7 week old Bichon pups – Is Orijen Puppy too rich?

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  • #55588 Report Abuse

    stools are large and hard to expel, with some diarhea – very messy.
    their faces are stained;

    #55596 Report Abuse

    YIKES!! If you just got the pupies from a breeder, put them on what the breeder had them on for at least 2 weeks. Then slowly change to a new food over the course of a week or 2. And shame on the breeder for letting the puppies go so young and not giving you better directions.

    #55620 Report Abuse

    I did not explain the whole story – sorry – the puppies are mine, and I started them on Orijen 3 weeks ago – ground it in my food processor, soaked it in 2 TBL water w/ added Goats milk esbilac and pablum. I’m still soaking it some. It’s been 3 weeks and it seems to be too rich. My last litter I started/fed Castor & Pollux and they did fine; but Orijen appeared to have the best ingredients of all. I want to use the very best for my puppies!

    #55626 Report Abuse

    Sorry for the misunderstanding. If they were weaned on to it and are having issues digesting it, then it may not be the right food for them. I think with all the beans, peas, and lentils that are in there, it may be hard for some puppies to digest. I would try an easier to digest food. Please make sure they are stable on a new food before they go to their new homes. If you need suggestions, NutriSource is a good quality food that is easy to transition to. Their Medium and Small Breed formula has tiny pieces. Good luck with your pups.

    #55677 Report Abuse

    Thank you for your concern! I have ordered the NutriSource med to small Puppy –
    do you think starting it half and half will be safe? It appears a lot softer mix than the Orjen.
    The puppies are leaving in just over two weeks at ten weeks.

    #55680 Report Abuse

    Hopefully, that will be plenty of time for their stomach to settle. I would probably transition 1/4 NutriSource at first and see if their stool starts firming up quickly. If it gets softer, stay at 1/4 for about 2 or 3 days before moving to 1/2. You don’t want to risk upsetting their stomach even more, because puppies get dehydrated so easily. If their stool stays the same, feed 1/4 for a full day or 2 before going to 1/2.

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