My litter of six was a week old on the 26th. Since their birth three have died. The only answer I have been given is sometimes it happens. Are there any real reasons that a vet approved healthy litter would die like this?
I start pups off their 1st day using Ben-e-Bac per the tube directions. Since good gut function is super important in a newborn (and the basis of their adult immune system) it makes sense to me to give them every advantage I can. Of course keeping the pups warm, clean, dry, pottied, fed and hydrated are essential. But still some pups will die - and without a necropsy you can only guess, and often even the Vet can't say definitively after posting the pup. My theory is that when you loose pups in the first week and there isn't an obvious reason, it was likely a genetic or developmental issue that, had they survived, would have been a problem to them as they grew. Small consolation to pups dying off though....
I set the incubator at about 89* and feed every 3 hours around the clock for the 1st week and every 4 hours for the 2nd week. I smear the Nutrical right onto mom's nipple & put the pups on. I potty the pups before each feeding and weight them at the same time daily. Sue
Were they getting enough milk? Sometimes if I am worried about the pups thriving I will supplement and tube feed everyone till mom's milk gets going good. I am so sorry that happened to you. Hopefully the worst is over and the remaining pups will grow and flourish. Good luck and Congratulations on your litter.
You just never know. Now since I lost 4 out of 6. I feed every 3 hours around the clock and give puppies a pea size ball of nutrical before putting them on the boobies I also keep them about 90 to 95 degrees for the first 3 to 4 days unless they are screaming and to warm. If they are fine I leave it if they are growing and got. I turn it down to 88 to 90 and are how they do. I weigh befor and after each feeding to make fire they are gaining weight. If they are not gaining I too them off with formula. Good luck get some rest if you can its very heart breaking to bury pupoursVicky, Bosco, Bella, Breve' & Holly
I once lost 4 of 6 pups...we considered them "still born" because they didn't breath (after exhaustive efforts) or couldn't hold on to life. Vet said it may have been viral. I didn't use a thermometer but did know to keep them warm and out of drafts that first week since they have naturally low body temps when born and until they begin to gain some body fat. Peeing, pooping and feeding all done with regulation @3hr intervals. Kept all guests away that first week. Washed my hands alot, changed bedding alot, made sure mom took in lots of good calories, kept close watch on her belly incision. Most every one of my six litters were either born in October-November or February-March (or as much as the bitches would cooperate). Good luck...you've got more support and help available now with the internet than I've ever had.
On this site I have learned that infections and colds are the most common causes of death. I'm hopeful that this litter has weathered the storm and the rest will be healthy.
experienced breeders who might have more ideas Kim Britt & Bella [IMG][/IMG]
Yes me to it broke my heart I still have three healthy pups. Two males and one female. It was the mothers first litter hopefully the rest make it.
Too hot, too cold, a virus, not enough to eat, something genetic (rule that out with a necropsy) there are just so many things that can go wrong my list is just the tip of the iceberg. I'm sorry you had these problems.Kim Britt & Bella [IMG][/IMG]