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.


Mary Beth said...

I hope she makes it...maybe she has a tummy ache, something that makes her not want to take anything in. You just can't tell with these little ones. Sorry, Dog-Dad. I know you're worrying terribly!

DJ said...

Colin, when my kids were young we raised a couple litters of reg. min. schnauzers. One litter the momma got so sick and the pups were sick and week. I soaked what we call "quick oats"(people breakfast food) in hot chamomile tea. when it cooled, I strained off the "milk" that it created and used an eye-dropper to feed the precious little ones. They all survived.
Can hardly wait for pics. Hope the little tykes perk up and thrive very soon.