank the baby tooth.Sometimes puppies get worms - usually pups from good breeders don't have them but it can happen even in the best situations. Same with coccida. Same with ear infections. It is a little bit unusual that your pup is having a series of problems. You and your puppy may have had a run of bad luck. It could be that your pup has a weak immune system, either congenitally or from a less than ideal upbringing. Where you pup came from has a great influence to his present health.

For example if your pup's mother was in poor health when she was bred or during gestation, her pups would have a bad start and have to play catch up. Stress can badly mess with the immune system such as if you pup was separated from his dam and littermates too young or was in a pet shop or shelter environment. A healthy pup, raised in optimum conditions can have worms and not be too affected by it. But if a pup with a weakened immune system gets worms, he would be quite susceptible to other infections such a coccida or ear infections.
So IMHO, I don't think your vet is messing with your mind. Your pup may have had a bad start but, with good veterinary treatment, decent diet, socialization and exercise, he should become healthy enough to resist infections.
Good luck with your pup.
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