What to do right after puppies are born?

Answered by Willian Lymon

Right after puppies are born, it is crucial to ensure that they receive colostrum from their mother. Colostrum is the first milk produced by the mother dog, and it is rich in antibodies and nutrients that are essential for the puppies’ health and immune system development.

The first three hours following birth are particularly important for the puppies to nurse several times. This helps them receive the maximum amount of colostrum and establish a strong bond with their mother. Nursing during this period helps stimulate the puppies’ digestive system and ensures they receive the necessary nutrients for growth and survival.

If a puppy is having trouble latching onto the mother’s nipple, it is important to intervene and assist. One technique that can be used is gently rubbing the puppy’s muzzle sideways over the nipple. This motion can help stimulate the puppy’s instinct to latch and nurse. It is important to avoid rubbing the muzzle up and down, as it may confuse the puppy and make latching more difficult.

In some cases, a puppy may still struggle to latch even with assistance. This could be due to various reasons, such as a weak or underdeveloped suckling reflex. In such situations, it may be necessary to provide supplemental feeding using a bottle or syringe. However, it is important to consult a veterinarian or a professional breeder for guidance on the appropriate method and formula to use for supplemental feeding.

It is worth mentioning that the first few days after birth are crucial for the puppies’ survival and development. They are vulnerable to infections and other health issues, which is why receiving colostrum and proper nutrition is vital. Regular monitoring of the puppies’ weight, body temperature, and overall well-being is essential during this period.

In my personal experience, I have witnessed the importance of ensuring puppies receive colostrum and proper nutrition right after birth. I have seen instances where puppies who did not receive enough colostrum struggled with weak immune systems and were more prone to infections and illnesses. On the other hand, those who had access to colostrum and nursed regularly thrived and grew into healthy, energetic puppies.

To summarize, right after puppies are born, it is crucial to ensure they receive colostrum from their mother. Nursing several times during the first three hours after birth helps the puppies receive essential nutrients and antibodies. If a puppy is having trouble latching, gently rubbing its muzzle sideways over the nipple can assist. However, if latching issues persist, it may be necessary to seek guidance from a professional for supplemental feeding. Monitoring the puppies’ well-being and providing proper nutrition is vital for their survival and development during the first few days after birth.