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No I haven't tried the sponge feeding method.
I managed to speak to a vet and he came to us as I was worried about what she could bring home if we went to clinic he thinks that the pups could be going through a hungry period and drinking her dry so she needs a break. He suggested once they had feed to let her come away from the pups if she is willing for a good 45 mins to hour even if she is in the same room and to continue giving her the calcium tablets but the dose I was giving her wasn't really enough (I was giving her 4 tablets but he said she really could do with 6 as the box instructions don't allow for the extra pressure on a young mum) This seems to have worked well and her milk bar looks much fuller. He also checked the pups over and he is happy with all of them even the small one. He did say that if nothing improves by monday we might have to look at early weaning and he wants me to keep an eye on their growth.
He gave me some Panucur dewormer as well and he didn't charge me for the call out fee despite the fact he poked his head in on my boy as well.

In other news all the pups eyes are open and one of the pups took their first wobbly steps today
 

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No I haven't tried the sponge feeding method.
I managed to speak to a vet and he came to us as I was worried about what she could bring home if we went to clinic he thinks that the pups could be going through a hungry period and drinking her dry so she needs a break. He suggested once they had feed to let her come away from the pups if she is willing for a good 45 mins to hour even if she is in the same room and to continue giving her the calcium tablets but the dose I was giving her wasn't really enough (I was giving her 4 tablets but he said she really could do with 6 as the box instructions don't allow for the extra pressure on a young mum) This seems to have worked well and her milk bar looks much fuller. He also checked the pups over and he is happy with all of them even the small one. He did say that if nothing improves by monday we might have to look at early weaning and he wants me to keep an eye on their growth.
He gave me some Panucur dewormer as well and he didn't charge me for the call out fee despite the fact he poked his head in on my boy as well.

In other news all the pups eyes are open and one of the pups took their first wobbly steps today
Glad the vet was able to come out and help ease your burden. Does momma dog leave the pups at all? Also, how old are the pups?

Worming should start being given at 2 weeks, then every two weeks after until they leave. So give at 2, 4, 6, etc.
 

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They are 15 days now. She will willing leave the pups to go toilet etc but tbh I've been taking her straight back to them and getting her to get in the whelping box but I've put her bed up there so she can lie on that and got a snugglesafe for the pups. She seems happy with this new arrangement. I will get her to stay with the pups through the night thou.
Yes the vet said I needed to give them .5 ml over the next 3 days and then every 2 weeks until they leave us at 8 weeks.
The vet did say to me he needed to see her to check about her milk because if it had dried up complely then I would have to supplement. He even showed me the best way to get them to take a bottle just in case, apparently I was being too gentle about the whole thing.
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They are 15 days now. She will willing leave the pups to go toilet etc but tbh I've been taking her straight back to them and getting her to get in the whelping box but I've put her bed up there so she can lie on that and got a snugglesafe for the pups. She seems happy with this new arrangement. I will get her to stay with the pups through the night thou.
Yes the vet said I needed to give them .5 ml over the next 3 days and then every 2 weeks until they leave us at 8 weeks.
The vet did say to me he needed to see her to check about her milk because if it had dried up complely then I would have to supplement. He even showed me the best way to get them to take a bottle just in case, apparently I was being too gentle about the whole thing.
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Hopefully the increased calcium will do the trick, pups that young should not be draining their mom, way too soon for that. Okay, that's good. If she still wants to spend a lot of time with them, that's not a bad thing.

That's okay, you're still learning. Glad you now know how to bottle feed just in case.

Oh, by the way, have you been trimming the puppy's nails?
 

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I've tried to trim the nails but mum goes nuts at me any time I go anywhere near them with the baby nail clippers I've been using. I'm gonna get hubby to take her outside when I give them today's dose of wormer and do it then
 

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Yes you will want to separate her from them briefly so you can handle and play with them. It's important that they get handled by people.

Did you figure out bottle feeding? It is ok to be a bit rough with them :) I know they are babies, but they're actually quite sturdy. We usually stick the nipple in their mouth and basically hold their heads there for a while and not let them spit it out. They might be a bit resistant at first....But you have to remember it's a big change. The nipples don't have the same texture, shape or feel as mom and the formula is very different tasting. It takes patience and persistence. Once they realize it's food, they'll drink up!
 

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Yes you will want to separate her from them briefly so you can handle and play with them. It's important that they get handled by people.

Did you figure out bottle feeding? It is ok to be a bit rough with them :) I know they are babies, but they're actually quite sturdy. We usually stick the nipple in their mouth and basically hold their heads there for a while and not let them spit it out. They might be a bit resistant at first....But you have to remember it's a big change. The nipples don't have the same texture, shape or feel as mom and the formula is very different tasting. It takes patience and persistence. Once they realize it's food, they'll drink up!
 
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