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Old 01-15-2013, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We have a 16 week old German Shepherd male. Is it normal for him to have such a sensitive belly. We got him when he was 7 weeks old and he has had 3 bouts of diarrhea. Our vetenarian told us that GSD have sensitive GI's. We have not changed his food or treats. We buy him the Purina Pro Plan Puppy formaula, which from what i have gathered is good food. We give him milk bones or treats we buy from bulk at Tops Market. The treats we buy in bulk are made somewhat locally and in the USA. I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions or tricks to try?
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GSD's do tend to have sensative tummies but if you are feeding the same food it shouldn't be too bad.

Are you talking loose stools? or watery? Is your pup able to hold it or is it explosive?

I know when I walk my dogs alot they poo more and it's looser. It's the watery/explosive poos that are bad news in my house. Not so much the thick brownie batter type results.

But that's my dogs.

Did you talk to your breeder and see what their experiences are? Plus they should be able to immediately check with the other puppy owners to compare and see if there is an issue.
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As mentioned gsd pups can have very sensarive digestive systems. My vet suggested a heaping tablespoon of plain canned pumpkin helps and it,really did the trick. Nala is 10 months old now and I still give it to her with one of her two meals ..
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What has helped our dogs often is feeding them raw green tripe for a few days and after that once in a while to keep their gut healthy. It seems to work as medicine.
I also would look at other foods. I am not a fan of Purina.
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you may want to take a look through the diet and nutrition section and look at what has been posted. your purina, imho, may not be the food you want to continue on.
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Has your puppy been checked for worms, Giardia or Cocidia? All can cause diarrhea.
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Purina Pro Plan Puppy formula, is a absolutely terrible dog food. I would recommend changing dog food right away, Anything that you can buy at the grocery store is terrible.

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At that age I'd worry about worms first. Have you had a fecal done?
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You might want to have the dog tested for EPI. I had a Shepherd that had bad diarrhea for a while. We went to 2 different vets trying to find out what was wrong. Finally went to a specialist and they sent some blood work off that came back positive for EPI. That means that their pancreas does not absorb food like it should and the dog id not getting any nutrients from any food. This can be treated but not cured. If your dog has this, and I pray he doesn’t, then you will have to give him an enzyme treatment every time he eats.
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Has your puppy been checked for worms, Giardia or Cocidia? All can cause diarrhea.
This is my suggestion as well. EPI does not typically present until 1 - 3 years of age.


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