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    Default I Rescued a 4 Week Old Puppy

    I hope its ok to post in here, even though this puppy is not a Cavalier. First off, I know how horrible it is for puppies this young to be away from their mother and litter mates as there is so much they learn from each other. I know first hand, I was an obedience trainer for 4 years and met older puppies taken away from litters too young with severe socialization and bite inhibition issues.

    I will share my story of how this puppy was acquired and why later... it will be a long post. If I could start off with all the tips and tricks needed for taking care of a 4 week old, it would be much appreciated. I have been feeding him puppy canned food with puppy formula mixed in and water and he eats it up great. Seems to want to eat about 5x a day. He is pooping and eating ok, not dehydrated as his skin flops down quickly after I pinch it up.

    Vet visit is planned on monday, he will only need worming medicine I am assuming. Otherwise he is healthy looking to me, energetic, curious, cries LOUD when he is hungry, clear eyes and nose, and clean ears. My next door neighbor is a vet tech and she even said his tummy doesn't look wormy-bloated like, but we should still worm him anyways just in case. I am pretty amazed how a pup living outside could have ended up so healthy?

    Is it safe for Coco to be around him? She is vaccinated, and I am planning on getting her worming medication too on Monday. For now I let them sniff but they are not sharing food or water, and I am keeping his potty messes on pee pads and cleaning up regularly. Hope I am doing everything ok so far. I worry about taking him into a shelter this young as I am guessing he needs round the clock care, and I have the next few days off.

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    Four weeks is old enough to be weaned onto puppy food....but he does need some good dog interaction. Assuming you are not worried about parvo, the two can interact. Typically a rescue puppy should be quarantined for a week to not spread any unseen disease. Parvo being the most deadly. If cocoa is fully vaccinated she should not be in danger of any disease.

    It has been a while since I had that young of a pup (a rescue as well) so I hope some more experience people will respond. Good luck!

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    It would be a good idea to talk to an experienced rescue about a dog this young especially if you are not planning on keeping the pup -- that is only just beyond what would be considered constant care/hand feeding, and they can go under very easily at such a young age and yes, they can get parvo/distemper very easily if exposed to the outside -- even from Coco who may for example have walked on live virus on walks or any park (it can live for months in grass/pavement and she can track it in from outside). Most rescues will quarantine puppies this young for their own safety or ideally place with an existing litter. They do not need round the clock care but wouldn't leave such a young pup alone for more than a couple of hours, and you have to be very careful about their exposure to absolutely everything; they are to young to be vaccinated and maternal antibodies may no longer give protection. A pup like this would benefit going to a rescue that might have a similarly aged litter with a mum who could help socialise it properly and keep it around 'siblings'. If isolated, they do tend to end up with sociliasation problems long term. If you are going to keep it then the vet should be able to give advice on quarantine/exposure and what is OK for Coco in terms of interaction.
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    Thanks everyone he is going to the vet at 4pm today. So far he still seems very healthy.

    How did I get this puppy?

    Driving home from work a few days ago there was a lady crossing the street. In one arm she had a heavy looking basket full of puppies, in the other arm she had the mamma dog on a leash. She was also wearing a backpack. I unrolled my window and asked her if everything was ok, and she told me she was homeless and was running out of options for taking care of all these dogs. So I told her to meet me in a nearby parking lot. After getting to look at her and the mom more closely, they looked dirty and underfed. The mom was very malnourished. The homeless lady then let all the puppies out of the basket and wander around the parking lot - which shocked me. I don't know how they all managed to have made it to even 4 weeks old especially if the lady had been letting them wander around anywhere outside like this.

    I made a quick and spontaneous decision to do something and help so I took the runt puppy. The homeless lady didn't ask me any questions or for any money at all. She just threw him over to me.. I wanted to take the entire litter, then I started to think about how on earth I would be able to keep 7 puppies overnight and continue care for them....which is why I ended up taking one. The next day after talking to others, I decided to not take him to a shelter, which WAS my original plan. I was worried he wouldn't get the care he needed and I had a 4 day weekend in front of me, so I kept him.

    Now I have about 7 different people that want to keep him. Everyone in my family has volunteered to help watch, feed, clean, and play with the puppy. I found a puppy socialization class that runs every Sunday and they said that this pup could join at 6 weeks after his first round of shots. As of now it is looking like this dog is very loved and will likely end up in a home within my family or a very close friend.

    I still feel horribly guilty every day about not taking all the puppies. For all I know, they ended up in a dumpster or left on the side of a road... I hate thinking about it.
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    I was told the mom is a pitbull/boxer mix and the dad a cocker spaniel toy poodle mix. He looks like a golden retriever puppy to me!








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    Bless you for wanting to help, so many other people look the other way! He's really cute, the poor baby. Try not to worry about what happened to the others, you have this one, so do what you can to get him healthy happy and socialized and with the many adoptions offers- he'll be fine. The advice you recieved from sunshinekisses and Karlin is very sound, hopefully you will get what this little fella needs and your efforts won't be in vain. Good Luck and please keep us posted.
    Desrae, guardian of two tri-coloured cavaliers, Belle 3 years old and Bobby 1 year/8 months.

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    I don't have any suggestions, but I was just going to comment on how big he is for 4 weeks. If you look at that picture of him in the bed and Coco next to the bed.....too funny.But I do agree with Karlin, my biggest concern would be parvovirus and that it could br brought in by Coco?Wishing you the best with him.
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    Sweet boy.....so glad his guardian angel found him
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    I think it's very kind of you to have rescued him, but I would be very concerned with what he was bringing in to my home, given the situation he was in. I am glad you are getting him to the vet. I know it's too late now, but in the future, I would isolate a stray pup like this from my own pets. When I did Rescue, we were very careful about putting our own pets at risk. Sorry to put a damper on things... as I said, it was a very kind thing for you to do and it would have been hard for me to look the other way, too, but our own pets' safety needs to come first. Maybe I am just a big worry-wary, though!! Please keep us posted on how the pup does.
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    We are contemplating naming the puppy Pilot, as we dubbed his breed mix as a Cockpit!

    Vets said he is great, a large puppy for his age, nice and fat, warm, worm free, but he does have a grade 1-2 heart murmur.

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