Hi, I have a Newfie who mixed it up with my cousin's boxer by accident (well, I'm sure they did it on purpose but you get it...) and just had a litter of 8 puppies. They are 6 days old. This is my first time ever overseeing something like this, and while I am a big proponent of letting nature take its course, I'm still nervous about every little thing I see (or don't see). The puppies pooped noticeably for the first 2 days, but I have not seen them defecate since, nor have I seen evidence of there having been poop on their blanket or the surrounding area. Plenty of pee, but no poop. I would think that something would have to be seriously wrong and they would not be as content or lively as they seem to be if they hadn't pooped in 4 days, but what do I know? Their mother licks them frequently, but I can't tell if they're pooping and she's eating it up right away or what? And is that even healthy? Before a bunch of people get on here and tell me I'm going to hell for letting my dog have puppies when I have no experience, please note that I don't need that kind of advice-- naturally we're getting her spayed as soon as her puppies are weaned, and we will be getting her puppies spayed or neutered when they are old enough before finding them homes. I'm looking for honest "I've been there" advice so I can either take a sigh of relief or make an appointment with the vet. I'm trying to avoid the latter because, obviously, that can get expensive and we were not expecting to have to save for something like this. We'll do it if we have to but I'd rather have some insight from people with experience before I make that decision. Thanks so much!
The mother is probably cleaning it up before you ever see it. It is completely normal for the mother to do this for the first couple of weeks. It is possible for the puppies to become constipated but that normally doesn't happen when they are on the momma - but it could. If you are still concerned that they aren't pooping you can check. After they eat and momma is cleaning them you can take a cotton ball, baby wipe, tissue or wash rag and wet it down with a little warm water. Wipe their bottoms for a minute or so like the mother does with her tongue. When she licks them she is actually stimulating them to potty, otherwise they won't. If they are active and not crying constantly they probably aren't constipated but it's best to be sure - it doesn't take very long for a constipated puppy to become very sick. A newfie and a boxer? Bet they are cute! Hope this helps. Good luck with your new babies.
Thanks! That's what I was hoping. I'll try the cotton ball thing in the morning. They are seemingly normal, sleepy, twitchy, crawly puppies, and they seem to be growing well. The only time they really cry is when mama accidentally lays on them, or when they get off their blanket and get all turned around and can't find mama. They are stinkin adorable! So far they look like black and white boxers (mostly black), with the short hair and scrunchy noses, but I don't know if their hair will stay short or if it will grow out like their mama's. Thanks again!
Thanks, I will try the egg shells, though she is a picky eater (what dog doesn't eat peanut butter? lol). I switched her to puppy chow about halfway through her pregnancy because the vet said it had more of the nutrients she would need to replenish those lost while caring for her puppies. And she has been eating like a horse! As big as the puppies are getting, she must have a good milk supply. The biggest one is just over 2 lbs. which means he has gained about 10 oz. in 4 days. And their bellies are fat but soft, not hard and lumpy, which I would think they would be if they hadn't pooped in 5 days. I'm just thankful for the invention of baby wipes-- If someone told me I'd have to lick my baby's butt to get them to poop, that would have been the ultimate birth control! Kudos to all the mama dogs out there!
Oh, one other mild concern: She has started walking off from her nest area and laying in an opposite side of the living room for short periods of time. I'm assuming she's just trying to give her poor teets some R&R but I want to make sure the pups are okay like that. It's usually when they are sleeping and they don't miss her too badly, but I was under the impression that mama was only supposed to leave the pups to go potty. She's still protective because when I go to her nest and check on the puppies she comes back over and sits back down near them. Thanks!
She is just needing a break. It's fine to let her walk away for awhile and take a breather. When she is gone just make sure her puppies stay warm enough. If needed you can take a heat lamp or a heating pad to use with them. She will probably start taking longer and longer 'breaks' from them from now on. As long as she continues to feed them and take care of them don't worry about it.
