Akera V Asked: My 4 week old puppy is without a mama….need advice please?
Ok I asked a question on here last week I want to believe and I would like to make it clear to the person that answered so meanly and called me a "backyard breeder"; you don't know the situation so don't comment on what you don't know. And no I did not breed an abused dog as I only came into possession of her about less than a couple of weeks before she had her puppies. Not knowing she was with pups, we took her in. I thought that she was just finally getting a good meal in her system which was why she was gaining weight. But that as not the case. About 4 weeks ago, I go outside and call her, I hear her whimpering and I come outside and low and behold she had a litter. Now I immediately moved them into a safer place, where they would all be warmed and protected. But sadly I could not save 6 of the puppies. She seemed to be in good health until last week when I started to notice small worms when I would clean the area she and the remaining puppy lived in. I immediately took her and the 3 week old puppy to the nearest vet. The vet looked over both the mom and the puppy and put them both on worm medicine. She then told me that the mom had heart murmur, was anemic and just generally a very sick dog. She gave me some medicine for her and said that it was a possibility that she could pass within the next few weeks but the medicine should help.
Well earlier today, I let her out to let her handle her business as I always do only to notice that instead of going about her usual routine, she stumbled around and went into a nearby bush. I knew immediately that she was dying…and in less than five minutes after I let her out she had passed.
Now I am here with a just turned four week old puppy and I'm wondering if there is anything else that I can do in order to secure her survival. I have went already to our nearest emergency vet office and got some puppy milk for her. And I told the technician that was there, that she was already starting to eat soft foods and the technician told me to just mix some of the puppy milk into the food as she was eating it. I have also been stimulating her to go the bathroom but I've noticed that I rarely have to do that since she(the puppy) seems to be doing it on her own now. I have her in a warm bed by my bed with some small stuffed(clean) animals so that she can cuddle up to something as she is used to cuddling up with her mother. I have even gone as far as to covering her up with a small blanket as she seems to shiver after she eats. I have also noticed dead worms in her poop and I know that this is what is supposed to happen as the vet told me ahead of time.
What I want to know is, is there anything else that I can do to help this puppy survive? I know that most puppies are in what they call the "danger zone" until they are 6-8 weeks old and I want to do all that I can to make sure this puppy lives. I will be calling my vet Monday morning as soon as they open to see if they would like me to bring the puppy in or to see if they can tell me of anything else that I can do. And honestly I'm scared to go to sleep because I am afraid that I won't wake up in time to feed her and I really don't want anything to happen to her. By the way she is a small breed of dog, I know that her mother was a Chihuahua mix and the vet said that she had some Jack Russell Terrier in her as well so it is the vet's guess that she will be a small breed of dog.
I would like advice if there is anything that I can do to help ensure this puppy's survival. Nice advice only please for this is a very serious matter
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