Please help quick! the town we live in, all of the vets are closed on sunday so i'm depending on your help! we have a litter of Jack-a-cocker-poos who just turned 4 weeks today. they have their first med check in 2 weeks as they seem extrememly healthy and vivacious. However, today they had their first solid food-(our vets advice at 4 wks), which consisted of watered down puppy chow, a tablespoon of plain yogurt, and a teaspoon of metamucil-a concoction I have heard from many people/veterinarians to feed them for their first week. All of this was mushed to oatmeal consistancy and they (all 5) happily sucked it down within 10 minutes, and then 5 minutes later threw most of it back up and now they are all howling as if they are being maimed! I don't know how to calm them down! Their mom doesn't seem to think it's much of a concern, but it's killin our family thinking they could be hurting? is this regurgitation and yelping normal?
They were probably very hungry, I usually start at 3 1/2 weeks old and they do great. You really started them on a lot of stuff for their first time eating I would have just stuck with the puppy food in warm water. We feed all of our pus eagle pac they have a soft food that is a very great start. I am sure they had eaten to fast because it is new to them. If you have anymore questions let me know, if they had not had problems so far I am sure that they are fine. Try not to worry to much, you can usually tell if it was something bad.
o.k., I think they're fine...they're up and playing tough, as usual! I believe it was just a case of the first (and last)litter jitters from a new mom (me)! I've always done rescues and have only had litters with ones that I got that were already pregnant and gave birth. I guess because they weren't "mine" so to speak, i never really was concerned about them, I just took care of the pups until they were old enough to find homes for and such. Boy, is it different when they're your own! I am an advocate of spaying/nuet. though I have 2 gem breeds that have the best of dispositions and everybody wanted a piece of them, so we allowed this one litter. I do believe this is the single handedly thee most handled litter of pups you'll find! Both parents are great and mama dog basically threw the pups at us the day they were born! She wanted to share them! At a month old now, they are all very outgoing and are hefty little guys (and girls). thanks for everyones help!
I'm with WileyBlaze. This is extremely sad, and she sould have known better. Should be concerned with ANY litter of puppys in her care. NOT JUST HER OWN dogs. I'm sorry if the O.P. gets annoyed. I do rescue too. Never would I do what she did. O.P.-I am glad your mix pups are fine. Go easy on adding so many things to their diet all of a sudden.
Whoever said you can't buy happiness, must have never owned a dog!!!!!!!!!!!
Look, you have no business judging. Just because i don't have a "purebred" doesn't mean they're not great dogs. How pathetically ignorant you sound. And I would have never used this site had I an idea that rude, self-righteous, dictators were the ones who were going to respond. A Jack-a-cocker-poo for the less intelligent, is a Jack Russell-Toy Poodle, Cocker Spaniel MIX. And a great one at that! I suppose you're against "mixed" couples too? 'Don't see them as a "PURE" race? Good gosh, get with reality. And...I live in an area where people still want puppies and we don't have excess of dogs here in the country and unless you both are willing to have some puppies paid for to be delivered out here for these people yourselves... you should keep your own ignorant opinions to yourself. I searched for a little dog for over a year out here and guess what i HAD TO END UP DOING, because there weren't any in a 60 mile radius (and beyond for that matter)??? You guys are going to want to stone me now, because you apparently are flawless... I bought her from a PET STORE!!!! And wait, there's more... She's a MIXED BREED! Oh my gosh, what kind of person does this? Oh gee, I'm going to hell!!
And...I took the time to contact a few VETERANARIANS whom SUGGESTED, (and i guess i missed where the two who commented nasty, mentioned THEIR medical credentials?) Some people use cottage cheese..others use plain yogurt. The mother doesn't happen to tolerate that well, therefore, we (the vets) and I opted with the other ingrediants. When i said everyone wanted a piece of her, I guess that was poor termanology, but don't make it out to more than what it is...both parent dogs are excellent breeds, whether "purebred" or not and people who know our dogs had asked if we were going to have a litter because they had been looking for a very long time for a puppy like ours, at which time...since i knew they'd have good homes...said yes. I lost my favorite dog to a very old age (she was ONE OF THE MANY I RESCUED) and always wished i had one from her bloodline- mutt and all. I've always had our own dogs fixed AND ALWAYS PAID FOR, OUT OF POCKET, the ones I rescued. I got my stud fixed now, and will fix this one too. And shame on you for criticizing someone who, yes, has done many upon many rescues, just because I don't care for them the way YOU TWO think i should. You all have nothing better to do with your time than playing as if you know best, when all i was wondering was if one may know why they may be upset. I figured out that they were not happy with the fact that I put them outside when they ate their first meal and I guess, learning now, that they would have preferred it to be indoors is all. Not that you all care about animals being happy, but they are happy now and won't be going back outside to eat their meals anymore. This litter was done responsibly, and atleast I'm not keeping up with the in-breeding all of these pure bred breeders are repetively and traditionally doing that actually have dog shows, with SPONSORS, may i add, displaying what a "good" dog "should" look like. Which they'll most likely loose their dog early to some prone medical condition they were predestined to have, due to the susceptiblity of their specific pure-breed-ing. ya, pick up any dog book and they'll tell you what medical problem your "purebred" will likely have. I'm happy with mutts and I'll also never have another litter of pups...not that it's your business. I hope you'll be quicker to actually help someone next time, instead of lecturing or criticizing them... YOU'RE NOT PERFECT, DESPITE WHAT YOU MAY BELIEVE.
