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Puppies get diarhea. Loose stools can take a week or two to totally get back to normal and may go up and down during. If you take em every time they get loose you could be a ping pong ball at the vet. GSD pups are hovers vacumning up everything!

Things like sleeping alot, blood in stool, lose of appetite, lose of desire to drink all require immeidate trip to vet to prevent dehydration in a puppy and are indicators more likely of virus and colitis which are harder to knock down

Can be a number of things from stess, to excitement to bacteria, etc. Viruses usually trip off temperature increases.

Get a fecal sample to vet to check for things (pup does not even need to go with you unless you are seeing symptoms other than just looseness).

Remember the three A's (attitude, appetite and activity). If your three A's are good the vet is not an emergency and you can use the bland diet while you wait for fecal results.

If vet prescibes and anitbiotic please be sure to balance with a probiotic as the antibiotic will kill good and bad flora and can just lead you down the string of meds for weeks.

With a 6 month old you can start with a 12 hour fast then go bland. Still give water.

Our pup is in daycare also and the newness does send him loose (or eating the errant peacock poo...dont ask) so we put him on a bland diet to repair.

We only use immodium sparingly (in fact I have only used it twice ever) and then only 1/2 of a pill for a 40 lb puppy of 5 months. Like everyone says it stops them up when diarheaa is getting things out. Pepto is a better choice. We break the tab in 1/2. Do the doseage according to weight.

This is our current mix for a tummy issue: 2 cups white rice, 1 cup chicken or hamburger (2 to 1 ratio rice to meat), 1-2 teaspoon of pumpkin, 1/4 teaspoon of a probiotic powder mixed in.

You can get stool firmer from vet if needed to help things along.

After a few days start adding back in dog food and reducing rice/meat ratioaccordingly.

If still loose consider things like allergies or try adding some grape seed extract which can help.
 

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This is great advice. Thank you for sharing. We're going through this right now with our 7 mo. old female with a combination of diarrhea/loose stools for the last three days and one episode of vomiting. Brought her to the vet and he prescribed her an antibiotic which I am holding off from giving her right now. I want to see how the rice/chicken combo works first.
One other thing which we found really works and was given to me in our 3 week battle with loose stools in our 5 month old

Separate the probiotic from the meal where you give antibiotics. Give the probiotic at a small lunch and evening snack with pumpkin on the snack. This helps keep the antibiotic from interfering and visa versa.

If it does not clear in a day or two use the antibiotics as things such as giardia or bacterial overgrowth are hard to diagnose.

fionally we have firm poo with our boy by separating the probiotics to their own time and using the antibiotics with a rice/hamburger, etc. We are on day three of adding back in dog food and all is going well!!!
 
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