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How To Take Care of Newborn Puppies?

How To Take Care of Newborn Puppies?

So, your favourite pup has just given birth to numerous new favourite little pups! What an exciting adventure to embark on. Puppies bring so much joy to our lives, but with that joy comes a whole host of new responsibilities that you may not be aware of. Taking care of newborn puppies is a huge up taking that needs to be taken seriously and delicately! Let’s talk about why.

Table of Contents

  1. Feeding
  2. How to keep newborn puppies warm
  3. How often do newborn puppies poop?
  4. Monitor the newborns’ weight
  5. Trim the newborns’ nails
  6. Don’t handle the newborns excessively
  7. Playtime
  8. Socialization With Humans
  9. Vaccinations
  10. When to Visit the Veterinarian
  11. When is the right time for a puppy to leave its mother?

1. Feeding

A newborn pup who has a mother with them will get their nutritional needs from the mother. This is not something you need to worry about unless you notice mama isn’t producing milk or your pups are not eating/latching. 

If there is no mother around, you will need to purchase a puppy milk replacer and feed it to the pups in a bottle similar to ones used for newborn humans. Do not feed newborn pups cow’s milk or any other human/animal drink as their digestive systems are not fully developed and are sensitive to such products.

2. How to keep newborn puppies warm

Newborn pups are often skinny and cold. It’s best to keep newborn pups in a sideways cardboard box that is lined with soft blankets they can curl up into to keep warm. Wrapping newborn puppies in small blankets or towels individually is also an option if you don’t have a whole litter to manage. 

If you live in a colder area, or it’s a colder season, consider turning on a space heater but be sure to position it on the other side of the room so as not to make the room too hot or endanger the pups!

3. How often do newborn puppies poop?

Most newborn puppies will poop after each meal, some will defecate prior to the meal so they don’t feel bloated or tense in their tummies. Keeping puppy pads around can help control where they poop and ensure they don’t roll in their own faeces by accident!

4. Monitor the newborns’ weight

Keeping track of newborn puppy weight is critical to ensuring the pups don’t have any health conditions occurring. Pending the breed of your pup, their starting weight should be between 2.5 oz and 2.5 lb and this should increase by 10-15% of birth weight each week during the first year of life.

5. Trim the newborns’ nails

When applicable, trim your newborn puppy’s nails to avoid accidental injuries such as clawing at other pups, scratching mama, scratching you, getting stuck on catchable fabrics, etc. 

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6. Don’t Handle the Newborns Excessively

Newborn pups are sensitive to touch as they are growing and learning about their environment. They also do not see for the first 4-6 weeks of life so they don’t always know you’re coming and this can be frightening.

7. Playtime

Newborn pups will play with each other and in their environment. They do not need excessive amounts of toys, especially in their newborn phase of life. Wait until their order to start incorporating puppy toys.

8. Socialization With Humans

Getting your newborn pups used to humans is important but should be done slowly. Allow human interaction in short increments daily and increase the allotted time each week. Start small, maybe 10 minutes/day, and build from there.

9.Vaccinations

Newborn pups need several vaccinations include distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, and parainfluenza. They should be vaccinated around 6 weeks old.

10.When to Visit the Veterinarian

Newborn pups should visit a veterinarian within their first week of being born to ensure they have no health issues right out of the gate. They should then receive monthly checkups to monitor development.

11. When is the right time for a puppy to leave its mother?

The minimum age for a puppy to leave its mother is 8 weeks, but it’s preferred to wait for 10-12.

 

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