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Food Change/Weight/Poo

Hey all! Anna is my first GSD, so this may sound like a stupid question--

We've had her for a week now and she's still having a loose stool. It's not water, but it's like a pudding (yum!) texture. I thought it was due to changing her from the breeder's Purina Puppy to Nature's Choice Puppy, but it's still going. Sometimes it has some solid, usually in the morning, but it still tends to be loose.

Also, she's 13 weeks and 18lbs...is that a normal weight for her age? It seems some other pups on here at her age seem bigger? She looks fine, but I was just wondering?

She's running, playing, learning some tricks, getting into things, puppy stuff, but I wondered if I should change her food? Any idears?

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Re: Food Change/Weight/Poo

If she looks fine then don't worry.

A week isn't long enough to let her system heal from the changing. Did you go cold turkey or mix them over time?
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Re: Food Change/Weight/Poo

I was a bad mama and went cold turkey...I figured this might still be the case but the DH wanted me to inquire for his "little girl"



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Re: Food Change/Weight/Poo

I might get yelled at for this but what if you mixed a little rice into her food to stiffen up her poo.When my dogs get soft that's what I do and it seems to work.Has she been wormed?

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Re: Food Change/Weight/Poo

She was wormed when I first got her and at her vet check up last Tuesday my vet double checked and she was worm free.

Would a small amount of the pumpkin possibly help or should I just leave her little tummy alone? She'll have her next vet check sometime next week so I can have them double check if this is still going on.

Other than the poo (which she also likes to eat, thank God she's no the only one and thank God for these boards!) she's just a little happy puppy. She hasn't had any gas, just the poo.

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How much are you feeding her per meal and how many meals per day?

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And what is "Natures Choice"? Do they have a website?

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Sure, sorry, it's actually Nature's Recipe...brain fart:

Nature's Recipe Dog food


Edit: I'm sorry, just saw the giant bolded "per meal" part of your question!

She's fed three times a day so about cup per meal, which she usually eats a three quarters of then comes back in about an hour and eats the other remaining quarter.


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Has she been checked for Giardia and the other "yuckies" (besides worms.) puppies sometimes have? So she has had pudding poop since you got her?

Have you tried feeding her LESS? If pups/dogs are healthy and don't have any medical issues, a lot of times they are simply being over fed.

Personally I wouldn't let her "graze". If she doesn't eat all of her food in one sitting, I would pick it up and not feed her again until the next meal. She could very well be getting all she REALLY needs when she only eats 3/4 of it. But after an hour she doesn't feel full anymore, so she figures she may as well eat the rest of the food.

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Also, she's 13 weeks and 18lbs...is that a normal weight for her age? It seems some other pups on here at her age seem bigger? She looks fine, but I was just wondering?
There really is no "normal" weight since some puppies are taller and/or thicker built at the same age. They also don't all grow at the same rate. You just have to go by how she looks. (There are some pups that are lighter at that age and others like mine that were heavier. (Mine weighed 28 1/2 lbs at 14 weeks.)

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