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Old 03-12-2009, 02:06 PM   #1
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Heloo everyone,

I am new here and came in to get some questions answered and to learn a few things.

We have a 7 year old Golden Retriever and just got a 10 week old keeshond last Friday.

We have seem to forgot the puppy stage with our Golden and are starting all over again.

Our new puppy Nikki seems to be pooping alot! her poop is not formed - it is a mix of diareha and soft and she goes about 15 times a day!

Is that normal to go that many times a day for a 10 week old puppy?

She has slept thru the night since we brought her home and has not messed in her kennel at all! We put her out at 10:30 for her last bathroom and dont hear from her again until we take her out at about 7:30am.

We are taking her to the vet for a puppy check on Monday along with a stool sample but i just though i would ask you guys if 15 poops a day sounds normal for a 10 week old?

Oh and we feed her 3 times a day right now as that was what the breeder told us she eats now. We will likley move it to twice a day like our Golden.

Thanks and i cant wait to look around this forum!


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Good idea to have a vet check the stool, has she been wormed lately? That can cause some upset to the system. It's been 5 years since I raised a pup, and I recall they pooped a good deal more than an average adult... but off the cuff 15 times sounds like that might be a little much. How big are the piles each time? The texture sounds like it might be off. Pups can have softer stools, but it shouldn't be diarrhea on a regular basis. Could be a lot of things, including the food not agreeing with her little tum-tum. The vet will your best source of info here! Good luck.
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Hi Cathy and welcome to the forum.

Fifteen times a day seems high. Unless maybe you switched food, or she is still settling in there could be something medically wrong with her. Whatever it turns out to be (and I hope it's nothing serious) I wouldn't change to a twice per day feeding schedule just yet, I'd wait until she is about 6 months old.
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Sounds like your pup has a bit of an upset tummy. This is very common if food has been changed, or even just from the stress of moving to a new home. I am guessing if pup is making it through the night then it isn't too severe and should settle down within a few days. Good idea to check with your vet just in case.

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She seems very happy and healthy and spunky in every way - its just the constant pooping is driving us crazy! The poop isnt always watery most times it is very soft mushy not formed at all.

It would alos make cleanup alot easier for the inside house accidents!

The breeder we got her from was feeding her plain old puppy chow which i thought was garbage so we have gotten a better food for puppies from the vet and are slowly mixing so hopefully this might form up the poop and lessen the amount of times she goes!

Either way we have our appt on monday and will take the sample in.

Just curious though - anyone with new puppies tell me how many times yours goes and what the texture is like?

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Since she's fine in every other way; It sounds like you might simply be overfeeding her! Between now and Monday I'd suggest still feeding her three times a day, but reducing her total daily intake by about 1/4 to start with. Hope that's all it is.

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It is very wise to take along a stool sample to check for worms, puppys seem to have them so easily and could be the reason for diaherra almost? If I were you, I would make a list of questions to ask the vet to get professional help for anything on your mind.

Feeding a ten week old puppy needs 3 times a day you might want to put it on large breed puppy food. Cut the protein down some and do NOT feed any human food for treats or just to rid of it. Our food is very bad for puppys and dogs. Keep it strictly on it food and doggie biscuits for treats. Take it out every 2 hours at least same door always to same area, pet n praise when it goes. It may pick up on this quickly and hold it till the next 2 hours. Get a pattern going if it is not wormy and free of anything else. It should get another puppy shot at this age also.

This link you might refer to for some help, it has most all for raising a puppy to adults.

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