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Question by sweetiepotpie
Submitted on 12/21/2003
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i have a 4 and a half week old Chihuahua that some woman gave to me and sold the mother I got him on some recommended puppy formula and he is taking it but he has not had a bowel in two days what do i do

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 12/22/2003
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Take puppy to the vet NOW!!!!!!!!!!

A puppy that young should not be separated from its mother, it needs expert care if it is going to survive and thrive.

Puppies have to be taught to pee and poop, the mother dog does this by licking them on their bottoms.  Orphaned puppies will have to have something similar done, it's called 'pooping the puppies'.  I'm serious, that's what it's called.

You may have to turn the puppy over to the local shelter or ASPCA if what the vet recommends is more than you can handle.  Tell them that you want to adopt the puppy and that you want the best care for it.  Then, tell them who that woman was, because she should be prosecuted for Animal Cruelty.

If you do keep or regain the puppy, buy the book Chihuahuas for Dummies, which is the best book I know on the care and maintenance of these adorable furry little creatures.


Answer by True
Submitted on 1/18/2004
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Your puppy is fine about the age except that hes not eating, thats a bad sign .............VET


Answer by mariano
Submitted on 2/14/2004
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i will take one


Answer by mariano
Submitted on 2/14/2004
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I will take one


Answer by chimama
Submitted on 3/17/2004
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I disagree vigorously with True, 4 1/2 WEEKS is NOT old enough to be separated from the mother.  If that were the case, the ASPCA and other animal care facilities would not keep supplies of dog milk and other supplements on hand for unweaned pups.  

It is recommended that a pup be at least eight weeks old before leaving the mother.  This allows the pup to be naturally weaned by the mother and be eating solid food, as well as having benefited from being taught how to behave as a dog.


Answer by new proud owner
Submitted on 5/20/2004
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I agree Chimama!


Answer by dancelite
Submitted on 7/8/2005
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I have a 4 week old pup to. I didn't do my homework when I got him and just believed my breeder was telling me the truth that he was 4 months old well of course he ended up at the vet overnight and came home 100% better. Today, again he is not reacting like he normally does. I am very sad cause I have already grown to be very fond of this little guy the vet did give me some tips about keeping him in his cage with a heated pad to keep his temp up because he is so young.  I think when I got him home he was so excited and happy to be alive that we over did it with him and now is back in the same boat...help he is urinating and I he pooped twice yesterday he is on a special diet but now is acting funny again...he is sleeping snuggly and i don't want to jump the gun but i want him to survive this is very sad.  I am very upset with the breeder and it was an older couple as well.  I don't understand how this could happen to such a small and helpless little guy.


Answer by Kyos lover
Submitted on 9/20/2005
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You moron why the heck dident you read up on this take him her to a vet now! Its stomach could exploded! MORON! do not take a animel unless you know you can and know about them!,Im 15 and even I know that a puppy should be at least six weeks and some so days old for the lowest to sepreat it!


Answer by Jill
Submitted on 1/20/2006
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Hi, my husband and I foster orphaned puppies and have successfully raised them from as young as 1 day old.  They were our very first batch and we are not professionals.  What I did do was scour the Internet for legitimate information on caring for orphaned pups.  

Although the puppy in question should have stayed with it's momma until at least 8 weeks, it sounds like that is not an option.  Also, the chance of finding a shelter for the baby is slim as most do not deal with puppies that young, and the ASPCA only stands up for the rights of animals, it does not take them in.

Formula was a good idea, but your puppy is actually old enough for solid food.  Eukanuba makes excellent puppy food and even has canned specifically for small breed puppies.

Take an ounce of dry, add enough bottled water to almost cover the bits, then stick it in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.  Then mix that with an ounce of canned and place in a shallow dish.  

You might have to put a little on your finger, feed it to her, then have her follow your finger to the dish.  She or he will pick up on it fairly quickly.

Hope this has helped.



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