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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-04-2015, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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2 week old puppies

I am taking care of 4, 2 week old German Shepard puppies. Mommy had 9 puppies and passed away the next day, I took 4 to help my mom out. I had to separate them because they were leaving bad sores on the boys genitals. They seem satistfied after I feed them but are up every2 hours whining. I have them on a 4 hour schedule feeding them 4 tablespoons a piece, am I feeding them enough? Also, I've been putting Neosporin on the boys privates, is that okay?
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I would be taking them a vet to get the right answers. They may know someone with a litter where they can grow up for the next 6 weeks for health and to learn about how to be a dog.
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Puppies that young eat every 2 hours and need to be kept very warm. As recommended taking them to a vet or calling a vet good idea they may know a female who just whelped a litter of puppies to nurse them.
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I moved the thread to Raising a Litter, hopefully experienced breeders can give you some advice on how to deal with 2 week old puppies.

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Thank you for moving my thread. I have been keeping them very warm in a covered kennel with blankets , stuffed animals and hot water bottles. They seem to be doing perfect with going potty and trying to walk. Someone posted they eat every 2 hours? They will be 14 days old on Saturday. I read to not over feed them and I am going by the chart on the formula, is 4tbsp to much every 2 hours? I am not looking to have them placed with another dog, I have done a lot of research and have confidence in caring for them myself.
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Thank you for moving my thread. I have been keeping them very warm in a covered kennel with blankets , stuffed animals and hot water bottles. They seem to be doing perfect with going potty and trying to walk. Someone posted they eat every 2 hours? They will be 14 days old on Saturday. I read to not over feed them and I am going by the chart on the formula, is 4tbsp to much every 2 hours? I am not looking to have them placed with another dog, I have done a lot of research and have confidence in caring for them myself.
The problem with raising them without a dog is that they don't learn the important stuff. Bite inhibition, tolerance, appropriate play, potty habits and cleanliness are all best taught by a dog. My old, spayed bitch raised dozens of foster pups and young dogs with me. It isn't so much about the nursing, as the behavior and communication. At 2 weeks old, condition dependent, 2-3 hours is fine. But in young pups you need to monitor closely temp and weight, and dehydration is the primary concern. Young pups dehydrate quickly and it can kill them. Have your vet on speed dial, and be mindful of disease control. A good many killer viruses can be spread through indirect contact, which means they come in on your clothes, shoes and hands. At least one person I know of poisoned a litter with bleach by not rinsing surfaces properly, so watch that as well
Proper handling, exposure to surfaces, noises and textures is important as well.
A pen is a better enclosure as airflow is needed, towels or blankets should be washable and changed often. Animal bedding is safer and cheaper. At this age they should have a bedding area, a separate potty area and a play/feeding area. You should soon be able to start them eating from a dish, raw or canned food mixed to a slurry with formula is appropriate. Gradually introduce any new food to avoid tummy upset and keep them clean.
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I have done a lot of research and have confidence in caring for them myself.
What does that research say about raising puppies with a mother? Links? Not talking about physical development but about learning to be a dog.
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Well, I am a dog boarder, as well as have 4 dogs myself. I was not meaning the websites show me how to teach them to be a dog. I'm not the first person doing this without a mother, I'm sure they will catch on to being a doggy.
On the other hand, I got in touch with a local vet hospital and they suggested that they were latching to the boys so often because I should feed them about every 2-3 hours, as posted earlier. I was going by the schedule on my formula can. Also, they said the Neosporin is fine, so I can breathe a little better for that.
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Thank you for all the important information, I have a plethora of blankets for them, and am planning on switching to bedding and using puppy pads instead of towels. I didn't realize how much laundry I was getting my self into. I've wondered about bleach on my hands, and have handled them before I clean, so thanks for that answer!
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