I have read this happening a couple times on this forum, and the breeders bent over backwards to give these puppies what they needed, but I do understand your concern.
Hopefully one of our experienced breeders will chime in.
Thank you! It does sound as though my breeder has gone to great lengths to keep both mom and puppies safe, and that's really all I can ask for. I feel so bad that they've had to deal with all this, and also I'm sure it's extra costs they didn't anticipate! But that's what makes a good breeder, they care for their dogs and we are so appreciative! Thank you for your input!
I am not a breeder but I would assume that your breeder has other female dogs (not for nursing). The motherly instinct in them many times takes over and they care for the puppies just as the mother would except for nursing them.
I would be more concerned as far as their immune system development since now they do not have the mother's milk.
Wow that would be incredible if one of the other dogs took over. And if not, I know the breeders are doing a fabulous job of caring for them too.
I am also concerned about their immune systems since they will not have their mothers milk for as long as would be ideal. I called an RVT friend of mine, and she said most of the immunities come in the first couple of days through the colostrum. I hope she is right..
Originally Posted by MillionsofPeaches View Post
This is so true! My breeder's older dog started lactating and actually nursed alongside the mommas! You'd be amazed!
That's really incredible! Thanks for sharing!
I'm not a breeder, but my last dog was from a litter rejected early. He was an English Setter- field lines, excellent breeder. Mom just... was not into it.
He turned out to be healthy (lived to 14+), super friendly, fine with other dogs (though never really into playing with them- he'd rather hunt). Wonderful dog.
He was never very food motivated- I did wonder if that's because he didn't have to fight for a nipple as a pup. And he wasn't really a little pudge ball when I got him. Unlike my current golden, who had total puppy belly and is VERY food oriented!
So yep- just a word or encouragement that your pups should end up fine. Maybe even extra cuddly! Jack always did insist on sleeping in the bed with me. And if it was cold- he was under the covers with his head on my pillow!
Thank you so much for sharing your experience...it made me feel a lot better! I actually prefer a cuddly and affectionate dog so maybe it'll work out for the better!
Actually, our breeder did tell me that the mom's great grandmother had the same issue, and they had to bottle and tube feed those puppies as well, and unless she's not telling me something, she didn't say that it had any negative impact on the puppies. And I assume it didn't since they went on to breed a female from this litter, who is my puppy's grandmother=)
When my breeder wrote me the email, she said that babies were "eating like champs"....guess the name we picked out really does fit!