My 4 week old puppy seems to be constipated. She just started puppy mush 2 days ago. She stands in the pooing position for a while and only a little bit came out, I picked it up and it was kinda hard. I could see her butt is full cause its sticking out like she is pushing. Is there anything I can do to help her? or does this require a vet call?
mom24, make sure the mush is not too thick, and that the puppies have access to plenty of water. It may be that the pup is not used to the solid food yet, or it's a bit too thick. Adjust it a bit, and see how it works. You might also try stimulating his rear with a wet wash cloth, sometimes that works. Also, how much are you feeding? you may be giving slightly too much. Just a thought.
***Edited By: Pen2 on 11/10/2007 4:19:16 PM*** Reason: addition.
I really dont see them drink much water. So I put some in a serenge that I used for thier wormer meds and gave her some water. Should I do that to both of them? The only time I see them drink water is when they are climbing up on the bowl to stand up more and they look down to see what it is and get their mouths wet. Other than that, I dont see them go to the water.
Mom24, when Zoe's pups were that young, they wouldn't drink water either. (Maybe lack of smell??) So what I would do is either make some of puppy milk replacer extremely watered down, or when I gave them any food (mush) I would prepare it and then put more water on top. I guess then it smelled like their food and they would lap it up. They did this for a while before they would drink straight water. Hope this helps.
From the first pic's angle I would think it might be to high for them. But if you leave it lower, I don't know if that would be a "drowning" hazard. I never left water in with them when they were that young. I just made sure to give them some every hour or so. (except at night) Until I kind of figured out their "schedule." Maybe Pen or someone else can better answer that question.
I would lower the height of the bowl for the babies, that way they don't have to climb for a drink. I's sure the constipation problem is a combo of new solid food added to the diet, not quite enough water, and you'll find a happy medium soon .I forgot to answer the question about the syringe, just find a shallow bowl, I use little square rubbermaids sometimes, and then put the water to to their mouth with your fingr till they lick it.
Good news! she finally pood! I guess she is better for now. I did make their last few meals more watery. I guess that helped. But her butt still has that red bump on her hole. I hope that starts to look better soon.
I've only seen this one time before, so I'm not exactly qualified, but it looks to me like it's from straining. I had to take Zoe in a couple years ago when all the Cicadas were here, because she found them VERY tasty - needless to say her intestinal tract did not!! I took her to an emergency vet, because I had no idea what it was and they just gave me some meds for it (I want to say a steroid, but don't hold me to that because I can't remember anymore) that I had to apply for several days and it was fine. But like I said I'm not a vet.. LOL!
Hi can you tell me what ever happened to your little puppy i have a 4 week old pug with the same thing.They aren't on solids yet so its not from it being to thick.But it looks the excact same thanks.And he does poop a little but runny poop and crys a little