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Old 01-15-2013, 01:16 AM
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My puppies born a couple of hours ago can't latch on

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Am new to this forum and have joined in an emergency! My labrador had 2 puppies in the night - I've just woken up to find them. No idea if there are more to come. It's a pretty tiny lab litter but she seems v settled so not at all sure there's more going on.

Anyway the 2 we have got are both struggling to feed - I can't get them to open their mouths. They are crawling all over her looking for food but even when I squeeze milk out of her nipples they don't open up! Does anyone have any tips? We haven't yet got any puppy formula as they came a couple of days early.

Many thanks indeed for any advice
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:33 AM
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I guess I am lost as to why you can't open their mouths? Place your thumb (or forefinger) gently on the lower jaw and gently nudge/pry them open. This is also part of the basic examination to make sure their palates are intact....

Do you know the proper progression of whelping and signs of complications? I assume you had no xrays or ultrasounds done?

Eta: I hope you have your vet's number at hand. Labor emergencies/questions really aren't time for forums.... Best of luck.
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Thanks Crock.
Re. Opening their mouths, honestly it was partly fear on my part of damaging them. I've tried as you suggested and managed to get them to latch but they fall off within a few seconds.

Re. Whelping progression, yes I did my research! Having re-read my post I sounded a lot more clueless than I was! What had confused me was that Labradors usually have big litters but that Lottie was very settled and didn't look as though she was still in labour. There weren't any obvious complications hence not calling the vet at that stage but having lurked on here and read the forums I thought someone might have an idea re the latching. Off to the vet now with all 3 of them for a checkup (am in the UK and it's 9.30am)

Thanks for the advice. I suspect I may be back with more questions over the next few days!
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Let us know how the vet says they're doing!
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Yes please update when you get home. They may just be weak right now and cannot hold on good. I am sure they will get stronger at it though.
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You weren't even awake to whelp the litter? Were you taking her temperature to know when she was going into labour? Jeez.
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Torachi not all dogs show signs they are going to whelp hours before they do. Some just go straight in a pop them out..
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FWIW, temp taking is not always a very good indicator of labor. It doesn't hurt to record it multiple times a day on a schedule, for sure, though.
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you could try looking for dog milk formula at places such as petsmart or petco or go to Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more
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