My pups are six weeks old and just last week, I moved them out of the whelping box and into a pen, so now I clean the poop....ugh! I stopped allowing my momma to spend 24/7 with the pups during her first litter, as she stepped on one and it died. We let her in every 3-4 hours for the first few weeks, and every 5-6 until last week. It is much harder on us, but we have not lost a pup since.
We have a special heat pad made especially for animals and put the newborns on a blanket on it for 10 days or so. They can regulate their own body heat after that and mom will be much happier if she gets to spend time with you and have a break from the pups.
Our pups are just being weaned now at 6 weeks. We begin feeding them mush (hamburger and rice or puppy canned food) mixed with goats milk at about 4 1/2 weeks, as momma can't keep up with their food demand. Glad all is going well.
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The mother will lick the pups completely clean usually leaving nothing behind accept for a wet bottom. You can take the mom away for about two hours, then wipe their bottoms with a warm wet rag. This is how the mom stimulates them to poo. If they poo when you do this, then all is well.
I am happy that I found this thread. My Newfy girl had a litter of Newfy puppies March 6, so they are 6 days old. She needed to have a c-section as her labor started at 2 am and just didn't progress and she was getting exhausted. This is our first litter and last, as our 1 year old male Newf has been neutered and Nana, momma was spayed during surgery. They weren't supposed to mate. Anyway, the first two days Nana really didn't do anything but let the puppies feed. I did all the pee'ing and poop'ing of the pups, and helped them find momma. Then something clicked and she is doing everything. I actually have to force her out of the whelping box to potty and eat, but she is eating puppy food with cottage cheese and two eggs. This is what she ate while she was pregnant. Anyway, I noticed I don't see poop from the puppies and am just hoping that when I see momma cleaning them, she is taking care of that too. She is too cute flipping them gently over with her nose, to clean. She is a great momma. I still stay close by, so those squirmy little guys don't get squished by momma by mistake. She is quite careful, but accidents can happen. All pups are Landseer, 5 black and white and 3 grey and white... so adorable, and the instincts pups and momma have are amazing! I also have to give momma water while she is in the whelping box... Soon it will be time for their larger pen... I ordered two of the metal octogon ones that fold up, but can be made into different shapes... I will connect them both, set up a sleep area, eating area and a potty area. Thanks again for this thread... I hope your Newf/ Boxers are doing GREAT!
I have a pit which is actually a bully. Not sure how many litters she has had but her breasts never bounced back!! They look horrible and nipples look like her other litters destroyed them. We bought her and she was already preg but we did not know. I noticed swollen breast and told my husband he needed to find out from previous owner if shes possibly preg. Next day I come home from work to find her room destroyed and 5 puppies. 1 born dead and 1 that looked very sick which died that night. I didnt have time to research life saving remedies since I didnt know of the pups being on the way. I assume she got chilled but didnt know that was possible until the next day. Mama laid on another that night and killed her. 2 days later another died from not being able to breath after I spent 2 days feeding him and keeping him warm since he was chilling with mama and not eating. I repeatedly had to give him cpr the day he died but eventually it wore out his little body and he didnt pull back through. 1 little girl left and shes a fiesty 1. I noticed she was always hungry never let up on mamas nipples. I realized mama wasnt making milk only drops so im now bottle feeding pup which is hard to do while working. Im not sure though if she is pooping. I c mama lick but I have my face right in the action to check but do not c anything. I looked it up and seen a video to squirt water into the butt and they will poop as a remedy for constipation. It worked but even though it was runny she still pushed to let it out as though she was struggling. It was also dark green and smelled pretty bad. I think I smelled it again while mama was licking but didnt c any that time. Its very cute to hear her pushing to poop but I know she probably shouldnt sound that way with poop that should be soft from eating milk. Also 2 days after giving birth mama had runny dark green poop almost black in color. Same as the oup.
I have 18 day old puppies pomchis. I wanted to know why they don't poop on there own. I have to do enema method once a day in order for them to go. My vet said to do it every 4 hours. I think that is a little too much. Please tell me what I should do. I have asked breeders and they say not to worry as long as they are eating and peeing. Please someone give me straight answers. The Mother isn't eating their poop just their pee.