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Raising Puppies at Six Weeks Old

Tattooing the pups

Pups are tattooed to help identify them in case they are lost or stolen. Microchips are great, but sometimes do not always work. They also tend to migrate which has some breeders wondering how safe they really are when they are implanted in the neck and found a year later in the rear leg. A tattoo can be removed, but a microchip is more difficult to remove. The number on the pup is like a license plate, and will lead back to the breeder and the owner if the dog is registered. For example, if you register with the CKC, the CKC registers all tattoos automatically. Some breeders microchip dogs, which means a chip is inserted into the dogs neck that, when scanned, shows an identification number. However, tattooing is usually a better method, as with the microchip, you have to have a special scanner available and you cannot tell the dog has the microchip unless you have a scanner and run it over the dog. You do not need any type of special tool to see the identification number on a tattooed dog if the tattoo is legible, though 50% of them are not done properly. For a dog that is just lost, there is a 24-hour number, to call, and anyone can find out the owner of the dog, whereas with a microchip, you would have to find a chip reader. My personal advice to pet owners is to have both. Tattoo the puppy at six to seven weeks old with a legible tattoo, AND then, if your vet recommends a microchip, have him implant one properly at six months of age, when you spay or neuter your puppy. (IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that the vet scans and checks the microchip BEFORE insertion, as many are faulty.)

 
 

First clean the area with alcohol

First, clean the area well with alcohol. The tattoo gun also needs to be very clean with alcohol. I have never had one of my puppies get a tattoo infection, BUT, I have seen others that have.

Tattooing the pups at 6 weeks

Tattooing the pups at 6 weeks

My pups were sooo good, Emily held them, and one even went to sleep.

Tattooing the pups at 6 weeks

It takes about 30 seconds to one minute per pup to do a permanent tattoo. I like to do large breeds at six weeks, and toy breeds at seven weeks.

Tattooing the pups at 6 weeks

Tattooing the pups at 6 weeks

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Sassy with her six-week-old pups being goofy.

Sassy playing with her pups

Sassy playing with her six-week-old pups.

 

   
   

Emily trimming Gus Gus's nails

Emily trimming Gus Gus's nails.

When trimming nails, if you cut a quick, have quick stop on hand. Don't make a big deal of it and carry on.

When trimming nails, have quick-stop on hand in case you cut a quick. Don't make a big deal of it and carry on.

This pup is 6 weeks old, look how BIG he is already. He is 13.2 pounds. Notice the pot belly!  :)

This pup is six weeks old, look how BIG he is already. He is 13.2 pounds. Notice the pot belly!  :)

 

Courtesy of MistyTrails Mastiffs

 

 

Although this section is based on a whelping of an English Mastiff, it also contains good general whelping information on large-breed dogs. You can find more whelping information in the links above. The links below tell the story of Sassy, an English Mastiff. Sassy has a wonderful temperament. She loves humans and adores children. An all-around mild mannered, wonderful Mastiff, Sassy, however, is not the best mother toward her puppies. She is not rejecting them; she will nurse them when a human places them on her to feed, however she will not clean the pups or pay any attention to them. It is as if they are not her puppies. This litter is getting mom’s milk with major human interaction, manually giving each and every pup what they need. In return, the pups will be super socialized and will make remarkable pets, however the work involved is astounding. It takes one dedicated breeder to keep this situation healthy. Thankfully this litter has just that. Read the links below to get the full story. The pages within include a wealth of information that everyone can appreciate and benefit from.

