My toy yorkie, snuggles, had 5 puppies, she had a c sec, because 1st puppy stuck, all lived and seem healthy, 3 days later, it appeared she lost her milk, she went in calcium shock and we now give 6 calcium pills daily and iron. we feed puppy food,. her milk seems dry, but the puppies are not complaining and they appear to eat from her. Do you think she has enough milk? we supplement with a little formula.
My question is are there any other signs we should look out for to make sure they have enough. AND when is the earliest we can give wet food. Thank you, Joanie
You should be weighing the puppies at least twice a day in a situation like this, once in the morning and once at night. If they are getting enough to eat, you will see them steadily gaining weight. Ask your vet to show you how to tube feed them. Then you can give them the exact amount you need for their size and age so they will continue to gain and grow sufficiently. In a case like this where you don't think she has enough milk to begin with, dopn't just supplement them a little. I would pretty much take over feeding them and let the mother's milk be their supplement, otherwise you might find yourself losing them to malnutrition. Don't mess with baby bottles and all that, the tube feeding is much more precise and you won't have to worry about an aspiration pneumonia from someone aspirating the contents of their bottle. The vet can show you how to mark the tube so that when you have it threaded down the puppy's throat, there is no other place it can be but the stomach.
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