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The day after we picked up our pup we took her to the vet for a health exam. She had completed her worming and the vet said she was healthy. He looked at a fecal sample under the microscope and said she was worm free. Since the vet visit she has had diarrhea for 2 days. We tried feeding rice but she wouldn't eat it. So we tried some pumpkin mixed in the dog food and she loved it. Her stools are now just loose and form a little puddle. Her appetite is normal and she plays like nothing is wrong. Should we be worried? Or give it some time and see if it firms up?
 

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6 weeks is really too young to be away from the littermates and mom. It could be just the stress of the situation that has brought it on.

That said, 6 week old puppies are VERY fragile. Diarrhea can lead to dehydration quick. I would recommend at the very least a call to the vet this morning if not a full exam.
 

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Called the vet and they reccomended rice and canned chicken. She picked the chicken from the rice and ate it. Also she shares a water bowl with the cat. She had been getting into the cat's food but we moved the cat's bowl where she couldn't get to it. Her stools went from diarrhea which was very runny and squirting out to more of a pudding like substance. She isn't acting like anything is wrong. She plays, sleeps, and eats and drinks. She only whines when she has to go out to potty. Her stools are light brown with no signs of blood or anything.
 

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Called the vet and they reccomended rice and canned chicken. She picked the chicken from the rice and ate it. Also she shares a water bowl with the cat. She had been getting into the cat's food but we moved the cat's bowl where she couldn't get to it. Her stools went from diarrhea which was very runny and squirting out to more of a pudding like substance. She isn't acting like anything is wrong. She plays, sleeps, and eats and drinks. She only whines when she has to go out to potty. Her stools are light brown with no signs of blood or anything.
The cat food WILL definitely cause loose, squirty stools. Dont let her get into it anymore, keep it up high. Again, 6 week old puppies are very fragile - keep a constant eye on her.
 

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6 weeks is incredibly young as been said.
I'd be so careful, as your cat could also pass on
Diseases etc becuase your pup isnt immunitised!
 

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Any breeder who sent home a puppy at six weeks old (illegal in most states) can likely be presumed to not have given this pup the best start in life in other ways.

Worming probably isn't "complete" at her tender age--a clear fecal just means no parasites or eggs were caught on that slide on that day.

I'd have the vet do the snap test for Giardia, particularly if the puddle-type stools persist, and I'd get her on a good monthly preventative as soon as your vet advises it is safe to do so.

If she becomes at all lethargic, or loses her appetite or begins vomiting, run--do not walk--to the nearest good vet, even if after hours, and have her screened to make sure she does not have parvo.
 

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Here's a check list of the things that can cause a puppy (even one older than the six week puppy you have--younger puppies are definitely more fragile and will be more likely to have upsets that will give them anything from pudding stools to projectile diarrhea.

1) What was the breeder feeding--did you change food? Food changes made too quickly will result in instant diarrhea.

2) Water changes from area to area and can also produce loose stools and diarrhea--she should adapt to the water change fairly quickly but it's definitely something to think about.

3) The cat food is a disaster even for adult dogs--it's much "hotter"--has a lot more protein in it than puppy food has--cats are obligate carnivores and need that high protein--dogs are really no longer obligate carnivores and their long association with mankind leaves them sort of midway to being omnivores.

4) Rice and chicken is a very good bland diet for puppies with GI problems but as you've found the chicken needs to be ground or chopped so that it can't be picked out--it's the rice that will do more to soothe an upset gut. I'd cook some chicken until the meat fell off the bones (and breast meat is blander and less fatty than legs, thighs and backs) retain the broth from cooking it and pull the meat off the bones and grind it up and add it back to the broth--use that to flavor the rice. Four or five parts rice to one part chicken w/broth is about the right proportion.

5) Even though parasites in the form of the common round worm may not be an immediate problem most vets would not even believe that a six week old puppy had completed their deworming. Generally the worming schedule for puppies is a liquid dewormer given by weight every two weeks--for four doses. Round worms have a life cycle that means that the multiple doses are needed to catch all worms before they lay eggs and all worms born from eggs already in the GI tract. That worming schedule generally starts at the earliest at 3 or 4 weeks.

6) I don't think that I'd be terribly concerned about her drinking the cats water--but it won't be long before the cat won't have any water to drink because the puppy will drink it all. Put the cats water up wherever you put the food. Or don't, the cat will drink the dog water (which is much better than cat water as every cat knows).

Good luck--next time you'll know that the puppy should have stayed with the litter until it was 8 weeks or more--now you get to teach it to not bite you when playing--something it's littermates would have taught it if it'd stayed with them longer.
 
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