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Can Undiluted Dry Food Cause Vomiting and Diarrhea in a 10-Week-Old Puppy?


Dear VetBabble,

I have a 10-week-old puppy who vomited last night and experienced diarrhea this morning. We forgot to water down his dry food last night, and he usually eats soggy food. Could this be a cause for his symptoms or could it be a tummy bug? Should I be worried about parvovirus if he has been around unvaccinated dogs? When should I contact my vet?

Is It the Food or a Tummy Bug?

It’s not uncommon for puppies to have sensitive stomachs or experience occasional gastrointestinal upset. In this case, it might be due to the sudden change in food consistency. However, it’s more likely that your puppy has picked up a tummy bug, as you mentioned in your question. If he has stopped vomiting and is now having diarrhea, it’s possible that the bug is passing through his system. It’s essential to keep an eye on your puppy’s symptoms and consult your veterinarian if they worsend. For more information on diagnosing diarrhea in puppies, check out our article on Why Does My Dog Have Diarrhea?.

Understanding Lethargy annd When to Be Concerned

If your puppy becomes lethargic or if vomiting continues, it’s crucial to contact your vet as soon as possible. Lethargy can be a sign of a more severe illness and should not be ignored. To better understand the difference between normal tiredness and concerning lethargy in puppies, we encourage reading Is My Puppy Tired or Lethargic? for further insights.

Could It Be Parvovirus?

If your puppy has had contact with unvaccinated dogs, there is a possibility that he could be at risk for parvovirus. This viral infection can cause severe vomiting and diarrhea and can quickly become life-threatening for puppies. If your puppy starts displaying continuous vomiting and diarrhea, combined with lethargy, it’s important to visit the veterinarian immediately. For more information on diarrhea and when to worry about severe illnesses such as parvovirus, read Diarrhea in Dogs: When to Worry.

To prevent further instances of vomiting and diarrhea, it’s best to ensure your puppy receives vaccinations according to your veterinarian’s recommendations. Keeping your puppy away from unvaccinated dogs and monitoring his diet will help reduce the risk of contracting parvovirus and other illnesses. Additionally, knowing Vomiting in Dogs: Causes, Treatment & When to Worry can help you determine what steps to take if your puppy experiences vomiting again in the future.

In summary, it’s crucial to keep a close eye on your puppy’s symptoms and contact your veterinarian if those symptoms worsen or if he becomes lethargic. By educating yourself on possible causes and knowing when to worry, you’ll better help ensure your puppy’s health and wellbeing.

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