|Barked: Tue Oct 22, '13 9:03pm PST |
|Personally, Mom gets dry left to graze at her leisure and feed wet (the kibble soaked in Grade A Ultra 24 by Milk Products 24 several times a day. That milk replacer can also be used for all sorts of small mammals and livestock and will come in handy when it gets time to intro the pups to solids. I generally give Mom 3-4 "wet" meals a day; the object is that the more liquid the more milk. With only 3, she may not need quite as much as a bitch trying to nurse 8.
Puppy mush is pretty simple but amazingly messy. I generally pull the bitch away for a couple of hours to get the babies hungry then having soaked the puppy kibble in milk, blend it adding milk as needed until it is a medium consistency. Then you can set them down and make them smell it, get a finger-ful and put it on their tongues, The first several days is generally "I hate this; you're torturing me!" With 3 I'd only start with a couple of spoonfuls. Once they start eating, you'll have to increase like crazy. I always found it easier to keep several cups of the puppy food soaking so I didn't have to worry about running out.
You definitely need to get on a deworming schedule and talk to the vet about a vax schedule since the bitch is an unknown; they may suggest starting at 6 weeks and using a different brand. I can give you a bit more guidance if you PM me. I had a litter of 8 Beagles back in April that ran me ragged.
Some people don't like them, but the kiddie wading pools work wonders, especially when the kids start opening their eyes (around 14 days). I started off with the smaller one and had to go to the taller/larger one to keep my crew contained. X-pens are always a good idea. With the pool, I could take binder clips and attach the sheet to the edges, but the pups couldn't touch them, then I'd lay the towels or other bedding on top.
I made an excel spreadsheet (generic) that I fixed for each pup. If someone needed a supplemental feeding, it was noted. It also helped keep track of those early nail trimmings, how much the bitch was eating, or if anyone had a minor issue. This went in a binder that went to the vet with us. I actually used it to id a food allergy issue; I notated every time Remy's poo was off; we changed protein sources and no issue so I tried her again and it went off again. Now she doesn't get anything with lamb.
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