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Old 03-05-2012, 11:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, 2 days ago I got a new GSP. She is only 6 weeks old which is fairly young. This is the first GS I've ever had and her being so young I'm unsure what to feed her. So far I've been giving her pedigree with warm water to have it a little soggy. Shes been getting diarrhea and I'm not sure if it's because of the soggy food? Should I be feeding her something else? Any advice will be highly appreciated
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You could be feeding her too much.
Pedigree is made from primarily corn.
What stores are available to you that you can seek dog food at? Do you have Costco? A pet store? Feed stores?
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What was she eating before you got her?
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You're right-6 weeks is too young to be taken away from her mom. But now that she is with you I think it's great that you're mixing her food with warm water to soften it up. Pedigree isn't the greatest food. You can search "dog food" on this forum to come up with some suggestions. Her diarrhea could be from a lot of different issues young puppies have-worms, and other bacteria. Please schedule a check up with a vet as soon as possible.
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I'm surrounded by many pet stores. Petco, petsmart, etc.
I don't think I have fed her too much because I give her very minimal portions. What would you recommend I feed her?
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Call your breeder and ask them what they are feeding the puppies and go and get a bag. Ask the breeder to recommend an amount.

Yes six weeks is young, but it is old enough to be weaned. Pedigree is not really great food. There are lots of threads on puppy foods, but you should feed whatever your breeder had the puppy on, and then switch her slowly, over the course of several days to whatever you want to feed.

Diarrhea can be very dangerous in young puppies. Have you taken the puppy to the vet yet? Did the breeder give her the first set of shots? Either way, do not take the pup to the pet store. Too dangerous at this point, she can catch anything whether she has had a set of shots or not.

Make sure your pup is not getting dehydrated. Usually when you press the gum and it will push the color from pink to white, but it should recover right away. Do NOT feed the puppy cow's milk it will make things worse not better. What you can do, is boil some chicken and make some brown rice, remove the bones and feed her the chicken and brown rice four times a day in small amounts until he stool improves. Then slowly put her onto whatever type of dog food you want to use.

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What was she eating before you got her?
She was eating the same thing. That is why I continued to feed her that but I'm unsure if that is what is causing the diarrhea?
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Six weeks is not too young to be taken from the mom. However it is better for puppies to be with their litter until 7 or 8 weeks. 8 weeks is law in many places. But a lot of people feel seven weeks is the ideal time for them to go to their new homes. I raised a puppy from just under six weeks and she was fine, did not need to learn bite inhibition or doggy manners that the litter should do. It used to be normal for people to get their pups at six weeks, and you should be fine.
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Has she had any vaccinations yet?

How bad is the diarrhea?
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Could be. Could be too much food. Could be worms.

Most puppies have worms. Did your breeder tell you when she last wormed them and with what? When you take her to the vet, tomorrow, take a stool sample. If it is completely runny that might not work well.
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