My name is Nancy and I am brand new today and just found your group. I have an 8week old baby as of last night and she is very small. She weighs 1.4 lbs. The vet said she is great but little. Her other litter mates were good size but she was the last one out. He gave me atube of nutra-cal and told me to give to her am and pm. She is eaing some. I have dry eucanuba kibble and added some gerber chiken to eat and she seemed to like it. She slept 5 hours last night. I have 3 shelites and a silky but I can't believe how little she is. Any thoughts and advice. Thanks so much.
I love the maltese/yorkies!!! We just got ours in December, and when we got her, she was about that weight too...very tiny. Actually, the breeder didn't let us take her for an extra week. She was going to let us maybe take her at 10 weeks, but because she was so little, she said that we had to wait an extra week. I am a little surprised that they let you take her when she is so small...
But we keep Addley in a play pen at night to sleep so she can't get into anything that she can get hurt on (we have a split level house and she does NOT do stairs! :) We also keep a potty mat in there with her and are litter box training her. She is so small that being out in the Minnesota winter makes her shiver so much...I know...we baby her too much, but you have to when they are that little.
Oh, and when she has had her vaccinations...take her to puppy training! They are smart...but strong willed! And when you can't catch your little pup because she darts in and out between your legs...that could potentially be dangerous!
Well so far so good. Bridgette has been okay. Not a big eater yet, I try to feed her every few hours. She is going potty on her we we pad. I would love to post a picture but not sure how. Also, how much does a full grown dog have to weigh to have pups? Thanks again.
I know that it sounds silly, but if she isn't eating too much, try warming up (but not hot) the baby food that you are mixing in with her dried food. When we first got Addley, we had to do that to make sure that she would eat...and then gradually add less and less baby food so she will be use to eating just the regular dried food.
While I dont think the baby food will hurt her, have you tried canned dog food? They have it for puppy's and in different styles. Try the ground it would be better than the baby food for her. Is she eating her dry food ok or do you think maybe soaking it to soft for her may get her to eat more? (with the canned food mixed in)
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
Well personally I think with her weight being as low as it is, it's important to try and get her eating. I would try some good quality puppy food and add a bit of that to her dry. Gradually wean her off the wet over a period of a few weeks since it is important for her to be eating dry food. Both those breeds are prone to teeth decay problems and dry is your best bet. Btw I also have a Yorkie x Maltese :)
I soaked her ekanuba dry kibble and added some of her gerber baby food and she did well on tht. The vet mentioned putting some of the nutra-cal in her food as weel. I picked up some ecanuba wet puppy and grinded that down and stared her on htat and baby to wean from the baby. Added just a fingernail amount. Thanks so much!! Nancy
how many times a day are you feeding her ? i would be feeding her at least 3 maybe even 4 times if possible. the reason your vet gave you nutrical is because teeny dogs like that are prone to hypoglycemia...low blood sugar ... problems if they are not fed enough.
i dont know how much you are feeding a dog that small, but you can take the amount you are currently feeding and divide it up into 3 meals a day .... or you can add an extra meal of the same amount you feed for one. just depends on if she will eat another full meal or not.
would love to see pics of her. i cannot imagine having a dog that small. my dog weighed that much the day she was born lol.
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