First, understand your new addition is trying to adjust to her new environment as much as you are adjusting to her. Some dogs internalize this “stress, “ while others work it out through other means. Make sure she is eating in a quiet location and away from other dogs. Many dogs cannot handle chaos around them or the “threat” of other dogs near their food, causing digestive distress. Calming remedies, such as Rescue Remedy, help address overall stress, while a more specific remedies, can target digestive distress.
The second consideration would be a new food or one with a different protein. A common mistake is offering the most popular, “best” or what your friend recommends instead of researching what is most appropriate for your dog. And don’t rely on dry alone. A variety of foods offer the best nutrition, which should include canned, fresh and raw. This is one instance where you get what you pay for. Premium food manufacturers take pride in their quality ingredients, cooking techniques and packaging. Better yet, consider including homemade.
Lastly, check the amount of food you are offering. Unfortunately we see a number of puppies and adult dogs fed too much. From an amount they gradually put on weight to such a volume, they literally cannot handle and either vomit or have on-going diarrhea. For a normal active puppy or dog, the full recommended manufacturer’s amount can be too much food. Making sure your companion gets the appropriate nutritional balance with proper calories is key. An easy solution is lowering the volume of dry food and adding canned food, fresh homemade or raw, especially foods higher in meat protein, leafy greens and low in carbohydrates.