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Old 02-11-2016, 05:26 PM
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i think now might be the time to put her on puppy food @LoveMyFosters? as for laying on top of them im not sure though i know they can get protective of the pups
Yes I mixed some puppy food in with her normal food and she had a good feed she's also had some turkey. The front nipples and mammory glands aren't anywhere near as big as the back ones.
Yes I've had to move a few pups a couple of times because it's been proper stuck and roxy wouldn't move and she tries to take them off me. I'm trying not to interfer but obviously I can't sit here and let them get squished.

LoveMyFosters do u think it would be ok to clean roxy up a bit? I know the pups need to be able to smell her but her back end is a mess.
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She should clean herself at some point. She's probably just exhausted.

Have you tried squeezing the teat gently to see if milk comes out? You have to remember that the more the pups suckle, the more it'll stimulate her body to produce milk. So with more time, those upper teats may catch up and produce.

But I would definitely go buy a weigh scale, some bottles and Esbilac puppy formula just in case. The scale is so you can track their weight and make sure they're gaining. Try to rotate pups the best you can on the teats that you know are producing because right now, mom's milk is best for them. They need the colostrum and antibodies.
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Old 02-11-2016, 06:17 PM
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She should clean herself at some point. She's probably just exhausted.

Have you tried squeezing the teat gently to see if milk comes out? You have to remember that the more the pups suckle, the more it'll stimulate her body to produce milk. So with more time, those upper teats may catch up and produce.

But I would definitely go buy a weigh scale, some bottles and Esbilac puppy formula just in case. The scale is so you can track their weight and make sure they're gaining. Try to rotate pups the best you can on the teats that you know are producing because right now, mom's milk is best for them. They need the colostrum and antibodies.
She is trying to clean herself but she's pretty stained being pure white.
Yeah I've got scales and replacement milk.
I weighed the pups earlier and that was a nightmare as mum kept picking them up off the scale before I had a chance to get a reading but we got there in the end.
I don't know how much they should weigh at a few hours old but their weights are
(In order of birth) 372g, 340g, 372g, 341g, 326g, 296g and 268g
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Having a bit of an issue with roxy. She keeps laying down on top of the pups and won't move when I try to get it out any ideas?
Also the pups are only nursing from the back 3 nipples and she doesnt seem to have milk in the front 2 do I need to supplement
Yes, it is time to switch her to puppy food if you haven't already. Have you tried getting the pups to nurse on those teats? Sometimes a dog's milk won't come in until the pups were actually on the teat.

As far as laying down on them, does she seem to know that she is on them? Does she move when they make noise?
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Yes I mixed some puppy food in with her normal food and she had a good feed she's also had some turkey. The front nipples and mammory glands aren't anywhere near as big as the back ones.
Yes I've had to move a few pups a couple of times because it's been proper stuck and roxy wouldn't move and she tries to take them off me. I'm trying not to interfer but obviously I can't sit here and let them get squished.

LoveMyFosters do u think it would be ok to clean roxy up a bit? I know the pups need to be able to smell her but her back end is a mess.
Yes, you can clean her up if need be. Just give her a gentle rag down or sponge bath, and if she won't leave the pups then just do it where she is.
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Having a bit of an issue with roxy. She keeps laying down on top of the pups and won't move when I try to get it out any ideas?
Also the pups are only nursing from the back 3 nipples and she doesnt seem to have milk in the front 2 do I need to supplement
Yes, it is time to switch her to puppy food if you haven't already. Have you tried getting the pups to nurse on those teats? Sometimes a dog's milk won't come in until the pups were actually on the teat.

As far as laying down on them, does she seem to know that she is on them? Does she move when they make noise?
Yes I've been trying to get them on the front ones and they do suckle but after a little while they either fall asleep or they start searching out the ones further down.
I'm not sure if she knows she's one them even though they are squealing and trying to get out but she doesn't move and when I try to move her she kind of pulls against me and doesn't want to move. She keeps getting up while the pups are nursing and getting out the whelping box then when she gets back in she just plonks herself down on top of them or just sits next to them and I have to physically get her to lie down so the pups can latch back on.
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Yes I've been trying to get them on the front ones and they do suckle but after a little while they either fall asleep or they start searching out the ones further down.
I'm not sure if she knows she's one them even though they are squealing and trying to get out but she doesn't move and when I try to move her she kind of pulls against me and doesn't want to move. She keeps getting up while the pups are nursing and getting out the whelping box then when she gets back in she just plonks herself down on top of them or just sits next to them and I have to physically get her to lie down so the pups can latch back on.
Okay, hmm.. By what you're saying it sounds like she might need calcium, do you have any calcium supplements such as Cal-Sorb? Mothers that don't have enough calcium can lack interest in their pups and also lack milk. Also, something that a lot of people recommend to help bring milk in is giving her some milk re-placer with her food.
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Right ok I don't have any calcium supplements but I will get some tomorrow (later today) i have some replacement milk I can give her.
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Gunna try and get some sleep if I can - the pups seem to be having a party lol
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Right ok I don't have any calcium supplements but I will get some tomorrow (later today) i have some replacement milk I can give her.
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Gunna try and get some sleep if I can - the pups seem to be having a party lol
Okay, good. Yes, do try and get some rest, I'm sure you must be exhausted. I would get someone to keep an eye on them if you are able, with her sitting on them she could easily kill a pup by accident. Not trying to scare you, just trying to make sure it doesn't happen!
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Hope Mom and pups and you are all doing well today. Feel free to post lots and lots of pictures.
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