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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-03-2020, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Soft Stools and Frequent Pooping

We just brought our 11 week old Havanese puppy home last week. The breeder told us he was a picky eater and to moisten his kibble, but even doing that he wasn't eating much the first couple of days. Took him to the vet and the vet said to mix in high quality soft puppy food with the kibble so that is what we have been doing for the past 5 days. Duke loves the soft/kibble mix and eats it now without a problem, but his stools since starting the new food have been extremely soft (not quite diarrhea but close) and he poops a small amount up to 4-5x a day. Is this normal? Wondering if we should continue with the soft food. I can tell he likes it but maybe something in it is not agreeing with him? We're giving him plenty of water so he doesn't get dehydrated.
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Is the soft food the same brand and protein as the kibble? If not, maybe you introduced the new food too quickly and that is causing the soft stools. You may want to return to the kibble alone if the stools were normal before adding the wet food if this doesnt improve. My puppy only ate about half as much kibble as my breeder said she could have and they do take some time to settle in at their new home.

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It's the same protein (chicken) but not the same brand. I think we're going to revert back to the kibble alone and just try to soften it more, rather than keep on giving him a mix of the kibble and soft food. His stools are normal and less frequent when on the kibble alone, he just doesn't seem to like it as much.
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Ours is very picky even now. To the point I can’t transition him off puppy food Bc he won’t eat adult even transitioned super slow. But the first few days he was stressed and ate even less. Sometimes they do that when they first come home
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I think it was probably just the fast change of food. As long as its not terrible, you might want to stay the course. It will probably firm up as his body adjusts.

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What a cutie! Welcome to the forum. Hope you solve the soft stools. As others have said, it's probably the change. Let us know how it goes.

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Our breeder recommended the mixing of food as well for the first few months so Id maybe give it a little more time, too. My puppy had TONS of digestive issues and recurrent diarrhea as a puppy and it often took a couple of weeks for his stomach to settle down after w problem or a change. In the meantime you could check in with the breeder (maybe there are food sensitivities she is aware of) and the vet about how long hed want to give it before seeing the puppy again.

Even though it could potentially present a challenge with potty training, if you look at it like every time you take him out youre teaching him where to go, and you are taking him out more often because of his soft poop, you may end even up ahead of the game in the long run because of the extra practice. My puppy started giving cues to be taken out for poop quite early, when he had bouts of diarrhea. Turns out he gave cues for poop all of the time, I just noticed it when he had soft poop because he did it more often.
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Mine was eating and had the runny poops. He came with tapeworm that was undetected with fecal tests(2 of them). Once treated, his poop became normal.
However, he still poops 4-5 times/day at almost 3 years old. The vet says there is nothing wrong that some dogs just poop often. He is a good eater and appears to be healthy.

Changes in food, water and environment can do it though. He is adorable!
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You could always reduce the wet food mixed in gradually and see what happens. Our 1 1/2 year old rarely eats her food when we first serve her? She waits until she is ready. Occasionally she’ll eat her breakfast at 2pm.
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Totally not helpful comment here because I'm a lurker who stops by occasionally -- I don't even have my dog yet! Just wanted to say your Duke is TOTALLY ADORABLE!
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