Diarrhea after 1st night home (8 1/2 weeks old)
New to the forum but not new to GSD's. It's been a long time 13 years since having a puppy so I have had to refresh my mind on everything.
Anyway I will cut to the chase: We picked up our 8 1/2 week old GSD Puppy yesterday at noon(ish) and had a 4 hour journey home. We took cooked chicken to use as treats (reward) whenever he did something right/good. He had a few bits on the way home but once we got home and got started on the potty training he was rewarded every time he went to the door and every time he went potty outside etc.. He has been drinking plenty of our tap water and is eating his food that the breeder gave us and he was playing/sleeping at regular intervals. He had a very restless night (all three of us did, hubby & me included). We put him in a crate next to our bed and we were up nearly every 1-2 hours through the night, he was peeing every time he went out with only 1 pee accident when my hubby took his eyes off him to get his coat on. He pooped before bed and then again in the morning (early about 6ish). Since then he has had a lot of play and sleep time but he now has diarrhea and has since pooped 4+ times or at least now he is trying to poop with not much coming out. Started off soft then pudding consistency now he is barely getting any little pudding squirts out. He is a little whiny every now and then and has been since we left the breeders, understandable I think under the circumstances.
Do you think the chicken could have upset him, or the travel, or first day/night in a new home away from litter mates (only 3 of them) and mum, the change in water or just a mixture of everything. I am hoping it is just a little of everything, being overwhelmed etc.. I have stopped the chicken treats and am just rewarding now with praise and the occasional bit of his normal food from the breeder, we have now switched over to filtered tap water from our Berkey Water Filter that the hubby & I use.
How long do you think it will take to clear up and what should I do exactly. Feeling a little overwhelmed myself actually and don't want to make a mistake with him, we love him too much to screw up and I personally feel like we are screwing it up. There is so much conflicting info out there. We are eventually going to want to switch him onto a Raw Diet but now is definitely not the time obviously.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.........Thanks.