House training a puppy who has diarrhea or irregular bowel movements can be a little challenging. There may be a few reasons your puppy has loose stools. Let me also say, that you should always consult with your veterinarian if your puppy does develop diarrhea.

First, make sure your puppy is not eating something he shouldn’t be. Puppies like to explore, and they tend to find things and eat them. This can easily cause loose stools or diarrhea. Part of your puppy house training is making sure to puppy proof your house.

Second, do not feed your puppy any people food. Your puppy’s digestive system cannot handle it, and they may develop loose stools or diarrhea.

Third, for young puppies under 12 weeks old, your vet probably has you feeding your puppy around 3 times a day. Every dog is different, and their digestive systems are different. Some puppies may need to be fed 4 or 5 smaller meals a day as their systems develop. This will help avoid overloading their digestive system, and allow time to digest their food. This can help your puppy avoid loose stools or diarrhea.

You will have your work cut out for you. You will basically be doing the same house training for your young puppy with diarrhea as a puppy without, but much more frequently.

You will really have to keep an eye on your dog and read his body language. As soon as you get your new puppy, your puppy house training needs to include learning what your dog is telling you. Yes, your puppy can tell you when he has to potty.

Depending on how bad your puppy has diarrhea, you may just want to set up a schedule of taking your puppy out every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, or whatever seems best to let your sick puppy releive himself and to avoid any accidents in your house.

You will also probably want to fast your puppy. This means that you should not feed him for up to 12 hours, until he stops defecating. After fasting your puppy, you may also want to start with feeding your puppy some plain canned pumpkin, or some boiled chicken with rice.

As always, anytime your dog has any health issues, you should consult with your vet for help. They may suggest you bring your puppy in for testing to make sure your puppy’s diarrhea is not something more serious. You also need to make sure your dog does not get dehydrated, which is a danger with diarrhea.

If your puppy does get diarrhea, you will be in a tough position. If it’s a weekend, then you should be able to take care of him without a problem. If your puppy happens to get sick during the work week, then you may have a dilemma.

You have a puppy now. You will either have to stay home from work to make sure your puppy is taken care of, or have someone else take care of them. Preferably, this should be someone who has been taking part in your puppy’s house training, or someone who has experience in house training a puppy with diarrhea. Do not leave your puppy alone.

A puppy with diarrhea is a delicate situation, but this is a defining moment in your puppy house training. You must take the good with the bad, and this may be bad. But it is your responsibility.

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