How To Take Care Of An Orphaned Newborn Puppy

16 December 2015
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If you find yourself in the position of taking care of an orphaned newborn puppy, then you need to make sure you know what all they require. A new puppy will need around-the-clock care, much like a newborn baby. Before you decide to take on the responsibility, make sure you have a free enough schedule so you can give it the constant care it needs. If you aren't going to be able to care for it, call the local veterinarian and ask if they can point you to someone who can foster the puppy. If you decide to take on the job, follow the advice below:

Feeding the puppy

It's important for you to make sure you fed the puppy the right food. They can't have cow's milk out of your fridge, but will need a specially-developed puppy formula. You can get the formula at pet supply stores or from the local veterinarian. You will also need to get a bottle to feed them with. You won't need to worry about giving the puppy water while they are on formula full-time.

New puppies should be offered the formula every few hours. You want to warm it up to slightly above room temperature before feeding it to the puppy. A simple way to heat the formula is to put it in the bottle and run the bottle under hot water for a few minutes. Make sure it isn't too hot by putting a few drops on your wrist.

Keeping the puppy warm and secure

A newborn puppy relies on its mother for warmth, and since your puppy doesn't have its mother to care for it, you will need to keep it warm. You can keep the puppy warm best by putting it in a smaller sized box with towels. Use a warm water bottle or heating pad to make sure there is enough warmth in the box.

The puppy will also count on its mother for affection it gets when the mother cleans it with her tongue. You can gently rub the puppy with your hand after each feeding so it feels cared-for and thrives.

Helping the puppy go to the bathroom

A puppy's mother will lick their lower abdomen to get them to relieve themselves. You can do this yourself by taking a warm and moist washcloth to gently rub their lower abdomen yourself. You should do this for a few minutes after every meal.

If you have any concerns about the puppy, you should take it to your local veterinarian. If you don't want to bring the puppy out of the house, you may be able to get a mobile veterinarian like one from Mobile Veterinary Hospital Medical Care to come to you.