My co workers and I are gonna go rescue some puppies today, well sort of rescue. I found an ad in the paper for 1 month old puppies for $25. So I found some co workers who would take care of them and im gonna go get them today. We figured at least if we go get them, we can take care of them till they are old enough to go to their forever home. (when i called the lady she said she would just give them to me)
Im going to get 3 of them, one for my co worker, one for my close friend, and one I will take home and foster.
Im sure Im gonna have tons of questions.
I thought I would ask some of the important ones first before I go get them.
Since they are only a month old I will most likely be bottle feeding right? If so how much and how often for 1 month olds?and when do i start feeding normal food, wet or dry.
I have a crate to keep the pup in, should i get a heating pad to put in there?
What can i do for the pup to make him feel comfy and safe?
Anything speacial i need to know about taking care of 1 month old babies?
Have a human baby bottle handy and some regular canned milk (works better than most people think when other food is supplemented). See if the pup has teeth and if so, give him soft mushy warm food. Make sure the heat pad only is in 1/2 of the crate, in case the pup gets too warm he can move away. If there is a way to make the pad go up the side of the crate a few inches, it will help to give a place to snuggle. A soft toy to snuggle against will help with the move. Make sure to et those shots art 6 weeks--if the sire and dam did not have shots, the pup may be lacking immunity to disease .even more than normal. Give him a week to adjust and worm him if he is doing well.
go to a feed store and get a premature small animal bottle they are small enough for the pup and cost $1.20 then go get some fresh eggs seperate the yolk use yolk only then 1 cup of water and 60 ml. of condenced milk mix well try to feed about every hour you can warm the milk a little do not feed him on his back he will asperate (get milk in his lungs) feed him with him laying on his belly just like he would with his mom as far as wet or dry thats up to you i prefer dry becouse it keeps their teeth strong and you can start the pup on that when he is about 8-9 weeks old a heating pad is great pup cant hold body temp well
and thank you for being such a great person and doing this that is so great!
I have papillons, a tiny toy breed, and the bottles they sell for puppies and kittens do not work for even newborn paps. Seeing that these are almost a month old, and I am guessing not a toy breed, a human bottle will fit in the mohth bettter and there will be less problems with sucking air.
I will use a heating pad for a long time if the pup is small and alone. You will know when he is warm enough on his own, he will sleep away from the pad. Use it on low, while it may not seem warm enough to your hand, it can be too much for his entire body to handle if set higher. A soft toy alos absorbs heat from the pad and that helps with the "snuggle factor"
At a month old they should have enough teeth to hopefully forego the bottles. Evap milk in cans is great diluted and the eggs won't hurt at all. teach them to lap it up, and in a few days you can put puppy chow in a blender and make a mush for them to lap up. The puppy chow works better for the blender if you put it in the blender dry and make a fine pwoder to add to your milk/egg mix. a teaspoon of white corn syrup will entice them to eat it as puppies have a sweet tooth,pardon the pun. Good luck and God Bless you for taking these babies at your expense. May they all find good homes in about 4 weeks.
Thanks for all the advice!! When I got to the womens house all the pups were outside in a dog house, they were also loose and not protected from prediators. It was also freezing, there was snow on the mountains.
So anyway I grabbed 3, 2 males and one female. They are all from the same litter but look completly differnt. One of the boys looks like a black golden doodle. The other male looks like a pitbull, and the female is brindle and doesnt look like the others execpt for her shape, if that makes sense.
Well my co workers took two of them and I got one. I have a crate set up for him for when i cant supervise him and for at night. So far he just cries in there, but I refuse to get up or look his direction till he stops. He actually just stopped now, oh never mind i spoke to soon...lol.
Anyways i have a question about where i put his crate during the day when we are in the living room watching tv. Do I put the crate in the same room or differnt room? If its the same room should I cover the top with a blanket so he cant see? Or leave it open so he can see out?I was thinking if i put him in another room it would be quite and maybe he would fall asleep, but would he be even more scared being alone in a room?
Does the ignoring them in the crate trick even work at such a young age?
At only a month old, I would put his crate in the livingroom so he can adjust to house noises. Since he is so young, he will need more time with you, so I would attend to him when he cries. Many times when a young pup wimpers, the dam comes over and cleans him--and he potties.