New born puppies are too cute. They’re all the rage right now. Especially ones that were born like a day ago. They can barely move around and all you want to do it hold them (Because they are so soft and warm).
But now that your dog has puppies, what next? Most times the mother takes care of all the pups’ needs and sometimes the mother doesn’t. So if it comes to a point that the wee pups aren’t getting enough care from the mum, it’s up to you to step up.
The first thing you need to know is that the pups need to be kept warm. Usually you’d find them all bundled up like this.
So lining their kennel with extra blankets and also keeping it a little breezy is important.
The babies also tend to feed every two hours. You will need a feeding bottle which is available in most pet accessories shops in Nairobi. Your vet can instruct you on how to feed them because it’s easy to injure the delicate little pups.
Weaning is supposed to be done after three weeks. Dry puppy kibble can be mixed with the mother’s milk or commercial canine milk replacer to form a consistency of gruel. Also, the babies should be dewormed every two weeks for the next six weeks.
During the first few weeks of their lives, the babies are unable to urinate and defecate on their own. The mother usually aids this process by licking them. Now what you would have to do is take a soft wash cloth and dip it in warm water. Using your fingers, gently massage the urinary and anal regions after feeding. This will help the babies relieve themselves.
Also, the vet can show you exactly how to do this. This can be done for a month, then you can start worrying about house training!
After 7-8 weeks, you can start with socialization training. Creating a strong bond with the pup(s) is crucial at this time. You want them to get to know you and get used to your smell, voice, and touch.
Introducing them to other people is also important but keep in mind that at this stage, the pups do fear other people. So understand your pups’ social cues and take them slow.
With these tips in mind, you’ll be a great dog owner!