What to do if my newborn puppy won’t poop?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

If your newborn puppy is having trouble pooping, it can be a cause for concern. Constipation in puppies can be uncomfortable and potentially dangerous if not addressed promptly. Here are some steps you can take to help stimulate stool passage and relieve constipation in a newborn puppy:

1. Warm Wet Cotton Ball: Gently rubbing the rectal area with a warm wet cotton ball can help stimulate the puppy’s bowel movement. Be sure to use lukewarm water to avoid any discomfort or injury. The gentle massage can promote muscle contractions and aid in the passage of stool.

2. Oral Karo Syrup: Giving a few drops of Karo syrup orally can help soften the stool and make it easier for the puppy to pass. Karo syrup is a natural laxative that can be effective in relieving constipation in puppies. However, it is important to use it in moderation and under veterinary guidance to ensure the correct dosage.

3. Pediatric Simethicone Drops: If you notice excess gas or bloating in the puppy, pediatric simethicone drops can be used under veterinary direction. These drops help to break down gas bubbles in the digestive system, providing relief from discomfort and potentially aiding in the passage of stool.

4. Hydration: Ensure that the puppy is well-hydrated as dehydration can worsen constipation. Offer small amounts of water frequently, and if the puppy is not drinking voluntarily, you may need to use a syringe or dropper to provide water orally. Keeping the puppy hydrated can soften the stool and promote regular bowel movements.

5. Dietary Adjustments: If your puppy is on solid food, you may need to make dietary adjustments to alleviate constipation. Adding fiber-rich foods such as pumpkin puree or canned plain pumpkin to their diet can help soften the stool and promote regular bowel movements. It is important to introduce dietary changes gradually and consult with a veterinarian for appropriate recommendations.

6. Veterinary Consultation: If your newborn puppy continues to have difficulty passing stool or if the constipation persists despite your efforts, it is crucial to seek veterinary advice. A veterinarian can conduct a thorough examination, provide appropriate treatment, and rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be causing the constipation.

Remember, constipation in newborn puppies should not be taken lightly, and prompt action is necessary to ensure their well-being. It is always best to consult with a veterinarian for proper guidance and treatment options tailored to your puppy’s specific needs.