FAQ - Diarrhea
I am not a vet.
This is what I do for my dogs and it is presented as that alone.
Diarrhea ranges from uncontrollable projectile to regular but loose stools. Lets call all that diarrhea. Diarrhea in puppies can be caused by several things:
By stress I don't mean they have a deadline at work. Stress means environmental change which leads to biochemical changes in the body, blood pressure changes, and digestive upset. A stressed puppy can still be mellow and lazy, he doesn't have to LOOK stressed to be stressed. Change leads to stress in humans and dogs, and especially puppies who are not as adapted to change as they will be after socialization begins in earnest in their new homes. Change of home, change of roommates, change of water, change of routine, all things puppies have to go through when they go to their new homes. This CAN possibly cause stress. This kind of stress goes away, and if the breeder has done her job with Rules of 7, she has let the puppies sleep in 7 different places by 7 weeks, eat our of 7 different bowls in 7 different locations, etc. CHANGE is good for puppies, it is NECESSARY for puppies, but it can cause stress diarrhea.
Changing food is a classic for causing stress diarrhea. We all know to take several days changing a dog's diet, but many people will start right off switching the food the breeder recommends and has been using on the puppy. DO NOT CHANGE THE FOOD, and certainly not at first. It may be expensive, or hard to come by, but the breeder has a reason for that food, talk to her about her reasons and you may learn something.
Puppies can also have stress diarrhea from too much food. Feeding puppies is a balance between wanting them to have all the calories and nutrients they need to grow up healthy AND fat puppies. One of the sure signs off too much food, is if you cut the volume by 2/3rds and the stools harden. Also many people don't measure their puppies food, they dump out a bowl full and count that as enough. It's NOT. You can't know if you're feeding too much unless you have a way of measuring how much. You might want to measure out their entire day's allotment into a bowl and place it up high and convenient to you, on top of the fridge. When you want to treat your new puppy, and you SHOULD, then take kibble from the bowl. If you feed all the day's food before noon, perhaps the problem is YOU and not the puppy. When the bowl is empty, stop feeding the puppy that day. Training is an easy way to get too much food in a puppy in too much of a hurry. Keep training, but use smaller morsels and remember to measure the entire DAY's food intake, and not just the regular mealtimes.
Fatty treats are a classic for diarrhea. And worse health issues, so be careful what you feed your new puppy. I don't feed any pig products, or pieces of animal products, no ears, no tails, no bully sticks, and no hooves to a new puppy. Dogs love these things because they are HIGH FAT. High fat often leads to loose stools.
Parasites are another classic cause of diarrhea. Face it, puppies walk in their own mess and lick their own feet. They haven't lived long enough to build up the immunities to parasites that their elders have. Despite regular deworming, puppies often get parasites, it happens to the best housekeepers, it's in the soil, it's in mother's milk, it's in animal poop (which they LOVE). And note: fecal tests are NOTORIOUS for false negatives. Just because your vet says the fecal test is negative, doesn't mean the puppy has no parasites, it means the tester didn't find them, many parasites are incredibly hard to find evidence of -- evidence outside the loose stools that is See FAQ Deworming.
What do I do if my puppies stool goes soft or explosive?
First skip a meal. Won't hurt, especially a Malamute puppy, and might be all it takes to give the gut a rest. Then eliminate the obvious:
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