my mongrel gave birth 4 days ago. the puppies were very healthy, thank GOD!. but lately i have noticed that the mommy stops feeding the pups. was so worried then, i pinched the nipples and there were no milk coming out. the puppies were fine i guess. my questions are :
1. do sometimes milk won't come out when you pinch it? but as the puppies suck, it will?
2.what can i gave the mommy? any supplements. i am giving her puppy food and lots and lots of fluid?
3.do i need to call my vet to give some oxytocin shots?sometimes, i dont rely much on vets coz they don't care pretty much with your pets. -this applies only to our local vets here in *******.
4.will i just bottle feed my puppies? what infant formula can i give them. i have been searching for a puppy formula but i can't find any.
5. if i'm going to bottle feed the pups. can i have it 3x a day? just a supplement if incase their mommy isnt producing enough milk for them?
thanks.. hope i can get answers to my questions. more power.
If the puppies are fussing they are cold or hungry, if they aren't they're probably fine. You can weigh them 2 or 3 times a day (record the weights) and make sure they are gaining weight, or at least not loosing.
As long as Mom is getting lots of good quality puppy food she shouldn't need anything else. She can require up to 9 times what she normally needs. BE CAREFUL not to increase her food suddenly or change it suddenly as both her and the puppies will scour, and she may go off her food.
As to the Oxy I prefered leave it to the vet.
2 cups goats milk 2 egg yolks stirred (no whites) 2 tbsp white corn syrup 1 tsp corn oil Mix well and strain or it will not run through the nipple. Can be frozen once it is mixed. Feed warm through ordinary baby bottle with newborn nipple, does not cause loose or runny stool
If mom isn't producing any milk, puppies must be fed every 2 hours for at least 2 weeks. If she has some milk every 4 hours will work. You can slow down as they get older.
4 tbsp boiled water 1 tbsp white corn syrup few grains salt few grains salt substitute (potassium)
Can be used to supplement for the first 7 days, or in case of hypoglycemia
I notice that sometimes the puppies will drain out certain nipples or they suck on them and make them sticky hard to squeeze milk out of. Like LPN said if the pups are happily sleeping and not crying and if she eating enough of the proper food she should be producing enough. Nursing in its self will cause her to produce more of her own oxytocin so the more they nurse the more milk she produces, and vice versa. She will usually only produce as much as is needed. Feed good food, calcium supplements especially during the first few weeks can predispose her to eclampsia, dont know if you had or not. A high quality puppy food is idea, (not large breed puppy food) it will have the best protein/fat ratio. I cant remember but what kind of dog is she?
I agree the mom and the pups should see the vet. You can use goats milk or a comercial milk replacer. Your vet should have this, as well as most ranch supply, and pet food stores. I always have these things on hand prior to the arrival of the pups. Never know when you will need them at 3 a.m. You can also put the milk replacer in the mother's food to help with milk production.
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