have an 8 week old puppy. Just had a vet check and first shots. All's well. `cept I didn't think to mention to the vet that the dog doesn't exactly have the shits, but they are a little, shall we say, slushy ? not firm stools. more a thick slurry (without wanting to be too graphic). She has puppy food and puppy kibble. I was wondering about putting a few oats or rice to eh, use as a stiffener.

Any thoughts ?
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have an 8 week old puppy. Just had a vet check and first shots. All's well. `cept I didn't think ... kibble. I was wondering about putting a few oats or rice to eh, use as a stiffener. Any thoughts ?

Did your vet check for worms?
Where did you get the puppy? Breeder? Pet store? Where?

How often are you feeding her now? How much are you feeding her?

Why do you feed her both "puppy food" and "puppy kibble"?

What's the difference? What does that mean?
IMO, if she checks out okay for worms, and depending on what you're actually feeding her now, you should just stick to feeding her a PREMIUM brand of puppy kibble (Purina Pro-Plan, Eukanuba, etc.) - and no additives, unless your vet recommends it.

Handsome Jack Morrison
have an 8 week old puppy. Just had a vet check and first shots. All's well. `cept I didn't think ... kibble. I was wondering about putting a few oats or rice to eh, use as a stiffener. Any thoughts ?

Rice or oats can help, but for a baby puppy (and we're just giving an unexpected ltter of 5 8 week-old puppies away) the better choice would be cottage cheese. There's more nutrition in it for growing pups. You'll want the mix to be about half and half kibble to cottage cheese.
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I thought that having taken the pup to the vet that as vets do the worm pill thing as standard, or if they don't they flippin well should, that it would be understood that all the normal things are done. including worming.
Food. Difference,? puppy food is a canned dog food and the kibble is the biscuit. Around 50/50 mix Balanced diet etc.

Where did I get the puppy ? It was from a litter we heard about. mother and father dogs live together, but you know, when those nights get chilly and the old love bug strikes, boys and girls get it on. Result, 11 puppies. Of which we have one.
On Jan 29, 8:48 am, Handsome Jack Morrison
I thought that having taken the pup to the vet that as vets do the worm pill thing as standard, or if they don't they flippin well should,

Actually, IMO, no, they shouldn't. Yes, many vets will routinely worm all puppies as part of their initial exam, but many will want to see a stool sample first, to make sure that the puppy actually has worms. I'm with the second group: don't give a puppy poison unless it's absolutely necessary.
Food. Difference,? puppy food is a canned dog food and the kibble is the biscuit. Around 50/50 mix Balanced diet etc.

Do you know what the puppy was eating before you brought her home? Why the canned food? If you use a premium brand of kibble, no canned food should be necessary. It also makes for a firmer stool, and less mess to clean up. I hope you're not just ad-libbing here.

I think the loose stool is probably related to changing your pup's diet, and feeding her too much food. You didn't answer the questions about how much you're feeding her, and how often, and it would really help to know the answers to those questions - before you take any further action. One of the main reasons that puppies have loose stool is that they're given to much food to eat.
Where did I get the puppy ? It was from a litter we heard about. mother and father dogs live ... and the old love bug strikes, boys and girls get it on. Result, 11 puppies. Of which we have one.

11 puppies. That's a very big litter. So hopefully you know howcritical that early socialization (to all the sights, sounds, smells of the world) is for a pup, right?

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I think the loose stool is probably related to changing your pup's diet, and feeding her too much food. You ... action. One of the main reasons that puppies have loose stool is that they're given to much food to eat.

Where did I get the puppy ? It was from ... it on. Result, 11 puppies. Of which we have one.

11 puppies. That's a very big litter. So hopefully you know how critical that early socialization (to all the sights, sounds, smells of the world) is for a pup, right?

Ne(m)o's litter was only five puppies, but what Jack says is worth repeating (probably written a hundred times on the blackboard). It's REALLY important.

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I feed the pup canned puppy food and dry kibble. Possibly because that's the way my father did it and that's the way I feed the old guys anyway. in other words, canned food mixed half and half with kibble. THe puppy of course is on a puppy canned food and puppy biscuit. The food i feed isnt the cheapest on the shelf. Its quality food and a balanced diet.
Perhaps I am feeding too much. As to how much I feed well probably I do give too much. She always leaves behind but she eats around 2/3's of what I put down.
pup was fed weetbix and milk and canned puppy food before i got her. I put much of it down to a change in diet and her tummy has to settle down and so on.
sounds and experiences. well aware of all of that thanks. Im nearly
50. Always lived with 2 or three dogs.

I dont like feeding dry food all the time. Which is why I usually give canned food and biscuit and varying flavours.
I feed the pup canned puppy food and dry kibble. Possibly because that's the way my father did it and ... and puppy biscuit. The food i feed isnt the cheapest on the shelf. Its quality food and a balanced diet.

Look, she's your pup. If you want to make it easier for your puppy to have loose stools, get fat, have diseased teeth and gums, etc. - go right ahead.
Perhaps I am feeding too much.

How exactly will you ever know? Before it's too late, I mean?
As to how much I feed well probably I do give too much. She always leaves behind but she eats around 2/3's of what I put down.

Is what you "put down" for her in accordance with any particular feeding guideline?
Or are you just shooting from the hip?
pup was fed weetbix and milk and canned puppy food before i got her. I put much of it down to a change in diet and her tummy has to settle down and so on.

Yes, that's almost certainly part of it. But you're almost certainly feeding her too much, too. So what are you going to *do* about it?

Adding stuff to her food, without having a clue as to why she has loose stools, doesn't sound very smart to me.
sounds and experiences. well aware of all of that thanks. Im nearly 50. Always lived with 2 or three dogs.

What exactly do you think early puppy socialization entails? How long does it last?
Do you think your puppy, probably resulting from an accidental breeding, and having *10* littermates(!), got enough early socialization from her "breeder"?
I don't think so.
I dont like feeding dry food all the time.

Why not?
Which is why I usually give canned food and biscuit and varying flavours.

In other words, you're starting to actually enjoy your puppy having loose stools?
Well, okay then!
unexpected ltter of 5 8 week-old puppies away) the better ... be about half and half kibble to cottage cheese. http://4dsgn.com

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Or are you just shooting from the hip?

Well Jack, he's nearly 50, he's had dogs, so he surely knows everything he needs to know.

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