Took in stray dogs and desperately need advise.
took in stray nursing mom and desperately need advise
im an expat working in Iraq, today i found a stray dog nursing her 4 puppies and couldn't leave her on the street like that.
i took her and 4 puppies with me in the house, ive been looking for a dog here for a while and this looked just like a Godsend...
the mom looks super skinny and seriously malnourished, the puppies look like just a few days old.
after feeding her ground beef and tuna she calmed down and got comfortable at the house.looks like a golden retriever but mixed.
she is feeding the puppies almost all the time and Im worried that she doesnt get enough nutrients in her to pass on to puppies.
ill try to find a vet to come to the house and check them out but that might take days.any advise on what i should feed her and how many times a day?
i have never had a nursing dog so totally a new territory for me.i dont even know if i should give mom and her puppies a good wash or not?
ANY advise is greatly appreciated as i
on Aug 17th 2012
in Other Health & Wellness
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We answered you on your first post. I copied and pasted mine below. You might want to check back at your original post. Another poster has very good advice for you.
Its been a really long time since i've been around a nursing mom. Try posting this on the health forum on this site. There are more people there with a lot of knowledge. They can also answer you back and forth there which they can't do here. Good for you for taking her and her pups in. :) Good luck with them. I wish I had some advice for you.
Kali answered on 8/18/12. Helpful? / 0
You could bath the mom if she don't get upset. If she likes the water, she would enjoy a bath. It would make her fill better. But some dogs are afraid of the water. No need to bath the pups. The mom will do that. It is normal for a female to look skinny and malnourished when she is feeding her pups. I would feed her at least 2 times a day, maybe three, as long as she is milking. She will act like she is starving to death. Just feed her as much as you thank she would need per feeding. Don't let her over eat in one meal. She and the pups will need to be wormed. Nemex is my favorite worm medicine. Don't know if you can get it where you are. You can start feeding the pups when you think they are about 4 to 5 weeks old. When you start feeding them, the mom will wean them off her milk. Remember that it is very easy for pups to get worms. Good Luck