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    6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    hi everyone, i just got a 6 week old cheagle today and afterwards found out she cant poop on her own yet. i fed her puppy chow that i moistened and she ate a little bit of it. i read online to warm a washcloth eith water and wipe her genitals but its not working she just climbs on me and wants to curl
    up and sleep. i feel bad because she puked her food up and im
    thinkin she did so because she cant
    poop it out.... can anyone give me
    some advice on how to help her poop, she pees fine just no bowel movements.

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    Re: 6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    A six-week-old puppy should have no trouble pooping (although that's still two weeks too young to leave its mother). Are you sure the pup is actually six weeks? And are you sure she can't poop? Maybe she just hasn't had to yet -- you did just get her today, after all. If she actually can't, you should take her to a vet.

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    Re: 6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    Where did you get said dog and how do you know it can't poop on its own? One of the first things you should do with a new pup, regardless, is take her to the vet... so if you haven't done so yet, call them up and bring her in. (If she vomited more than the once, I would bring her to the ER tonight, and not wait for an appointment later in the week)

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    Re: 6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    im sure she is six weeks because the owner told me the litter was born on may 24th. and im not sure if she has to poop ue since we just got her today, but ive never had a puppy before and arent sure how often and how many times a day a puppy should have a bowel movement. i was wondering if its okay to give her wet packaged puppy food (cesars brand) instead of the dry puppy food i tried giving her earlier..? and she only threw up once about an hour after she ate the dry food that i put water in to moisten a little for her. i was also wondering if i should give her puppy formula as well..?

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    Re: 6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    Is it possible to take her back to her to the original owner for at least another 2 weeks until she's old enough to be adopted? 6 weeks is super young. I got mine at 8 weeks from a shelter and we had quite an uphill battle with his biting manners.

    Cesars brand is junk food (so is Puppy Chow for that matter). Read the label - by products by products by products. You could go to the pet store and get some high quality wet food; Merrick makes a "puppy plate" that's good stuff that my puppy loves, Blue Buffalo is pretty easy to find and has a puppy formula. What was she eating before she came to you? (My vote is still to take her back for a few weeks until she's old enough to be away from Mom)

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    Re: 6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    ive had my minuature pinscher for 8 years and have fed her one pckg of cesars dog food everyday as well as a bowl of dry food for her to eat whenever she pleases and she is at perfect weight and health. i dont read the label of the back of the case but its been fine and keeps my dog healthy so i disagree on your opinion of it. but i do want to do whats best for my new puppy so im willing to go out and buy se formula for the puppy if she needs it. i knoe alot of people who take care of newborn puppies without the mother in the picture so i know its possible, and thats why i posted this thread to get some
    answers on what to feed her and how to take care of her bowel movements,not some opinions on whether or not i should give my puppy back. so thank u for the opinion but id still like some advice on how to pursue her bowel movements

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    Re: 6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    Take her to the vet.

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    Re: 6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    Unless there is something wrong with the puppy there is no reason it should not be able to poop on its own. Usually by the time they are four to five weeks old and eating on their own, they are also pooping on their own. If you have changed the food that the puppy has been on before you got it, that could be causing a problem. It is always a good idea to take a new puppy to the Vet to have it checked out and to set up the appointments for its shots.

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    Re: 6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    My concern here is the puking.

    Puppies that young puking screams bad things to me. Get her to the vet. Could be nasty worms, could be parvo, and either one can kill her.

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    Re: 6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    yes i deffinitly am going to make a vet appointment tomorrow.... im not sure ig she was weaned off her mothers milk so im gunna buy a puppy formula tomorrow so she doesnt
    starve and then put some formula in dry puppy food to wean her off of formula

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    Re: 6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    i know, but she only puked once an hour after eating some dry food and after running around playing for awhile so idk if its worms or parvo

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    Re: 6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    A six week old puppy should already have been weaned for a few weeks. They're also long able to poop on their own by that age. I'd worry about getting a vomiting puppy in to the vet, not buying needless formula.

    Once that's sorted out, I'd research a healthier diet

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    Re: 6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    Cesars is crap food. It's not a matter of opinion, it's a matter of biology.

    I also would not free feed an adult beagle mix. (puppies should eat what they want.) beagles will eat themselves obese in no time if you don't carefully measure and control their intake.

