Need help with diet!!!! DESPARATLY

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My 2 month old dobie Ares is having digestive issues with his puppy chow. I have been feeding him 3 times a day of natural balance and he has been having diarrhea :/ I feel really bad for him and don't want him getting dehydrates. Please help. I need to know what sort of food will help him lil tummy :(

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Wow.. must be scary for you.. why not take the wee boy to the vet and make sure everything checks out fine..

If he were my guy, I'd put him on a bland diet of chicken and rice and of course water.. at his age ( or any age for that matter) you want ot avoid dehydration..add a dollop of pumpkin ( not pie filling the real deal) to his meals..

Get your vets suggestion on what to feed.. maybe start with a no grain kibble after his tummy gets settled.. stay in touch and let us know how he does.. two months is so young.. how long have you had him?\ What was his breeders feeding him??

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He has a appointment on the 10th for a check up! The breeder was feeding him natural choice. The food I bought was natural balance and its grain free:/ I was going to try some rice and boiled chucked tonight and thank you for the pumpkin suggestion. I've had him for a week now. Is there anything else i should know? 

 

 

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He has a check up on the 10th as well for his vaccinations. I was going to try the rice and maybe some boiled chicken tonight. The breeder was feeding him natural choice so I bought him natural balance puppy formula that's grain free:/ thank you for the pumpkin suggestion. I've had him for a week now. He's really sweet I just want him to alright. He's my first dobie and I could use any advice you have to offer 

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If he's only 8 weeks old now, that means you got him a little early.. \he might have a few issues being taken from his 'family' so soon. Be patient and loving and remember he's a tender little soul.. Good luck. If you can get him in before the 10th, I would encourage you to try..

Dehydration is the biggest issue right now.. try adding a little low sodium chicken broth in his water, as dogs eat with their noses.

 

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I switched his appointment to tomorrow :) Im really worried about him, but he's playing and is not lethargic what so ever. I gave him some rice with a little bit of kibble! 

He's seems alright now but we wi keep a eye on him. Is there anything I need to know that could him a happy pup :) 

 

 

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 might be switching food too fast .that will upset their lil tummies . should always switch over the course of two weeks starting with  1/4 new to 3/4 old till only feeding new good   luck and hope your cute lil guy is ok !!

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Thank you. I looked all over for the food he was fed but couldn't find it :( this morning at 3 am lol I took him to go to the bathroom and his stool was totally normal. Not sure if it was the rice that helped him or what but I still want him to get checked out. The dehydration thing scares me. I'll post an update to the when he is all done at the vet. 

 

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We'll be waiting with you... Good luck...If you gently pinch the skin on his neck .. let go..and if it snaps back down, he's probably not dehydrated.. but if it stays up in the 'pinch' position, then he'll need some sub q fluid or even an IV... Go easy on the kibble and think about watering it down to make a kind of 'stoup' that way when he eats, he'll automatically get fluids.. ( I do this for Bella who eats so quickly, she's choked herself)

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His skin is snapping back just fine and the rice with a lil watered down kibble is working like a charm he's been solid since 3 am :) IM still having him checked out at 3:) im going to see what the vet recommends food wise.  Thank you for all the great advise. Is it normal that doberman having tummy problems ? And any advice about the teething? He like a frozen wash cloth and his stuffed seal but he also has a blast trying to mouth me and I don't want him to continue that when he's older.... Should I keep replacing with chew toys? Would a rawhide bone be ok ? Or would it hurt his tummy ?

 

 

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Dobermans are "prone" to sensitive stomachs. You probably switched food too fast. I haven't heard of a breeder not supplying a week's worth of food when sending puppies on their way before.

I wouldn't give your dog any new treats or edible chews until you know the cause of his stomach issues.

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I tried to get the closest I could find to what they were feeding him, they didn't give me any food :( ok I won't give and treat chews. I'm going to ask the vet what kind of food to put him on that won't upset his tummy! Right now the rice and watery kibbles have been working great 

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Good to hear he's doing better. Please stay completely away from rawhides... they get soggy and can be swallowed whole and sadly they do not dissolve, can cause horrible blockage.. I had thought that a frozen washcloth would work, but these guys can chew pretty hard and you don't want him to swallow that either. . Stick to Kongs. As soon as you get his digestive system under control, you can add a little peanut butter inside the Kong.. keeps them busy for more than a nano second. Ice cubes are good.

Its 2:44 right now, I'm sure you're at your appt. will check back in an hour or so to find out what's what.. thinking of you and Ares.

