|New Puppies and Diarrhea
It's not uncommon for a new puppy to get diarrhea.
Puppies can have diarrhea for a variety of reasons. Sometimes just
being taken from the litter and put into a new home can be stressful
enough to trigger puppy diarrhea. In this case the symptoms may
disappear after only a day or two without any intervention on your
Don't wait too long
However, if the puppy diarrhea persists, action needs to be taken to
keep the puppy from becoming dangerously ill. Diarrhea can
dehydrate a puppy and can become a big problem if not dealt with
quickly. Be particularly aggressive if the puppy isn't eating or
drinking normal amounts of food and water.
Sometimes a puppy will develop diarrhea due to a food change.
Perhaps the breeder used a food that's different than what you feed
the dog. This change can adversely affect a puppies' young digestive
system. Usually the diarrhea will disappear after a day or two, once
the puppy gets used to the new food. We suggest that when
changing to a new food that you blend. When you are getting to the
bottom 1/3 of your old food begin to blend in the food you wish to
switch them to. This blending will help your puppy adjust to the food
gradually, and sometime this will help prevent them from developing
Sometimes your puppy will develop diarrhea from a simple change in
the water they receive. For example, maybe your breeder has well
water, or the reverse, maybe the breeder is on a water system and
you have well water. This simple difference may cause a loose stool
for a few days. This will normally get disappear in a few days.
But if your puppy has diarrhea there are some things you can do to
help them get through it naturally.
Natural ways to help your puppy
Give the pup a small bowl of plain yogurt once a day. The live
cultures in the yogurt help the puppies' digestive system and can
clear up the diarrhea. Puppies seem to love yogurt but if they don't
eat it, add some flavor, like a ground up puppy treat. You can also
add plain white rice to their food, or mashed white potatoes mix with
smashed sweet potatoes. These can help stiffen the stool, the most
important thing to remember if your puppy develops diarrhea is to
keep them hydrated, and we have found that these methods can help.
Another thing to check is whether or not your puppy food has any
soybean products in it. Some puppies' digestive systems don't deal
well with soy. Switch foods (slowly) and the diarrhea may disappear.
These simple cures have helped me on more than one occasion.
If diarrhea persists more than 2 or 3 days, it's time to go to the vet.
When a trip to the vet is called for
If the puppy diarrhea doesn't go away after 2 or 3 days, it's time to
take the pup to the Veterinarian. Usually the Veterinarian will want a
sample of the diarrhea. They will analyze it, looking for any kind of
virus or bug that may need to be dealt with.
If nothing adverse is found the Veterinarian will probably give the
puppy some anti-diarrhea medicine, which should clear things up. If
there is a virus involved, a course of anti-biotic may be indicated. It
is rare that any surgeries are required.
Having a new puppy or dog is challenging enough without
complicating things with uncontrollable diarrhea. Dealing with this
problem head on, will make your early days with your new
companion much more pleasant, and may even save you from having
to replace your carpet.