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A full-term, but small for gestational age, puppy

Whelping and Raising Puppies


MistyTrails plays midwoof to many local breeders.

I got another call from a breeder who needed help after her dam had her litter. In the litter there were two tiny puppies born at 2.5 ounces (76 grams) and 3 ounces (88 grams). In her breed pups are generally 6 to 8 ounces, so these are very tiny puppies. The other two pups born in her litter were normal size for the breed.

They do not seem to be too preemie, as in premature for gestational age, they are just VERY small for gestational age.

She came to me for a lesson on tube feeding, as without tube feeding these pups would not make it, and already on day two were fading.

These pups need HEAT and FOOD.

When the pups came to me they were not gaining weight. After tubing every two hours at 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. at the rate of 1cc for every ounce of body weight (ie: 2.5 oz got 2.5 cc every 2 hours) the weights have come up.

I am using concentrated goat milk, canned, for best results, but store-bought goat milk or puppy replacer milk from the vet are good too.

88 g. pup is up to 102 g.

76 g. pup is up to 84 g.

In just one night.

What the supplementing did was turn two fading pups around so that now they have the energy and strength to nurse. So far things are looking very positive for these two. Without human intervention they would have died, as they were already gasping. The first night they came to me they were constantly crying, the next day they were nursing and content.


Whelping a Premature Litter


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.


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