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Hello, I happen to rescue a puppy from the woods behind my house today and the mother has been dead i guess for 3 days so did the pups who were born with the one i rescued. Im sure the mom was poisoned by the watchmen in our colony. BTW i forgot to mention i am from india well, the pup seemed very weak and it is not able to walk properly basically it walks looks very stiff. I fed her regular dairy milk boiled and cooled down to room temperature she drank but she vomited the whole thing and it looked curdled later it drank water and some more milk and it vomited again. she looks very dehydrated but the nose is still moist this must be the first time she is drinking dairy milk Please let me know what i can do. - Nikhil Bharadwaj

First you need to stop feeding this puppy milk. They cannot drink cows milk. You didn't mention how big the puppy is, or if the eyes are open etc. It might be too young to walk for one thing.

Feed the puppy some cooled cooked ground turkey or beef mixed with a little boiled rice, and a little corn syrup or sugar in it. The sugar will help with her blood sugar being low.

Once it gets some strength and seems like it's going to make then get her on some puppy food asap so she can have a balanced diet. Home cooked food is not good for them in the long run because it's hard to make them a balanced diet.

The pup really should see a veterinarian especially if the mom was poisoned and the pups were nursing from her. Puppies are born with worms as well so she will need to be wormed, and vaccinated by the vet and put on heartworm prevention.

Please get her to a vet as soon as you. If she pulls through you will have a friend for life.  

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