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Old 02-04-2013, 10:33 PM
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6 week old rescue puppies

My newest foster puppies are 6 week old Rottweiler mixes. I have never had a puppy this young before. We were told they are 6 weeks but they almost look younger, like 4 or 5 weeks. Is there anything special i need to do for them? They have been eating puppy food soaked in water. Is that ok? Or should I soak it in some milk replacer? I'm keeping them in an x pen lined with paper. They have a carrier with a towel in it to sleep in. I'm not going to take them outside since they are so small and I don't want them getting cold.
Any advice from anyone who'd had such young puppies before?

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Old 02-05-2013, 12:30 AM
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We got Flynn at 6 weeks, and I had her on weaning formula and a bit of milk replacer until she was 7-8 weeks. It doesn't hurt any and just gives them a bit of extra vitamins and proteins. It's good they are eating hard food soaked in water though. I used to soak Flynn's kibble in the warmed up formula/milk replacer. She also got boiled chicken and rice, because she didn't always seem to want the kibble. But there was only one of her, not a whole litter haha.

They're very cute!
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You just have to be really careful they are getting enough fluids. Definitely offer kibble soaked in water, but you can also offer hard kibble at 6 weeks (if they are 6 weeks). Do they have all their teeth?

You can also cut off a box with a cutout for them to get in and out with a blankie inside! How many of them are there?

PS- They are so gosh darn cute!

EDIT- I think they look to be about 5-6 weeks judging by how they look compared to Remy's litter who were similar size breeds

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Old 02-05-2013, 01:35 AM
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I think they pass for 6 weeks too. Have they been vacc'd or dewormed recently?

It's been a few years since our last litter, but I believe by six weeks, the pups were eating quite a bit of crushed/soaked kibble meals--we usually soaked in Esbilac--with dry kibble as a free feed option if their teeth were in. We prefer to let them wean naturally, so they were getting milk even at eight weeks when they could all manage to stop Mom for a quick nurse. By eight weeks we quit soaking in Esbilac and just mix in canned food if they aren't eating enough of dry. I don't think the timeline is too important, though--so long as they are drinking and eating enough, their development should be fine.

The more stimulation for development, the better. Variety of toys, obstacles, new things check out (boxes are all sorts of fun!) every day. You can start rewarding good behavior as well. Lots of fun and quiet time with humans, getting them used to everyday household activities and appliances, getting them used to grooming (nails!), etc.... all that should keep you plenty busy! (By the way, the crate is a great place for them to be sleeping--should help with crate training later.)

Outside time is good--even if for just short periods of time, it being cold. Not knowing your property's virus history or their health history, I would probably keep them on easily sanitized surfaces, or if you have none available, put a tarp under an ex-pen.

Have fun! Puppies are a lot of work but well worth it. And that is so great of you to be fostering them.
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Aussieguru - Thanks! I figured if anything the milk replacer couldn't hurt so I'll get some for them today. So far they have no problem eating it soaked in water but I'd rather give them the milk replacer for a little while instead.

zoorun - It doesn't seem like they are drinking enough but I'm used to bigger dogs so they might be drinking enough and it just seems like only a very small amount. I'm hoping the milk replacer will encourage more drinking! (Water will still be provided) I know they have teeth, but I'll check if it's all of just some. They have a small carrier with a blanket in it they sleep in. There's only 2 of them, a male and a female. Thanks for the age guess. Are they really that small at 5-6 weeks??! The youngest I've had before was an 8 week old lab. These guys could walk underneath an 8 week old lab.

crock - We have no paperwork on them from where they came from so as far as I know, they haven't gotten and vaccines or been dewormed. I'm going to ask the rescue for dewormer to do that though. We'll do a lot of different stimulation, thanks for the ideas for that! My animals are the only ones on my property so they should be ok going out. It's 22 degrees and snowing today so I might not bring them out though. I don't want them getting too cold.
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At their age, temperature isn't so much a concern as it is with pups 0 to 4ish weeks. I'm not saying they have to go out right now, but they could and it would be ok/good. Just short romps and dry them off... They should be fine.

These two might be mixed with something smaller, but pups grow fast--two weeks from now, you'll see a lot of difference.
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Ok, thanks. I'll see how deep the snow is and maybe see if they want to go out for a minute. I don't want to loose them in the snow!
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An update on the babies:

I'm starting to think the female is a week ahead of the male, either mentally or physically. He just likes to be held and tries to nurse on me. The female is very active. She runs around, plays, explores and I haven't seen her try to nurse. She won't touch the puppy canned food but she eats the dry food soaked in water/esbilac goats milk. Little guy is the opposite.

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Those pups are adorable! You have me longing for a puppy LOL.

It's normal for them to have completely different personalities. The litter I had, had such a variety of personalities from completely shy and timid, to a total extrovert. Some loved to be held and cuddled and others could have cared less.

My pups were about that size at 6 weeks, but in the week or two afterwards I think someone sneaked some miracle grow into their water because they just about doubled in size.
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Puppies between six and eight weeks will grow a lot. I'm not sure what to feed them. Their mother would not naturally wean them before six weeks, and many mothers continue to nurse their pups past eight weeks. Nutritionally, I guess I'd keep giving them formula. It can't hurt. I would be feeding BARF, but that's me. I can understand if you don't want to go this route. A top rate food is important at this time in their lives for proper bone development. Don't know what you are feeding I'd probably use Taste of the Wild because it's the best I can get out here in cowland.

I hope your permanent dog is good with puppies. These two need socializing. Right now their mother would be starting to expect proper etiquette (snapping at them when they run up and jump on her). If they do not get this socialization they will not know how to get along with other dogs.
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