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Old 03-07-2009, 08:26 PM
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Default How do you feed/care for newborn puppies?

I start volunteering at Miami Dade A.S on sunday, before the "puppy program" began, all new born orphan puppies that couldnt eat by themselves were put to sleep. but now they have a program where volunteers can feed them/care for them (and find homes for them). I think its awesome and I want to be part of it since they NEED people to do it

thankfully, i go to a school where taking puppies to school is not a problem and leaving class every 3 hours to feed them isnt a problem eether. we have an animal rights club and rescue is something we do all the time (im the president) so taking the newborn pups to school and feeding them while im there isnt a problem

but trouble is, i dont know how to deal with orphan puppies
how to house them
how to feed them
what to feed them
how to make them go potty
ect. ect..

any help would be great. the shelter just hands you a box of puppies and a contract to give the future owners

thanks so much
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:31 PM
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How old are the pups do you know? Is it before they have their eyes open?


and a little thread-hijack, but this is so sad, I remember seeing this little one too!!

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Old 03-07-2009, 08:43 PM
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You have to put your mind set into a a new Mommy dog . Stimulate to poop and pee and alot of TLC. I've never brought up orphaned pups , but know that besides feeding , they need alot of stimulation . Good luck !!!
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:58 PM
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Newborn Puppy Care


During the first few weeks of life, a puppy***8217;s primary activities are feeding, keeping warm and developing social skills. In most cases, humans will simply watch the mother dog provide all necessary care for her puppies. However, if the puppy in your care has been separated from his mother, or if the mother dog has rejected her young or cannot produce enough milk, caring for the pup is up to you.

How Do I Feed a Newborn Puppy?
A mother dog***8217;s milk provides everything the pups need during their first four weeks of life. If you are caring for an orphan or the mother is out of the picture, consult with a veterinarian for guidance on the proper way to bottle-feed newborns, as it is easy to cause harm by doing it incorrectly. The babies will need to be fed a commercial canine milk replacer. Be sure to use one specifically formulated for puppies, as cow***8217;s milk and other milk replacer can cause diarrhea.

Puppies will need bottle or syringe feeding every few hours for several weeks.

How Often Should a Puppy Eat?
Puppies generally nurse at least every two hours in their first week of life. As they develop and grow, the intervals between feedings increase. At around four weeks of age, puppies can begin to transition from nursing to eating solid food. When making the transition to solid food, a high-quality dry puppy kibble can be soaked with warm water and milk replacer and blended to the consistency of gruel. This can be made available several times a day. Gradually, the amount of milk replacer can be decreased until the puppies are eating dry kibble by about 7 to 8 weeks of age. Consult your veterinarian for the exact amount to feed and for help creating a long-term feeding schedule suited to the puppies***8217; development needs.

How Much Should a Newborn Puppy Weigh?
The average birth weight for puppies depends on breed. During the first weeks of life, a pup***8217;s body weight may double or even triple. Gaining 10 to 15% of birth weight daily is considered healthy. Pups who don***8217;t gain adequate weight during this early period may not survive.

Should I Hold the Puppy?
Puppies should not be overhandled during their first two weeks of life, and care should always be taken not to upset the mother dog when handling. If you are hand-raising pups, handle them only as much as is necessary to keep them warm, clean and fed for the first two weeks of life.

Make sure they are staying warm at this tender age***8212;a well-monitored heating pad or warm water bottle wrapped in a towel will do the trick. Starting at three weeks of age, try to gently handle the puppies in short sessions a few times every day***8212;this is around the time their vision and hearing are kicking in and their teeth are beginning to develop and is considered an important time for socialization. Please take care not to allow children to do any handling without adult supervision, and not until the puppies are at least three weeks of age.

How Can I Teach a Puppy to Go to the Bathroom?
During their first few weeks of life, puppies are unable to urinate and defecate on their own. Dog mothers instinctively stimulate their babies to excrete waste through licking. If you are raising puppies without a mother dog, you will have to assume this***8212;luckily, you can use your hands instead of your tongue! Dip a soft washcloth or a piece of gauze in warm water and gently massage the anal and urinary regions after feeding. The warmth, texture and movement mimic a mother dog***8217;s tongue. It is vital that you do this, so have your vet coach you on methods of encouraging newborn puppies to relieve themselves. Puppies begin excreting on their own at about three to four weeks of age.


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Old 03-07-2009, 09:04 PM
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depending on where you are and what the temp is in your home, you might also consider placing a light bulb near the edge of the crate (outside it) so the puppies have a heat source to go to if they want it.
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another way to keep them warm is a heating pad under part of the crate. The pups can move on or away from it. Works well if you have cold floors. Puppies need to be kept in an environment of about 80f when they are little. (if you are just going by air temp.. If you have a supplemental heat source of 90-100f then the air temp can be lower)
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:23 PM
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Good post Juicy !! Though I believe that handling is OK .
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:58 PM
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IMO a school environment of ANY kind is inappropriate for newborn pups. There will be people there who want to hold them and may do so with or without your consent unless they are going to be essentially under your desk at all times.

They require steady temps...seldom found at most schools I went to..some rooms were cold....others hot. etc...you'd need to keep them in a warming box AT ALL TIMES.

Schools are full of germs...not just human ones, either. Pet owners attend school and unless you know the status of every student there...someone's dog at home could have parvo or etc and expose the pups. It is IMO very difficult to maintain a acceptable level of sanitation in a school. Orphan pups IN PARTICULAR are extremely extremely vulnerable to outside bugs...they may have not received adequate or ANY colostrum from Mum...and that leaves them naked to the world. Bad thing in a home scenario...I cannot imagine it in a place where literally...hundreds of folks come and go from homes containing other animals, daily.

Stress. Newborn puppies are not completely unaware of their surroundings...blind and deaf they MAY be...but unfamiliar scents and touches, and sensations...like being carried...can really stress them out.

I would really consider ALL the above and not see cute needy babies you'd like to tote around with you everywhere you go. But truly helpless vulnerable infants that require CONSTANT monitoring and can go downhill in literally...hours should something go awry.
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Old 03-07-2009, 11:46 PM
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but trouble is, i dont know how to deal with orphan puppies
how to house them
how to feed them
what to feed them
how to make them go potty
ect. ect..

any help would be great. the shelter just hands you a box of puppies and a contract to give the future owners
This bothers me, a lot. Why would they give you the pups when you've had no experience caring for puppies? I'm not necessarily saying you shouldn't take them, and you are doing the right thing by asking here. I'm more turning my nose at the rescue you're volunteering for.

Something should be done in terms of training people to look after newborn pups, or to take on someone who's had experience with it, not just hand you the puppies and wish you luck. :/
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Old 03-07-2009, 11:56 PM
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well it was essentially a false alarm, i found someone more suited to deal with their needs and that had raised a litter before (they ended up being MUCH younger then i thought they would be, their eyes were still closed)

its not a rescue, its a public shelter. eether one of the few volunteers take them or they get PTS. Im going to do some research and try again with a litter than i can handle

thanks for all your help
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Old 03-08-2009, 07:54 AM
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It's great that you want to help, and I'm glad you were able to find someone experienced with newborns to take them in

Maybe you can go help the person who does take them.
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