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Common Puppy Problems

Kennel Cough | Diarrhea | Blood or jelly in stool | Diet
Lack of appetite | Crying

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Common puppy problems usually occur within two (2) weeks after purchase. Most of these problems are stress related. Stress can occur when your puppy is taken into a new environment. Your puppy is in many ways like a child during his/her first weeks at a new school. Your puppy may look fine in the familiar surroundings of Just Puppies, but shortly after bringing the puppy home, stress related symptoms might arise. Just Puppies has compiled this list of “Common Puppy Problems” that should clear up quickly after you and your puppy get used to your new life together. These problems can occur no matter where a puppy was purchased and therefore are not subject to returns or refunds.


Coughing, hacking, sneezing and a runny nose are all symptoms of kennel cough. While kennel cough can be debilitating, it is rarely life threatening. The cough may linger for several weeks. The only treatment is a proper antibiotic. We have vaccinated all the puppies but the vaccination may not provide a complete immunization. There is a 50% chance that any puppy in the store will get kennel cough. There is a five - ten (5 10) day incubation period for the virus that causes kennel cough. Observe the puppy closely for the next two (2) weeks for symptoms and call the veterinarian at the first sign of illness. The sooner the puppy is given the proper antibiotics the sooner the puppy will get better. To reduce the risk of spreading kennel cough to other dogs outside of the Just Puppies environment, please have your dog(s) vaccinated against kennel cough.



Diarrhea can occur from stress, change of diet/water, or any change in environment. If the diarrhea is severe or the puppy is in pain, you may give your puppy a small amount ( - tsp Per 5 lbs) of Pepto-Bismol. This will not cure an intestinal infection, coccidiosis, or giardhea. If the diarrhea persists for more than a day or two, call the veterinarian.


Blood or jelly in the stool is usually a sign of intestinal parasites (coccidiosis or giardhea). Blood can also be a sign of an intestinal blockage or viral infection. Contact your veterinarian if you see blood or mucus in the stool.


Just Puppies currently feeds Nutri Source puppy food to all our puppies. We recommend that you feed your puppy Nutri Source or another high quality puppy food. Using a brand other than Nutri Source will probably cause diarrhea. You should feed Nutri Source initially, then if you decide to switch brands do so gradually over several days to reduce the possibility of diarrhea or upset stomach.


This may occur for the first few days. If your puppy is not eating, you may add a little plain non-fat yogurt or canned wet food to the dry food. The yogurt may stimulate the puppy’s appetite. Do not add these things at every meal as this may spoil your puppy, and he/she will need this at every meal. Prolonged lack of appetite and/or drinking (over 24 hours) can be life threatening. All small puppies are susceptible to hypoglycemia. For more information, please refer to the information on hypoglycemia.



Most puppies will go through a period of adjustment when they join a new family. The puppy will cry when put into the crate to sleep. Make sure there is nothing really wrong with the puppy and try to ignore the noise. Soon the puppy will learn crying doesn’t work to get your attention.