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Old 11-12-2015, 08:40 PM
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Hi I need some advice my chihuahua s pups are 4 days old...she had 3 pups all girls..the last pup out was tiny. ..and she's not gaining as much weight as the others. ( the small ones birth weight was 3.75oz and today is 5.05oz.......the 2nd pup was 4.5oz and today is 7.25.......3rd pup was. 4.85 and now 7.25....should I be worried about the small one? It's her first litter of pups. ..she also has been picking pups up including small one and moving them closer to her but tonight she was really hurting the small one picking it up and tried taking out the whelping area. ..i thought she was stressed so moved her in to a bit darker side of the room...she has settled down but why would she do this ? Also the little one doesn't find the nippels as easy as the other 2 then gets pushed off sometimes...any advice welcome. .also I've been sleeping in same room as her x maybe I am been over cautious ...
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Aww she is very very settled at the moment in the darker side of room. .I can still see them and she knows I'm there but it's a bit quiter with less prying eyes. ..
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The smaller pup started crawling away from her just now and she dragged her back with her teeth. ...I just don't want her to hurt pup..? It's her first and last litter
.never again I'm a nervous wreck
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Would mama let you 'help' the runt by holding her to the nipple until she 'latched' on? If not, then maybe help a little by getting a bottle and making sure the pup is getting enough. Make sure you give the pup back to Mama after you feed it, so she can lick it, and do whats needed after a feeding. Good luck.
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Hi I tried a bottle and it was rubish I had to put holes in the teat with a needle and no matter how many I put in my pup couldn't sick any out..it was hard even when I tried to squirter it in the sink to see if it was ok..but then I tried the syringe type with a teat on but again only the amount in the teat was been taken then I had to fill the teat each time because if u pushed the syringe even slightly it came to fast. I watched a video of someone feeding a small dog with an eye dropper so I bought one. .its very good cause her suction isn't fantastic but enough to suck from this dropper ? so going to keep feeding her along with her mummy x
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She is still only 5.75 oz but least she is gaining. .only started this dropper tonight c
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A sponge can be used to feed tiny pups.
I would try and avoid hand feeding if possible. the risks of aspiration or the pup getting an upset tummy are too high unless it is absolutely necessary.
If mum has milk, expressing a little so there is a drop on the nipple and removing the other pups (keep warm on a heat pad) so the tiny one can feed properly is a safer option.
Are they being kept on a heat pad? Tiny pups need to be kept very warm for the first week or so
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Hi yes there on a heat pad ..I'm going to seek vets advice tomorrow to be on the safe side x
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