    It's possible, if you have to, to raise a puppy that young, but it's not a good idea. The owner could have lied to you and this could be a 4 week old puppy. A 6 week old puppy should be weaned. She almost certainly has worms, so take her to a vet ASAP.
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    Re: 6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    so what would be a not so expensive wet dog food for small dogs? and i am taking her to the vet on thursday hopefully to check for worms and see about vaccinations and if shes old enough for any, also for a checkup and to ask about feeding her

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    Re: 6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    Quote Originally Posted by cubanita7272 View Post
    yes i deffinitly am going to make a vet appointment tomorrow.... im not sure ig she was weaned off her mothers milk so im gunna buy a puppy formula tomorrow so she doesnt
    starve and then put some formula in dry puppy food to wean her off of formula
    Well, first of all she should STILL be with her mother and litter mates, 6-8 weeks is the time puppies learn important lessons from their siblings and mother. She also should not need milk replacement if she's 6 weeks. As far as the vomiting, she needs to be at the vet NOW, not tomorrow, puppies can dehydrate VERY rapidly and that dehydration could kill her.
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    Re: 6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    Reading between the lines, the breeder did not give you any of the food she was eating before you took her and did not tell you what she had been on. Right? A change of diet will cause a dog to vomit or cause the squirts.
    If you have changed her instantly from a wet puppy food to dry biscuits, and she has taken on insufficient water you may have a compaction problem - so go to the vet now.
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    Re: 6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    Quote Originally Posted by cubanita7272 View Post
    ive had my minuature pinscher for 8 years and have fed her one pckg of cesars dog food everyday as well as a bowl of dry food for her to eat whenever she pleases and she is at perfect weight and health. i dont read the label of the back of the case but its been fine and keeps my dog healthy so i disagree on your opinion of it. but i do want to do whats best for my new puppy so im willing to go out and buy se formula for the puppy if she needs it. i knoe alot of people who take care of newborn puppies without the mother in the picture so i know its possible, and thats why i posted this thread to get some
    answers on what to feed her and how to take care of her bowel movements,not some opinions on whether or not i should give my puppy back. so thank u for the opinion but id still like some advice on how to pursue her bowel movements
    Not give her back forever -- just until she's old enough to be taken home. Just because something is POSSIBLE doesn't mean it's best. Same as just because a dog has been "fine" eating junk food, doesn't mean that's the best choice either. Personally, I don't want what's POSSIBLE or FINE for my dog, I want what's best for him.

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    Re: 6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    She is brand new to your home. Most dogs take a few days to warm up. and WTF is a cheagle??? This poor pupy should stil be with its littermates and mother.
    Ceasers is junk food, so is puppy chow, and any food you can buy at a local supermarket or walmart. Just because your 8 yea old dog has lived off it doesnt make it healthy. People smoke for 75 years and can still die healthy in their sleep. How is your older dogs teeth? there is a first step to see how crappy the food is.

    Good food costs money. yes it can look expensive. But in reality it isnt much more then the junk they are eating. With a high quality food, a dog eats less, poops less, sheds less, smells less ect

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    Re: 6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    Every dog I have ever owned has come home at 6 weeks old (and Ive had many dogs -rescue,foster and from breeders etc).At 6 weeks old,pups should have been weaned for a couple of weeks and they poop perfectly well on their own by then..she shouldent be needing help unless shes a few weeks under that age.
    Firstly,if shes vomiting her food,Id take her to the vet,because at that age,they need regular food intake to prevent hypoglycemia.If shes not keeping her food down,shes not getting any nutrition and her blood sugar can plummet.If shes acting lethargic,give her a smudge of nutrical (or honey) on the roof of her mouth just to keep her levels up and try to get her to eat.
    At that age,they can deteriorate pretty fast (especially if theyre smaller breeds) so you have to keep your eyes open.I had a puppy die of Corona Virus (symptoms were vomiting) and another die of Parvo (vomiting and diarrea) and both came to me already sick from their previous owners

    Take her to the vet.It could be nothing,but its aways best to be safe rather than sorry Good luck!
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    Re: 6 week old puppy not pooping, how do i help her?

    Contrary to the ^^^ poster, six weeks is too early for dogs to come home. I don't care if she has had no issues, research will tell you it's too early. It's even illegal in my state. I hope you've taken the poor puppy to the vets.

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