One of Eleanor's pups is starting to concern me. He's definitely the little guy in the bunch, but I know he wasn't the last one born (is the "runt" actually defined by being the last one? Or just the tiniest..??)
He always seems to be the last to get a nipple, though I know I've seen him latch on. Mom is VERY protective and I don't want to stress her out by putting my hands in there to 'help' guide him- she's fine with us petting her but I just don't want to get her worked up.
Is there anything I should/can be doing for the little guy? At what point would I know I need to step in and separate him and use some kind of puppy formula? I know mom's milk is best so I really hope it wouldn't come to that... but I also don't want to lose the little guy. =(
Something about him just doesn't seem right.. =/ (He's Mickey, the one with the most spots at the very top. He just seems to look.. 'spiney.' =( My vet (the one I work for) isn't open today, our nearest emergency clinic is an hour away but I've got their number just in case. I just don't want to overreact, this is the first time I've had to have a litter of pups..