My dog just gave birth to a litter of 7 last night. This morning i checkde on the puppies and the mom keeps pushing one away. He is cold to the touch and isnt nursing even with my help. I went out and bought formula and a bottle. I put a heating pad in under all the puppies. This is the first time raising a litter and i have never had to bottle feed a puppy before. What do i do?
keep it on a heating pad on top of towels so it doesn't get a thermal burn. keep the room you are in at around 80 degrees. feed the puppy every 2 hours as much as it will eat. when finished feeding, rub the groin area with a warm wet paper towel to stimulate urine and poop. make sure pup is clean afterwards. repeat process in another 2 hours thruout the day and night. goat's mil is the best replacement for the pup. try to get the pup on mom at least twice a day for the next 3 days to get the benefits of the moms colostrum. don't be surprised if the puppy passes away. usually the mom pushes a puppy away because it is unhealthy.
My brother inlaw was shown by a vet how to put a small feeding tube into the pups stomache and fed any puppies he had that were rejected this way. It is a very tricky thing to do I guess but something you can think about. Keep on trying to get it to nurse fromits mom I am sure once it starts moving and making more noises the mom may show more interest. In one of my litters one was stuck coming out and once he got out he wasn't moving or breathing very good and the mom didn't want nothing to do with it but once I got it warm and breathing she was wanting it back. Let is know how she is doing.
Congratulations on your new babies! Some breeders will go with mom's instinct and let a pup that the mom rejects die. Missy was rejected by her dog mom, her human saved her, and at one year old epilepsy showed up.(And now she seems to have even more problems) She also had a sister that was born dead and was rehabilitated by the human, she also started having epilepsy at 1 year. They are the only puppies in the litter of 13 with any problems, which makes me think that nature was trying to take its course.
newmommy....................I do not want to discourage you, but Scout is right about the puppy. It may not survive. My Maltese had a puppy she refused to feed. It was cold like that. Everytime I moved it close to the mother she pushed it away. I feed it, did everything I knew how to do. Tried to keep it warm, nothing worked. You do not want the puppy to get too warm. I sincerely hope you have better luck than I did. Scout I read up on what to do, and the article said exactly what you said. So, I did all of that except for the kind of milk. That was before I knew you. Good advice.
Congrats on the new puppies but I am with Scout and some of the others. There is more than likely a reason why momma is pushing her away. It is alot of work hand feeding a new puppy but it seems to be the only choice at the moment. I would get them all into the vet ASAP. Putting it down may be the humane thing to do if there is a serious problem. I had a litter of pups that went seriously wrong. The mother was a stray and I am positive she did not get the care she needed during pregnancy. Out of a litter of 12, only 3 made it. I hand fed the majority only to watch them fade out slowly. I lost the last pup at week 5. It was devastating. I wish you all the luck in the world.
ive had to do this with my puppies but with three because the mothere died giving berth what i did is i cleared out a bid space on the floor and lied them all there i just put a gas fire nere them and evry 2 hours or so feed them thay will soon get used to it
Don't take this the wrong way. I would not let her get away with not feeding one pup. I have Labs and know nada about small breeds... I have had a variety of brood bitches...all treat their pups in a different way. My current lady was vicious w/ pups and did not want them nursing. Check her teats for any swelling/infection, sometimes one is sensitive. Hold her down, cover her eyes w/ your hand if need be and get that pup on a tit. How can she tell it from the others? Force nurse the pup on mom several times a day. Make sure the room is warm enough that if any crawl away they won't get cold. Not warm enough to make mom sweaty & cranky. Don't take the bitches crap. I have not ever given spit about what they want, new mothers are all potential psychos, dog, or human.
Kittys Mom....................I think that was very harsh. I disagree 100% and so does my vet with what you said about the mothers. Dogs can tell if there is something wrong with one of their babies when we can't. I would never treat my mother Maltese the way you have said. I wish half of the population of human mothers were as good to their babies as she is.
As I said I KNOW NOTHING about small breeds. I just won't take a Lab's advice on anything. My last bitch wanted to reject the whole litter, she would also single out pups that were aggressive nursers and would have been more than willing to let any of them crawl off and die. I helped her w/ a bit of attitude adjustment, did not let her nurse w/o supervision either. My sis in law had a rejected lab pup that she carried around town, showing to her friends her bottle baby, it died, looked perfectly healthy when I saw it. I just think what they get from their mom is better than anything you can give, and a new mother's druthers don't interest me at all. I have NEVER had a pup that I could not force a bitch to feed. But again these are Labs. Small dogs, uh...don't have a clue.
kittys mom................Labs or Maltese! I still disagree with your attitude toward the mothers. Sure the milk they get from the mother is better, but I still think if the mother pushes the puppy away, there is a reason.
I AM NOT AN EXPERT, HOWEVER I HAD A SIMILA SITUATION FOR ACOUPLE OF WEEK WITH ONE PUPPIE THAT WAS NOT FEEDING. --- I had to spend extra time making sure I place him wirgth where he was going to feed from the mom. My female dog (the mom) let the puppie feed when I was there... could this help your new born?
That is why this is called a discussion forum. I don't think pups should be left to die, and I have never lost one yet. All became active healthy obnoxious adult Labs. The point may be moot anyway. New mommie's not on right now, the pup may have already died last night.
The human did not bottle feed my "rejected" pup. She did see that the pup was allowed to nurse and when not nursing she kept Missy seperate for fear that mom dog would kill her. Her problems were not caused by kind of food or lack of food, but problems that she had that were almost definitely the REASON the mother dog rejected her. It is no coincidence that mother dogs reject pups that just happen to end up with serious health problems. It is survival of the fittest. My friend did not want to leave her to die, and in a very selfish way, I am glad, as I enjoy my Missy very much. Her health problems, though, are very heartbreaking and expensive. But if my friend had chosen to let nature take its course, I would understand , and would probably even recommend it.
Maybe Kittys Mom has a point. Hold the mom down and cover her eyes. Please don't let that pup die,the pup needs her milk. I know some people who have done that same procedure succesfully.The pup survived.
I'm sorry, but I am not about to cover the mother's eyes and force her to feed a puppy that may die in two or three weeks down the road. I will atempt to get her to nurse it, but that is it. My concerns are just as great for her as her babies. I am not convinced that the mother uses sight to know whether the puppy is there or not.
SBPit: That's what I mean. "survival of the fittest". PIDDLE. Sorry, swear word. I don't have "Call of the Wild" at my house when I'm whelping pups worth almost $1,000 each. I don't think they should get less attention if they are $free dogs either. Guess I just try harder.