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    Question Not Eating Much

    Just looking for a bit of advise or guidance with this one.

    Sammi is 9 weeks old and this is her 2nd full day at home with us. She isnt eating very much at all, maybe a few mouthfulls at breakfast and dinner and not really interested when it would be a lunch time feed.

    She is drinking plenty of water.

    Her stools are runny and a browny green colour.

    I understand all of this can be due to her adjusting to her new home and just been generally unsettled.

    Things I have read say to watch out to ensure she doesnt get lethargic but at the moment she sleeps for a few hours then goes on a mental spree so I dont think she is lethargic just a typical puppy and sleeping.


    Anything to put my mind at ease a little would be good!!!


    Thanks

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    Are you feeding her the same as the breeder was?

    If you want to sort out the runny poos and you're sure it's just the change of scenery - get some chicken fillet and boil it up with rice and feed small amounts of that three times a day. Ie not more than 150 to 200gm with about 1/3 chicken, 2/3 rice mix.

    Puppies don't eat a lot. The runny poo is more of a worry as a puppy can get dehydrated quickly. Is she drinking enough, does her skin go back to normal quickly if you pinch a fold of it up (shouldn't hurt).

    If the runs don't clear up soon, take her to a vet.

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    What hyacinth said.

    When I brang Pippi home she didn't eat much at all, unless I hand fed her. I wasn't having any of that so I just left her food out for her and took it away if she didn't eat it.

    She's a little gannet now and always lookign for food - in fact, she worse than our assumed lab x

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    She is drinking plenty of water, After she has been outside for a 5 minute power session she comes in straight to her bowl.

    I am trying her on chicken and rice tonight. Will let you know how I get on.

    Thank you for your replies

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    And yes she is on the same food as she was on. Dried Advance and some cold polony like meat.

    Fingers crossed for the chicken

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    Chicken and Rice did the trick. Not convinced that the Pet Store was feeding her the food they sent her home with!!

    I feel better now she has scoffed her tea!!

    Thanks again!

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    Hi Chez

    When my puppy was very small, I soaked the dry puppy advance in water before feeding it to her. I think the pack recommends that.

    I eventually changed to Nutro natural choice because she kept getting the runs on Advance, but Advance is good for some dogs. Mine does better on the nutro.

    Boiled chicken and rice is not a long term thing - it's just till the runs stop and then you can start mixing back the food you want to feed regularily or add more stuff to the boiled chicken and rice to cover more nutrients eg vegies, and maybe some calcium powder.

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    Thanks again Hyacinth.

    We put some of her Puppy Advance in with her chicken and rice this morning and at Lunch time and she is eating them which is good.

    Her stool is still a little loose but much better than the last couple of days. Will keep up the chicken and Rice for a couple more days taking a little bit out at each meal time and will start reintroducing the Cooked puppy meat we got with the kibble when we picked her up.

    She is behaving very much like a naughty puppy and today has green paws to prove it (due to finding one of my nieces non toxic textas) so she is not showing any other signs of dehydration or any other illness.

    Again thank you for your assistance with her

    It has been 8 years since we had a puppy around and it is scary how quickly you forget!

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    thanks for the update Chez

    I'm glad your naughty puppy is feeling better.

    Mine spent a fair bit of the time at our park tonight hunting mice and I don't want to tell the council because they will put baits out. Sigh.

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