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Dr., We have a baby boxer puppy that is sick. She was born

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Dr. Bruce,
We have a baby boxer puppy that is sick. She was born 12-16-2015. She has been doing fine ever since she was born. She is the smallest on of the litter. There were 4 pups in the litter. 3 girls and 1 boy. Tonight she started breathing hard and moaning and crying. She acts like she has a tummy ache. When I hold her with my hand under her on her stomach and pat her on the back she seems to calm down. While I was holding her she got to squirming so I put her back in her birthing box. In a few seconds she pooped a long turd that was firm and not too hard. Then she burped and spit up a little bit of something, white and clabbery. We gave her just a small amount of pepto bismal. What do you think it is and what can we give her. The vets office will not be open until 7:00 AM in the morning. We have a great vet, but cannot get in touch with him until the morning.
My husband just came in and said that she pooped 3 turds about all together 3 inches. It's very firm and hard. Harder than the turd before.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 1 year ago.

Hi Sylvia! Happy New Years. The best thing you can do at home for this little one right now is to keep him warm and on a quiet area for rest. Could he be a bit bloated from over eating? Some can pig out pretty good and get a distended abdomen and get uncomfortable from that. It is good that those stools are passing as that hopefully means no constipation is present. Hopefully he'll start to settle down here soon.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
God is so good to hear from you. Hope you had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. This little puppy is not doing good at all. I am praying that it is just she pigs out. Will get back in touch with you if I need you later. Thank you for your help.
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 1 year ago.

Warmth is always good in these situations. You can place a little kayro syrup on his gums to try and get a little extra glucose into him to help if his blood sugar is a little low.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Please let me hear from you
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 1 year ago.

I'm currently at work and I have a couple cases I'm dealing with. I'm hoping for the best here!

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay waiting your call
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 1 year ago.

I'm very sorry that this little one passed. I wish I would have pushed hard to get her seen. The tough thing is with these little ones that are this critical is that the treatment options are limited based on their size. Supportive fluids, warmth and possible antibiotics would have been a baseline supportive care. Could mom have stepped on him? Hopefully everyone else in the litter stays healthy.