Monday, October 02, 2006

Dax Puppy

The little girl puppy lost weight from 8 ozs to 6.3 ozs the first 24 hrs. I wasn't too concerned but when she didn't gain the next 24 hrs, I started to worry. I made up formula(Royal Canin-excellent stuff) and she refused it. Put up quite a struggle. Finally today , day 5, she looked like she wouldn't make it. Obvioulsy dehydrated. Again refused the formula. Then i tried again at 10.30 am and this time she drained the bottle in seconds. Now she weighs 7ozs(198 gms) 9 hours later. So the formula gave her the strength she needed to get the milk from her mum. It takes a lot of work on the part of pups to get the milk bar going. They have to kneed with their front paws and suck hard and bob their heads back and forth. All takes energy. Not out of the woods yet, but I feel more confident she will make it now. I have tried feeding her a few more times and she refused. When she says no she means it. You wouldn't believe how strong these tiny creatures are.
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