How to Care for a Newborn Orphan Puppy



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Rearing of a newborn orphan puppy undoubtedly requires a lot of planned care and can be quite daunting sometimes, but all worth it in the end. Usually, caring for newborn orphan puppies involve taking care of their sanitation, disease prevention, diet and nurturing.

In this article we will run through each of these aspects in detail. Hopefully, it will assist you in taking better care of your orphaned newborn puppy.
Stimulating a newborn orphan puppy

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The job of stimulating a newborn orphan puppy to urinate or defecate is generally done by a mother; however, in the case of an orphaned puppy, it is the duty of its owner to manually stimulate the puppy for it to urinate and defecate. Now you would be wondering how that should be done. Luckily, it’s not difficult. All you need is a cotton ball moistened with warm water, gently rubbing the anal and genital area of the puppy. Your puppy will immediately either urinate or defecate.

Just make sure that the urine is pale yellow in color or it’s clear.

Prevention of diseases in orphaned puppies

Unfortunately most of the orphaned puppies are at a higher risk of developing diseases that are painful if left untreated. It is very disheartening to see your puppy in pain and not able to communicate. Your job, as a puppy owner, is to understand the discomfort and silence of their pain.

Some of the critical problems include dehydration, hypothermia (low body temperature) and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). In addition to that, you must also look out for canine arthritis that can ruin your puppy’s normal life.

If your puppy is having trouble walking and shows discomfort in carrying out physical activities then your pet is perhaps suffering from canine arthritis. This condition requires immediate and best natural joint pain relief for your pet. In order to eradicate these joint pain in your pets, look for Pet Bounce that is known for treating arthritis in dogs. Many dog owners consider Pet Bounce as the best joint pain relief for dogs. (Link listed below in author’s bio)

Feeding the newborn puppy

Newborn puppies require correct amounts of milk every 2 to 3 hours. Always use a milk bottle that contains a nipple and puppy milk replacement formula, and make sure that the hole in the nipple is right size. The milk also needs to be sterilized before refilling the bottle.

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Usually the newborn puppy will get all essential nutrients from feeding milk; however, after three weeks, the puppies are ready for semi solid foods. Look for puppy formula for their solid food. The rule of thumb is to feed them every 2 to 3 hours.

Nurturing the newborn orphan puppy

Remember your motherless newborn puppy is still a baby and needs to be handled with care. So, don’t overwhelm the little fellow by introducing many stimulants all at the same time.

Having said that, it is also of paramount importance to nurture your pet and snuggle with them regularly. You must let your puppy socialize and feel involved in the family. It is important for the puppy to feel safe in a given environment.

Make sure that the newborn orphan puppy is nurtured and taken care of immensely.

Quick Thoughts!

Credit: Nancy Houser

  • The first puppy vaccination should be given at the age of 8 weeks. The first shot of immunization is ideally given at that age and the final shot is given when the puppy is 16 weeks old.
  • Routinely treat a puppy for worms from four weeks of age every two weeks.
  • Be on a regular lookout for health deterioration in the first initial weeks in a puppy’s life.

Like many of us, if you too have decided to voluntarily do the caring, feeding and sheltering of a newborn orphan puppy then, it is imperative for you to get it right the first time.

Author Bio

Roy Williams lives with three dogs and two cats in his small but beautiful house. When his pets are playing around, he reads and writes about pet fashion, health and everything that is happening in their world. Roy writes for Pet Bounce, as it is the best joint pain relief for dogs.


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