I have a mini-schnauzer puppy 10 weeks old (female). We have had her now for 2 weeks. She is on Science Diet Adult (small bite) 3 x day (3/8 cup each feeding). Breeder recommended this food so body and joints grow slower than what may happen with puppy food. I used to pre-soak food but I have not done this now for about 1 week. On Friday afternoon she starting crying for 2 mins. and then favoured her paw. After about 2 hrs., she was OK chasing moths again and absolutely no favouring anymore. I am thinking she twisted foot or maybe got stung by a bee ( I did not notice any swelling). I mention this incase she was stung and it is going through her system. Anyway, I have noticed her stool get softer and softer last 2 days. She is not having accidents and she is still going at the same times she did before. She usually goes first thing in morning when she wakes up and then about 1/2 - hr. after each meal. She likes to eat grass which I stop as I see her do it. ANy ideas as to soft stool? Will it correct itself or does she need something else? Her playfullness / personality is same.
you should probably run a stool sample to your vet on tuesday and have it checked for worms. even if she got stung by a bee last week it wouldnt start showing up now. the symptoms would be right away. if her activity and eating and drinking hasnt changed then maybe add some canned pumpkin ot her food and see if that helps clear up the diarrhea. if at any time something changes in her normal habits have her seen by the vet. hope she feels better soon.
i agree with the others. your puppy definitely isn't old enough to be eating adult food. there are important nutrients in puppy food that adult food just does not have. i myself have a miniature schnauzer just a few weeks older than your puppy and he eats a great food by Old Mother Hubbard called Wellness Super5Mix puppy food. it is a high quality food, which means that it is more expensive but when it comes to your pet's health it is certainly worth it! there is NO corn or by-product meal. in fact here is the product ingredients:
Deboned Chicken, Salmon Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Oatmeal, Barley Flour, Ground Brown Rice, Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomatoes, Flaxseed, Peas, Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Bananas, Whole Apples, Whole Pears, Garlic, Beta-Carotene, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Proteinate (a chelated source of Zinc), Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Proteinate (a chelated source of Copper), Copper Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate ( a chelated source of Manganese), Sodium Selenite, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid.
it is a great food and i haven't had any issues with him eating in. in fact, when i switched him from the breeder food to this by mixing the two for awhile, he picked around the old food to eat the wellness only! hope this helps!
For all of those who said that I should tell my Vet what breeder said to feed - I did! My breeder recommended P/D Canine which is also an adult food. I even posted this Puppy Food Confusion Thread last week and you think I started WW3 about who knows what about puppy food. I did look at the ingredients of P/D Canine and cornmeal was first. As for Science Diet Adult (Small bites), chicken was first and cornmeal second. There must be some mini-schnauzer breeders on this board who can confirm or deny why my breeder feeds what she does (see original post above).
I think it is quite the opposite... at least this is what I think.
Puppy food is suppose to be full of nutrients to help the puppy grow strong bones. If you're feeding them the adult food that is basically stunting her growth so to speak. Kiba (almost 1 year Mini Schnauzer) is still on puppy food. Mind you I've switched from time to time but it has always been puppy food of whatever brand.