When feeding a brand new puppy it can be fun, but quite messy as well. When you first get a puppy and start feeding them on your own the puppy always seems to get diarrhea no matter what you do. Why is my new puppy getting diarrhea?
Before you get your new puppy, the puppy is eating from the mother dog and what the owner buys for him/her. Then once you receive your new puppy 90% of the time the owner will give you about 1 weeks worth of the food that was given to the puppy. This will allow you to start mixing your puppy food of choice with what the puppy has already been eating.
The first week of feeding your new puppy you must gradually mix the new puppy food with the old. From experience of having dogs most of my life I found it easier to work the new puppy food in steps. This way the puppy will still have loose poops, but it won’t be diarrhea. How can I prevent my new puppy from getting diarrhea?
First day- The day you come home with your new puppy allow the puppy to have 3 meals with just the old puppy food. Make sure you do not give any wet dog food the first week only dry.
Second day- This day will be the introduction of the new puppy food. I suggest mixing 80% of the old puppy food with 20% of the new. This will allow the puppy to get a taste of the new, but not enough to cause diarrhea.
Third day- Today your puppy will get a better taste of the new puppy food. You should mix 60% of old with 40% of new. By now you will know if your new puppy likes the new puppy food or not.
Fourth and fifth day- Now start mixing half and half, by now your puppy’s body should be completely adjusted to the new puppy food. Your new puppy’s stools will be loose, but should not be watery.
Sixth and seventh day- If your puppy’s body is able to tolerate the new food by now without any diarrhea, give the puppy all new food.
If after all of this your puppy is still getting diarrhea the next move would be to make home remedies for your puppy to control/get rid of the diarrhea. Are there any home remedies for puppies with diarrhea? Yes, you can use white rice, canned pumpkin, white rice mixed with cottage cheese, or one of my favorite’s instant rice baby cereal
Instant rice baby cereals help a puppy or dog get rid of diarrhea almost instantly. I have had my new baby Shepard puppy for 2 weeks now, and the first few days the puppy had diarrhea, which was expected. So around the 4th day I gave the puppy instant rice baby cereal mixed with plain yogurt and the diarrhea went away. Make sure though to keep the puppy hydrated with lots of water. Do not mix a lot of water in with the dry puppy food.
Foods to avoid corn, wheat, soy, spicy food, table food, garbage, spoiled meat/fish, and also different brands of dry puppy food can cause diarrhea, due to the high content of corn and cornstarch. If you are feeding your puppy dry puppy food that has corn in the first line of ingredients stop automatically and switch brands. I know the puppy food may be cheap, but the results of the diarrhea will be ten times worse.