German Shepherd Dog > Pups just shy of 6 weeks old. Mother won't feed due to the teeth. (19 replies)
Pups just shy of 6 weeks old. Mother won't feed due to the teeth.
by festnagler on 25 January 2012 - 01:51
|Pups are now just a few days shy of 6 weeks old and the pups are just to rough on the mom so she has pretty much stopped feeding them although she does clean up after them. I have been feeding the pups some goats mild mixed with Wellness Holistic puppy nutrition and some Blue Buffalo puppy kibble mixed in a blender. How much should i be feeding them since she hardly feeds the pups now? Should I begin to dry her milk up? Thx in advance for your advice.|
by LOVE THY SHEPHERD on 25 January 2012 - 01:57
OMG. They should have been weaned off of her already. Make sure that you
do it slowly or she can get pyrometra. That is very serious.
by SitasMom on 25 January 2012 - 02:00
|by 6 weeks the puppies shouldn't be nursing anymore.....it drags her down too much.|
feed the puppies as much as then can eat in 15 minutes 4 times a day.
by Jenni78 on 25 January 2012 - 02:32
|15 MINUTES? You mean seconds, right? LOL|
I feed pups only 3x per day, then down to 2x per day by the time they're ready to go. I don't tell the bitch when to wean; she decides. Overfeeding is NOT GOOD for puppies.
Lovethyshepherd, please stop spreading dangerously untrue information. I've seen 2 posts just in the last hour that are very very very incorrect. Many people read this and thus, it's important to check your facts before posting. Many breeds aren't weaned until way after 6 weeks. Do all their dams get pyo? I think not. My bitch let this past litter nurse occasionally until around 6 weeks. It was a small litter.
by Von Ward Kennels on 25 January 2012 - 02:53
|I always let my pups nurse until 7 weeks if the mom will let them. I believe in a more natural aproach. If mom is done then she is done. Pups at 6 weeks should be eaitng dry kibble and raw already. Blending in a blender? Wow you are doing more harm than good. They can eat dry.|
by macrowe1 on 25 January 2012 - 02:59
|Wow, they should have been weaned by now. They should be eating softened mush by now. I really don't blame the mom for not wanting to nurse, puppy teeth hurt, haha.|
by festnagler on 25 January 2012 - 03:29
|I have been feeding a mush now for 2 weeks. It is not like i just started. ))) Wow, i am amazed at how well the mom keeps the puppy area clean. Will start to feed dry with some raw chicken and wean off the goats milk that is mixed in. Just replace with water bowl?|
by Two Moons on 25 January 2012 - 04:48
|Just moisten some kibble and give them all they will eat in one sitting, twice a day at first.|
The bitch might still need to nurse for relief a few more times, she will dry up on her own naturally.
You should have had this figured out before you bred.
by JodyP on 25 January 2012 - 12:56
|I let my females feed until they want to stop.. I start supplementing the puppies at 4 weeks.. I feed raw.. I feed my pups 3 x a day.. depends on the number of puppies as to how much i am feeding. at 6 weeks they would be getting about 1/2 cup each 3 x a day.. |
by JodyP on 25 January 2012 - 12:57
|oh.. and a dog is not going to get PYO from weaning to fast..|
by Jenni78 on 25 January 2012 - 14:32
|Glad I wasn't the only one to address the pyo thing. Good grief.|
Do not mix raw chicken with kibble. Ditch the kibble and feed raw. Raw and kibble have VERY different digestion rates and if there should happen to be any harmful "bugs" in the raw, you're giving it prime opportunity to set up shop in those pups by making it sit there and wait for the kibble to digest. Do I ever feed raw with kibble? Yeah....but only to mature, totally healthy adults and I don't make a habit of it at all. It's a once in a great while occurrence and never something I intentionally set out to do.
6 weed old pups are more than capable of eating whatever you feed them in terms of raw.
by TingiesandTails on 25 January 2012 - 17:25
|...agree again to what Jenni says.|
Let the mom decide how long she wants to nurse...as long as the mom is well fed and otherwise has no health issues, nursing is good for her too!
Pyometra has different causes, but nursing is not one of them.
If you need more info, check out this link:
by Doppelganger on 25 January 2012 - 19:22
|I have a litter (not GSDs) at present seven weeks old. At four weeks they started climbing in mum's bowl and eating her complete food, so I moistened some and started feeding them. By six weeks they were completely on dry mixed with a little meat, and mum was going in a couple of times a day to 'empty' her milk bar. They also get scrambled egg or rice pudding with a small amount of goats milk in a separate dish with their breakfast and supper. Now at seven weeks they are right off her and when they see her they do try to feed but she jumps away from them. They are on four meals a day, which I will reduce to three when they are eight weeks (for the two I am running on). If you want to help dry mum up you can give her half a teaspoon of epsom salts in some water.|
by amysavesjacks on 26 January 2012 - 01:48
|I read that Pyo comment too and am thinking (hopefully) that the poster mean that the mom might get Mastitis? |
My pups have always been given kibble with a stage 2 puppy cereal at 4 weeks and easily eating dry kibble by 6 weeks.
by Chaz Reinhold on 26 January 2012 - 02:05
|So, just to be clear. Underwear goes on before your pants?|
by amysavesjacks on 26 January 2012 - 02:16
|Depends on what you are drinking Chaz... lol|
by Chaz Reinhold on 26 January 2012 - 02:21
by beetree on 26 January 2012 - 03:15
Here ya go Chaz, my good deed for the day.
by Chaz Reinhold on 26 January 2012 - 03:26
|Thanks, bee. Can't do that from my phone.|
by Doppelganger on 27 January 2012 - 23:06
Not pyometra but maybe eclampsia?