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Vet Minute: Umbilical Cord Care for Newborn Puppies

Do I have to clean puppy umbilical cord? In this Vet Minute, Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Marty Greer, talks about how to care for an umbilical cord on a newborn puppy and why it’s important.

Umbilical Cord Care for Newborn Puppies

Do Puppies Umbilical Cords Get Infected?

Why is belly button care so important for puppies and kittens? Puppies and kittens are born with a wet umbilical cord which is vulnerable to bacterial infections. It’s easy for bacteria to ascend up the umbilical cord into the abdomen of a puppy or kitten and cause them to pass away unfortunately very suddenly. So instead of having to wait for problems, we want to use Breeder’s Edge Clean Cut Iodine to preemptively treat all of our umbilical cords to help dry it and keep bacterial assent from being a problem.

If you have more questions on what to put on a puppy’s umbilical cord, call a Revival Pet Care Pro at 800.786.4751.

Written by: Marty Greer, DVM

Director of Veterinary Services

Marty Greer, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, has 40+ years’ experience in veterinary medicine, with special interests in canine reproduction and pediatrics. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1981. She’s served as Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services since 2019. In 2023, Dr. Greer was named the Westminster Kennel Club Veterinarian of the Year.

If you need help, call us at 800.786.4751.