|Barked: Thu Feb 23, '12 2:14pm PST |
|Puppies have digestive systems that are much like babies. They do not come out of the womb fully formed and therefore their digestive systems develop as they age. I don't think that saying they "change" was really the best way to phrase this to you. Anyway, puppies do not come "built" with all the enzymes and/or probiotics and prebiotics that they need. So, often what will happen is that they will be doing just fine with a food and as their digestive system develops and they begin to break down more of their food, their little intestines realize they are lacking enzymes and begin trying to figure out what to do and in all that havoc, you get some loose stools or digestive upset. I would recommend adding enzymes to your dogs food. Now, you may also consider probiotics but the issue is that probiotics have to make it live to the intestine, which is easier in puppies than in adult dogs, but still not an easy thing to accomplish and especially not in the numbers necessary for you to see a change in loose stools. No matter what, puppies have probiotics in their digestive systems, it's just a matter of how many. It's a better idea to add an enzyme and prebiotic formula to your puppy's food (prebiotics being the "food" for the good bacteria (probiotics) of your puppy's digestive track) because that way you can just encourage those good bacteria to grow, without having to worry about something living through the stomach to the digestive track.
Here are some products I would recommend you try, from a company that has helped me with my younger dog, Jo Jo. They have a nutritionist on staff named Lindsay and she is immensely helpful, so you could also consider giving them a call and asking for her and seeing if she has some tips for you as well.
Digestive formula that Lindsay recommended for Jo Jo and I found worked far better than probiotic/enzyme formula I found. It's a blend of medicinal mushrooms that are prebiotics and worked wonders for my puppy.
Here is an enzyme formula that I have used for my senior dog Sam, that has seemed to help some as well:
Hope this helps!
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