|First I would continue the Iams puppy food. If the stool continues to be very runny I would take him to the vet and have him checked out. As far as the sleeping goes at 9 weeks they do sleep a lot. They are just like babies. The older he gets the more active he will get. Give him time.|
|Right now, just pick one food and stick with it. Pick the one that you want to keep him on and just ditch the other ones. The switching is probably what's giving him the runs, plus, add in the new environment and stress of a new home and poor little guy's all confused.
Don't worry too much about the inactivity. He could be just nervous and not feeling well but once his intestines are in order, he'll pep right up and warm up to his new home. It's perfectly normal for a pup his age to want to sleep a lot-- and they really crash hard at that age! Good luck!
|When you say lethargic, do you mean all of the time besides only when outside? I can understand if his tummy is upset & he doesn't want to eat, but if he doesn't eat for more than 24 hours I would call the vet. Puppies do sleep a lot but he should be bouncing around more and playing with toys, etc. Might be a little more to this than just dietary change. I agree with everyone else - keep him on a good quality puppy food.|
|Could be switching from one food to another, to another. If
you switch foods, expecially with a puppy, you have to do it
gradually. Also, if you have only had the puppy a week, it
could be the changes. Sometimes it takes a week or two to
adjust. If you haven't had the puppy to the vet for his first
visit, please do that. Every puppy should go to the vet very
soon after you bring him home. If you have been to the vet,
maybe you can call in and see if they have any advise.
Puppies do sleep a lot, but if it seems excessive to you and
you have other worries maybe the vet is the way to go.
|The switches are not good for him, I would stick with the Iams. If you don't notice an improvement soon though I would go to the vet. Diarreah can takes it's toll on a young pup very quickly, and a checkup is a good idea as soon as you get a new pup anyway... even if he is just a sleepy baby
|I have a 16 week Great Dane that has had the exact same problem. The breeder fed her IAMs, but she is not really interested in eating and had severe diarrhea. My veterinarian reccomended I try Science Diet or another brand that has large breed puppy food. I tried the Science Diet, and she has no problems thus far as far as the diarrhea, but is still not very interested in eating and continues to want to sleep a lot. He also prescribed Flagyl, and she is now on her second round of a 5 day prescription.|
|When Heart came, she was very tired and didn't eat much for the first few days--but I'm sure the airplane trip was very stressful.
I feed her 2 X a day---Iam's large breed , a tablespoon of cottage cheese and 1/4 -1/2 of the canned Iams...the canned is very smelly and she loves it!!! I also give her a puppy vitamin every day---
You did not mention if you took your pup in to the vet for a well- puppy visit as soon as you got her--if you didn't you may want to do that soon just to make sure all is right.
|If you haven't already, definitely get your puppy to a vet. It is important for them to evaluate your pup and get him started on the right road. He will be able to recommend correct feeding instructions, check for worms/parasites, and start the very important puppy shots. Be sure to check with your breeder to see if any of the puppy shots were given so they are not repeated. You would just carry on from what you pup has had, but please check with your vet. You pup will be happy and you will be glad you gave him a good start.|
|It's always recommended to take a new puppy to your own vet as soon as possible for a complete check up. I would do so without delay.
as for the sleeping....a nine week old puppy WILL sleep most of the time. Pretty much like a baby, they get up, play a few minutes, eat, poop and go back to sleep I think I read somehwere a youg pup like that needs about 12 hours at least of sleep a day...and take advantage of it because once they get alittle older there is no sleeping!
|Okay here is something you can do with your new puppy. Same thing happened with my puppy. The vet told me to check the stools first, which I did. They were normal thank goodness. And then not to feed him for 8 hours which did, give him water of course. And then give him the food you usually give him and if you change foods in midstream this will cause a problem you have to mix the food together if you are trying new ones. Very important for the little puppies stomach. Personally I don't know if Iams is the best choice?! Just my opinion. Just remember check his stools first to make sure there are no parasites or infection. Then let the dog fast for approximately 8 hours, that's long enough, and thirdly remember to mix original food with one you want to try. Don't try to many foods. The puppy wll get ill.|
|I had a black lab for 13 years. Sleeping between feedings and play/bathroom time is normal at 1st. I do agree with all of the post telling you to take him to your vet. They will be able to instruct you on proper food and how to switch without causing stomach problems with your little one. Plus it's always good to take your puppy to the vet for a well check-up before you need them for a sick visit. Best of luck, let us know how your doing....Labs are great dogs............Kathy|
|Please take your pup to your vet if you have not already. It is always good to take a new pup for a checkup so your vet knows your dog. Puppies need to be fed three or four times a day small amounts because their little stomach is so small. I have two labs and they are active dogs even as puppers but do sleep quite a bit. This is a great group here but I also belong to a lab forum. You may want to give that a try too. I joined because I have older labs and medical problems with labs are quite different from OES. Labs are great dogs!!!!!!|
|I would try a homeopathic/holistic vet for a 2nd opinion -- these links will allow you to search online for one near you American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association http://www.holisticvetlist.com/, Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy http://www.theavh.org/referral/index.php.
Labs live to eat. Maybe you could try a little plain organic yogurt on your pup's food with a touch of garlic -- the yogurt will add good intestinal flora which could help with the diarrhea and also give some good protein.
We found that Iams didn't work for our guys -- the protein in it was indigestble. We now use Newman's Organic dog food and supplement it with chopped raw organic veggies, a little raw hamburger balanced with 1 tsp. calcium carbonate, 1/4 cup plain yogurt and a raw egg. The difference in energy level and coats has been astounding. I know there is a controversy about raw vs. cooked egg, but our guys have done very well with the one raw egg. Plus, we cover their food with water to make sure they're adequately hydrated.
Prayers for your little one.
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