How To Care For Newborn Puppies
The first few hours of milk that the puppies feed from their mother would be the most important nutrients fed to them. As they grow, there will be changes in the kind and amount of food and their temperament. But check out this video for more about newborn puppy care.
Hi, I am Jamie Crittall from Beech House Veterinary Centre. I am here to talk to you about dog breeding. How to care for newborn pups initially for the first three weeks? Mum and the pups act as one unit.
She ends up doing everything for them, feeding, keeping them warm, keeping them clean, stimulating and then to go to the loo and cleaning up after them. At this stage, she will be protective but it is really important that you still interact with her because at this stage, the puppies will end up gaining their socialisation skills from that interaction. But just cage it very carefully from what mum wants you to be doing.
In the first few hours of their life, mum will be feeding them every two hours but it's that first amount of milk that is really really special. It's called colostrum, has all other antibodies and nutrients that the puppies need because their immune system is so not even and by taking all those antibodies they can fight any infection. Because the bitch is feeding all of her puppies, the number can be anything up to twenty four.
I think the world record is from a massive-producing twenty four puppies and but usually a little might be from four or up to twelve or fourteen for a larger breed, so she is feeding a lot, so she will need to have more food and more importantly need to be drinking much more so that she can produce a really good, healthy amount of milk for those hungry pups. How about day ten to fourteen? The puppies' ears will open and their hearing will develop and they will be a lot more adventurous, interacting more with there siblings and also mum but also having a good look around the environment within the whelping box. At day sort of fourteen after the second week, I would really recommend you as the owner to get in touch with the Kennel Club so that you can register the puppies.
This will be the really important thing that when the puppies got to their new home, you can have all the right paperwork that they can actually register the puppies themselves as their new owners. From about week three, you can start to worm the puppies but do stick to your bit of vow and their recommendations and often you can worm them every fourth night until they grow anything between six and eight weeks to their new owners. For about week three, their claws become really like little daggers and it's sort of necessary to trim them and keep a close eye on them.
As time develops, they are getting bigger and mum will be producing less milk, so by about a week, she will be wanting to spend more time away from them and at this stage, you should start to really introduce the amount of food they are eating and as a result, this fine balance that by the age of six weeks, they should be fully winged and therefore eating a really good and a complete and a balanced puppy food which we can recommend is which is the best one for them. Puppies' temperament will change so as prospective puppy owners, come and visit initially. I wouldn't let them choose a puppy before weeks five because they change and it may not be quite suitable for them but when they do grow, then make sure you have all the right paper documentation advice that you could give these new owners and the most important thing is that they take their new pups to their bed to have it thoroughly checked over to make sure that they are happy.
This is just an outline to help you take care of your puppies but the most important thing is have a really good chat with your vet and they can give you most specific advice to you and your pups. .