So, yesterday I went outside and there was a heavily pregnant stray under my porch. Of course, I brought her inside so she wasn't out in the heat all weekend and I planned to take her to my vet after the holiday weekend( he rehomes strays) . This morning, I woke up to 9 beautiful mutts in my spare bedroom :/ . I have no idea how to care for newborn puppies, I talked to my vet and have an appointment in the morning. Anything I can do to make the mama a little more comfy ( she's stressed) also the puppies are quite whiney, anything I can do to help??? She seems to be a good mom but also seems young and overwhelmed. Thanks!
she is probably very stressed out, as she doesn't know you or your home. Take it easy with her, feed and talk softly to her. make sure she is as comfortable as possible. You can give her some plain yogurt with her food for some extra calcium. I am sure she has not had a proper diet.
if she trusts you, and you can handle the pups, make sure they are all eating well, and she is producing a good amount of milk. I do not know if you are planning on keeping mom and pups until weaning age, or if the vet is going to take them. I like to add about 1/2 the amount(on package) Just born milk replacer to my moms food. It helps give mom alot of extra's needed to nurse the litter.
She also needs calcium. If you have Tums or any calcium based tummy remedies give her one 2 times a day. Egg shells are also very high in calcium. If the pups are whiney, they probably aren't getting enough to eat. Goat milk is an excellent replacement formula you should be able to get some at any major grocery store. Puppies are usually quiet for the first few weeks. In a pinch, you can make formula with equal parts evaporated( not condensed) milk and water, 1teaspoon karo syrup or sugar and an egg yolk. Use an eye stopper or syringe to feed drop by drop in the puppys mouth.
You have been given good advice on mother and pups. The one thing that I would add is that goat milk in cans at groc store will make things easy on you, use half goat milk and half water. It worked great on my eight redbone rescue pups when mom ran low on milk. You are going to need help,stay calm and stress free. GoodLuck
I will probably end up fostering the mom and litter so the aren't just locked up in a cage somewhere. She is starting to trust me but not enough to handle the pups for more than a minute or so. She doesn't look like she has too much milk but the pups are fairly fat (used kitchen scale- smallest was 9.8 oz) and they are pooping everywhere, I figure they have to be eating decent if they're pooping so much. Sorry, that's a little graffic but its all I have to go on. All nine are alive still... I kind of made her a bed out of and old kiddie pool that I cleaned out and attached some swimming noodles to the sides for a pig rail, then covered it in old sheets tucked under the bottom of the pool so they won't bury the puppies. I know its not exactly ideal, but I did what I can for now and she seems to love it. She is a great mom although I don't think she is even a year old. Thank you for all of your help!