THE MOST DEADLY AND DANGEROUS DISEASE FOR A PUP IS PARVO!!
Call your local animal shelter and ask them when was the last time that there was a PARVO breakout.
PARVO is airborne . It fulfills miles and miles wide.
A pup can die in matters of days even when vaccinated.
DO NOT TAKE IT FOR GRANTED
I have received a call before of this happening.
You have a few weeks to prepare - spray your entire yard with half bleach and half water. This will not harm your flowers or plants.
PLEASE TAKE CAUTION!!!
For a month or so please keep pup indoors, for safety for more ways then one.
The most important thing is for your new puppy to feel welcome in your home. This is now his home too, and he will be happiest if it is a safe and inviting place to be.
If possible, let your puppy spend at least the first few nights sleeping near you. Place his crate in your bedroom at night, and put an old t-shirt you've worn inside it so that he can become accustomed to your scent.
Puppies can't usually 'hold it' through an entire night just like babies can't usually sleep through the night when they first come home. Your puppy will become very unhappy if he soils himself in his crate. That means you may need to get up in the middle of the night for a while until your puppy learns to wait until morning.
causes & treatment of diarrhea in puppies
If you have a puppy, it's a pretty safe bet that you're going to see some puppy diarrhea sooner or later!
There are all sorts of things that can cause a bout of diarrhea in puppies, including..
- Infections and illnesses
- Worms or other parasites
- Eating stuff they shouldn't
- Change in diet
Of course you want to keep little Fido healthy and happy, so it's natural to worry when your puppy's poop doesn't seem normal.
An episode of puppy diarrhea isn't unusual, but it is worrying. Diarrhea in puppies can signal anything from a simple upset tummy caused by a new puppy food or stress, to a symptom of some pretty nasty dog illnesses and diseases... and it can be tricky for a new owner to tell the difference.
But before you start to panic, take a few minutes to read the information below which explains the different kinds of diarrhea most often seen in puppies, what to do about it and....... when to worry!
Mild - moderate puppy diarrhea
Diarrhea in puppies can take range from a soft pile to a jet of water..and just about everything in between!
But if your puppy has had just one or two stools of the soft, chocolate-pudding variety there's generally no need for instant panic.
There are several possible reasons for the change in consistency, these include -
- A change in diet
Switching your puppy from one brand of food (or from dried to canned, commercial to home-made etc) is a very common reason for loose stools.
Treatment: To help avoid this, be sure that any change in diet is made gradually, over at least a few weeks.
Begin by replacing a small amount of the regular food with the new one. Then over the next 7 days or so, gradually increase the new food while decreasing the old. By the end of the week, your puppy should be happily eating his new dog foodwithout any upset.
A puppy's digestive system can be fairly delicate and may be affected by stressful situations. Things such as leaving their mom and siblings, a visit to the veterinarian, getting used to a new home environment, excess excitement or exercise and so on, can trigger this type of puppy diarrhea.
Stress can also allow a parasitic infection called Coccidiosis to take hold. These parasites exist in most pups/dogs, but are kept in check by the immune system. When a young pup is stressed, the immune function is repressed and coccidia can flourish. If your puppy's diarrhea gets worse quickly, is watery or is tinged with blood/mucus then a coccidia or a viral/bacterial disease should be suspected.
Treatment: If it's simply an upset tummy due to stress, the situation will usually right itself over the course of a couple of days and the diarrhea will improve, not get worse.
Meanwhile you can help by making sure your puppy has plenty of quiet time, lots of fresh drinking water available and monitoring his bowel movements to be sure that his 'poop' returns to normal. However if the diarrhea gets worse, or doesn't improve, then you need to have your pup seen by a veterinarian right away.
- Eating something he shouldn't!
Little puppies are endlessly curious, and often seem to believe that EVERYTHING is edible, until proven otherwise! If your pup has been snacking on left-overs from the garbage can, the flowers in your front yard, or something of that nature, puppy diarrhea is most likely going to happen.
Obviously it's important to re-double your efforts to keep your little guy (or gal) out of the trash can, or from getting their teeth into undesirable stuff!
Many times the forbidden things a puppy has eaten are fairly harmless. But there's a whole range of stuff that's toxic to dogs (sometimes deadly).
