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Old 11-12-2013, 11:00 PM
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help! i have a newborn puppy and need advice

Hello! I have a 4 day old puppy that lost its mom. she is doing great eating, pooping but it seems that she doesn't get full after I feed her. I feed her 1 ml per every oz of weight. she weighs almost 7 oz so I feed her 7ml every 3 hrs. should I be feeding her more? she is a mix of Chihuahua and miniature Doberman pincher. I imagine that she will grow up to be a small dog. I would appreciate any advice I have no expierence on newborn puppies.
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Did the mother pass away or did something else happen?

You should check out this website. I have never bottle fed a puppy solely, but my puppy was on supplemental formula when she was still with the litter and the mother was an underweight stray and a mother of 9. She took the bottle very well from about 3 Weeks on.

Start off with a syringe with a puppy that small, they may not take a bottle too well at first (especially a baby bottle, that is probably too big).

Get veterinary care asap, if you haven't already. A puppy that tiny is susceptible to all sorts of infections.

You need top be wiping the tummy and genitals with a warm cloth after feeding to stimulate digestion and to stimulate them to go to the bathroom.

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ETA, I don't know offhand how often you need to feed them (maybe another member can help- paging Tess!), but this with be an around the clock job for the next few Weeks, don't expect to be getting much sleep!

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You could take a visit down to the vet too. I bet they would be more than willing to help you They can show you how to bottle feed, how to know how much, and let you know whether you're doing it right or not You will probably need to bring her in every week for a weigh in to make sure she's gaining. Or if you have an ordinary kitchen scale, you can do weekly weigh ins yourself and call the vet with an update. I have a digital kitchen scale that I use for my snakes and it would be perfect for a small breed puppy!
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