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Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.
I'm sorry to hear that this little pup has been abandoned by his mom:(
It may (or may not) surprise you to know that constipation issues are commonly seen problems in newborn pups, especially if they're being fed milk replacers. In those situations, I recommend that more water be added to the formula (usually 25%) than the label suggests.If he's not producing stool when you rub his anal area and it's been three days, then you'll probably need to be a bit more proactive.So, what you can do is give him 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 and his rectum really well 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 him. It may take several applications if he's badly constipated.This is a very effective and yet safe method of helping with this problem.
After you're done, you'll gently clean his anal area with warm water and then you can apply a small amount of cortisone ointment to the area if it's red and inflamed.
I hope this helps. Deb
I'm just following up on your puppy. How are you making out with him? Deb