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3.5 week old puppies seem constipated. Have been eating a small

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3.5 week old puppies seem constipated. Have been eating a small amount of wet puppy food for 3 days

Hello and thank you for asking your question. My name isXXXXX will try to help.

I need a little more information please.

1. Are they still nursing on mom?

2. Are you feeding them anything besides wet puppy food?

3. Have you dewormed them yet? If so, what did you use?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yes they are still with Mom. Not feeding anything except really wet Purina puppy chow (the large breed formula not the tri-care). They were wormed with Strongid on the 19th (this past Sat)

Ok great. One trick, to get them to have a bowel movement, is to put some ky jelly, or vaseline, on a thermometer and insert about an inch into the rectum. Hold it there for a minute and then withdraw.

Dehydration can cause constipation as well. If their gums feels dry or sticky, they are most likely dehydrated. Give them 1 tablespoon of children's pedialyte drink, every hour, until the gums are moist.

You can also mix a teaspoon of mineral oil with a bite of the wet purina chow.

You can try a little canned food as well.

I hope this helps.

If you need more information, please reply again.



Customer: replied 3 years ago.

We will try the solutions you suggest.

Thank you,

You are welcome. If they do not go within 24 hours, or they stop eating, they will need to see the vet. The usual treatment, in the vet clinic, is an enema and fluid therapy so they are well hydrated.
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