Helping Newborn Puppies Use the Bathroom

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Before a newborn puppy will eat or be comfortable it needs help using the bathroom. Learn how to help a puppy pee and poop with tips from a veterinary technician in this free puppy care video.

Part of the Video Series: How to Care for Newborn Puppies
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So there's two things we want to make sure we first do any time we get in a puppy like this. This one actually we were told was dropped off here without its mother. She does not have a other so we're going to have to take care of it just like its mother would. Two things we first need to do is; 1) we need to make sure that the puppies go to the bathroom. Puppies do not go to the bathroom without assistance from their mother so what you'll do is you will take a wet rag, a nice clean wet rag and use some nice warm water, I have some nice warm water here and just like a mother would lick a puppy to get it to go to the restroom we would do the same thing with this puppy and so we're going to stimulate the puppy to urinate and I don't know if you can see that but she is peeing and then we are going to also stimulate her to see if she can go poo as well so we're going to do both and she is going to be very uncomfortable if you don't do this first. They won't want to eat, they won't want to do anything until they have gone to the bathroom so as you can see she kind of feels like oh that feels good. If you want to rub the tummy as well and that helps the digestion and this is exactly what the mother pup would do. The mother would be licking the baby's stomach and all the way around this area to get her to go to the bathroom.

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