I have two toy poodle pups that are three weeks old. I have never seen them poop and I also have never seen the mama clean their little butts. She is constantly licking their faces, ears and peepees and I've seen them pee when she does this. But, I have never seen them poop. I've tried to stimulate them with a warm cloth and got just a little to come out of one, but not the other. What would happen if the mama didn't stimulate them to poop, would they never poop on their own and eventually die? Has anyone ever had this problem? thanks, Debbie
It is very important to stimulate those puppies to defecate. Take a cloth with warm water and rub the area thoroughly, every single time you see the pups nurse. With the pup that you have never seen defecate, I would call the vet and ask him if you can give him an enema.Take a small syringe, and draw up 3 cc's of warm sterile water (water that has boiled) making sure you put a little bit of vaseline or some other lubricant on it, and very slowly empty it into the little fatty. When you do this make sure the puppy is lined up with his back straight. When the fluid is in, hold the puppy's buttocks together for about 5 minutes. Watch carefully after that to make sure he defecates. If he does not, take him to the vet . If you are not comfortable doing this, take him to the vet ASAP.
Pen2 wrote: Hi, I'm just wondering how the puppies are, and if they are all pooping normally now. Let me know, or post on the forum. A few people have asked if I have heard anything! Take care, Pen2.
Hi, Thank you for your concern. No, I still have not seen them have a real poop. With stimulation I've gotten what would amount to a couple of drops out of each, only once or twice. Most of the time I get absolutely nothing. I did take them to the vet (he was new in our vets office), and he said they look like they are fine and that the mama must just be cleaning them when I'm not around. The problem is I am with them all day long and I have made a real point of watching her when she's with them and the only time I've seen her clean them on their bottoms, is right after I've tried to stimulate them with a warm wet cloth, when their hair is wet. And then it's only a few licks. My daughter had a couple of puppies from two different litters die because for some reason their stomachs would not empty out into the intestines. Her puppies were Boxers, one was still nursing and one had been on puppy food for a couple of weeks. I'm terrified that this will happen to my babies. Maybe she is getting them to go at night when I'm not around, but after all this time I would think they would have to go at least a few times during the day. Surely one of them would. This is her third litter and I often saw her clean the bottoms in the first two. thanks, Debbie
countryhomekennel, at this point I have to agree with the vet, although it is very unusual not to see some poop. The way I would test it is by the weight gain, and the thriftiness of the puppies. By now they must be eating softened puppy food, or are they? You mentioned that this happened to your daughter's Boxer? I honestly don't think there would be a relationship there. How old are they now?
p.s. if you are really worried and still scared that they will die, there is a test the vet could do. He can also hear a lot through the stethoscope. If you don't trust this vet, go ahead and ask for a second opinion. I honestly believe you'd have seen some huge problems by now, if they were not eliminating. Take care, and try not to worry.
I also had this problem with my toy poodle cross who is three weeks old. She pees but I've never seen poop. Her mother cleans her now and then but I've not seen anything. This morning I took the advice, lubricated a syringe and gave her dome water up her bottom. I must say I did not hold it for 5 minutes as she was wrinkling and I'm a bit of a softy. I let her go and she released some on the carpet.....not solid but it was enough. She's never had anything solid yet just breast milk and she thriving to me. A real fatty. I will now keep my eye on her to see if she carries on pooping.