New puppy has diarrhea?

We have had our puppy for only 3 days and he has diarrhea. He is 13 weeks old today. He is fine other than the runs….eats, drinks, plays, etc. Any ideas? Hubby is freaking out about it. I think it is probably stress. We feed him 1 1/2 cups twice a day…hubby has been working with him on some training and gave him some treats when he was good…I thought that might have something to do with it. We also thought we could up the amount of food a little bit so yesterday we up’ed it to 2 cups. I am going to say no treats for a couple of days and get back to 1 1/2 cups.

What does anyone else think?

We are feeding him the exact same food that the Kennel was feeding him–Purina Pro Plan Puppy formula–chicken and rice. He has only had the very loose stools today…..and people food is not an option for us. We will call the vet again–we made an appt for his next set of vaccines but that isnt for another week and half. Thanks for all the advice. I am sure little Gunner will be feeling better in no time!

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  • Puppies have very sensitive systems, and since you’ve only had him a few days, I’m guessing that he’s still adjusting to life in a new home, with new food, new people, etc. If he is acting fine otherwise, I’d say don’t worry, just give it a week or so and if it doesn’t go away, take him to the vet. Until then, as long as he’s still behaving normally, assume he’s fine. Puppies get diarrhea a LOT.

    Be sure you’re feeding him the amount of food listed on the package – some foods require different feeding amounts than others – and I agree that you should withhold treats for a few days. Be sure he’s not chewing anything else up that he shouldn’t be chewing up (furniture, shoes, toilet paper, socks, etc.). Also be sure he has plenty of water 24/7, to keep him hydrated, and make sure he has a cool, comfortable, shady spot to rest when he’s tired. Check is stool for worms, and if he has worms, it’s not an expensive treatment.

    I agree that it’s probably stress. Just be sure to comfort your puppy, put him at ease, He’ll most likely be over it soon.

    Good luck!

    EDIT: Do NOT give your puppy milk. The person who said that does not know what they are talking about. Milk will only make him sicker.

    And grass never magically fixes problems. It might make them throw up and might put their stomach at ease for a bit but that’s IT.

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  • It could be stress, change of diet or both. My vet always recommends plain unflavored pedialyte (or he has a pet-minded brand that tastes like very bland, weak chicken broth flavored gatorade).or boiling a few handfuls of rice in extra water, letting it cool and letting them drink the water occasionally. The starch helps soothe the stomach and thickens the stool naturally without having to use a medication, which often irritates an already upset tummy. Once the stool seems to be more solid, let him snack on the rice a little at a time because it is the most gentle and easily digested carbohydrate, and the one with the fewest allergies.

    DO NOT use worm medication without a proven presence of worms because if there are no worms to kill, guess who absorbs the poison instead – your puppy. And most dogs are lactose intolerant of milk other than that of a canine origin, but a tablespoon of yogurt can help replace the helpful bacteria in his digestive tract that is being lost. He always suggested one tablespoon 3 times a day for as long as the diarrhea lasts. The helpful bacterias help prevent the lactose intolerance.

    Give these a try for a day or two and contact your vet. He is so much smaller than you and can get sick much more quickly. Keep notes in case you have to make a phone call or schedule a visit. And call the person you got your puppy from. They should be able to tell you all about what is normal for your little guy. I hate to hear he is so sick.

    On the feeding amounts – go by his size and weight. And puppies adore their alphas, so a piece or two of food hand fed to him is a huge treat in itself so they aren’t necessary at such a young age, esp if he isn’t used to them. Always introduce something new gradually, whether it is a treat or kibble.

    Best of luck.

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    New puppy has diarrhea?

    We have had our puppy for only 3 days and he has diarrhea. He is 13 weeks old today. He is fine other than the runs….eats, drinks, plays, etc. Any ideas? Hubby is freaking out about it. I think it is probably stress. We feed him 1 1/2 cups twice a day…hubby has been working with him on…

  • Are you feeding him the food that he was getting before you got him? It could be from a change in food, change in water, or just change in environment. He is dealing with a lot of new things right now and it can be stressful. For a couple of days feed him some boiled rice and boiled chicken – that’s really easy on their tummy. You can also feed him some canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) and that will help the diarrhea.

  • If he’s had diarrhea for three days, he’s in danger of being seriously dehydrated and undernourished. He could be in a lot of pain too. It could just be adjusting to the new food and surroundings, but I’d get a vet to check him out to be on the safe side.

    Good Luck.

  • It could be the type of food you’re giving him. If you are feeding him something his system isn’t used to then he will have the runs for a while. Find out what food he was eating before you got him and start feeding him that. Otherwise, wait 2-3 weeks and it should clear up.

  • A dog should be trained on how to eat, walk with you, not to bark, potty training and sleep on its place etc. You can teach anything to your puppy, dogs get trained easily with some good instructions. If you want some good training tips visit

    If properly trained, they should also understand whistle and gesture equivalents for all the relevant commands, e.g. short whistle or finger raised sit, long whistle or flat hand lay down, and so on.

    It’s important that they also get gestures and whistles as voice may not be sufficient over long distances and under certain circumstances.

  • Diarrhea is not a disease in itself, but is an easily recognized symptom of a problem within the intestinal system. Diarrhea is a “catch-all” term for a number of changes that can be seen in bowel movements. These changes can include one or more of the following:

    An increase in frequency of defecation.

    Changes in fluid content of the stools (sometimes causing a loose consistency).

    Changes in the volume of feces produced. This change can include increased water content and the presence of undigested dietary fiber or unabsorbed nutrients in the stool.

    An owner may notice a variety of changes in the appearance of their dog’s stool during a bout of diarrhea. Stools may be of a soft, unformed consistency, may be watery, may contain mucus or blood and the color of the stool can range from brown, to yellow, to black, to green, to gray or bright red. The stool may be very smelly or normally smelly or may have little or no odor at all. It’s important to note that the stool can still be formed and may not always appear soft or loose. A dog with diarrhea may also have bad breath, flatulence, abdominal pain, bloating and grumbling guts (intestinal bubbling due to excessive gas).

    Your puppy’s stool should be firm, formed, generally brown and should not stink excessively. Because changes in bowel movements can be the first indication of serious illness or disease, and because puppy’s can dehydrate very quickly (posing a serious risk of death for young dogs), owners should continuously monitor their puppy’s bowel movements. This doesn’t mean you need to check stool samples under a microscope, but it does mean that you need to know what is “normal” for your puppy. The term “normal” means that you should know several facts about your puppy’s regular bowel movements. These facts will include:

    Frequency of BMs

    Consistency of BMs

    Color of BMs

    And in some instances, the odor associated with his BMs. (Some serious illnesses are characterized by a particularly foul, smelly stool, so knowing that your dog’s stool doesn’t smell “normal” can be important.)

    Knowing what constitutes a normal bowel movement and bowel schedule for your puppy can help you spot bowel changes or problems as soon as they start. Hopefully this will be before they are a serious health threat to your puppy.

    Keep in mind that if you are seeing foreign objects in your puppy’s stool (bits of plastic or rubber, strings, etc) your dog is definitely in need of closer supervision! You may need to check your puppy’s toy box for old, deteriorated toys, the children’s rooms for chewed up toys and/or other areas around the house that may have items inappropriate for your puppy to have access to.

  • since you have only had the pup 3 days it is most likely coccidia and or change of diet

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