After a question about an orphaned puppy (Can I allow my puppy near my breast?) I like to get an answer about the general (extra) care an orphaned puppy needs.

What special care did an orphaned puppy need?

What is different to the "normal" care for a "normal" separated puppy?


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Puppies cannot eliminate (urinate or defecate) on their own until about 3 weeks of age. They rely on their mother to stimulate their reflex to initiate elimination. Orphaned puppies, on the other hand, rely on their caretakers to stimulate them to eliminate." Puppy being unable to defecate could be life-threatening - if you can see a veterinarian, do so as a matter of urgency.

Reference: https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/feeding-orphaned-puppies

This is also good reference: https://resources.bestfriends.org/article/caring-orphaned-newborn-puppies-basic-care-feeding-and-disease-prevention

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