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Dog Not Eating or Drinking After Having Puppies

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Having a litter puppies can be a tough on a dog. Your dog not eating or drinking after having puppies is mostly normal, but keeping her food and water nearby will make it easier to get to when she is ready.


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August 17, 2017

My dog large had 17 pups, 4 died. Can she nurse 13 pups? One day later, she is not drinking or eating. What should I do?


August 17, 20170 found this helpful
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After my female dog gave birth to her puppies she refused to eat or drink. She wouldn't leave the puppies alone for the first 24 to 48 hours. This is the most critical time for the new puppies. I had to take her food and water to her. She finally started eating a little bit later on.

Normally new puppies will suck on their mom for the first 24 hours non-stop. This is what I saw with my dog. The dog needs the antibiotics that are supplied in the mother's milk. This is normal. Try moving her water bowl and food bowl closer to her. This helped and my female did eat and drink after I did this. The first 3 days I had to keep filling her water dish all the time and leave it next to her.

The mother is also keeping the puppies warm. New puppies can't see or hear until they are around 18 to 21 days old. They can smell and they need the warmth of each other and the mother. They have no way of keeping warm on their own.

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July 26, 2010

My 4 year old Yorkie just had a litter of 6. All are well. She, on the other hand, will not eat much of anything, but drinks okay. She is nursing well and I am afraid that it is draining her without replenishing. She also is still doing the nesting ritual. She is alert and active. Any suggestions?


By johnny c from FL


July 26, 20100 found this helpful

I recommend you give her vet a call, just to be sure. They can refer back to her medical records and give the best advice. I hope mama is feeling better soon!

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July 26, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks. I took her to vet today again and they said that she was fine, took blood all was good. They also gave her some fluids. Suggested we force feed he with a syringe with some prescription food for a few days. She is looking better already.

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July 26, 20100 found this helpful

:-) I'm really glad you took her in, and that she's already improving! Did they say why this might be happening? I've never had a pet who had babies (all of our pets have been fixed), so I don't know if this is normal/to be expected. Again, I'm so glad she's starting to do better!

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April 17, 2018

How long will the bitch refuse to eat after giving birth to four puppies?


April 17, 20180 found this helpful

She devotes her attention to the pups for 24-48 hours. Call the vet if she doesnt eat after that.

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July 26, 20100 found this helpful

My toy Yorkie just had pups on Oct 16th, but they both died. Does anyone know how I can help her? She is looking for her pups and is not eating. She will eat some liver sausage, but no chicken, cottage cheese, or dog food. I always made her food using chicken breast, carrots, potatoes and brown rice, with cream of chicken soup to moisten it. She will not touch it.


Any suggestions so that I can help her? I am giving her tons of attention. Could she be depressed? If so what can I do?

By connie from MI


Seek Advice From Your Vet

Alert your vet of the problem. He will probably say not to worry too much. She's going thru postpartum and has no appetite, plus fretting over where her babies are. She's entitled to a few days of not wanting to eat.

Your vet will tell you when it's time to bring her in if need be. Until then, keep offering her things and watch her. But don't worry too much. If she was healthy before giving birth, she should be OK and won't starve herself to death. She just needs time to get over the birth and her loss.

Think how you'd feel if you gave birth to stillborn twins. Then add in that she doesn't understand why she can't find them, and you can't explain it to her.

By Cricket

Stuffed Toys for Comfort

It also might help if you give her a couple of tiny stuffed toys that she can "mother". I've done that many times when puppies died at birth and it's almost always helped the mother to recover.


But yes, she is very definitely depressed. So you also need to give her lots of extra love too, which I'm sure you already are.

By Cricket

Inflamed Mammary System

Have you checked to make sure she has not gotten an inflamed mammary system? After having the babies, and losing them, she may have just gotten engorged with milk, and sometimes that can cause some problems. See if she is running a fever, and if you can't check, take her to a vet to be sure that she doesn't have underlying problems. Our babies are too dear to take chances.

By Loretta

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