Many of them will surprise you, and are commonly seen in any home or yard. You can find a list of the most common foodstuffs and other items that cause trouble on my Poisonous Foods page.
Treatment: If you're in any doubt at all about what your puppy has ingested, or believe it may be harmful, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Control Center at once.
You can find tips and advice on what to do if your pup does ingest something poisonous, plus the emergency telephone number you need, on my Dog Poisoning page.
When you're dealing with a fairly mild case of puppy diarrhea, focus on eliminating the cause and replacing any fluids your puppy may have lost. You can use unflavored Pedialyte instead of water, or mixed with it.
You can also give your pup/dog Pepto Bismol, 1/2 tsp (2.5ml) per 10lb of weight, given every 3 to 4 hours.
Fasting your pup for 12 - 24 hours can sometimes help by giving his digestive tract a chance to 'clear out' and settle down after a minor upset. For puppies under 8 weeks a 12 hour fast is enough, after that age you can fast him for 24 hours. Do make sure that you still have plenty of fresh water available at all times.
After the fasting period is over, feed your pup some plain, boiled white rice (you can add a little natural yogurt or some plain chicken broth for flavor) for his first meal, then gradually return to his normal diet.
If your puppy is drinking well, is bright-eyed and lively, and isn't getting worse you can probably afford to just monitor the situation.
However, if little Fido seems lethargic, dull eyed or just 'not himself', or if his condition deteriorates, seek veterinary advice straight away.
Quite often diarrhea is accompanied by vomiting, and it can also be caused by something simple or by a serious illness or condition. If puppy vomiting is present along with the diarrhea, it's even more important to be extra-cautious.
Moderate - severe puppy diarrhea
If the puppy diarrhea is liquid (anything from soupy to watery) there's reason for concern. There are many reasons for this type of diarrhea -
- Parasitic infection
Your puppy could have developed an infection caused by parasites, such as Coccidia or Giardia, both of which can cause pretty severe, foul smelling diarrhea (sometimes accompanied by vomiting, lethargy and loss of appetite).
A bad case of puppy worms (particularly roundworms) can also result in your furbaby suffering from puppy diarrhea and/or vomiting. This is most likely in very young puppies who haven't been dewormed yet, or older pups who haven't been treated for worms at all, or often enough.
Treatment The most immediate worry in cases of severe, watery diarrhea is that little Fido will become dehydrated, which is a dangerous condition for a puppy. As little as 24 hours (or less in very young puppies) with diarrhea and vomiting can cause a puppy to become seriously dehydrated.
If your pup can hold down fluids, offer water and Pedialyte or a similar rehydration solution frequently, if he can't keep anything down then your veterinarian will have to give him fluids via an IV.
Whenever you see this kind of severe/watery puppy diarrhea, get your pup to a veterinarian right away. He'll need some tests and treatment quickly in order to have the best chance of a speedy recovery.
- A serious disease
Many of the most contagious, serious (and often potentially deadly) dog illnesses have diarrhea as one of the earliest symptoms.
This kind of diarrhea is usually very watery, and can contain mucous and/or blood (shows as red or brown). It's usually frequent, and may spray or 'jet' out with some force.
Dog diseases such as Distemper, canine Parvovirus, Hepatitis and Corona Virus are just some of the possibilities when this kind of puppy diarrhea is seen.
Watery, mucous-y or blood streaked puppy diarrhea is a red flag. Don't be tempted to 'wait and see', seek professional veterinary assistance immediately. Your puppy's life could literally depend on it.
Treatment: Severe diarrhea that could be associated with illness, needs immediate veterinary attention, and you shouldn't try to treat it yourself.
Don't delay, see help right away!
Natural treatment for puppy diarrhea
For the occasional bout of diarrhea caused by a foray into the garbage/stress/dietary changes etc, (or for dogs who regularly have loose stools/bowels but have been pronounced otherwise healthy by their veterinarian), there's a wonderful herbal product that can make your dog feel much better....
Canine Plantaeris for Dog Diarrhea
A gentle, but effective natural treatment for diarrhea in dogs.
This herbal product was formulated by a leading naturopathic veterinarian, to relieve the symptoms of diarrhea, without unpleasant side effects.
While soothing and healing your pups' digestive system, this product also helps boost your pups' immune system and improve his overall health.