When you bring home a new puppy, there are high chances that you will have to deal with puppy diarrhea at least for the first few days. You will also have to deal with puppy diarrhea as the body of your puppy is changing while he is growing up.
Puppies develop much severe diarrhea as compared to adult dogs. This can result from the puppy being underweight to intense dehydration and mortality. When your puppy develops diarrhea, you might ask yourself whether it’s a minor upset which will blow over in a few days or is it something serious and you have to consult a vet.
Today we will tell you all about puppy diarrhea due to certain changes and what you can do about it. We will be talking about various causes of puppy diarrhea, the preventive measures, and situations where you may need to see a veterinarian.
The first few days
When a puppy is born, he spends the first two months of his life with his mother and siblings. And naturally, the puppy gets used to the place where he spends these first few days.
The puppy would have been fed the same food and at the same time in the first few days. The puppy may have been started eating solid food, but chances are he will be suckling as well. He would be used to cuddle up with his mother and siblings at night.
When you bring a puppy home, you will be disrupting his entire world as he knows it. Research studies on animal behavior indicate that almost 25% of puppies develop a runny tummy after weaning. That is why your puppy will need the utmost care, and you will have to assume the role of his mother.
Change of environment
If you are changing the environment of the puppy in addition to weaning, then you are aiding in developing diarrhea. As soon as you put the puppy in a cage and bring him home in your car, you are changing his environment drastically.
For instance, the car is making all kinds of noises, and it is shaking as it moves on the road. The puppy is used to the scent of his siblings, and the car is full of smells of paint, leather, petrol, and all sorts of other things.
Obviously, the puppy will feel lost in the first few days and will be feeling stressed for not being around an environment he is familiar with. And it is known what stress can do, like us we all have had our embarrassing moments under stress.
This change in environment and the consequent stress will not be handled well by the little puppy, and he will likely develop diarrhea.
Change of diet
Another major reason for causing puppy diarrhea is the abrupt change in diet. The puppy won’t be able to get the breast milk of his mother any longer, which carried all kinds of protective effects. The petshop may have provided you with a pack of kibble for minimizing the impact of a change in food intake and may have also provided you with varying amounts of kibble which may last from a few days to a couple of weeks.
You need to ask the pet shop about the brand they use and in what quantity. If you think that the amount of kibble they are giving you won’t be enough for the next couple of weeks, then you should buy more of it. It is empirical that your puppy sees a gradual transition to the new food. If you don’t follow this then you puppy will surely develop diarrhea.
Once your pup is around 12 weeks old and has settled in with you, a new food may be introduced. But this should be gradual and consistent rather than altering foods from one meal to the next. A general rule of thumb is to introduce new food with a ratio of 1:3 to the old food. When the puppy gets used to this, you can increase the ratio to 2:3 and so on until the puppy gets completely used to the new food.
If the puppy shows tummy troubles due to the introduction of new food, then it is likely that the puppy is intolerant to some ingredients of the new food. You should consider changing the food or go back to the old food.
Puppies who are under six months of age develop diarrhea more frequently than adult dogs. The main reason is that their immune systems are not completely developed yet. This prevents them from fighting off all the intestinal bugs they interact with.
Puppies will likely chew, swallow, lick, and bite everything which comes in contact with their mouth. This will be the main source of intestinal bugs. You will have to watch your puppy in the first few days constantly. You need to make sure that he learns to address his “needs.” As time passes your puppy will learn to handle himself, and you can be less worried. Puppies may seem tiny and vulnerable, but they can prove to be quite nimble.
However, you need to keep an eye on your puppies so that they don’t swallow anything harmful. Eating something stale or inappropriate can easily give them a runny tummy.
If you are diligent and careful with your puppy and he still faces tummy issues, then it is a possibility that the cause may be related to some infection due to consuming something toxic.
Their bodies are not used to this kind of foreign injections. This can result in developing diarrhea, and if it is severe, then you should immediately contact an experienced vet.
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By Agnes Khaw, Raku Inu Furkid Specialist