My Lhasa Apso seems she to have interest in her pups what so ever. I know she's producing milk it's just she doesn't want to nurse them. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
My Lhasa Apso just had 4 puppies on the 23rd. At the beginning everything was fine but lately it seems she has no interest in them what so ever. I know she's producing milk it's just she doesn't want to nurse them. I'm concerned the babies aren't getting properly nourished. Every time they start feeding, not even a minute later she either moves to the other side of the cage, turns around or leaves. She has never had a problem being in her cage but now she starts this heavy breathing as if she was hyperventilating, only while she's in the cage with the puppies. I take her out and not too long after she is fine. Any chance she gets to leave she does so and I'm afraid the puppies aren't getting enough milk from her. I noticed that she rather be in my boys cage then where the babies are in. I hope you could help me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much.
I would make sure this dog is feeling ok. We recommend taking their temperature daily after whelping, to make sure they don’t have a uterine infection or mastitis. It sounds like your female is very uncomfortable and possible too warm. I’d check for a foul discharge and possibly have a vet take a look at her.
If she checks out medically ok, then it could be that she’s just not that into being a mom. It happens with dogs sometimes and with those females, we suggest having them spayed after they wean the litter (or at least NOT breeding them again)
I’d get a good scale that weighs in grams and weight the pups twice a day to make sure they are gaining weight. I’d make sure you can supplemental bottle feed them if you have too. We also have a section on our website about breeding and raising litters. I would direct you to the search function in the upper left corner of the website for any additional questions you may have.. If you type in your key words it will guide you to articles, Q & A’s and posts on our forum.
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