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03-06-2014 04:45 PM
RebelGSD Even adult dogs, when they move, for example come back home from boarding, can drink water excessively from stress, and then develop loose stool. My boarding kennel warns me to give the dog ice cubes instead of water and limit water intake during the first 24 hours, until the dog settles in.

It is always a good idea to deworm the little ones.
03-06-2014 03:31 PM
vukc I hope that your puppy is feeling better now.
Just curious, did you get any reply from your breeder about your pup health issue? What was his/her response.
03-02-2014 11:46 AM
BowWowMeow I would feed him a bland diet until his poops solidify. Use white or brown rice or oatmeal and double cook the grain with twice as much water so it's more easily digestible. Add baked or boiled chicken and a tablespoon of plain canned pumpkin.
03-02-2014 09:35 AM
anitram Thanks all.

Lies - Nikon's fit in the crate sounds like Hans' in the pen. It was unbelievable. He was launching himself at the panels and moving the pen along the length of the kitchen to the point where we had to surround it with dining room chairs. That's when he began biting at the wire and trying to take the panels apart at the seams, lol.

Second night was much better! Barely any crying when put in the crate and only got up twice, both times to poo (we've returned to the pudding pile, no more watery diarrhea, yay) and also pee. Otherwise slept like a champ for about 3-3.5 hours at a time. Moved his crate to right next to the bed as opposed to the foot of the bed and that seemed to help.

They are running a fecal test - vet said he'd check the results and give me a call today if anything is off otherwise he'll check in with us on Monday.

He got up and ate about 2/3 of a cup of food this morning (he had about 1 and 2/3 yesterday in total compared to his usual 3-3.5). The vet suggested I feed him smaller quantities than usual but more often.
03-01-2014 09:33 PM
Liesje Oh another thing that really helped with Nikon (I discovered this after his first several nights of screaming) was taking him to bed with me and letting him fall asleep on me while I was reading, then carefully move him to the crate. He would wake up and fuss, but not as bad.
03-01-2014 09:31 PM
Liesje Did they do a fecal test? This sounds exactly like my first several nights with Legend and Patton. It ended up that Legend had roundworm That explained his nonstop liquid poo and general feeling of tummy upset. It's kind of my fault, I just assumed it was stress due to changes at first (and change in kibble), so he wasn't tested until I'd had him almost a week. After his very first dose of de-wormer, he was feeling better. The breeder de-wormed his litter twice but it's still common for them to get worms anyway, or pick something up.

As for the screaming fits....it just depends on the dog. Nikon threw an absolute screaming, thrashing fit (I mean, he actually ROLLED his crate) for 7 hours nonstop the first several nights. Phil was sleeping downstairs on the couch with pillows over his head. After about a week, he was totally over it and even slept through the night. Legend and Patton were pretty bad too, but since it was my Christmas break, at least I wasn't as stressed about it. I slept on the couch in our basement with them for the first few nights. They HATED the pen the first night. Then I had them together in a crate but Legend pooped, they both stepped in it, and tracked it all over the carpet So I put them in small crates side by side. After the first week, Legend really settled down. He still has to go out at night (I've had ONE full night's sleep since Dec. 21!) but he goes to bed quiet and after I let him out to pee, he runs back upstairs and back into his crate on his own. As soon as I know he can hold it all night, he can sleep on a dog bed or on our bed.
03-01-2014 08:58 PM
Nyx I am so happy that your baby is feeling better.

I really think his new environment scared him to death and it upset his system.

I am glad you took him to the vet and they were able to give him some meds to calm his tummy and make him feel better. I second the information on puppies needed attention when they start the run and vomiting, they dehydrate very quickly.
03-01-2014 02:46 PM
anitram Thanks. I've emailed the breeder to let him know.

It's been 5 hours since the last bowel movement. Hans has woken up from a long nap and he is back to being his normal landshark self and hunting around for our shoes. He ate about 1/2 a cup of food as well and then proceeded to tear up all the newspapers on the floor and is currently set on ripping apart the area rug. So we feel way better!!
03-01-2014 01:36 PM
ZoeD1217 I hope it's just stress. We had loose poops the first 24 hours as well.
Zoe was the same about her crate the first night and I ended up sleeping on the floor for 2 weeks. I honestly did not know a puppy could scream so loud. So after the 2 weeks she definitely was more secure and she adjusted just fine to sleeping in her crate next to our bed. Good luck!

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03-01-2014 01:25 PM
Jax08 Since this is a medical issue, I would make sure to tell your breeder. They are probably going to want to know this
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