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Chihuahua Puppies might not be thriving?
vics84 posted:
Hi. My dog had puppies about 1 1/2 week ago. The puppies seem to be hungry all the time. How do I know if they are getting enough milk from their mother or if I need to bottle feed them?
Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
Congratulations on the birth of the puppies. Hopefully by this time you have taken the bitch and the puppies to your veterinarian for a post birthing examination. It is not uncommon for puppies to seem hungry but not constantly. You can check their weight on a daily basis with a gram scale and record the findings. It may not increase dramatically on a daily basis but it should not drop. Be sure that mom is getting enough to eat so she can produce the needed nutrients for the pups. Feeding her a puppy diet at this time is advisable.

Dr. Bernadine Cruz


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