Puppy & Health Issues Section:
Breeding and Whelping
Fading Puppy Syndrome
FADING PUPPY SYNDROME
|Low Birth Weight:
birth weight can be caused by a number of things, some you will know some
you can only guess at. It does not matter the why only what to do
about it once the problem is there.
1. Whatever the reason it will result in you taking care of one or
more puppies because of low birth weight.
a. treat them almost as orphans except that they might be able to
nurse. The one major problem here will be that they can not fight
for the right to nurse. Even if they do manage to get on a nipple,
a larger stronger puppy can and usually does push them off.
b. Try to get them to nurse on mom. This can be a challenge
because you have to keep the other puppies from pushing the puppy off.
If this can not be accomplished, you will have to feed the puppy either
with a feeding tube or a bottle Or in my opinion the easiest way.
c. You will have to keep this up until the puppy gets strong enough
to nurse on its own and hang on.