How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Deb Your Own Question
Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 10453
Experience:  I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.
Type Your Dog Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Deb is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

What can give a 4 week old puppy for constipation, bella,

This answer was rated:

what can give a 4 week old puppy for constipation
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: bella
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about bella?
Customer: she has been on milk replacer for 1 week

Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.

I'm sorry for this concern about Bella.

It may (or may not) surprise you to know that constipation issues are commonly seen problems in pups being fed milk replacers. In those situations, I recommend that more water be added to the formula (usually 25%) than the label suggests which usually eliminates this problem from developing.

I also usually suggest weaning puppies onto puppy food around 3-4 weeks of age

I don't like to use oral laxatives in pups this young although I'll often suggest them for older dogs.
So, what you can do is give her a gentle warm water enema which is very effective for loosening the firmer/harder stool in the colon. If you're not familiar with the procedure you'll take a small syringe (about 3 ml's) or possibly an eye dropper or something similar. Lubricate the end of it with K/Y or Vaseline or even cooking oil. Gently insert it about 1/4-1 inch (depending on the size of the pup) into the rectum and squirt the warm water into them. It may take several applications if she is badly constipated.

This is a very effective and yet safe method of resolving this problem.

I hope this helps. Deb

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
thank you will try it

You're more than welcome.

Good luck, Deb

Dr. Deb and 4 other Dog Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you