C-Section in a Large Breed Dog

Newborn Puppies... What you need

Whelping and Raising Large Breed Puppies: 1 to 3 Days Old

Things do not always go as planned (imperforate anus)

Orphaned Litter of Pups (not the plan)

Raising Puppies 10 Days Old Plus +

Raising Puppies 3 Week Old Puppies

Raising Puppies 3 Weeks - time to start potty training

Raising Puppies 4 weeks old

Raising Puppies 5 weeks old

Raising Puppies 6 weeks old

Raising Puppies 7 weeks old

Socializing the Puppies

Mastitis in Dogs

Whelping and Raising Large Breed Dogs Main

Whelping and Raising Puppies, a new found respect

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So You Want to Breed Puppies

Pros and Cons of Inbreeding Dogs

Stages of Puppy Development

Whelping and Raising Puppies: Breeding age

Reproduction: (The Heat Cycle): Signs of Heat

Breeding Tie

Dog Pregnancy Calendar

Pregnancy Guide Prenatal Care

Pregnant Dogs

Pregnant Dog X-Ray Pictures

Full-Term Mucus Plug in Dog

Whelping Puppies

Whelping Puppy Kit

First and Second Stage of Dog's Labor

Third Stage of Dog's Labor

Sometimes Things do not go as Planned

Mother Dog Almost Dies on Day 6

Whelping Puppies Unfortunate Troubles

Even Good Moms Make Mistakes

Whelping Puppies: A Green Mess

Water (Walrus) Puppies

C-Sections In Dogs

C-Section Due to Large Dead Puppy

Emergency Cesarean Section Saves Pups Lives

Why dead puppies in utero often require c-sections

Whelping Puppies: C-section Pictures

Pregnant Dog Day 62

PostPartum Dog

Whelping and Raising Puppies: Birth to 3 weeks

Raising Puppies: Puppy Nipple Guarding

Pups 3 Weeks: Time to start potty training

Raising Puppies: Pups Week 4

Raising Puppies: Pups Week 5

Raising Puppies: Pups Week 6

Raising Puppies: Pups 6 to 7.5 Weeks

Raising Puppies: Pups 8 Weeks

Raising Puppies: Pups 8 to 12 Weeks

Whelping and Raising Large Breed Dogs

Mastitis in Dogs

Mastitis In Dogs: A Toy Breed Case

Why are Toy Breeds are Harder to Train?

Crate Training

Showing, Genetics and Breeding

Trying to Save a Fading Dachshund Puppy

Whelping and Raising Puppies Stories: Three Puppies Born

Whelping and Raising Puppies: All puppies do not always survive

Whelping and Raising Puppies: A Midwoof Call

Whelping and Raising a Full Term Preemie Puppy

Whelping Small for Gestational Age Puppy

C-Section on Dog Due to Uterine Inertia

Eclampsia is Often Fatal for Dogs

Hypocalcemia (low calcium) in Dogs

SubQ hydrating a Puppy

Whelping and Raising a Singleton Pup

Premature Litter of Puppies

A Premature Puppy

Another Premature Puppy

Pregnant Dog Absorbing Fetus

CPR Needed to Save One Puppy

Whelping Puppies Congenital Defects

Puppy with Umbilical Cord Attached to Foot

Puppy Born with Intestines on the Outside

Gone Wrong, Vet Makes it Worse

Dog Loses Litter and Starts to Absorb Puppies

Whelping Puppies: Unexpected Early Delivery

Dog whelps 5 days early due to dead pups

Lost 1 Puppy, Saved 3

An Abscess on a Puppy

Dewclaw Removal Done Wrong

Whelping and Raising Pups: Heat Pad Caution

Whelping and Raising a Large Litter of Dogs

Whelping and Raising Dogs While Working

Whelping a Messy Litter of Pups

Whelping and Raising Puppies Picture Pages

How to Find a Good Breeder

Pros and Cons of Inbreeding

Hernias in Dogs

Cleft Palate Puppies

Saving Baby E, a Cleft Palate Puppy

Saving a Puppy: Tube Feeding: Cleft Palate

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Whelping: Close-to-Textbook Case

Puppies' Progress Chart (.xls spreadsheet)

Cuban Mysti Puppies: Full Term Mucus Plug - 1

Cuban Mysti Puppies: Labor Story 2

Cuban Mysti Puppies: Labor Story 3

Cuban Mysti Puppies: One-Day-Old Pups 4

Easy Delivery a Day or Two Overdue

 

           

 

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