From experience, when do the pups eyes usually open? They are 11 days old now. They are getting so big. They have more than doubled their wieght since they where born. They weighted in at 1 lb 4.8 oz and 1 lb 5.8 oz yesterday, they were 7.4 oz and 7.6 oz when they were born. They are holding their heads up more and better. They are pushing up with their legs to try to walk, instead of crawl around. When I pick one up I can hear their little noses sniffing like crazy. They are so darn cute. I need to cut thier nails, they are pretty sharp. But I am scared I might mess up and hurt them. I have the stop bleeding powder stuff. I know to just clip the very tips to snip just the sharp points.
I have seen her chew on her pups. Like she would if she had an itch on herself. Why does she do that? She used to do it to Crackers, my Yorkie, before she had her pups. What is she doing when she does that?
puppies open their eyes from 13-17 days of age however, like everything else you have learned there are always variables. I have had litters that have eyes open at 12 days, others at 19 days. Generally however it is 13-17 days of age.
yes, this is the time they will start pushing up onto their legs and start slowly walking. That's a good sign to be seeing that.
does your puppies have dew claws on them? (not just the claw but an actual "toe" if you want to call it on their paws - making a 5 "toed" puppy) i had a litter when i used to breed huskies that had an actual "toe" for their dewclaws and before their removal at the vet the momma would actually chew on them to try to get them off. i had to remove the puppies from her, milk her myself so she would still produce milk for when the puppies were ready to come back and bottle feed the puppies. it was a mess, and i never repeated that breeding.
i would use a cat nail trimmer for them. be very careful though as to not nip the quick. even ask your vet they would be great at helping you do it correctly and show you how far to trim if have never done it before
you could even use a baby nail clipper, the claws of the pups should still be soft enough that it won't hurt them to use a baby nail clipper. just do it from the side and not from the tops.
I went to Petsmart and got those little siccor type clippers for cats and smal dogs. They were still a little big, but I did it. They didnt wanna hold still for nothing. I had to lay back and lay them back on my chest and wait till they stopped squirming. I just clipped the tips, but I think I might have went to far back on one cause she made a little scream. But no blood, so I guess its all good. I just will be more carefull next time.
I think their ears are opening cause they are seeming to repsond to each others noises. One starts then the other starts. When I was trimming ones nails, the other pup was in the kennel, the one I was holding started making noise and then the one in the kennel started too.