Feeding a Puppy With Slightly Bloody Diarrhea?

I have a 6 week old Staffy x American Bull dog. She had her first set of shots and worming the day I got her. It has been 3 days since then and I had been noticing a little bit of blood that comes out of her bum, but only after a poo (a really runny one). I took her to the vet and they said it's not parvo which was relieving, but they said I have to change her diet and only feed her dry biscuits and water. The problem is she won't eat the food the vet gave me. She hasn't eaten all day and I am getting worried. She is still playing and is full of energy. I just want her to eat something. Does anyone know of something else I can give her that will stop blood coming out? The vets aren't open all weekend and I need help know. Please.


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January 31, 20161 found this helpful

I've never heard of a vet recommending dry food to a six week old. Of course she won't eat it. Six week old pups are not yet weaned. Please purchase some puppy replacement formula (try a pet food store or a feed store) to give your pup. Reintroduce soft food at eight weeks.

And switch vets.

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January 31, 20161 found this helpful

By the way, if your puppy seems really hungry you can start supplementing with a little high quality soft food. But wait until the diarrhea clears up. A puppy's main food at this age is its mother's milk.

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January 11, 20170 found this helpful

Actually by six weeks the puppies should be nearly fully weaned from the mother dog. They shouldn't have been separated from her though as she still has a lot to teach them!


If pup won't eat dry food alone, boil up some water and allow the food to absorb some and go softer. Don't mulch it- still good to have kibble shape. Let it cool to about 37*C (or just warm to touch) and it's much more appetising.

I know this is an old thread but helps for future searchers.

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January 31, 20161 found this helpful

And I shouldn't rant here, but will- this is indicative of the "puppy mill" style of puppy breeding. The pups are introduced to soft food as early as 3 weeks of age, are on nothing but cheap puppy chow by six weeks of age. At six weeks of age they are considered "weaned" and sold, even if the puppies have to be forcibly removed from the mom who still has milk.


The breeders do this because they make their profit faster if the pups are out the door quicker.

Puppies naturally don't even start eating soft food (the mom controls this) until about six weeks, so there's no doubt that feeding cheap processed puppy chow from 3 weeks on can lead to digestive problems.

Here is a good article on why you should leave a puppy with its mom longer:

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