Hi everyone, I am new to this forum and am looking for some advice.
I have been fostering dogs for going on 4 years now and I've had over 300 puppies. I've birthed out three litters to date however this last momma dog I have had 9 puppies! I'm surprised at how large her litter is, we think she is a lab x pitbull and the puppies are pitty crosses - they are absolutely adorable!
Anyways, they were born July 16 and are two weeks old now. The mother, Maggie, does not want to feed them anymore because when they nurse they are scratching her so bad she is bleeding. I try to cover her with blanket and cut out holes for each nipples but it doesn't work, they rip it off or get there heads caught in the holes.
I let her go and come as she pleases however she won't go to them at night anymore, at all. She is also only feeding them 4-5 times during the day and only feeding them for 3 minutes, tops. I had to literally hold her down this morning because they were all screaming for food and I only put 3 on her at a time. When she realized what I was doing she stayed until they were done but we had to take several breaks. The whole process took about 4 hours. Some of them were still hungry so I mashed up some wet dog food and put some on their mouths. They went NUTS over it.
I was wondering if it was safe to do that a couple times a day? Just to keep there bellies a little fuller so they aren't ravaging on Maggie every time she goes to clean them.