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Author:  fred'smom [ Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:38 am ]
Post subject:  how long does it take a basset puppy to adjust to a new food

Fred has been on burns puppy food for 2 weeks now. She loves the food,gobbles down every meal. The problem we're having is she just doesn't seem to be thriving. She is very skinny and is barely gaining weight. I know it's good for them to be on the skinny side but her ribs are all showing and you can feel her hips. The company reccomends she should be eating 1 cup per day at her weight for a puppy but she is so hungry all the time (i know this's a breed trait) she's done with her meal in less than a minute. We started feeding her 3/4 cup a meal and same thing and today i fed her 1 cup for her morning meal and she seemed more satisfied.

also her poop is never solid. it's not diarrhea just not firm and makes it difficult to pick up. we've tried giving her some pumpkin after her meals and same thing. I know pumpkin could work both ways so I don't want to keep offering it incase it makes the problem worse.

this food came highly reccomended from the vet it has great ingredients too(no by-products, artificial colors or corn). She just doesn't seem to be doing well but our vet said it might take her awhile to adjust but couldn't specify. we just bought a big bag but aren't sure if we should continue or try mixing something new in that might work better for her? How long should it take a new puppy to adjust. She is still adjusting to our home too i'm presuming.

Author:  Staff [ Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: how long does it take a basset puppy to adjust to a new

I never go by the recommendations on the bag as each dog is different.

Didn't you recently have Fred into the vets which they diagnosed as bad worm infestation as Fred was having diarrhea?

I do know cold switching feed on dogs can tear up their bowls until they get use to the food.....that is probably what your vet meant about taking time.

Also, you may want to look at a bowl that slows down a dog's eating fast as it is not good for Bassets to gulp down their food that fast.

An example of the bowl I am referring to looks like this:

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Author:  fred'smom [ Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: how long does it take a basset puppy to adjust to a new

yes she was into the vets 2 weeks ago and was put one a 3 day wormer we brought home. She wouldn't touch the old food after we started switching to Burns.

We brought her in when we bought the larger bag of food they weighed her and she had only gained 8 ounces. We brought up the concern about her not gaining weight and being so skinny and also the poop issue and the vet told us it may take her some time to adjust to the new food. She goes in in another week for her last round of puppy shots and I think they ask for another fecal sample. I was going to keep her on it and if she still isn't adjusting was going to start switching about half way through the larger bag but now we don't know what to try. We just put our kitten on Taste Of The Wild cat food we may try her on that but Burns is so easy to get and cheaper we hope she adjusts to it.

Author:  hig4s [ Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: how long does it take a basset puppy to adjust to a new

fred'smom wrote:
yes she was into the vets 2 weeks ago and was put one a 3 day wormer we brought home. She wouldn't touch the old food after we started switching to Burns.

We brought her in when we bought the larger bag of food they weighed her and she had only gained 8 ounces. We brought up the concern about her not gaining weight and being so skinny and also the poop issue and the vet told us it may take her some time to adjust to the new food. She goes in in another week for her last round of puppy shots and I think they ask for another fecal sample. I was going to keep her on it and if she still isn't adjusting was going to start switching about half way through the larger bag but now we don't know what to try. We just put our kitten on Taste Of The Wild cat food we may try her on that but Burns is so easy to get and cheaper we hope she adjusts to it.


What type of worms did they say she had? And if I am not mistaken, virtually every type of worm has an incubation period that must be accounted for, and they need to be de-wormed a second time (sometimes a third) at the correct interval for the particular type of worm.

If it is whip worm, you need to clean up any feces immediately as the eggs will still be there and alive for a long time (you should do this for round worm also). The dog can, while just sniffing around the yard, get the eggs on their ears and end up ingesting them, starting the cycle all over again.

If it is round worm, that is fairly common, and much easier to get rid of, but still has a period that you should re-treat at.

I don't know the periods off the top of my head though.

Author:  hig4s [ Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: how long does it take a basset puppy to adjust to a new

Just looked it up,,

for round worms at least two treatments, usually three treatments, each 2 weeks apart.
For whip worms at usually two treatments 3 weeks apart.
There are also Hookworm and tape worm, Hookworms can be very dangerous for puppies.


And it is usually different medicine, roundworms you can usually get rid of with over the counter meds, but they do not affect whip worms.

If a dog has more than one type, vet will usually prescribe a med that will get rid of both, but with a schedule for the more dangerous type.

We had both round and whip in our pups when they were young, the vet gave us a med for both and told us to re-treat at 3 weeks. At two weeks, by recommendation of my sister (a pro breeder for many years) we did over the counter round worm meds at 2 and 4 weeks also. They have been fine since.