They're here, now what????
Well,,,,,,,,,,,,that was a crazy couple of days!!
Willow had 9 puppies and Leighla had 7 puppies.
As of this moment I have 2 puppies available from Willow's crew
And I have 5 puppies available from Leighla's crew.
All are doing so incredibly well ----- I SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT LAST NIGHT!!
That means not one puppy screeched or cried out enough to wake me up. When they do that, there is usually some indiscretion happening to them like the nipple of their choice is occupied by a bigger, stronger sibling or, they headed off to the opposite side of the box that their family is in and they cant figure out how to get back.
All reasons for immediate rescue from their human!!!
Now my goal is to keep these new amazing mom's as happy and comfortable as possible. There are a couple of big issues that can come up that I need to keep watching for.
#1- They could get infection from the birth. We monitor their attitude, temperature and also visually anything looking scary from that "end"
#2- This is when they have an easier chance of getting mastitis which is an infection in their udder, This is really common because the puppies are not as strong as they will be and they can not get to the underside "faucets" as easily so the mom is not nursed equally and can get engorged and that leads to an infection.
(This actually started happening to Willow yesterday afternoon. I checked her and half of her was hard as a rock so I climbed on in the box, put her head in my lap and hooked a few puppies up to the right spickets to even her out. If I had not been aware of this, she may be at the vet today and I could easily have 9 hungry, unhappy puppies!) ---How did you spend your vacation/PTO days this month?? ;p)
The struggle is oh so very real in my house!!!
My poor husband is terrified to eat anything out of the fridge because he doesnt know if it's chicken feet bone broth, venison, dog food and sweet potato slurry or a leftover stir fry!!
All of my dogs get homemade bone broth daily but when I've got new momma's in the house, there is a WHOLE NEW LEVEL of doggy dinners in the fridge!
My motto is "keep the momma's happy and they will keep the puppy's happy" It's worked so far and Im sticking with it!
Don't worry, It's a mistake you only make once!!!!
Gotta go, lunch time!!
...........everyone is heading to the vet today to get their first vet check and dew claws removed.
I hear some people use their vacation days to do things like go to the beach?
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My farm is my favorite place to be. Cant wait to share what's happening here.