i was wondering if someone in here may have the answer i am looking for. my pups are now 3 weeks but i cant feel any teeth coming in. the mom is getting more and more anoyed feeding the bunch so that i actually have to force her to stay with the pups. now i have been reading alot about weaning and that you can start as soon as 3 weeks of age but without teeth?now i do have all the ffod that i need puppie dry food and cans .so when and how should i begin?
I end up weaning my Golden Retriever puppies at 4 weeks. The moms do not want to feed them any more at that point and will not even lay down for them to nurse. They do have a full set of teeth by then though.
***Edited By: telsmith1 on 12/22/2006 7:35:57 PM*** Reason: sp
I have had to wean them off a little sooner. Depending on the mom and the puppies. If you have really aggressive nursers and a sensitive mom, the mother can get kind of testy. When you MAKE mom go in with the pups I always feel bad. They look at you like you are sending them to be eaten alive.
bbkoo u need to read the article better with no word didi i ever said i was ANNOYED. its the mom if you dont know the whole story here it is .the mother dog was found in a graveyard with 2 pups born and was brought to a shelter which i work wityh as a volenteer.i was nice enough to take her in and give the 10 pups a change to survive. i have lost pups and believe me it is an all day job , while i have a full time job working and i do not complain,all i asked in forom is for some hints and tips on make it a bit easier on the mom since she seems not to wanting to nurse much longer. but feel relieved we started last night to feed some small amounts of puppie pedigree. so please dont make false asumptions.. thanks all for the replies
Go to your local feed store that sells livestock feed. At this age you can give them a certian brand of goat milk replacer it is very cheap, like 5 POUNDS of dry milk for under $20.
If you mix it in with what ever food you give them they will eat it better. And, it has the nutrients of a milk replacer. You can wet down the dry with this replacer and water until it softens. It is what I some times start mine on.
You are a very kind person to be helping out this poor girl and her babies. Good luck!
It could be that since she was a stray dog, she didn't have the best nutrition while carrying those puppies and maybe she just doesn't have enough milk to support them.
They should be starting to get interested in softened Puppy Food in the next week or so. I would say to work with them, getting them onto the softened dry kibble as soon as they show interest.
Also, be sure you are feeding the mom a good diet that will help her produce milk.
I believe you said she is a mix of Golden Retriever and German Shephard, as near as you can tell. Depending upon the father (fathers) of these puppies, they are most likely pretty good sized already. How many puppies did you end up with? I know you had posted about losing a puppy a time or two earlier.
Thank you for taking in this dog and helping her raise her family. Do you have any updated pictures to share?
well i have some good news the teeth are starting to show and yes i have already gave the pups some puppy pedigree can food and they munching away.as far as the goatmilk they wont touch it and the mommy still goes in and nurse them for awhile.i have 6 left out of 10 and they are doing great. bassetlover and anyone else please add me as dougsssweety2001 to your yahoo messengers so i can send out some pictures
I'd take dry puppy food add warm water, set it out until it's mush and feed them that. Also Mom and the pups should be ona better food than pedigree. Are you sure she doesnt want to nurse and that she isnt just cutting back naturally? When we had golden pups as the pups got older the Mom would start to leave them for periods of time and go back to nurse. She also did NOT want them eating food and made this clear to us by eating the food they were trying to eat. We had the opposite problem with our female, she nursed them right up until they left any chance they got. I wouldnt try to keep Mom with the babes every minute, she needs a break and will take one herself if she has the opportunity to come and go as she pleases--and the pups cant follow. Hope that helps some.
ty kristen but i think i made it clear already that the mom doesn,t want to be around that much anymore and i talked to my vet and our shelter(whom i am raising the pups for as a volenteer)and pedigree puppy food is very good for young pups. the pups are doing great as the pictures show...