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why would a new born puppy get stiff and then losen up

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Submitted: 9 years ago.
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Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.
Hi Deuce,

Many newborn puppies will stop breathing, stiffen up and then start breathing again. This is not uncommon and is one of the reasons why a female will be constantly licking and cleaning her pup. This constant licking of the body helps stimulate the pup to keep breathing and licking the genitals helps the pup eliminate.

If there is a puppy that has just been born and doesn't start breathing on its own, you want to take your bulb syringe and clear the fluid out of the mouth. Holding the puppy firmly head down you will want to briskly rub the puppy vigorously with a clean dry towel. This sometimes stimulates the puppy into breathing.

If the puppy does not start breathing or stops breathing, you can perform mouth to nose to get them breathing again as well. Hold the mouth closed and breath gently into it's nose. Do not blow hard and then rub the puppy briskly and pat the back.

Here is a site that discusses the technique for a dog, the techniques are similar.

I hope this information is helpful to you.
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