We just bought it with papers and everything he already got his shots we bought it from this one dog breeder i think its about 6 weeks home and it poops about 6-8 times a day so far weve been feeding it pedigree for puppy’s and its poop is like so melted. any ideas whats wrong with it? oh and also we feed him about 2 times a day and about half a cup
a) if I am reading your question correctly, you got this puppy from an irresponsible backyard dog breeder because NO reputable breeder lets puppies go to a new home before 8-12 weeks old. At 6 weeks, this puppy needs to still be nursing for another 2 weeks. I am not saying you knew any better, but please do not give into these backyard breeders again. You have no argument here because again, NO GOOD BREEDER would EVER allow a puppy to leave its mother and litter mates @ 6 weeks. But you have him, he’s yours, so now I will give you some advice…
Okay, let me first start off by the fact that this pup should technically be still nursing, I advise you to go out to the pet store and get some puppy milk replacement liquid or powder (your choice really) since this is nice and high in calories which the puppy still needs to properly develop the next couple of weeks. Secondly, PLEASE switch your puppy’s food to HIGH QUALITY puppy food….Pedigree is absolute GARBAGE!! it’s nothing but a bag full of corn, road kill, artificial colors, bone meal, soy (ALL THESE ingredients are crap crap crap!! – this can contribute to alot of pooping since so much junk is in that food that the body is not using it thus its going out through waste)
What do you want in quality puppy food? You want meat named ingredients in the first 2-4 ingredient (chicken, chicken meal, duck, duck meal, lamb, lamb meal, etc). You want NO by-products, corn, wheat, soy, etc. These ingredients are AWFUL and although this food will not directly kill your dog, it will lead to an unhealthy lifestyle (it would be like you feeding a child McD’s for their main diet every day)
What brands of food to avoid? That would be ALL foods you find at a grocery store including: Pedigree, Ol’ Roy, Purina puppy/dog chow, Purina ONE, Iams, kibbles n’ bits, chef micheals, alpo, etc.
Best foods to buy? (These can be found at pet stores and tractor supply store):
Wellness “just for puppy”
Eagle Holistic Puppy
Chicken soup for the Puppy Lover’s Soul
Merrick Puppy Plate
Solid Gold “wolf cub”
Taste of the Wild
Nature’s Variety Prairie or Instinct
Also, stay away from iams, eukanuba, science diet, royal canin, and nutro – although you may hear these are good foods, they really are no good and all have corn, wheat, by-products, and soy of some type.
PLEASE switch to a high quality puppy food, and then into a high quality adult food at 1 year with this puppy, because both your puppy and you will be happier (premium foods on average are not much more expensive than the crap foods you see at wal-mart or other super markets).
Pedigree is a 1 star food and here is the summary of this God awful puppy food:http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/sh…
More info on quality foods can be found at:http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
Here, they rate quality of food based on stars (1=worst foods, 6=best foods), aim for a 4, 5, or 6 star food.
You bought from a breeder and don’t know how old the dog is?
Are you feeding it the same food the breeder was? Loose stools and stomach problems can be caused by switching food.
Keep in mind that poop is what is left over that the body could not digest. The more undigestable ingredients in the food, the more poop there will be. If you notice, Pedigree Puppy is primarily made up of corn. Dogs can’t digest corn.
You may want to consider switching food to a higher quality food.
If you do, I would do it gradually by mixing parts of new food into the old.
6 weeks is too early to bring a puppy home and many states have laws that it has to be at least 8 weeks old. Next time you decide on a breeder please research them very carefully.
the poops are probably from stress of leaving the litter. Add some canned 100% pure pumpkin. If not cleared up soon contact your vet.
Vaccination of dogs for Distemper at too young of an age has been shown to cause Hypertropic Osteodystrophy, especially in Weimaraners. Vaccinations given 2 weeks apart suppress rather than stimulate the immune system (6, 27, 23).
A series of vaccinations is recommended starting at 8 weeks and given 3 – 4 weeks apart up to 16 weeks of age. Another MLV vaccination given sometime after 6 months of age (usually at 1 year & 4 months) will provide lifetime immunity (15, 20, 21, 23)
Unless there is a physical problem, the dog is trying to express some displeasure about the new dog. She needs to be house trained all over again, but it shouldn’t take more than a few days to break the habit. Still, a visit to the vet wouldn’t be a bad idea especially if it’s been a while. With a new dog there is the possibility of a contagious illness.