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Causes of puppy diarrhea

Puppy diarrhea can be caused by:

1. Stress

Due to huge changes in a short period of time when the puppy leaves his mother and siblings and arrives into a new environment. After a couple of days the pup will settle. Make sure he drinks and eats . It is also important the pup gets enough time to rest and sleep.

2. Change of food

Every sudden change of diet can cause diarrhea. The best way is to start with the food it was eating before and mixing it with the new food at a rate of ¼, ½, ¾ per day. I do advise to change the protein source of your dog’s food several times in its life to avoid food allergies.

3. Eating strange objects

Puppies discover the world with their mouth so they will eat anything they find. You have to prevent this as much as possible by puppy proofing your home, watching him all the time when outside. Teach the puppy the ‘LEAVE IT’ command as soon as possible. Aside from toxic and harmful objects, other things like garbage, twigs, earth etc. can cause diarrhea.

4. Worms

Through the mother’s milk the pup can already be infected with roundworms. That is why they need to be dewormed at 2, 4 and 6 weeks. Then deworming every month until 6 months. After that it depends on the environment but at least twice a year.

5. Virusses

These infections are serious and can be life threatening. The parvo and corona virus infections cause a bloody diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration etc. The situation can deteriorate very quickly in very young and unvaccinated puppies. Do not take your pup out to public places until it is fully vaccinated.

6. Other infections

That would be other worms, protozoa’s and bacterial infections.

What can you do at home for mild diarrhea? Start with withholding food for 12 hours, then scramble an egg or cut up a boiled chicken breast in small pieces and give small quantities 6 x per day, gradually change it back to normal puppy food. If the diarrhea persists, or the pup starts vomiting, then you need to seek veterinarian help.

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Pointer veterinary

Pointer Veterinary, clinic and surgery. Estepona