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Q. My dog died leaving 5 pups that are 3 weeks old. I have another female with pups that is willing to nurse them. Are we doing her any harm by doing this?
Hi Ed,

just found your web site and found it great. I need help yesterday(19th june) my cavalier king charles died of a heart attack, we were devastated of course but she has left us with 5 beautiful pups. all health and 3 weeks old. I dont know what to do. Ive gotten some milk replacement and some bottles but its not working. I also have a bitch with six pups who seems more than glad to share her milk, her pups are 2 weeks old. Is this ok are we doing her any harm its like a revolving door. she is in and out to both litters all day today. without her i would be lost.

Any advise would be a help. i would be very gratefull if you could reply to this email i need help fast thanks.....

Nicola

A. You have a great bitch that will accept another bitch's puppies – most females would kill other's pups when they have a littler. The more fluids she drinks the more milk she makes. Give her 2 or 3 cans (not cups) of chicken broth or beef broth a day along with her water.

Fact is, at 3 weeks the pups can start to be weaned. Go to my bottle feeding page. Make your own formula and have them lap it from a bowl. Feed this for a week, then start to add raw uncooked hamburger mixed into the formula very well.

Good Luck!
  
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