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So I'm wondering if anyone has any experience or suggestions as to what could be wrong.
Our 4-week old runt of the litter who weighs 2 lbs, sam, is bottle-fed, has proper puppy formula, and has been healthy and happy since day 1, about 25 minutes ago he ate a bottle, and it seems as if the hole in the nipple might have gotten bigger since the last feeding and he ate his bottled extremely quick before i could really realize that it was going down that quickly. He wasn't struggling with it, no trouble breathing and there was nothing coming out of his nose or pouring out of his mouth, only the little milk bubbles on the sides of his mouth that there usually are, i burped him after his feeding and he burped just fine. Then all of a sudden he started crying, his belly was very bloated, like extremely bloated and he was super lethargic like barely able to stand up and or keep awake. So now we've been sitting here watching him breathe etc, we don't know why or what to do, and we live in a place where it's about 45-minute drive to the nearest emergency vet clinic before 9am, so that isn't an option.
Does anyone have any ideas as to what it could be and how to treat it or at least keep our baby alive till the vet opens in the morning??
Thanks in advance!!
 

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Have you called the emergency vet? They may be able to advise you over the phone, or at least give you an idea of how urgent this is. A 45 minute drive might well be your best option. It's against forum rules to give medical advice for animals who have not already been seen and diagnosed/treated by a vet.
 

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Have you called the emergency vet? They may be able to advise you over the phone, or at least give you an idea of how urgent this is. A 45 minute drive might well be your best option. It's against forum rules to give medical advice for animals who have not already been seen and diagnosed/treated by a vet.
i also dont have an operational vehicle and even if i did there's the other potential risk of the temperature outside as its bitterly cold outside right now with temperatures of negative 28 Celcius where we are, which at this age in its self is most likely going to cause issues.
As i understand the rule about not giving medical advice i guess im more or less asking if anyone else has experienced this ever before and what the result was when it happened to them...
either way im grasping at straws to figure this out, at least until the morning when the local vet opens...
 

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In adult dogs, bloat happens extremely quickly and is very dangerous. I do not know enough to say whether that's comparable to what your puppy is going through, which is why I suggest calling the emergency vet to see if they can offer you home care advice or at least advise you as to whether this is an emergency that needs to be seen ASAP. Are there ride-share or taxi services in your area? If you're going straight from the house to a heated vehicle for the ride, that might be your best bet if the e-vet tells you that you need to come in.
 

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So because of our location; our vet offers e-vet virtual visits via google meet. So what i did was i got onto a virtual appointment with our vet and she was able to see how the puppy was doing and i was able to send a video of how he was acting earlier when i had posted this. Turns out he was just a wee bit gasy, overate a bit, we rubbed his belly, burped him a bit more he went pee and poop and was feeling a bit better, he was great by the end of the day though. And was quickly back to normal. he's his cute playful self again. Also, our vet advised us to start him (and the rest of the babies) on soft food, so we did that a couple of days ago and since then they all seem to be more full and content, less restless, and hungry.
Thanks for everyone's help, I'll be posting a lot more puppy questions coming up, hope it's not too many haha, i love to learn from other dog owners' actual experiences!! hands-on my favorite way!!!
 

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So glad to hear he's okay! I'm glad it wasn't an emergency and easily managed at home. Virtual consults are an awesome tool and it's very cool your vet offers them.
 

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Glad he's ok.

Talk to your vet about round worms and worming. Common issue in puppies and sometimes behind bloating/gassy puppies.
 

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Thanks for everyone's help, I'll be posting a lot more puppy questions coming up, hope it's not too many haha, i love to learn from other dog owners' actual experiences!! hands-on my favorite way!!!
It is never too many questions. that is what the forum is all about.
Really glad it was not an emergency and that your pup is better!
 
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