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My 11 week puppy started having diarrhea on Sunday. I did not change his food and he did not get into anything. I contacted the individual that we purchased the puppy from, as he had stated to do so if the pup started having diarrhea. He provided a few suggestions for us, including giving the puppy some plain rice, or plain yogurt. He also suggested 2cc's of Pepto Bismol.

My family decided to try some plain rice and that seemed to help; however, when we started reintroducing the puppy food that the owner had provided us he started having diarrhea again. I am starting to wonder if perhaps the food (Nutrience Natural) that the breeder had the pup on is not good for him. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do? Am I able to feed my puppy rice and then introduce chicken and other foods into his diet? Do you think that perhaps it is the puppy food that is causing the issue? The puppy had been dragging his butt on the floor since he brought him home even though he had had all of his initial shots and everything. Although he didn't have diarrhea from the start, he did have loser stools on and off from the start, but we didn't think it was concerning then, but maybe it is the food?

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How long have you had the puppy home? Have you been to a vet yet? Particularly with the butt scooting I would want to test for parasites for sure. The vet with a stool sample would be my first trip! It could of course be the food too, but ruling out other problems would be best. You could keep a puppy on the rice and chicken for a few days but after that they will need something more balanced. You could home cook for the dog or do a home prepared raw diet but you would need to do your research on that- it is what I do myself but it is more than just boiling chicken for them. There are a lot of other pre made food options available- people usually advise leaving the puppy on the breeders food when they first get home but if that is causing problems it is totally fine for you to try other kibbles.

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I second that your puppy should have a vet visit, which is a good idea anyway after bring home a new dog. It could be the food, but like Annie suggested, it's a good idea to rule out any medical conditions first. Diarrhea, like anything else, is more serious in puppies than adult dogs. Is he drinking water normally? If not, ask your vet about giving plain pedialyte to hydrate him or supplementing with nutrical or honey to keep his blood sugar up.

You could also try giving him some pureed yam or pumpkin (totally plain) which can help with digestive issues.
 

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How long have you had the puppy home? Have you been to a vet yet? Particularly with the butt scooting I would want to test for parasites for sure. The vet with a stool sample would be my first trip! It could of course be the food too, but ruling out other problems would be best. You could keep a puppy on the rice and chicken for a few days but after that they will need something more balanced. You could home cook for the dog or do a home prepared raw diet but you would need to do your research on that- it is what I do myself but it is more than just boiling chicken for them. There are a lot of other pre made food options available- people usually advise leaving the puppy on the breeders food when they first get home but if that is causing problems it is totally fine for you to try other kibbles.

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Thank you very much for all your help! It looks like he's doing better now, but I will keep an eye on him. I got the puppy at 9 weeks and I have been in the process of looking for a new vet.
I will take a closer look into the home prepared raw diet for the future.
 

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I second that your puppy should have a vet visit, which is a good idea anyway after bring home a new dog. It could be the food, but like Annie suggested, it's a good idea to rule out any medical conditions first. Diarrhea, like anything else, is more serious in puppies than adult dogs. Is he drinking water normally? If not, ask your vet about giving plain pedialyte to hydrate him or supplementing with nutrical or honey to keep his blood sugar up.

You could also try giving him some pureed yam or pumpkin (totally plain) which can help with digestive issues.
I haven't taken him to the vet, but I have an upcoming appointment. He is drinking water normally and he has been and is very energetic and playful. He seems to be doing better today, but I agree that having him seen by a vet is best. Thank you for your help!
 
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