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Old 12-28-2012, 03:25 PM
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I picked up six puppies at the local drop off last night. They are 2-3 mos? I am hoping the vet will be able to tell me tomorrow. It's been about 7 years since I've had a puppy and I am NOT set up for them. I am in touch with the local rescues, but for now they will be staying here. I need to know if what I pulled together is going to work as a short term fix. I have zero room inside. I have an insulated garage with a heater and a crate that was for a great dane for them to sleep in at night and/or yucky/cold weather. I also have an old 10x10 kennel with a doghouse they can play in during the day. The temps here have been between high sixties and low forties. Is this going to be ok until room opens up in a foster home?
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How big are the puppies? I am hoping they are not teeny toy breeds.

One does need to make sure young puppies are not exposed to a draft or prolonged cool temperatures. If you have to keep them outside, I'd be checking on them several times during the night to make sure they are not cold. If they are all huddled together and each curled into a ball, or shivering, then they are not warm enough. If they are comfortably flopped out in a heap, they are doing OK.

As far as the space heater is concerned, just make sure it is on the other side of a fence from puppies, for safety.

Certainly the vet will be able to give you better advice after looking over the pups and determining age and health.

Bless you for taking them in.
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40's is too cold for puppies, even the 50's-60's seems low. They need to conserve their body heat as much as possible....maybe another "safe" heater put somewhere out of their reach, including the cords. It should be at least 65 degrees. Is there anyway you can hang a light for warmth near them? Like chickens???
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What do you have in the kennel and dog house?
Hay works really well to help with maintaining body heat. Shredded newspapers work good also if you can not get hay. I would also put a large thermometer in the garage to keep on eye on the heat. Set it low since heat rises, and the puppies are on the ground. I heat my enclosed back patio to 74 degrees. I have a large thermometer hanging low and my heater has a temp set to cut on and off.
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They slept in the crate last night, so they couldn't get to anything. I put a box in there with fleece blankets and covered the box with more fleece blankets. I have rubber mats under it so I can clean easier with newspaper on top of that. They were together, not laid out, but they weren't balled up? I thought it was more for comfort being in strange place but maybe they were a little cold, too. Today I let them out for bathroom breaks on the sheltered side of the garage, but we came back in very quickly and played in the garage. I didn't think of a light; I can go hang one. I'll just pick it up before I open the door so they don't get to the cords. We don't have a thermometer in there but I can pick one up in the morning. I could comfortably sit on the bare concrete with shorts, but what temp that is I don't know.

Yes, we'll be at vets bright and early. Three look healthy, two are a bit skinny, and I'm a little worried about the runt. But she may just be really small. We'll see.

On a side note, my dog Sam is not speaking to me. He's like an old bachelor that got dropped in a preschool and is not happy about it. I guess I'm going to owe him a deer steak after this

I'm trying to get some pics up so I can get some opinions on age and breed. Thanks for suggestions!
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Hi! You have your hands full! I know microfiber blankets REALLY keep the heat in and are machine washable if that helps. Fleece might be too loosely woven to keep heat in? Wish I could give you a hand with them...What about little coats for them or sweaters??? Petsmart could donate them??? I would call and ask them!
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I actually don't think they will have issues with the fleece. TY for taking them in! I saw their photos and they are super cute!!!!!!
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Well, the weather turned too yucky for the kennel, so they've been in the garage the whole time, except for bathroom breaks. They are doing great with that. I feed them and then a short time later let them out. So far only 2 accidents out of the six of them! They are attacking each other and playing with the toys I got them. It is warmer today, so we might be able to play a bit in the sun out of the wind. The vet said they are in pretty good health, except for worms. They were dewormed, had first round of puppy shots and got flea treatment. We have to give them worm meds tomorrow and the next day. He said they are about 3 mos old. The biggest is 9 lbs, the runt is 4lb and everyone else is in between. He said socially they are doing great, so we guess someone was playing with them (i.e. they aren't feral).

I have been emailing/calling rescue groups the past two days. I have received so many offers of help; it is so great! I am trying to schedule a meet with one of them this weekend if we can get the times right. Crossing my fingers we find good homes for them. My head is going six different ways trying to follow them all
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And they are off! I had a callback this morning from a rescue an hour away that a spot opened up for all six. They are fairly certain that homes will be found quickly, but I am going to keep praying these guys go to great homes. They were quite a bit of work, but I am a little sad to see them go. One in particular I was sooo tempted to keep, but I realize I can't give her the time she needs Let me just say that those who do rescues are amazing people! I've talked to many people over the past few days and all of them have done their best to help me. I know there are many on the forum that do that for others and my hat is off to all of you!
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