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Caring for a 5 Week Old Puppy

I have a pit bull/mastiff puppy that is about 5 weeks old. The breeder told me she was 8 weeks, but it's clear that she's not. He said that they had to get rid of all the puppies or they would be put down. I just want to know what I should do with her to help her grow healthy. She cries most of the day, even when she's eating and drinking. I really need some advice on this.

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Lori from Thermopolis, WY

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Caring for a 5 Week Old Puppy

Besides the advice here, you should talk to your vet about this and contact the ASPCA and turn in the breeders. (03/11/2009)

By Deeli

Caring for a 5 Week Old Puppy

Invest in the puppy milk for at least a few weeks. Make sure she is using the bathroom. You may have to stimulate her to go by rubbing her with a tissue or paper towel. Good luck! (03/12/2009)

By kflawson

Caring for a 5 Week Old Puppy

All the ideas here have merit, but they don't address your poor puppy's true misery. I expect the poor thing is missing his/her mama. It's been a long time since we've had really small pups around here, but if you can get an old-fashioned wind-up clock (the kind that ticks), and a heating pad you can set on low to put in the pup's bed, that might help some.

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Give your new "fur baby" all the cuddling and physical affection you can during waking hours, and try the heating pad-clock combo at bedtime. Hope it helps! (03/13/2009)

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