Dog Not Eating or Drinking After Having Puppies?

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?


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August 17, 20173 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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October 16, 20190 found this helpful

We are feeding chicken rice carrots and sweet potatoes ouppies poop is not solid anymore

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August 17, 20171 found this helpful

You can give the mother dog puppy food, and add some chicken to it. You can also give several small meals through the day. Make sure water is always available.

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August 17, 20171 found this helpful

It is normal for the mother to not eat until 24 hours after the last birth so check the timing on that. Of course, most dog "people" say you should take the mother and pups to see the vet very soon after given birth but that may not be possible for you so be sure to keep close tabs on the mom and make sure she is doing okay.


It seems 13 puppies is not something to worry about as far as the mom goes.
Here are a couple of links that give some information about moms right after birth and bad signs to look for.

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May 9, 20190 found this helpful

Okay 2 days not eating she drinks water but not eating can I feed the mama with a syringe

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August 19, 20170 found this helpful

It is quite normal for mother dog to refuse food after giving birth. Exhausted, with lots of pups to tend to, eating may be the last thing on mom's mind. In an article for Petplace, veterinarian Dawn Ruben explains that the mom should resume eating 24 hours after giving birth to the last pup.


Fresh water should be available at all times.

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August 19, 20171 found this helpful

My dog gave birth to eight puppies and did not eat for three days.We kept food and water near her so she did not have too leave the pups.We also fed her chicken and steak something really tasty might prompt her to eat good luck.

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August 21, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks all she started eating I keep a large bowl filled with food next to her and water. Strange thing is I buried the four dead puppies in four different places in the garden she dug them up and ate them.


The male dog 80kgs sleeps with her and pups and is very protective to point of aggression toward anyone that is not family member.

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May 9, 20190 found this helpful

Can I feed the mama with a syringe ???
but yes Im going to try and give her chicken maybe she'll eat , shes drinking water just not eating can I giving her goat's milk ???
She looks very weak but she gets around with the puppies I could tell .....

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