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Tips for newborn puppy care

posted Nov 11, 2010 03:30:37 by SelinaSmith
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It is your responsibility to keep the towels, sheets and other bedding clean, as the puppies will constantly eliminate on them. In addition, provide fresh food and water to the mother.

Keep the puppies warm. I suggest an incubator instead of leaving puppies with mom all the time. While most puppies will snuggle against their mothers to keep their body at the right temperature, you can help the process by keeping the whelping area nice and toasty. keep the area 85 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit for the first five days of life. Then around five to 10 days, slowly reduce the temperature to 80 degrees. By the fourth week, the puppies should be comfortable in 75 degree weather. Watch the mother Bulldog closely for signs of overheating. English Bulldogs are prone to becoming too hot and may vomit, become lethargic or faint as a result. If the mother starts to display any of these signs or acts differently, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Closely monitor your English Bulldog puppies' breathing. Because of their short noses, English Bulldogs are susceptible to breathing issues. Any puppy that seems to be breathing abnormally or is having difficulty should see a veterinarian immediately.
Puppies should be fed every 2 hours for the first 24 hours, every 3 hours for the next week, then every 4 hours until 3 weeks old.
Feed the puppies mush when they are about 3 weeks old and continue nursing until puppies are 5 weeks old. The Doctors Foster and Smith website recommends placing 2 cups of high-quality puppy food in a blender with 12.5 oz. of puppy replacement milk. Fill the rest of the blender container with hot water. Process the mixture until it reaches the consistency of human infant cereal. Place the mush in a large pizza pie pan or other low-sided container and allow the Bulldog puppies to eat. Do this about three or four times daily. Bulldog puppies have noses that can easily become blocked with food, therefore, check the noses and clear them of any mush after every meal.

Take the English bulldog puppies to the veterinarian when they reach 6 to 8 weeks of age. The doctor will administer vaccinations, as well as worming medications.

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