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  • My one-week-old puppy is eating, but he is not pooping. What can I do?

    A one-week-old puppy should still be with the mother who takes care of stimulating the anal area of the puppy, causing him or her to have a bowel movement. If you are hand-raising the puppy, which can be very hard to do, you need to stimulate the anal area after feeding by using a moistened cotton ball or soft cloth in a circular motion around the anal area.

    One of the biggest problems with bottle feeding very small puppies is the possibility of pneumonia from getting milk into the lungs. Unless you have previous experience, I would recommend you make an appointment with a vet to discuss what and how often you are feeding and how to take care of this baby so you are doing everything possible to prevent problems.


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