|Barked: Tue Jan 1, '13 8:59am PST |
|Even 8 weeks is too young for this dog. This dog should NOT have been removed from its litter until closer to 10 or 12 weeeks. Most toy breeds aren't even weened by 8 weeks, and CERTAINLY not by 5, which is literally half the age this dog should have been before being removed.
Ideally you send the dog back and let its mother care for it the way it should have been.
If not, get rid of ALL hard food, no kibble is apropriate for this puppy at this stage in its life.
What you need to do is get some high calorie wet food and preferably some milk replacer (raw goats milk is best), and feed this dog as often as it will eat. This poor dog isn't even WEANED yet... its needs CONSTANT CARE. As mentioned, hypoglycemia is a HUGE risk with a dog this small and this young, and it NEEDS to be taking in enough food to prevent the sugar drop. You're going to have to watch this thing like hawk until about 10 weeks, at which point the chace of complications will go down.
Get in touch with a vet if you haven't already and get any and all advise you can from them. This is not a particularly good situation.
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