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  1. 5labs

    5labs Supporting Member Forum Supporter

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    Sorry I haven't updated, it's been a bit full on watching puppy babies :)
    I am very pleased to report that everyone is doing well, although my girl still does not have a lot of milk. They are all happy and gaining weight so just need to wait it out until they can start some real food at 21 days.
    Every morning each pup gets a good check over and is weighed. This is getting more difficult as they are feisty little things and don't fancy sitting quietly on the scales! Every other day they have their little toe nails trimmed. They get very sharp and grow quickly. When they are feeding they 'peddle' with their little hands, and if they are not trimmed regularly, they can scratch mum which can quickly put her off feeding the pups. This also helps for them to get used to being handled and having they nails done, hopefully saving new owners a lot of hassle in the future. They are weighed again in the evening, then take it in turns for sofa snuggles (another essential life skill ;)). Other than that, at this age, there is not a lot more I can do with them other than watch them wobbling round the box and wait for their little eyes to open. They are 10 days old today, so could start opening any day now.
     
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    So glad to hear that things are going well! They are adorable
     
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    The babies are up and walking and their eyes have opened today. Mum has much more milk, so all is well (touch wood)!
     
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    Great to hear all is going well. Must be such a relief. It's hard looking at the adorable pictures, getting broody !
     
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    Ah great news. Look forward to seeing their little personalities coming through!
     
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    Go puppies! (And go mum!)
     
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    If they weren't time waster before, they certainly are now. It's amazing to see them wobbling around and looking up at the world. When you hold them they really look as though they are trying to 'see' you now. Their sofa-snuggle training is going very well!
    I'm still sleeping next to the whelping box, but getting some good stretches of sleep now. My girl asked to go out at 3am, and based on the quantity of food she's eating, I thought it wise to believe her! Unfortunate not much sleep was to be had after that; watching puppies is so exhausting :-D
     
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    The babies are 17 days old today and I have started to toilet train them. They can all walk well now so I have removed about a third of their sleeping area and replaced it with puppy pads for them to wee on. They are currently standing and walking away from the puppy pile for a wee, so it's just a matter of teaching them to wobble over to the pads. Mum is still taking care of poos, but that will change once they start on real food on Monday.
    They have started slow motion playing with each other a little bit today, which means more hours will now be wasted watching their antics :-D
     
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    The little guys have started on real food now! I mush raw beef mince (frozen for 2 weeks first) into warm puppy milk. Yesterday, they had a teaspoonful each and all enjoyed it apart from one little boy, who thought it was a terrible idea! I have never had a puppy not love this mush! It took nearly a hour to feed them all yesterday. This morning I managed 2 at a time. Soon they will be on 4 feeds/day so hoping they speed up soon!
    They are all weeing on the paper/puppy pads more often than not, but plenty of accidents on the vetbed too. Their bedding is being changed twice a day and the paper/pads being changed regularly throughout the day.
    Their little nails are being trimmed every 2/3 days to make sure that they don't get scratch.
    Sofa snuggle training going very well indeed :)
     
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    Sofa snuggles are SUCH an important skill set for a dog :)
     

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