Feeding newborn puppies
It seems that each of us was faced with a situation where, for example, a little kitten was screaming heart-rendingly all night at the windows of a house, or a homeless tiny puppy was spinning at his feet near a store, hungry and frozen … Unfortunately, very many simply passed by, not paying attention or pretending not to notice the baby. Meanwhile, life was warm in a small calf, and, with hope running up to each person, the animal saw him as its savior. And indeed, it is in our power to help our smaller brothers, because it is not necessary that help should be taken to his home forever – no, you can feed, go out the animal and just give it in good hands, everyone can do it!
Another thing is if puppies were born in your family, and their mother either refused to feed them and look after them, or she does not have or is not enough milk. In this case, you will have to take full responsibility for the care and feeding of the babies. If you show more initiative and responsibility, then in two weeks you will be able to admire your well-fed and beginners to show curiosity to the outside world of pets.
So, firstly, it is necessary to place the puppies in a warm, closed place, for example, a box or playpen, lay old sheets, pillowcases, towels, put a warm heating pad – always under the litter, so as not to burn the puppies. Cut a small hole in the box so that later on the growing kids can independently get out of the box and climb into it. The hole should be 5-10 cm from the floor so that the crawling puppies do not fall out of the box. Feeding puppies of newborns, especially if they have three or more puppies in the litter, is a laborious and time-consuming task, as they need to be fed often. To do this, you can use warm milk (you can add a little honey if the puppies sneeze, nosebleeds are observed) or buy a ready-made milk mixture for feeding puppies that is as close as possible to the composition of the dog’s milk. Also, for feeding, you will need a small bottle with a pacifier, which you can buy in a pharmacy, it is better to purchase both latex and silicone nipples, because it is not known which puppies like the nipple more, or maybe one likes the latex and the other silicone. But, when the puppies are still very small, they can refuse the nipple, so you can resort to using a regular piece of cotton wool, pull out a similarity of the nipple from one end, and dipping it in milk, bring it to the puppy’s mouth. You can also use a syringe without a needle and gradually inject milk into the mouth of newborns. Instincts are very developed in animals, including sucking, so there will not be any special problems with this, you just need to be patient. After feeding one puppy, it is best to move it while feeding the remaining puppies to another box, thereby excluding the possibility of confusing puppies if they are of the same suit. In addition to feeding, if the mother of the puppies refuses to care for the offspring, it is necessary for the puppies to massage the tummies, imitating the licking of the mother, to release urine and feces, since they themselves are still unable to empty their intestines independently. To do this, you can take a small cotton ball, heat with your hands and in a circular motion massage the tummy of each puppy until urine and feces are released. Puppies grow, it can be said, right before our eyes, they change every day, they become more interesting. After 10-14 days, their eyes will begin to open, which also must be carefully monitored and, if necessary, processed. If you notice a buildup of pus or increased tearing of the eyes, you can treat the eyes with a weak solution of potassium permanganate, buy special drops for the eyes and periodically bury puppies in the eyes. If it so happened that you noticed the presence of fleas in babies, do not be discouraged until the puppies are well-fed and mature, fleas will probably occur, but as soon as the puppies begin to accumulate subcutaneous fat, the fleas will disappear. But you can also comb each puppy against the hair in a comb comb dipped in vinegar water, fleas will jump out of the wool. But do not do this procedure for very young puppies, not earlier than two weeks of age! Anything can happen to the kids, so you shouldn’t drag him to the veterinarian if you notice that the puppy refuses to eat, you feel a strong increase or decrease in his body temperature, dry nose, inflamed mucous membranes. Only a specialist can make the correct diagnosis.
Grow, watch your pets with pleasure! Change the litter of puppies daily, ventilate the room, wash your hands thoroughly before and after caring for the puppies, as well as nipples, bottles, dishes of pets after feeding them. Do not forget that the saying: cleanliness is the key to health concerns not only us people, but also animals! Good luck with the daily care of your pets!