Puppy diarrhea is VERY common, and there are a ton of different things that can cause it. If the diarrhea is pudding like, it is likely not life threatening.
if it's very watery then it's likely a symptom of a more serious
illness (usually a parasite of some sort), and a trip to the vet may be
Regardless of the reason a puppy has diarrhea, it can cause them to get dehydrated which can be life-threatening.
If your puppy's stool is pudding like, especially if you've just brought the little one home, it is probably due to one of these common causes.
the most part, puppies will eat things like grass, shoe laces,
slippers, other shoe parts, rubber and plastic from toy's, etc. that
isn't necessarily life-threatening, but will cause diarrhea and an upset
If your little one's stool is between pudding-like and very watery, then there's something more serious causing it, and you should seek medical attention from your vet. If there is blood in it, you need to see your vet IMMEDIATELY!
Other than the above common reasons, one of the parasites that cause diarrhea in puppies the most often is called Coccidia. These parasites live in the intestines of dogs, and are contracted through contact with contaminated fecal matter. It is often found in kennels, shelters and the like where dogs live in close quarters.
Your veterinarian can give your puppy specific medication that will help stop the diarrhea, and inhibit the growth of the organisms, so that your little one can build up a natural immunity to them.
The second most common parasite that causes diarrhea in puppies is Giardia, which is usually contracted from drinking water that has been contaminated by feces. The parasites are found in many lakes, rivers and streams that have been contaminated with animal feces (a common occurrence in the woods, etc.)
Your vet will treat your little one with a common anti parasitic medication. Unfortunately, the standard treatments don't always kill ALL of the parasites in the intestines, so your puppy can get to feeling better, and have no more symptoms, but still be a carrier and have the symptoms show up again at a later date.
Diarrhea is a symptom in many many illnesses, some of which are very life-threatening like Parvo or distemper. Again, if your puppies stool is watery then you need to seek medical assistance from your vet IMMEDIATELY! Please don't wait, as it may be too late by then. . .
The best thing to do for your puppy, is to
keep him or her on an immune system boosting supplement, and an
occasional treatment with an herbal parasite formula.
For those occasions that your puppy gets loose stool for one of the common, non life-threatening reasons, especially if it's because of a food change, it's actually quite simple to help harden them back up.
Simply cook up some rice to add to your puppies food. Actually over cook the rice to a sludgy consistency, and even add some cooked ground beef to the rice with a little bit of puppy kibble mixed in.
Adding a bit
of canned pumpkin will also help puppy diarrhea. Once the diarrhea
subsides, start backing off the rice / hamburger mixture each day until
you're back to kibble only.