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Q. I got two puppies for Christmas a male and female for my kids the male all of a sudden is barely eating drinking and not very active??

A. If the age posted is correct, 6 weeks is too young to remove a pup from the mother. Eight weeks is better, 12 weeks is optimal for the health and socialization of the puppy. NutriCal is a calorie dense paste that can be used for quick energy or to supplement feeding. Most pet stores carry it. If you can't find it, Karo syrup or even maple syrup will work. Rub a small amount on the gums to give a boost to your pup. Once he is more active, offer a quality canned puppy food. Mix in warm water to make it easy for him to eat. If he is alert, try bottle feeding. Esbilac is a puppy milk replacer also sold in pet stores. If he is not alert, do not attempt to bottle feed and seek veterinary attention immediately.

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ANGEL ALVARADO

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A. There could be many things going on, but clearly a puppy of this age should be very active and playful between bouts of frequent, short naps. Depending on where you got him and the vaccination and deworming done by the breeder or organization he could have an infectious disease, like parvovirus, respiratory disease or parasites. It's important to first separate him immediately from the female so that she has less chance of contracting what he's got (although it may be too late). I'd urge you to get him in to the vet ASAP to figure out what's going on and treat him appropriately. Puppies at this age are at great risk to go downhill quickly when they're not eating and drinking.

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DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

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