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Caring for a Puppy

April 14, 2008

If you can't get your puppy to drink water, try ice cubes. I found that I can get my puppy to even lick Pedialite in ice cube form. Hope this helps!

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December 26, 2019

Our puppies are 19 days old today and only 1/6 have pooped today. They have no issues peeing and usually pee a lot. They are eating fine as well. We usually give the mom wet food mixed with her dry food, but she was getting some diarrhea so we held back for a day which is when they stopped pooping.

I just gave her some wet food to see if it will help, but does anyone have any ideas of what it could be or what I could do?

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December 26, 20190 found this helpful
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2 years back my dog had puppies. She was a good mom and when the dogs did poop and pee she would clean them up right away. If the problem goes on for longer than a day or two then you should have the mom and babies checked out. I would also talk with the vet about the diet for the mom. This could not be the best thing to give her. I had to stay away from the dry dog food when she was nursing the babies and go with pasta and rice for her to eat. My vet also had me give her some cheese to help her milk. I would speak with your vet to find out what is the best food they recommend for the mother and keep up with this for the next 4 to 5 weeks.

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December 27, 20190 found this helpful
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Did you get the pups AND the mom checked out?

I would, if you haven't already, take mum and the pups to the vet for a look see. I am worried if she is having diarrhea she may not be up to feeding the pups and the vet can point you to the time for human intervention to feed the babies. The vet can tell you the right brand of mothers milk to get for your breed and age. Some places sell it in feed stores, but others you need to get it from the vet or a certified pet store.

Post back with an update! Prayers for healing (and pooping for the pups and NO diarrhea for mom).

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June 14, 2020

I have a 3 month old Miniature Pinscher Chihuahua mix puppy. He will not stop whining. I was just wondering how long he will continue whining?


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June 15, 20200 found this helpful
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New puppies can cry a lot because they miss their mom. I have had to get some stuffed toys for new puppies in the past to keep them feeling safe and like they are around their other puppies. You can also try to put a stuffed animal near the puppy and use a hot water bottle to make them feel warm and safe.

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June 22, 20200 found this helpful
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Are there time periods that he whines more - like at night?
How long have you had him and does he seem to be adjusting to his new home?
Do you use a crate for his sleeping periods?
Many new puppy owners have had to use a crate so this might be something to think about as you can partially cover the crate and it sometimes makes them feel more secure.

Does he have any places he can hide away from the 'world' which may be frightening to him.
Some vets say a sweater sometimes helps also.
This is assuming he has not adjusted well and needs to feel more secure and maybe loved like when he was with his mother.
Were there children around in his former home? if so, this may make it even more difficult.
A blanket might help or a piece of clothing that has been worn many help him adjust. Soft toys are good.

Maybe your vet will have some suggestions as I'm sure he will be starting his vaccinations soon.
Please read some of the suggestions from the sites given and maybe try something but not too many changes at once or it may get worse.

pethelpful.com/.../Reasons-why-dogs-whine-and-how-to...

drsophiayin.com/.../

www.dummies.com/.../

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April 10, 2011

How can I raise a German Shepherd puppy? He was taken from his mum. He is six weeks old and he barks a lot.

By profmessi from Sudan, Khartoum

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February 4, 2015

My Pit Bull gave birth to 11 pups 2 days ago and things seemed to be going well until I realized that one of the pups had not been cleaned and the mom wasn't even nursing the pup. The mom was sitting this pup to the side all alone. This pup is also much smaller and seems to be breathing differently than the others. I tried leaving this 1 pup and mom alone, but the mom just stared at the pup. What can I do to keep this pup alive?

By Drall from New Orleans, LA

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February 4, 20150 found this helpful
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Who knows why the mother won't help her pup? You must take the pup to your vet now as it is failing fast and needs help. You also need help in learning to feed and help it survive!

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April 5, 2011

Can you help give me some info on how to know when a 5 day old puppy is hungry and when it is full? Also how regularly do I need to feed them? Thank you.

By dexster from Alberton

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April 5, 20110 found this helpful

Don't let the collies only website deter you from following the writer's guidance as you can learn so much in the care of your five day old puppy from them. It has a formula recipe, dose and how often to feed a puppy and signs to look for if you run into any kind of complication. A great and thorough read with photos too.

www.chelsea-collies.com/newborn.html

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April 5, 20110 found this helpful

Oh Dexster . . . I don't know how you found yourself with a five day old puppy that needs anything more than it's mother to monitor feeding schedules, but bless you for your concern. Please don't hesitate to contact a professional vet that can help you through this challenging time in the puppy's life. The co-effort may be exactly what the puppy needs to survive. Good luck and best wishes.

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July 27, 2018

My mom's coworker was giving away puppies ASAP because he couldn't tend to the 6 puppies his dog gave birth to. He gave one to me 2 days ago and the puppy is only around 4 weeks old. He told me that the puppy liked eating rice with soup and so far he is eating the food we give him along with some dog food soaked in water (according to the people in the pet shop so that the puppy could consume it since it will become soft).

I'm feeling guilty that he (the puppy) might be having a hard time without his mom. He loves to play every day after he eat, but when it's night time, he gets to sleep for a few hours, but when he wakes up he starts whining then he stops to sleep again and it just repeats. The option of giving him back to the previous owner is not applicable because the guy already said so. Can you give me ideas to soothe him?

