Tue, Apr 16, 2024

We had basically just gotten the puppies and they were full of worms. We have gotten the worms down, we had dewormed them ourselves. we are awaiting our appointment for shots. We changed foods recently and that has been the start of it. Do you think it possible they have a food allergy?

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Puppies have sensitive digestive systems, and a sudden change in food can sometimes lead to gastrointestinal upset, including diarrhea. The green coloration of the stool could be due to rapid transit through the intestines or could be related to something they have eaten.

To address this issue, it would be helpful to transition your puppies to new food gradually over the course of several days. Start by mixing a small amount of the new food with their current food, and gradually increase the proportion of new food to old food. This allows their digestive systems to adjust to the new diet.

In the meantime, ensure they have constant access to fresh water to prevent dehydration, which can be a concern with diarrhea. You can also feed them a bland diet for a few days, consisting of boiled white rice and boiled lean chicken, without any skin or fat. This can help to firm up their stools and is gentle on their stomachs.

If the diarrhea persists despite these measures, or if you notice any other concerning symptoms such as lethargy, vomiting, or a decrease in appetite, it would be important to seek veterinary care. While you are awaiting your appointment for vaccinations, it's also a good idea to keep the puppies away from public areas and other dogs to minimize the risk of infectious diseases.

Regarding the possibility of a food allergy, it is less common in very young puppies but not impossible. Food allergies typically present with chronic, persistent symptoms such as skin issues and gastrointestinal problems, not just episodic diarrhea.

Remember to keep the environment clean and dispose of feces promptly to maintain hygiene and reduce the risk of re-infection with parasites, especially since they have had worms in the past.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.