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Gina, Breeder and Health Care Specialist
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Experience:  20+ years experience in animal health care. Hobby breeder of Olde English Mastiffs and owned by an English Bulldog.
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I have a newborn pup that wont suck, what should I do

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Shih tzu pup,# XXXXX born last night at 12:20 am, sucked at first but not now, body is cool. We are trying to force feed him 2 percent milk.
A cold pup will not eat so you need to start by warming that puppy up. You can use a heating pad..set to low, wrapped in a towel so it does not burn the puppy. You can put a drop of karo or pancake syup on the nipple of the bottle and please stop feeding 2% milk..dogs are lactose intollerant. You can head over to your local Walmart and grab some Esbiliac...puppy milk replacer...or any pet supply store that is open. The milk will make him more sick than he already is. You can also try to get him to feed off momma after you warm him up by putting a drop of syrup on her nipple and holding him to it. That is quite the large litter for a Shih...and congrats on the litter :) Please remember to stimulate his urinary and bowel movements if momma isn't doing so. Also, listen to his chest to see if it is raspy sounding as he may have not been suctioned out well enough and have fluid in his lungs. You can try rubbing him again or bulb syringing to remove, but if there is, he will likely need veterinary care. At this point, warm him up slowly and he may begin to eat on his own. Good luck :)
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