1. Create a Safe and Warm Environment: Newborn puppies are sensitive to temperature changes and cannot regulate their body heat effectively. Provide a warm and draft-free space for the mother and her puppies, ideally between 85°F to 90°F (29°C to 32°C) during the first week, gradually reducing the temperature as they grow. Our incubators are a great way to ensure that puppies are kept in a controlled environment.
2. Keep the Area Clean: Clean the whelping area regularly to maintain hygiene. Use washable bedding that is soft, absorbent, and easy to clean, such as old towels or blankets. To clean your incubator we highly recommend Skout's Honor Severe mess stain & odor. With its powerful enzymatic formula, this product goes beyond merely masking odors by actively breaking down the source of the stain at a molecular level. It's specifically formulated to work on a variety of surfaces, including carpets, hard floors, and what we love the most is that you can use it on our incubators safely, making it a highly versatile and effective tool . Skout's Honor Advanced Formula is not only safe for pets and children but also eco-friendly, as it is made with non-toxic and biodegradable ingredients. Whether it's urine, feces, vomit, or any other stubborn pet mess, we can rely on Skout's Honor Advanced Formula to eliminate odors and stains with ease, leaving our whelping area and homes fresh and sanitized. Another great sanitizer that we highly recommend is kennel-sol. This is a great sanitizer for our deep cleaning, especially when sanitizing the durable dog crates.
3. Monitor the Puppies and Mother: Keep a close eye on the puppies and their mother. Ensure that the mother is attentive and caring for her litter, as she will be their primary source for nutrition, and care. When the puppies are being kept warm in the incubator, you can keep moms near in a clean secure cage while she is healing. We have 37 and 43 inch durable dog crates with pullout trays and dividers, that can later be used for the growing puppies. We also carry the cooling memory foam beds made the Bark line that fit well in our durable dog crates.
4. Proper Nutrition: The mother's milk provides essential nutrients and antibodies for the puppies. Make sure the mother has access to a balanced diet with high quality supplementation.
There are many great supplements offered today, but the two that I am going to discuss are our top highly rated products that are formulated with a great overall balanced profile, with fertility in mind.
First, The Rogue Origins 5 n 1 is great well balanced supplement that focuses on bolstering the immune system and supporting the overall health and wellbeing of both the mother and her developing puppies, this supplement provides a balanced combination of essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Origins 5 and 1 aims to enhance fertility and conception rates, ensuring a successful breeding experience. It aids in maintaining the mother's optimal health during pregnancy, supporting proper fetal development, and promoting healthy whelping.
The second supplement I want to talk about is the Dogzymes Gestamate, it is a specialized and innovative supplement formulated to support optimal reproduction in breeding dogs. Designed with the health and well-being of both the mother and her developing puppies in mind, this product contains a unique blend of Raspberry leaf powder, organic alfalfa, selenium yeast, organic flax seed, wild harvested kelp, and last but not least, a whopping 704 mcg of Folic Acid per teaspoon. Its carefully crafted formula helps to improve fertility and conception rates in female dogs, ensuring a successful breeding process. Additionally, Dogzymes Gestamate aids in maintaining the mother's overall health during pregnancy, supporting healthy fetal development, and promoting a smooth whelping experience. As a trusted and reliable solution, breeders can rely on Dogzymes Gestamate to provide the vital nutritional support needed for a successful breeding program, resulting in healthier litters and happier, thriving mother dogs.
5. Regular Feeding: In the early days, puppies need to nurse frequently. Monitor their feeding behavior to ensure each puppy is getting enough milk and gaining weight. The best way to track their weight is to weigh the puppies in grams, so that you can closely monitor any fluctuations. I also recommend to weigh twice per day for thriving puppies, and more frequently for puppies that are ill. Puppies that are very ill may need to be weighed before and after feedings. It is important to feed puppies every 2-3 hours with a recommendation of 1ml/0z of body weight. If mom is not making enough milk, a great supplement to add is a medication called domperidone. If additional formula supplementation is needed, a high quality formula such as puppy-bac by dogzymes is recommended. and for puppies that are not thriving we highly recommend the fading puppy support by dogzymes be added to the formula. This support offers Probiotics, Prebiotics, Glucose, Electrolytes, colostrum, Vitamins and Minerals.
6. Support from the Mother: Most mother dogs are instinctively good caregivers. However, some first-time mothers may need assistance in cleaning and stimulating their puppies to urinate and defecate. You can use a warm, damp cloth to mimic the mother's tongue. Newborn puppies usually defecate after each feeding, which can be around 6-8 times per day. Mother dogs stimulate their puppies to eliminate by licking their genital and anal areas.
7. Limit Visitors: During the first few weeks, limit visitors and interactions with the puppies to avoid potential stress on the mother and the litter. If you do notice that mom is under a lot of stress you can use a calming agent, such as the dogzymes calm paste which is a natural blend of herbs to help alleviate her stress.
8. Vaccination and deworming: Around 2 weeks of age is a good time to implement a deworming regimen. We have a line of dewormers that are used during various stages. our personal favorite to start with is called nemex 2 for puppies, it has a great flavor and is single-dose treatment for the removal of large roundworms and hookworms, the most common worms for puppies. This treatment begins at weeks and is given each until 10 weeks of life. Around 6 weeks is a good time to start the vaccination schedule, which is given every 2 weeks for a total of 3 doses.
9. Socialization: After the puppies are a few weeks old and have gained some strength, gradually introduce them to gentle handling and new experiences to promote healthy socialization.
10. Supervision and Early Intervention: Keep a watchful eye on the puppies for any signs of distress or health issues. Seek attention promptly if you notice any concerns, such as lethargy, difficulty breathing, or lack of interest in nursing.
Remember that the first few weeks of a puppy's life are critical for their development and survival. Providing a safe and nurturing environment, along with proper care and attention, will go a long way in ensuring the health and well-being of the litter. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to us for guidance and support.
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