Unbeliveable........you say you do rescue and have delt with rescue dogs having puppies? I thought you were in the part of the country that didn't have "access" to puppies?
I don't know what rescue you belong to, but if I was involved in the same rescue and knew you intentionally bred this litter of "mutts" (cocker o jack or whatever they were called) I would have you banned from helping with the rescue anymore, or being affiliated with the rescue for that matter. Practice what you preach or don't preach at all.
I don't understand why you would have added metamucil to the puppies first solid food? And what difference was it that they ate outside instead of inside? I am a breeder and I would have never thought of adding such a harsh ingredient to my puppies food. May I ask what the "vet" said this would benefit the puppies by doing?
No other comment, unbelieveable.........
"Don't tell me you can't until you have tried it, and proven you couldn't."
oh, and to puttin510's "...This is extremely sad, and she should have known better. Should be concerned with ANY litter of puppys in her care. NOT JUST HER OWN dogs." What's that supposed to mean, GOD? You're the one that is so self-righteous and critical, that YOU'RE THE ONE WHO SHOULDN'T HAVE A DOG...OR A PET FOR THAT MATTER. Your judging is idiotic proof that you don't even DESERVE a dog. And you say this why, Because i fed my dogs what veterinarians advised me too? Or because I had a litter of puppies? I've paid for my rescues to be spayed and nuetered in the city, and my family still does it. Breeding is not inhuman...it's actually a natural act. What happens to the puppies is what counts and my puppies all have homes already, because their new owners haven't been able to get any out here and they want these "mixed" puppies-WE'RE not superficial people here. You all have some nerve. My dogs are all happy and healthy and so were all of the dogs and other animals I've found great homes for...and their diets are recommended from veterinarians...someone which, YOU ARE NOT. SO KEEP YOUR RUDE CRITICISM TO YOURSELF.
YOU'RE A FLIPPIN BREEDER? ARE YOU SERIOUS? AND YOU'RE ON MY CASE FOR HAVING (1) litter???? what a hypocritical joke you are. Not that it's your business, but I did rescue when i lived in LOS ANGELES. I live in the country now and have still placed a few older dogs...not that it's your business AGAIN. But since you feel free to bash me, I will comment. 2 Vets and one other BREEDER recommended the diet, Mr. Know-it-all. And all are seeing a vet in addition too... And just because they aren't purebred, doesn't mean a thing when referencing OVERPOPULATION. I see this site is full of hypocritical, ignorant, people, who don't even deserve dogs. And an F.Y.I...Siberian Huskies weren't ALWAYS a recognized "purebred" breed EITHER. How do you think different breeds came about? From the sky? Or I suppose you're the professional of that too? Get a life.
Not that it's any of your business...but close to Wyoming. Dogs that are in the pound, go quick. There aren't any little dogs out here and if one goes to the pound...you have to sign a waiting list and usually your somewhere around the 15-20th on it. I tried to find a little dog all the way to Denver, Co and was on numerous lists to no avail. I did rescue in L.A. and I have still placed some older dogs out here when I find them. I have always paid for them to get fixed and give them their shots too. Now that I have my own dogs and I had people wanting some like them(ones who couldn't get any either), I allowed mine to breed, before having the stud nuetered.My puppies are happy and healthy little pups and the owners they will be going to, don't care that they aren't purebreds and...didn't want a purebred, due to the health risks they carry. I'll be damned before I'll be lectured from ignorant people though.
oooo, a "kennel club." Once again...OVERPOPULATION....IS OVERPOPULATION. The only "mutt" here, is YOU, it sounds like. And to you, that's a horrible thing. To us, it's not. And my puppy's owners want them. Siberian Huskies ARE a recognized breed...NOW. How do you think they came about? Bam! and then there they were? And just about any breeder can join any of the major kennel clubs. Don't try to fool yourself or others by trying to say your making the breed, "better". You're not GOD. The half of tspn. of metamucil per 2 cups of food is for their fiber intake...but if you were a half-wit, and as smart as you think you are, you could have figured that out.
We are probably within 60 miles of each other. If you are about where I think you are, I can attest that animals in the shelters go quickly. Pups practically vanish immediately. It is hard to fathom what some people describe in other parts of the country.
I am curious about the metamucil, too. If I got a big dose of fiber suddenly, I probably would have been yelping, too.
BTW -- I'm not curious about what Metamucil *does* -- just have never read about someone preemptively administering a laxitive before a problem has developed.
Oh, I suppose you're with the ignorant purebred society too, as you're quick to judge as well. thank you NoDogYet, for not condemning me...all i asked was for a little help and i got a handful of criticism from hypocritical people who are overpopulating too, but don't see it as that because theirs are PUREBRED. My purebreds and my mutt are all happy and my puppies are going to be happy too. Happier than all of you nasty judgers out there. What miserable know-it-alls you are.