How to feed a newborn puppy?

It happens that after the birth of the puppies, the bitch refuses to feed himyes, sometimes she doesn't have milk or the mother dies. What to do with the puppies to avoid their death? It is quite difficult and very tiring to feed even one, but if you do everything right, it will grow into a healthy and well-rounded dog..

Article index

  • Find an adoptive mother
  • Proper place
  • Prepare the power accessories
  • Collect food
  • Observe the regimen
  • Choosing the right feeding position
  • It's important to know

Find an adoptive mother

If the puppies cannot be fed by their own mother, you can try find them a foster, who also gave birth recently. So that she does not reject them and recognize them as her own, you can resort to the trick. For example, try rubbing the puppies with the bedding of that dog for give them a familiar smell. Or anoint them lightly with your breastmilk. If none of these tricks work, you should collect the puppies from other people and a couple of relatives. When they start whining, return them to the dog together. But, if even after that he does not allow the puppies of other people approach her, a person will have to feed them.

Proper place

The puppy (or puppies) need organize a comfortable and warm place in a room without drafts, where he will be for the first few weeks of his life. For a bed, for example, you can use a box or a wicker basket. There the diapers are placed, which must be changed periodically, since the mother usually maintains the cleanliness by licking her baby, and without it the baby dirties the sand. Must be place a heating pad or a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel on the bed so the puppy doesn't get burned. And change the water as soon as it gets cold. In this way, it will be possible to simulate the warmth of the mother.

Prepare the power accessories

You can feed the puppy with a pipette, but this will not develop the sucking reflex, since the milk itself will fall into the mouth. Not desirable feeding a puppy with a syringe, as this increases the risk of aspiration of food masses and, as a result, aspiration bronchopneumonia may develop. Therefore, it is better use a special bottle from a pet store or regular daycare.

To prevent the puppy from spitting the nipple, it should be moistened with milk and one or two drops added to the tongue.

Collect food

If there is not yet adequate food for the puppy eat at home, first you can give him some boiled water. But for a complete feeding, it is better to use a special mixture for puppies, It is sold in the pet store, but it is recommended to consult with your veterinarian to find the right one. He will also be able to suggest how much food the animal should eat per meal (the amount depends on the breed) and will recommend vitamins.

Observe the regimen

During the first 7-10 days, the puppy should eat every 3-4 hours, both day and night. Obviously, such a feeding schedule is very tiring, but it cannot be broken, especially if the pet is sick and weak, otherwise it will grow and develop poorly..

Choosing the right feeding position

The correct feeding position is very important so that the puppy does not choke. It is better to put the pet with his stomach down on his knees and raise his muzzle a little; in natural conditions, it feeds in this way.

If the nipple is very large, it will cause bubbles to come out of the nose. If this happens, we will have to change it. You have to control the rate at which the puppy is fed, if he is drinking too fast, pauses have to be made so that he recovers. Hold a little side to puppy when you finish eating so that the air that comes in with the food is released. And after that, you need to massage the abdomen, genitourinary and anal openings, since in the first weeks of life, puppies cannot go to the bathroom alone.

It's important to know

With the artificial feeding, necessary measure the puppy's body temperature before each feeding. It should be at least 35.5, otherwise the food is not digested, as a result of which a dynamic obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract may develop. You have to be very careful.

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