FUR BALLS IN PUPPIES.
This is generally something which occurs in the long haired breeds. Dams should have their coats clipped back short prior to whelping. During nursing, puppies can ingest a certain amount of fur, especially from long haired dams whom have begun to shed coat.
Many puppies have been lost due to ingesting the fur and being unable to pass it through the intestines. The fur becomes a firm, ball of matted fur, and can block the intestines or even stomach and puppies will perish and die.
If a puppy suddenly stops nursing and is looking lethargic, suspect a fur ball is the cause. You can try giving orally what is given to cats to remove fur balls and hope that works.
I have had puppies vomit fur balls which could have killed them if this did not occur. It is a real risk to young puppies, so please clip back your long hair breeding bitches.
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