Keeping pet dogs is a great joy, giving you hours of pleasure. You’ll find that puppies and dogs make excellent companions for people of all ages. They become your best friends, providing a source of comfort, security, and entertainment as well when it comes to play. Whether they are curled up at the side of the bed, walking with you every day, or waiting for you to get home, there’s nothing like a dog. However, they do need special care and attention to remain healthy and strong. Looking after dogs especially requires special attention when there a newborn puppies. If you are expecting a litter in your home, you need to prepare ahead of time to take care of all of their needs.
Preparing for Newborn Pups
The first step is to get ready for the birth. The mother dog is going to need a nesting area. Create a space in your home that will have plenty of room for your expectant dog to lie down. You’ll also want to place soft bedding in the area, such as an old blanket or towels for the mother. The nest should be ready a few weeks before the birth. Allow your female dog to become accustomed to the area, bringing her to it time and again. When it appears that her time is near, guide her to the nest and then be at the ready. Your main job will be to make sure the nesting area is warm and clean. The mother dog will take care of the birthing on her own, unless there is a problem. If you feel your dog is in distress, you will need to speak to a veterinarian. Once the pups are born, throw away the afterbirth, supply clean bedding, and make sure you leave plenty of food and water for the mother. She’ll be concentrating on the pups.
Make Sure the Nesting Area Remains Warm
The mother dog will keep her pups tucked in close against her or beneath her to ensure they stay warm. You can also put a heating pad under a towel or blanket to provide additional warmth. When the mother dog eats, drinks, or has to go outside, the pups will move to the heating pad.
Check the Pups’ Weight
Be sure to weigh the pups regularly. If any do not appear to be gaining weight, they are not feeding enough. You can try bottle feeding the pups. The veterinarian can provide you with a formula that is safe for newborn pups. If you cannot obtain formula from a veterinarian, you will find that there are some home-made formulas that consist of evaporated milk, boiled water, raw egg, yogurt, corn oil, and pediatric vitamins. If you are required to feed any of the pups, you should do so every two to three hours. You can take six hours to sleep at night and resume the feeding schedule. Make sure you use a bottle that is intended for newborn pups.
Add Solid Food Eventually
After three weeks, you can begin to spread out feedings every four hours and introduce a small amount of solid food. By four weeks, you can make a mixture of solid food and milk for all of the pups, whether any of them require bottle feeding or not. Expect to feed the pups at least once in the night as well because they will be hungry.
Keep the Nest Area and Pups Clean
Continue to change bedding in the nest area. Also, wipe the pups’ hind end with a warm, damp cloth if you are doing feedings. When pups feed from their mother, she will bathe them and make sure that they are cleaned after relieving themselves. It will be your job if the mother isn’t taking care of any of her pups.
Increase the Amount of Solid Dog Food
Between six to eight weeks, all of the pups will be ready to make a full transition to dry kibble. Make sure that you place plenty of food down for the pups. They will take their fill. You don’t need to worry about overfeeding. They will stop eating when they are full.
Be Prepared to Clean the Area Regularly
As the pups get older, they will be on the move. When you see the little ones walking in the nest area, you can expect that they are relieving themselves as well. Make sure you clean the nesting area often, swapping out old towels and blankets for fresh ones.
Let the Pups Exercise
When the pups are little, it is not safe to take them outdoors. You can expand the area in the house where they can play once they are on the move. Protect your flooring and block off any part of the house where you do not want the pups to go.
Give the Pups Affection
The pups need your attention and affection. You want them to be accustomed to people. You are likely to plan on having puppies for sale when they are ready. Dogs for sale need to be acclimated to people, comfortable with their presence and touch. Your time with each pup will prepare them for new homes.
Be Sure Pups are Immunized
Between 6 and 12 weeks, talk to your veterinarian about immunizations for your pups. At about 10 to 12 weeks, the pups will be ready to go to a new home if you are thinking about selling or giving them away. Take the time to ensure they go to caring owners who are prepared for a pup and all of the responsibilities that come with being a pet owner. You have the right to choose where your pups will go. You’ve devoted a great deal of attention to the pups. They should continue to get the right care.