OKay Dixie had her pups 10 days ago and she still has a brownish red discharge I was wondering if this in normal?? I took her to the vet last Monday and he said everything looked good. But I am worried about her still have discharge. Also when the puppies go potty it is really loose stool (lol I didnt know what to say without it being to sick) anyways there is also a lot when they go. Is this normal?? If anyone could let me know that would be great.
P.S Dixie also had loose stool for about 2 days but she dont seem to have that anymore today.. She also dont seem to be putting any weight on she is eating and drinking but it is not showing
***Edited By: Kmarie122084 on 8/29/2005 2:30:59 PM*** Reason: ~8)
also, be aware that it can be very very hard to keep weight on nursing dogs. Some of them will eat 4x the normal amount and they will still be able to see their ribs, especially as the pups really start eating a ton at around 3-4 weeks. Keep food available for her at all times, make sure it is a good quality dog chow for lactating dogs. Often puppy food works best because it's high in protein
I agree...My momma shepherd is eating 6 -20 oz scoops mixed with 4 cans of dog food and she cleans the pan every meal...I give her half that amount twice a day...And the bucket of dry is always available...she should be a walrus...but the pups are zapping it out of her...Now that we are begining to feed the pups it might help mom snap back ...but she is doing good...
All normal (I agree). The discharge may stick around for up to 6-8 weeks after delivery. If it's still there at 8 weeks out and isn't super dark in color then take her in to the vet and have them run a culture on it. I have one sheltie Mom that gets a vaginal infection after every litter and has to go on antibiotics. We just know this about her so it isn't a big deal. We take her in when the puppies go in for their 8 week check up and just run a culture to see how it looks.
The loose stools in the puppies is either due to the fact that Dixie has very rich milk (and it could just be from the colostrum in the beginning) OR they are overeating a little. You can check for dehydration by pinching (gently) the skin at the back of their neck. If it doesn't spring back to normal right away (if it just stays in the pinched position) they are dehydrated.
Dixie's loose stool was most likely from eating the after births that come with each puppy. They are FULL of nutrients and for dogs in the wild they act as a food supply to sustain them until they can hunt and leave the litter for a short while. Some Mom's have richer after births than others. We generally only let our Mom's eat the first 2 after births and then every other one after that. Especially Daizy, as she gets really nasty loose stools if she gets too many after births.
Someone else mentioned feeding - I second what they said. She almost can't get too much food. I have a sheltie Mom that will almost quadruple what she eats normally when she is nursing (she has big litters so we understand :). Keep dry food available at all times, and give her some cooked eggs (raw ones don't work as well as there is something in the white that cancels out the protein in the yolk) and cottage cheese as supplements a couple of times a day (high in protein). I also hope you're feeding her a high quality food. Foods like Ol'Roy and Puppy Chow will leave her looking undernourished because she'll have to eat massive amounts of them to make any head way nutrition wise.