One male and one female can have no collar, the rest I would put in a piece of different color yarn loosely around their necks at this point. There are puppy collars you can use when they are a bit older to help keep track of everyone. It is good to keep a chart to ensure all are gaining weight etc. Weigh 1-2x a day.
Feeding. I had a female that had a full term litter but would not stay with her pups. She was leased and her owner kept her outside. She quickly became velcro in the house so if I left the room, she would too. I would sit in the whelping box until the puppies ate til they passed out.
Is she cleaning them? She needs to do this so their digestion works properly. If she is not, then get a warm washcloth and stroke them especially in the genital area (sounds weird yes but they cannot go to the bathroom if the Mom is not taking care of this).
I am too new to this forum to know if there is actually a link about care for new borns. Below from VCA animal hospital website
"What shall I do if the mother refuses to stay with the puppies?
This is common with pets that are closely attached to their owners. If the mother will not stay with her puppies, try relocating her and her family so she can be nearer to you.
"Puppies cannot maintain their own body heat for a week or two after birth."
Make sure the puppies are kept warm. Remember they cannot maintain their own body heat for a week or two after birth.
As long as the puppies stay close to their mother, the room temperature is not too critical. However, if the mother leaves her puppies alone, they need to be provided with a source of warmth. During the first four days of life, the environmental temperature where the puppies are kept should be maintained at 85 -90°F (29.5-32°C). The temperature may then be gradually decreased to approximately 80°F (26.7°C) by the seventh to tenth day and to about 72°F (22.2°C) by the end of the fourth week.
It is not necessary to heat the whole room to these temperatures. Heating the area over the whelping box with the aid of a heat lamp is usually all that is necessary. (NOTE from Joan =Make sure the puppies are note kept too warm and heat lamps can quickly get too hot. VERY important to monitor.)
The larger the litter the lower the environmental temperature needs to be, since the puppies huddle together and keep each other warm.
The puppies' behavior and condition gives an indication whether they are comfortable and healthy. If they are warm and content they will be quiet and gaining weight, otherwise they will be restless and crying.
Should I weigh the puppies regularly?
Yes. Electronic kitchen or postal scales allow accurate and regular weighing of puppies. This gives a guide to their condition and progress.
How will I know if the mother's milk supply is adequate?
A contented litter of plump puppies is the best indication that the mother is producing adequate milk. Any puppies that appear restless and do not have fat tummies will benefit from supplemental feeding one to three times a day. Your veterinarian can supply the necessary food and feeders. It is important that any supplementary food be fed at the correct temperature. One rule of thumb is to drop some of the warmed fluid on your arm. It should feel about the same as your normal body temperature.
All the commercial products carry detailed instructions regarding preparation and feeding amounts. Your veterinarian will advise you on supplemental feedings for your specific situation.
Last edited by JoanMcM; 01-11-2015 at 04:58 PM.