Puppy & Health Issues Section:
Breeding and Whelping
Fading Puppy Syndrome
FADING PUPPY SYNDROME
Mom tends to push puppies that are too cool out of the nest.
Another sign of a cold puppy is the inability to attach to a nipple.
Do the 'lip test' to verify that the puppy is too cold.
You must raise the body temperature by:
a. removing puppy to a heated container (box or basket, etc.)
b. if the puppy is extremely cold you can place the puppy in a sink
of very warm water, 105 to 110 degrees, keeping the head out of the water.
Massage the body to stimulate blood flow. Maintain the temperature
of the water by adding more hot water when needed. Continue doing
this until the body temperature is back up to normal. Towel dry and
keep warm until the whole coat is dry before placing back in with mom.
You don't want him to chill again.
c. Give hydrolyzed
sugar solution before putting back with mom regardless of method of
raising the body temperature. ( Two tablespoons of boiled water to one
teaspoon of white corn syrup)
d. Once the puppy has been chilled, he must be monitored for the
next week or so because they will have more of a tendency to chill again
because they can not maintain their body temperature.
e. Puppies with low temperatures can not assimilate milk and should
be given hydrolyzed sugar
solution. They can stay on this for ten days if need be.