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    Hi there,

    I am new to this forum and have been finding some great info here but I just have a concern about my puppies, Jasper and Bella.

    My puppies are now almost 10 weeks old, I have been feeding them Purina Supercoat, and Chicken necks every so often, I have found now that Bella has been having runny poos, I haven't done anything different, should I gradually start introducing another food? or even Mince or something??

    Thanks for any advice.

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    Hi and welcome Jeanie

    Dry food and diets get discussed alot here on the forum and already alot of great info and personal experience has been offered, have a quick search through the forum and you will come up with multiple threads


    sometimes pups can't handle raw meat so it could be the chicken necks, but it hards to come to a conclusion.
    I had my 2 pups eating raw kangaroo meat pretty much straight away.

    Also, you must put up some piccies of your two!

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    Thanks for that, i will do a search and see what I can come up with.

    And yes as soon as I figure out how to put pics on I will!

    Thanks again!

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    Hi Jeanie,

    Is the diahhorea ONLY happening after giving them the chicken necks, or is it happening at other times too when you haven't fed them any?

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    Hi, it has been happening at other times to, I gave them chicken necks yesterday, but before that it was a week ago so I dont think it has anything to do with the necks?

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    What treats do they get during the day?

    Do they have access to any other food (cat food, scraps etc)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    What treats do they get during the day?

    Do they have access to any other food (cat food, scraps etc
    )?
    Excellent question. I agree. Not taking any scraps, lots of treats, or even stealing cat food from anywhere?

    If the answer is NO to all of the above, how long have you had them, and was the diahhorea occuring right from the start?

    Have they been wormed correctly?

    Is there a change in water? Ie: tank to town, or visa versa etc?

    Sorry, lots of questions, but without knowing all the answers it can be harder for us all here to offer advice.

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    jeanie

    Have you changed what the breeder was feeding them?

    Are they due for worming? Vaccination? Have you had them to a vet for check up? Are you doing puppy pre-school at a vet? The vet will be able to provide some advice.

    Has it been all good and now suddenly one of your puppies has the runs and the other one is fine?

    What do you do feed when you notice the runs? 10 weeks is very young. Ideally you go to the vet, make sure puppy is not dehydrated (there's a gum press, or neck pinch test for that which others can describe better than or you can do a site search on dehydration or diarrhea).

    Has puppy eaten something bad in the garden or in the house?

    Then depending on vet advice and level of dehydration and puppy attitude (still perky and hungry) the usual treatment is fast for 12 to 24 hours depending on puppy age then put on boiled chicken and rice in small amounts depending on size of puppy (eg between 50 and 250 gm) but ask vet.

    How big are they now and how big are they going to get?

    Also some dogs are allergic to some things and it may just show as a bout of the runs every couple of weeks. I had to change my dry food to stop my dog from getting the runs.

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    Thanks for all of you advice....
    My puppies are almost 10 weeks old, had them since they were 8 weeks, they only eat dry food and have access to water all the time...Yes they have been wormed and vacinated correctly and as for scraps they dont get any nor do they get any treats at this stage, except for the chicken necks.

    They may get some crumbs off the floor but I try to keep it as clean as possible...
    I think I have answered all the questions!

    Looking forward to the advice :-)

    and BTW Jasper just had a poop and all is looking better!

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    Well, it also depends on how long you have had them. Sometimes it takes a while for them to get used to their new homes, ppl, etc before all the gut settles down, so to speak.

    It sounds like it could possibly be the Supercoat, but hard to say. They can also get it from excitement, playing hard, a lot of other reasons besides diet to be honest.

    If it continues on and off, then yep, I'd certainly try changing the dry food to one that is possibly better quality and see if that makes a difference.
    Should you ever change foods of course, remember to do it slowly over a period of time, not just suddenly. Seems obvious, but not all ppl realise how much a sudden change can impact.

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