How do you take care of a dog that just gave birth?
To help your dog after she gives birth, feed her puppy food that’s high in protein and calcium until the puppies are weaned so she can produce plenty of milk. If she has long fur, trim it around her tail, hind legs, and mammary glands to keep the areas clean and reduce the risk of her puppies getting sick.
How do I look after my dog and her puppies?
How to Take Care of a Mother Dog and Her Pups
- Set up a safe place for Mom and the puppies to sleep. Ideally, that should be a room inside your home, such as the bathroom or the utility room.
- Check on Mom several times a day when the puppies are first born.
- Feed Mom high-quality dog food.
Can I leave newborn puppies alone with mom?
Is it okay to leave newborn puppies alone with their mom? Most responsible breeders do not leave newborn puppies alone with the dam. There are many reasons why it’s best to supervise the dam and her litter at all times.
How often should you check on newborn puppies?
Dr. Klein, our Chief Veterinary Officer, recommends purchasing a baby scale to monitor weight gain in each puppy. You should weigh each puppy at birth, and again at 12 hours, 24 hours, 48 hours, 3 days, 5 days, and 7 days.
Should newborn puppies sleep with mom?
The first week of a puppy’s life is mainly about sleeping and eating so it will grow. Puppies should remain with their mother and littermates until about age eight to 12 weeks.
How long do you have to watch newborn puppies?
Young puppies must be allowed to stay with their mother for at least twelve weeks to help them grow and develop before they are adopted out. Since puppies are delicate creatures in need of a lot of attention, stay in close contact with your veterinarian to ensure their good health.
Can I leave my dog alone with her newborn puppies?
Why is my dog sitting on her puppies?
Yes, a mother dog can reject her litter and turn on her puppies. This may happen because she feels unwell herself, or because a puppy seems too weak to be worthy of her care, or simply because of a lack of maternal instinct. Such behavior may appear from the moment she has given birth, or a few days or weeks later.