Thank you all for your replies and advice thus far.
So Bruno being this young of a pup, we are obviously concerned that he was taken away from his mother too soon. We want to make sure we are feeding him the best food we can with the best nutrients to make up for whatever is lost in his little system.
When we brought him home on Monday night (6/8), we tried giving him Taste of The Wild but he wouldn't eat it. So then after his first trip to the vet on Tuesday (6/9), and more and more research, we have put him on Purina Pro Plan Large Breed Focus Chicken and Rice puppy food by Wednesday (6/10), but mixed in a small forkful scoop of Royal Canine puppy appetite stimulant. He loved it. We were giving him a total of 1 and 1/3 cup a day (based on us thinking he was 8 weeks).
Thursday night rolls around (6/11) and he vomited 3-4 times and runny diarrhea after his dinner meal. We tried to rehydrate him with small amounts of water and spoiled him with lots of warm hugs and kisses. We spoke to an ER vet and they said if it continued thru night, come in. Thank goodness it didn't. He was passed out puppy dreaming by 10:00pm and slept through the entire night.
This morning is Friday (6/12) and he has his little puppy personality back but we are having trouble getting him to eat solely the dry Purina Pro (without the tiny scoop of Royal Canin wet). We weren't sure if his tummy was upset from this new food that was introduced so bluntly into his diet (we weren't given any of his previous food from the seller) or maybe his tummy was upset from his first round of shots (keep in mind, shots were 48 hours prior to vomiting).
It's definitely difficult not knowing the facts about this little guys background, but we want to give him the best life he deserves no matter what.
Anyone have thoughts or feedback on the food or advice on something specific to give him that has worked for your young pups in your experience? We obviously don't want to keep switching his food up this abruptly on him, but we also need to make sure he's eating the best he can eat with him potentially being this young.
Thank you all so far!
Umm--I like ProPlan and it's my go to food and has been for quite a long time. I've gone back to feeding adult food and not using puppy formulas but that's me.
How many meals a day are you giving him? Some puppies don't handle any kind of canned food well. I do give extras to puppies to make sure they are eating eagerly but I try to avoid using canned food. What I use instead which seems to work out better is either yogurt or cottage cheese (just a small spoonful) with breakfast. And at what I think his age looks like I'd give half of a hardboiled egg with another meal and for the third meal I might buy and cook some hamburger with a little water (into a sloppy joe consistency) and give him a spoonful of that. When I do that I refrigerate a couple of days worth and freeze the rest in small containers and thaw as necessary. The other thing I use for third meals is canned salmon--pink is the least expensive and use it in small quantities because it's rich.
Except that 1-1/3 cups of food doesn't sound like too much food--the vomiting could be from anything but diarrhea is really common if a very young puppy is getting too much food.
And he looks so young that I might even feed him four meals for a couple of weeks.
Even a few days later some dogs/puppies do react to vaccines so the vomiting and diarrhea could have been from that. While puppies can dehydrate fast, I generally don't don't get very worried about one round of vomiting--puppies can find invisible things to eat that aren't sometimes even edible.
But since it he seems to have recovered I just keep an eye out for further episodes of vomiting and diarrhea. I get worried about the possibility that he might have been exposed to parvo or distemper before you got him.
But he is very cute and I hope you won't have any more problems with the food.