Nikki’s Puppy Diarrhea Struggle Solved

“I thought Oh no, here we go again! More newborn puppies with diarrhea.” Nikki has been a Rottweiler breeder for more than 20 years and knows all too well the struggle of newborn puppies with diarrhea. “In one of my recent litters the mom was having trouble with her milk coming in. I started her on Breeder’s Edge Oxy Momma to help with her milk, but in the meantime, I had to bottle feed the litter,” Nikki says.

Newborn Puppies with Diarrhea

But when the puppies were only five days old, Nikki began noticing diarrhea and bloody stools. She immediately took a stool sample to the vet where he checked for parasites. “That was negative, but I knew something was going on, and I needed to figure out what,” she says.

The puppies stopped nursing and the smelly, bloody diarrhea wouldn’t stop. “I slept with them at night and started the puppies on IV’s, antibiotics, Kaolin Pectin and Doc Roy’s GI Synbiotics. I had heard other breeders talk about using probiotics to help with puppy loose stools, so I thought I would give GI Synbiotics a try,” she says. Nikki also started talking with one of her breeder friends about what was happening. “She told me she had just dealt with a terrible case of parvo with her puppies and lost them all. I thought, maybe that is what I’m dealing with, too,” she recalls.

Testing for Parvo

So Nikki went back to her vet and requested a parvo test. “Sure enough, it was positive.” Sadly, Nikki did end up losing four of the puppies to parvo, but thanks to her determination and quick treatments she was able to save most of the litter. “They are doing well now and thriving,” she says. 

Nikki credits the antibiotics and the GI Synbiotics with saving most of her litter. “I really like the fact that GI Synbiotics is both a prebiotic and a probiotic. Many products have just the probiotic, but that prebiotic is just as important,” she adds. 

“At Revival, we often hear about people struggling with diarrhea in their puppies. I always encourage them to try Doc Roy’s GI Synbiotics because it is both a prebiotic and a probiotic,” says Deedee a Revival Pet Care Pro. “That means it supports the growth of good bacteria and helps remove bad bacteria from the GI tract. When the good bacteria pushes out the bad bacteria, you get an end to diarrhea. The best part, it is safe to use in dogs and cats of all ages.” 

A couple months later Nikki welcomed another litter. This time she started them on GI Synbiotics right away and called Revival to order a package of at-home parvo tests to be ready at the first sign of something wrong. 

Share Your Pet Care Victory

You strive to raise healthy and happy pets. You love the feeling of holding that newborn puppy and seeing the joy a new pet brings to a child’s face. At Revival we want to celebrate these wins because we understand that keeping pets healthy comes with challenges.

In our series, Pet Care Victories, we are highlighting YOU and your pet care wins! We know that even the best of us sometimes struggle with the health of our animals. And while at that time it can feel frustrating and devastating, it’s important to remember you are not alone. When we share our knowledge and passion with each other, we can all be on the winning team.

If you have a Pet Care Victory story to share, we would love to hear it! Email us

Want help solving tough pet health problems? Call one of our Pet Care Pros at 800.786.4751.


6 thoughts on “Nikki’s Puppy Diarrhea Struggle Solved”

    1. Hi Debra,

      We are so glad you found Nikki’s experience helpful for you! Please let us know if you have any other questions. -Shelley at Revival

  1. Thank you. We just lost several of our dogs to Parvo. I wish I had this information then. I don’t know what antibiotic you used. We could not afford the Vet. I called several, some wouldn’t see us and the other Vet’s wanted almost $3,000.00 .We did take one to Paws, the only way they would take him was we had to sign him over to them and then they treated us like trash. We have no way of knowing how they got Parvo, they live in the house and we let them out to go potty and play, yard is fenced. They had not been anywhere so we don’t know how they got it & some didn’t.. we used gallons of bleach in the house and even sprayed the yard with bleach. I would like to know what Antibiotic to use since we can’t afford the Vet’s around. I just hope we don’t have to go thru this again again or anybody.those where our babies and we loved them very much

    1. Hi Linda, I reached out to one of our Pet Care Pros, Sheryl, and here is her response to your question. -Shelley at Revival

      Linda, I’m so sorry to hear your loss several dogs due to parvo. Unfortunately the parvovirus is everywhere and wild animals going through your yard can also carry the virus. It can be carried in on your shoes from another place. We don’t recommend using bleach for disinfecting parvo. It’s more of a surface cleanser and can’t penetrate to kill parvo. I would recommend using Virkon. This parvo article will also help you. Tylosin works well for treating parvo. It does require a prescription from a vet. Please call us at 800-786-4751 if you have any further questions.-Sheryl, Revival Pet Care Pro

    1. Hi Shelia,
      Both products work well. We recommend the Doc Roy’s GI Synbiotic Gel for puppies that aren’t eating on their own yet or if sick and recovering. It’s easier for them to ingest. The granules/powder form is recommended when they’re eating gruel or for adults. It can be put directly onto the food. Also, here’s a video with Dr. Greer showing how to use the delee mucus trap.

      Please feel free to call us anytime if you have additional questions at 1-800-786-4751. – Sheryl, Pet Care Pro at Revival

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