How to care for newborn puppies? 8 points
The following 8 points are very useful and practical knowledge, everyone can pay attention to when caring for newborn puppies:
1. Newborn puppies should be distinguished by adding straps. In the first week, puppies have no difference in appearance. They should be tied with different colored straps to distinguish them so that they know who has eaten milk and who has not.
2. From the first day of birth of puppies, weigh them every day. Generally, they weigh about 450-550 grams when they are born. In the first 4 weeks, they have gained an average of 50 grams of body weight each day, and in 4-8 weeks, they have increased by almost 100 grams per day.
3. Small dogs mature faster than large dogs. All puppies must have four meals a day before the age of 3 months, can be reduced to 3 meals a day at the age of 3--6 months, and can be fed twice a day after the age of 6 months. Small dogs mature faster than large dogs, and can eat on adult dogs 'recipes at 8 years of age-but large dogs still grow quickly at this age and need to eat on puppies' diets for a long time a period of time.
4. Keep a record. It should be pointed out that the needs of each puppies are not the same, some need more and some need less. Whether your feed is appropriate can be seen from the puppies' physical condition. Check your puppy's weight regularly and record it to check if the puppy's growth rate matches the amount fed. Then you can make adjustments to avoid it becoming fat or thin.
5. Maintain a reasonable eating time. Normally, a puppy should eat for 10-15 minutes. Throw away any leftover food after a meal. Puppies must have their own meal and drinking utensils and should be kept clean and separate from other utensils in the home. You must also provide puppies with adequate and hygienic fresh water. (If you find that your puppies are always thirsty, you should consult your veterinarian, as this may be a sign that the puppies are sick.)
6. Good dog food is not prone to obesity. The puppies have a small stomach. For example, if they are fed with low-quality dog food, the puppies will soon be full, and the proper nutrition will not be absorbed. Conversely, feeding a high-quality dog food will allow the puppy to absorb the protein it deserves, without becoming overweight or overweight due to large food intake.
7. Dog milk is the best. The milk of herbivores such as milk and goat's milk is far less nutritious than dog milk. The protein content is only one-fourth that of dog milk, and the bitch's milk does not coagulate in the stomach, and the single milk in the stomach soon becomes rennet and whey. Whey is very effective in eliminating eczema in adult dogs, but it can easily cause gastrointestinal upset in puppies and puppies, and it is at risk of pneumonia. So it's best to use special baby milk powder.
8. Don't overeat. Many owners think that feeding dogs without food will make them stronger, but this is a very wrong idea. Excessive eating will make the puppy's skeleton develop too quickly and cause malformation of the skeleton structure. And low-quality food will only make puppies fat and loose muscles. Overweight puppies are also susceptible to heart and kidney problems to adulthood. Therefore, dog owners usually do not overfeed the puppy. (Image source: Visual China)