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Old 05-11-2012, 02:18 PM
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Feeding a newly adopted dog

Hi guys, I have just adopted a lovely,neutered male husky, around 2 years old. He was almost perfect during the first day, only two issues though:

1) He has had diarrhea for a couple of times, is this due to him adjusting to his new feed? Unfortunately I was unable to find out more on his previous feed? Do you think it will take him long to get used to the new feed? Should I stop feeding him the new feed or is there anything else I should feed him during the first days? Also, he is underweight, should I feed him three times a day or is it too much you think? He does get a lot of exercise.
2) He has not barked a single time, should that worry me you think?

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1) Diarrhea is normal for dogs as they adjust to new environments. Also, stress from moving to a new home can also aid in causing diarrhea. As long as you keep him on a consistent diet, he should be fine in no time. I would recommend using hypoallergenic dog food (Hypoallergenic Dog Foods) just to be certain that it's not an allergic reaction. If the diarrhea lasts for 4-5 days with no changes to his food, you may want to consult your local vet just to be safe. Also, closely monitor the consistency and color of the poo. If you notice any strange colors (especially red which is most likely blood), bring your dog to the vet immediately. Take the stool sample with you as well.

2) Some dogs are quiet. That's fine, no problem there.
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Hi guys, I have just adopted a lovely,neutered male husky, around 2 years old. He was almost perfect during the first day, only two issues though:

1) He has had diarrhea for a couple of times, is this due to him adjusting to his new feed? Unfortunately I was unable to find out more on his previous feed? Do you think it will take him long to get used to the new feed? Should I stop feeding him the new feed or is there anything else I should feed him during the first days? Also, he is underweight, should I feed him three times a day or is it too much you think? He does get a lot of exercise.
2) He has not barked a single time, should that worry me you think?

Many thanks
Perfectly normal to have the runs after a quick shift to a new feed. I wouldn't worry unless it doesn't firm up. There's no need to switch to a hypoallergenic dog food unless you suspect that there are food allergies - look for runs that don't go away, chronic ear infections, or lots of scratching. Feeding three times a day is fine for a dog putting on weight - alternatively you can look for a high-fat high-protein dog food. I feed homemade raw so I can't really help you with specific brands. Just look on the nutritional panel.

Like previously mentioned, some dogs bark and some don't. I've always found huskies to do everything but bark. One of my mother's dogs is 90% mute - she'll bark maybe once a week when playing.

Oh, and I forgot the most important thing: we like pictures on this forum.
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Many thanks for your replies, really helpful. As far as barking is concerned, he does bark after all, I had to find out the hard way as last night at 2 am he woke me up as he was barking to a small hedgehog he found in our yard.. That was a very pleasant bark though :-)
No improvement regarding his diarrhea, he did once again in his morning walk and I found some in the yard, possibly from last night. What makes things worse though, is that he does not eat... I tried to feed him twice but no appetite at all, yesterday he ate it so eagerly... Any suggestions please? Would boiled rice help? Should I change his feed completely ? (mixture of chicken with vegetables...))

I have post a pic just right before I adopted him, more recent to follow soon.


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Hi guys, I have just adopted a lovely,neutered male husky, around 2 years old. He was almost perfect during the first day, only two issues though:

1) He has had diarrhea for a couple of times, is this due to him adjusting to his new feed? Unfortunately I was unable to find out more on his previous feed? Do you think it will take him long to get used to the new feed? Should I stop feeding him the new feed or is there anything else I should feed him during the first days? Also, he is underweight, should I feed him three times a day or is it too much you think? He does get a lot of exercise.
2) He has not barked a single time, should that worry me you think?

Many thanks
my vet told me when dogs have a multitude of changes to their food....in a shelter that buys the cheapest or relies on donation....tooo many switing of food they can get an ovegrowth of bacteria and have the runs. My dog was treated with tylan and antibiotic for the overgrowth....enterobacter and was fine in a couplt of days
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