New Puppies and Diarrhea

Different Causes        Don't wait to long       Food changes       Water change 

Natural ways to help      Time for trip to the vet                 Back

It's not uncommon for a new puppy to get diarrhea.

Different causes
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 part.   Return to top

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.  Return to top

Food changes
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 diarrhea.

Water Changes

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.  Return to top

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.     Return to top

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.

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