I have a friend who has Cockers. She had puppies on January 10th and are 4 weeks old. She has started feeding them last week and the love their cereal mixed with ground turkey meat.
My friend woke up this morning and went in to let momma out for potty break and she found that she was dead. (Dog will be taken in for necropsy Monday)
Any suggestions in bringing up this litter without their mother?
I appreciate any input.
First, I am sorry to hear about this. For the puppies, if they are eating well on their own, they will do fine dietarily at this age however, please be wary of feeding advice. Many veterinary schools have a veterinary nutritionist. I have a MS in animal nutrition. It is important to find a quality puppy food that they like and to mix several kinds together. Puppies MAY imprint on a taste of dog food so I suggest using a mix of several types. Personally I also mix a wet food with the dry food. Next, adding a milk replacer is not a bad idea. Puppies at this age still need to suck and a daily or 2x daily use of a bottle would give them that social need. Puppies also learn dog behavior at 6 to 8 weeks of age so littermates are important or perhaps bringing in another sweet dog that would be kind and socialize with the older (6-8 ) week old puppies. All these things are a little more work but it certainly can be done and you can have healthy puppies.
The best of luck to your friend on this.
at 4 weeks they will do fine on puppy food. Just soak puppy food (kibble) with water for a while and then mush it, they can eat softened food just fine. Keep the litter together for proper socialization and if there is a gentle friendly adult dog they can spend time with, all the better. Until the litter is at least 8 weeks, they should stay together.
Goats milk is the closest thing to dam's. I start at 3-4 weeks on goats milk (our walmarts carry canned and dairy case paper quarts) mixed with raw ground meat (turkey, chicken beef), rice baby cereal, and gradually by 8 weeks have them on good puppy food with water/milk mixed. Make sure the pups are wormed every 10 days with panacur or strongid (1cc per 10 pounds) which you can mix in the gruel. It is very very safe wormer, so I would put in a little more - I used 12 cc for 8 pups - to be sure they all got it.
I mix dry food (what mom was eating) with warm goat's milk in a food processor. They should lick the mush right up, but if they don't stick their noses in it and let them lick it off. They'll get the hang of it in a couple of tries.
We feed the kibble with the goat's milk as well.
Point noted before - the adult dog that will do well with the young puppies. Critical
We start our pups out on wet food at 4 weeks old at work. Use the goats milk or warm water and let is set a bit to soften up. Make like a oatmeal paste out of it and they should do fine on it. Resorb is also good for them to put into their food for extra nourishment. Good luck with the pups.
Goats milk do not microwave any food for pups depletes all vitamins and is not good for milk products either, a lot of formula and milk replacers tell uyou that on the container....
Read Kevin Trudeau's New Book Nutritional Secrets they dont want you to know Natural Medical ways and what our world of Pharmacutical and medicine have dealt to us and our dogs and their diets....vitamin defeciency is the reason for most of our pups illness.....and the breed period.......read and research....what you use to know is not necessarily so today.....new horizon with microwaves,,,no fat ingredients,,,,aspartame , lots of deceptive chemicals in our foods and the dog and puppy foods....., flavor enhanceents in our dog food and ours to make us like it and create appetites for more of it.... if man invented it and made it dont eat it......
raw goat milk is actually much better if you have someone in your community that can supply you,.....