 

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Ares is just fine. The doc said the food we have is really good food. She thinks he might have ate some of the others dogs food or stole a treat from them that cause his stomach to go a little crazy. She was very excited to see our lil dobie saying that she hasn't seen one in a long time and raves about how cute he was. He does have dry skin so she is recommending aloe and oatmeal bath :) just glad he is ok !                                            Is there anymore suggestions about dry skin ? Other then that he is a completely healthy doberman puppy :) Also when should I take him off the puppy chow?

 

 

 

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Phew... so happy to hear this as I'm sure you are as well..

okay.. shampoo.. Try any good oatmeal based PET shampoo.. but not often.. most Dobermans only need several baths a year .. ( YEP.. that's a YEAR) unless they roll in something icky.. They tend to be clean with dry-ish skin. I use Avon Skin-so Soft diluted 3-1 with water ( 3 parts water one part SSS) to moisturize and it's fantastic to keep any mosquitos away.. ( also works on YOU!!) You can also try a bit of coconut oil both in his food and on his coat.. it's good stuff..

Sorry, but I don't know about puppy chow.. have always used home cooking for our kids.. ( chicken, brown rice, green beans, beef once a week, eggs once a week, pumpkin and our senior Diva gets a tablespoon of honey in her breakfast and lunch..  yep.. we feed three times a day.. a.) Sofia has low thyroid and it's better for her metabolism.. b.) how can we give a meal to one and not the other?? they also get supplements in the way of vitamins, brewer's yeast and pumpkin. NO honey for the pup. . he has enough energy

The kibble that you get should have enough vitamins.. so don't try home cooking unless his digestive system demands it...it's expensive and time consuming and a good quality kibble has all he needs..

So relieved to hear he's okay and happy you took him in.. I keep remembering he's a young one and taken from his littermates and Mom earlier than he should have been so he might have issues in all concerns..

Happy you've joined the Forum and now that we know he's a healthy happy, pup, please take loads of pictures so we can watch him grow up.

Saludos from Mexico

Katie, Sofia and Bella..

 

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Thank you for all the advise :) I will try the shampoo! And I'm happy to know we have a good kibble food ! I loaded his first visit to my gallery I'll be posting pics often :) he's gets his ears done the 19th were excited 

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He is A. Dor. A. BLE!!!

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Isn't he he was good too :)IM up his food intake today crossing my fingers all goes well! What do you think of the fresh pet food ? I fed my other two that and their coat, teeth,and eyes look clear clean and shiny :) I was wondering if I should give him a lil for his dry skin ? I have omega 3 fish oil for his skin now that the vet gave me just let me know what you think though :) 

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Neither one of my girls can tolerate Omega 3..You surely can try a little bit and see, as I understand it's really really good.. ( I think we're supposed to supplement with Vitamin B as well though.. not sure.. check on this.)

I have a friend who swears by Fresh Pet.. says it's the only thing that keeps her girl regular..

We have a member here on the Forum.. ( Gunny.. if you're reading.. pop in and say howdy) who says... and I swear it's the best feeding advice ever ever.,

"Feed the best you can afford and one that agrees with your dog."

I'd just be a little leery right now until you're sure he's tolerating his regular food.. don't be in a hurry to add new things or switch until he's a little older..

Ask your vet if he can have a marrow bone... . it's good for that chewing urge.. however pups can only have one a week.. and sometimes they're too rich. Once again.. go slowly. If you do switch kibbles... take up to 10 days to do so.. 1/4 new to 3/4 old for a couple of days.. then increase to half and half... then 3/4 new to 1/4 old.. til you're completely switched over..

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Great im going to start putting the fresh pet in his food next week gradually and see how he does! He is doing great with the omega 3 though :) I do really love the fresh pet food. My other dog when I put him on it with in a month looked amazing. There was such a difference with him :) 

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I've heard it's wonderful.... Wish I had access to it.. it would beat cooking three meals a day by a landslide!!

Do you know if it freezes?/ Maybe when we go to the States we could buy a bunch and take it home and stick it in the freezer.

 

Ooops.. I just googled it to see if it's freezable.. it is.. but it contains salt.. Due to Sofia's DCM we keep her sodium free.. back to the kitchen!!

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I bet you could freeze it I don't see why you couldn't do that cuz it's meat and veggies:) you should it would save you lots of time and it's super good for them. I'll try to find some pics of my min pin mix before and you can see the difference it's like night and day. His coat is shiny, eyes are clear, nose is beautiful and black, no dandruff, his teeth and breath have improved and he has much more energy now :) 

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I found another raw food based diet you might want to look into as well. 

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/vital-essentials-dog-food...

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Fresh pet also makes another food called vital you might want to check that out as well