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Q. My imported bitch had a litter. She won’t accept them and I am sure she will kill them it they are left alone. What should I do?
Have you got experience with a bitch rejecting her pup? My Hungarian import (Double Doc v d Teufelsbruk) bitch came to me pregnant and I had the singleton pup delivered by c-section. The mother is extremely dog aggressive, and now wants to eat this newborn. She will tolerate nursing her if I hold the mothers head down, and force her to nurse. If left unattended, the mother will kill the baby I am sure.

HELP!

Can you give me resources for bottle feeding (I have tube fed and bottled litters, but am uncomfortable with the prevalence or rumored prevalence of cataracts in bottle fed youngsters)?

Dee

A. Get the bottle-feeding information from your vet. They have the formula that you will need to use, but this is a tremendous amount of work. Force the bitch to allow the pups to feed before you go to bottle-feeding. Do it as many as 10 times a day for several days if you have to.

If the bitch does kill her pup, I would recommend not bred this bitch again. There is something seriously wrong with a bitch that does not accept her own pups (even if they are taken "C" section). A bitch that does this has a serious mental problem.

I have bred over 230 litters of dogs and do not tolerate bitches that are not good mothers. Sorry if this is not what you wanted to hear but I have a lot of experience in this field and know what I am talking about. If you want to build a breeding program it must start with good bitches. If you start with something less than that, you are only kidding yourself and your customers.
  
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