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Q. My Shitzu lost 2 of 4 pups. She does not seem to want to nurse. What can we do? We don't want to lose another puppy.
I have read your article on bottle feeding and hand raising puppies but it seems kind of geared towards larger breeds. My Shitzu had a litter of four on Monday and we have already lost 2. After speaking with my vet, it seems that she may be too young to know everything to do. She is very protective, but sits on them and doesn?t nurse them often. She isn?t even eating very often. I don?t want to loose another puppy!! Will the smaller breeds take the bottles as you web site shows? Any other advice you may have to save these tiny two?

I have taken them from the mom, but they don?t seem to take this formula like they should. I am on the verge on panic. And my vet doesn?t seem as concerned as I. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Amy

A. Take your females temperature– it should not be more than 103. Normal is 101

Then offer her chicken and beef broth to drink – most dogs love this. The more liquids she drinks the more milk she will make. The more milk she has the more she will want to nurse.

Use the formula on my web site. Its 100 times better than the pre-mixed stuff from Vets. I have bred over 350 litters of dogs in the past 30 years.

Good luck
  
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