Well it's been awhile since I have been on but life got really busy once these little critters started running around!! Man these 5:30am mornings are killing me!! Anyways my question is we have been weaning the puppies since they were 4 weeks old, only because of their mothers condition and they did well on the puppy food but we let her in to nurse 2 times a day then one and this week since Friday none just to dry her up .It has been a nightmare they just have to smell her and they go nuts she didn't seem to mind but then today i couldn't stand it anymore and put her into the room with them with a t- shirt on to cover her nipples and the first thing she did was regugitated her food for them (yuck!!!!) is this common and if so how long will this last for ? The t shirt is working great and the puppies are playing with her but this is what she does everytime she gets around them. The puppies go next week for their needles and most are going to their new homes on that weekend. It will be very quiet around here.But they are all doing so well Thanks for any help, Lisa
REgurgitating food for them is perfectly normal. All canines do this for their young, it is the way they get started on solid food in the wild. I've been wondering how you are doing! Just think, in a year you can do this alllll over again.. haha.. just kidding ;)
hahaha is right!!! lol I will definatley not be doing this again anytime soon that's for sure!! I will leave it up to the professionals who know what they are doing. I feel like I was the one that had the babies with all these crazy hours. Will this regurgitating thing go on for very long? and also one other thing how long will it take for her milk to dry up so I can take her t-shirt off?
Lily is doing great!! She had air in her colon from eating to fast and no calcium in her system (eclampsia) I think I spelled it right .Anyways it is common in nursing moms around 2 to 3 weeks but they figured Lily had none when she delivered. It was all due to the raw diet (my own fault) where she isn't a bone eater she wasn't getting the calcium she needed and they drained her supply she did have. So lesson learned. now they are both back on the dog food (from the vet) and doing great but we almost lost her that night it was scary! And the stupid thing about it all is she will go out and chew on a bone in the yard now! and she loves them! Worse then kids I tell ya! Can't figure them out at all. Vet said that there should be no reason that I couldn't breed her again as she is a healthy young dog that had a great first litter but after this I will definatly have to think about it!! Lisa
i am not sure if i understood correctly but it seemed to me by your post that you do not keep lily in with the pups. lily really should be in with the pups for the pups learning . there are lots of things that lily needs to be teaching them she doesn't need to be in there 24/7 anymore but she does still need alot of contact with them.