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I brought home a 15 week old French bulldog puppy on Wednesday

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Hi I brought home a 15 week old French bulldog puppy on Wednesday and he has been suffering frequent loose strong smelling feases. With occasional watery distarge. Is this normal? What should I do? He has a strong appetite and otherwise well. Thanks Zoe
Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I am very sorry to hear about your fellow's loose, strong smelling stools. No this isn't normal.
Since he is bright, alert and playful with a normal appetite then I am less concerned.
Has he finished his vaccine series?
Diarrhea in a younger dog can be from several causes. Common ones are a quick change in diet, too many treats, especially fatty or spicy treats, eatings things they should not such as things found in the yard, toy pieces or garbage, viral, or bacterial, or parasitic infections. 
More serious causes include a dietary allergy or sensitivity, or a full or partial gastrointestinal obstruction.
At this point we can try some things at home but he may need to see a veterinarian if he isn't coming along well.
I would not feed him any food for 12 hours.
This should help stop gut spasms and restore normal gut motility.
Small amounts of water or ice cubes given frequently are fine as he needs fluids after all that he has lost with loose stools. You can give him pedialyte to replace electrolytes too but Gatorade is much too high in sugar which can make intestinal irritation worse.
Today even with the fast you can start Kao-pectate at 1ml per pound or 1 tablespoon per 7 kilograms of body weight every 6 to 8 hours. This is quite safe and will coat his irritated gastrointestinal tract as well as absorbing bacterial toxins. You can use it for several days until his stools look normal. You can find kao-pectate at the drug store.
If things are going well after his food fast start a bland diet of 1/3 boiled, lean hamburger (or boiled, white skinless chicken), all fats and juices drained off the meat, mixed with 2/3 boiled, plain white rice. If you are seeing any blood or mucous in his stools add 1 tablespoon of canned pumpkin to each meal as fiber helps soothe an irritated colon. Your other option is to purchase Hills i/d diet from your veterinarian to feed him if you don't want to cook.
You can also add probiotics like Fortiflora or Proviable to his food daily to replace good bacteria. The gut bacteria are often abnormal once they have diarrhea and until the balance is normal again the diarrhea may not clear.
Feed several small meals a day. Once he feels better (no loose stools for 48 to 72 hours) start mixing in what will be his regular dog food very slowly. Less bland more regular with each day. It should take a week or so to convert him back.
If his diarrhea is continuing with no improvement, he is vomiting and is feeling poorly though, especially if he isn't current on her vaccines, it would be best that he see a veterinarian now as anything you give orally will just come back up worsening his dehydration.
If he has a tense painful abdomen, becomes very lethargic, begins vomiting or runs a fever greater than 103.5F then he really must be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Even if your fellow seems to improve I recommend submitting several fresh stools samples to his veterinarian to test for gastrointestinal parasites. They are the most common cause of loose stools in puppies. The eggs/cysts are shed intermittently so even if one sample is clear that doesn't mean that he doesn't have parasites. I will often worm them anyway with a broad spectrum wormer like Panacur (fenbendazole) and then recheck stools for more unusual parasites.
Best of luck with your little one, please let me know should you have any further questions.
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