Diamondgirl, you know enough to realize that a male and female will breed, given the chance. How old are they, and when were you planning to get them altered? I'm sorry if I sound harsh, but I'm sick of pupies dying because of ignorance, and even sicker about the shelter population, and BSL. Poor breeding all plays a part in this,and yet it keeps on going, just like the damn ever ready bunny. How many babies do you have left? Maybe we can give you some tips about how to raise them now, since you havn't done this before. There is a lot of information to be had from pet owners, and breeders alike; so we'll all help you if needed. I would like to know the pup's colours, and maybe see a picture.
Sorry to the people I upset with my lack of knowledge. If I were running a kennel, I would have had the knowledge, so I do admire their knowledge of caring for animals. Thank you for the support I did receive, I really appreciate you. There are some really caring people on this site.
This is probably something so slight...the pups may be too warm, it will kill a pup. If you are trying to feed them, instead of allowing the mother, you could be drowning them...they could have high or low blood sugar, do not give mom or babies any high calorie suppliments...get the DVD called, "Successful Whelping and Neonatal Survival" by Dr. Robert V. Hutchinson. You can feed them, but you should do it with a tube, it is very tricky...hope that helps...
I am a breeder and I have had this happen to me on more than one occassion.
It can be caused by a number of factors. FIRST......determine if your bitch has mastitis. If she does you need immediate medical attnetion. She needs to be on antibitiocs, you need to get the puppies OFF Of her and start feeding them yourself. You need to keep them warm and stimulate them. Mom can clean them but YOU must do the feeding and keep them from nursing. The milk is infected and it hurts for her to nurse so she will push them away and they will starve to death
Second, if it is fading puppy syndrome, there is NOTHING you can do. But some may make it. Sometimes it is nothing more than a few pups will die and the others live. I have had a few die in the first few days then the rest have thrived. If mom is pushing one or two away, she knows and does not want them. Also are you watching her? She could be laying or stepping on them and if this is her first litter she may not know what to do. Despite what people think it is NOT natural instinct for all dogs. I have had first time moms lose pups and only a few make it until she caught on and I have had some moms get so wound up they stepped and laid on their pups.
You need to take mom and pups to the vet to do an evaluation. He may give mom antibiotics and the pups some ALbon to boost them...
I just read about the herpes thing......strange I had a litter fade on my about two years ago and we did a necropsy on all the puppies. That was the only way to determine if they had the herpes virus. How could your vet tell from an examination of the dead pups without a necropsy which can't be done on the spot? And like the other poster, you can't get it from mothers milk, that sounds to me like mastitis.
First of all, thank you for caring enough to take these fogs in. Secondly, thank you for listening & taking the suggestion to go to the e-vet. Thank you for caring for the pups and I hope the rest make it through healthy and safe.
Since you have already had the dog neutered and plan on spaying the bitch as soon as possible after weaning, this is not something you'll have to face again. Herpes virus in dogs is just as active as it is in humans and can cause the same problems, both with the infected dog and any pups produced.