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Hello, I have 2 litters of Goldens, one with only 3 pups and the other with 9. Both litters are now a week old. My concern is that the runt of the second litter isn't getting enough attention or milk. She isn't being completely neglected or anything just not strong enough for the competition for milk. Today I put her in with the first litter of 3 and the mama seems to be accepting her and she is getting plenty to eat now but I was just wanting to know if there are things I should be looking out for or worried about. Thank you for your input.
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Maybe you should call your Vet or take the Puppy to see a Vet ( that would be even better). WOW to litters of puppies at the same time. Busy times are ahead of you I guess. Enjoy

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I know nothing about breeding but can't think why you couldn't do this as long as the mom is accepting. Kind of a wet nurse sort of thing.
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A.vet visit is a good idea for health issues. Staying with the small litter is good if the other Mom is happy with it. I would weigh the pup three times a.day to make sure the baby is gaining. I would not eye ball it for ounces make a difference. A postal or food scale is best. I would keep a constant 24 hour watch.
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If the puppy is gaining weight then it is possible that she was being pushed out in the big litter and the smaller they are, the less food they get and as they are lighter it becomes easier for the others to push them out. Just be careful that this puppy is healthy as sometimes it is puppies that genetic abnormalities that don't grow so monitor it carefully There is no reason why this puppy should not be fostered but mark her clearly so that you now she is from the other litter. Annef

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Thanks guys for the responses. The little one did excellent last night with her foster mom and was nursing constantly. Goldens have such wonderful dispositions that I didn't think anything bad would happen but you never know right? I have already had both moms and pups all checked out at the vet, both moms had X-rays and clean-out shots and the vet checked over all the babies. Yes right now I have everything under control and they are all happy and healthy. I am thankful now that my one female only had 3 so I have a total of 12 pups to care for which is about the average size of a litter anyway so I should be good. I'm a stay at home mom as well so this is kind of my whole life right now!
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Thanks guys for the responses. The little one did excellent last night with her foster mom and was nursing constantly. Goldens have such wonderful dispositions that I didn't think anything bad would happen but you never know right? I have already had both moms and pups all checked out at the vet, both moms had X-rays and clean-out shots and the vet checked over all the babies. Yes right now I have everything under control and they are all happy and healthy. I am thankful now that my one female only had 3 so I have a total of 12 pups to care for which is about the average size of a litter anyway so I should be good. I'm a stay at home mom as well so this is kind of my whole life right now!

Good news. Just make sure you tag the pup as it will need to be registered with the other litter. I would still weigh three times a day and keep a close eye. Many times Mothers reject because they have the instinct to detect a problem. Happy the baby is doing better. Good luck
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