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February 4, 2015

I found a puppy, who is maybe 1 week old as he doesn't have any teeth, so I gave him milk. The first 3 days he drank milk alright, but after the 4th day he lost interest in drinking the milk. Someone gave him human cookies and he ate that. Is it the cause he lost his appetite for milk, or is it OK to give him cookies? It is been 7 days he is here with us. Today I saw little blood in his stool, is it serious? What shall I do now?

By Gulru

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I have a Chi who I thought had 4 pups when I was in the hospital. My husband was supposed to tend to them. When I got home 3 days later to look at them and clean out her whelping box and discovered a 5th puppy. She is much smaller than the other 4 and her siblings seems to "push" her out of the way when its comes to nursing. Should I bottle feed her but keep her with mama and her siblings? Thanks so kindly for your help. God Bless.

By Andrea Rossi from Palm Coast, FL

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May 4, 20100 found this helpful

Absolutely! Or move mom and the runt to a separate box to allow it to suckle without issue.

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May 5, 20100 found this helpful

I have had a few litters of puppies and i think it depends on how the mother treats the puppy. If she doesnt seem to want to feed her then try bottle feeding, it isnt as good as mammas milk but it will help if the other puppies wont let her eat.
I also think it would be okay to keep her with her siblings just make sure you keep an eye on her.. Good luck!

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May 5, 20100 found this helpful

Good luck with this litter, I hope all is well. But please get your momma dog spayed and do not go through this again. There are too many dogs in shelters needing homes and look what a mess you have made of this batch. don't do this again for the sake of the all the dogs, please.

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December 25, 2009

How do Poodles do after being taken away from their mom at 4 1/2 weeks old? I guess the breeder was sick and can't take care of them. Will the puppies be compromised health wise? We just lost our 19 month old Standard Poodle to a neuter gone wrong and couldn't stand to lose another one young.

Sheri

By Sherri from Loveland, CO

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December 26, 20090 found this helpful

I'm sorry that she passed. When the puppy grows up and is able to do more things like bark and growl the puppy will begin to become very demanding like if you try to pick it up it will growl and nip at your hand. If it does,you pinch it's neck lightly and make a sssttttt. noise, that is like their mom [AKA dog] nipping then on the neck teaching them how to grow up.

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December 26, 20090 found this helpful

My chi puppy was eating on it's own and quite robust at 4 weeks. She did remain with her mother until 6 weeks but would have been fine at 4 1/2 weeks.

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December 27, 20090 found this helpful

You said the breeder was ill and not the dam? I would never try to wean a pup that young. It is going to put the pup behind the eightball physically.

If the breeder is too ill and wants to move the pup at 4 weeks, I would ask to bring the dam home with me until the pup is weaned.

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December 28, 20090 found this helpful

Pet stores have puppy formula, just like for babies. That works. My Pug?Boston (Bug) was sold at 5 weeks. She needed food often, and softened. But the formula is good too. That dog will want to be warm, and near your heart, so get ready! The bond never breaks-he/she will be one for life-a long life!

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January 2, 20100 found this helpful

The reason puppies should stay with their mom longer is to be weaned properly and to learn proper behavior. Puppies learn how to socialize from their mom so a pup who doesn't have that will be dependant on humans to teach them. Make sure you socialize this pup with other dogs as soon as it has had it's shots, begin training early and the pup should balance out. Address bad behaviors immediately, just as the mother would, don't let cuteness get in the way.

As far as nutrition, feed 1/2 tsp whole plain yogurt, 1/2 tsp cottage cheese and one raw egg mixed with canned food. Add canned pumpkin, Libbys has real pumpkin, not pumpkin filling. Start with 1/2 teaspoon, this will keep the digestive tract flowing, add less if you notice diarrhea. Do this until the pup is 4 months old. This can also be continued as it adds nutrition to the food. Feed a puppy 4 times a day until 6 months old, then 3 times a day until 1 year old, then 2 times a day through adulthood to avoid digestive upset.

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May 13, 2015

We have a mother dog, mutt, who had a litter of 3 pups. She stopped feeding the runt when he was about 4 weeks old. My daughter has been softening dog food in water, feeding the pup, and has warmed regular milk, I think twice. I told her she probably shouldn't give the pup the milk, so she stopped. This morning, the pup was moaning, like it had a stomach ache and has been doing this most of the day, on and off, laying like it is really, really weak. I think it may be dying. Is there anything we can do?


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June 18, 2017

I have a 6 week old puppy; she is a Chorkie. I got her early as her mother was not well enough too look after her. So I am feeding her powdered milk and puppy meat. She's been eating and drinking fine, but the past 2 days she won't eat anything.

She is drinking the odd bit of milk, that's it. She is OK herself and is playing and running about, but looks a bit dopier than normal. Do I need too worry about this? X

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June 13, 2017

I found a 4mo old puppy, dehydrated and malnourished. What should I do? The The vet is closed today.


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January 18, 2016

I got a new blue nose Pit Bull puppy. We adopted him from a worker that works with my dad. When it's night and everyone is sleeping he starts crying and barking and won't stop. It's been going on for 3 days and I don't know what to do. We leave him downstairs in a cage and it still doesn't stop. Does anyone know what to do or when he will stop crying?


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I just bought a 13 week old dog and it's scared and shy. It does take food from my hand and feels somewhat comfortable at that time, but when I move or something or it's around people it gets really scared and runs to hide.

It doesn't wanna go walk. What should I do?

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