Like a newborn baby, there’s nothing quite as cute and lovable as a newborn puppy. They make you want to grab them up and just squeeze them but extra special care should be taken with a newborn puppy because they need this in the early days of their life. Most of the attention they need will be provided by their mother until they are about six weeks old. Your job at this point in newborn puppy care is to make sure mom and babies have a healthy environment. It follows that you need to ensure they have clean and comfortable bedding every day since they will be spending most if not all of their time there at first. A place that is away from cold drafts and sheltered from weather elements and external disturbances is more than ideal.
Assisting Mom With Newborn Puppy Care
Most moms know exactly how to take care of their young. It comes naturally to them and they will usually devote every hour of every day to that task. In the early stage, moms will lick their litters to help them with excretion. If you’re not too snooty, you can sometimes help the mother by gently massaging these little ones yourself right after they eat. This helps their little systems be familiar with the process and develop to the point where they no longer need manual stimulation. This is also an important tip to remember in the unfortunate event when the mother is nowhere in sight.
By licking them, the mother also bathes her pups every day. This action stimulates healthy blood flow as well as keeps the young puppies clean. The same as before, you can give mom a hand by gently rubbing the puppies with a soft, warm, and moist cloth. You should always rub them dry with a soft towel after bathing. Also, bear in mind that at this age you should not use soap as it could be dangerous to their delicate body.
Growing Puppy Needs Newborn Puppy Care Too
As newborn puppies grow, the need for their mother’s attention diminishes. They will start opening their eyes and begin moving around. Mom may choose to start weaning them so you will need to step in and provide additional nourishment. Because their teeth are so delicate at this age, they will need something that they can chew easily. Starting them out on moist food is probably the best alternative. As they mature and develop stronger and healthier teeth, you can start mixing dry food with their moist food.
When these little furballs begin to eat more food they will also have increased excretions. More often than not, they usually do not like to eliminate in the same place where they eat and sleep. Providing them an area where they can go piddle will not only help them on potty training, it will also help keep their environment clean and healthy.
Newborn puppy care can take up much of your time and in the early days might disrupt your normal routine. You need to keep in mind though that this phase only lasts a few weeks but the rewards are immeasurable. When you are happily watching these new babies romp and play at their early stage, and when you become a witness to the noble and reliable dog they turn out to be, you will feel a sense of satisfaction and happiness that you have helped them reach what they have become.