Having babies at home is exciting and challenging at the same time puppies. Although the natural instincts of your dog help you care for, you can lend a hand by providing the appropriate accessories and making sure the puppies have all they need. It is equally important to support the mother during this period, because you will need lots of energy and resources to care for themselves and their pups.
Give them a box to the mother and the puppies. The best would be a box or carton box with shorter sides and no lid. This will help keep the puppies warm and easy access to the box if necessary. The mother will have to leave the box to defecate.
Feed the mother with premium dog food and make sure it has enough water. Do not put the food and water bowls in the same place that the puppies, since they could crawl up there. Be sure to feed the mother with food good quality with plenty of vitamins, proteins and content low fat.
Give the dog supplements to ensure you get the vitamins and minerals needed. Produce milk drains the body’s resources and it is important to help you stay healthy. Consult your veterinarian for recommended supplements that can be added to their food or water.
Controls the temperature of the box of puppies. Newborn puppies are very sensitive to cold; temperatures are normal for people can endanger the lives of puppies. Until able to regulate their body temperature at 4 weeks of age, they will need a heat lamp to keep the temperature between 70 and 80 degrees Fahenheit (21 and 27 degrees Celsius). You can also add blankets to the box to isolate the environment. However, make sure the blanket is snug in the corners so that the puppies are not lost in the wrinkles.
Change the bed at least once a week. Place layers of thick paper in the bottom, then a layer of newspapers with towels and a blanket above. When puppies begin eating solids, changes its changes two or three times a day until they are trained.
Take the mother and the puppies to the vet for check-up as soon as possible after birth, preferably within 24 hours. The veterinarian will inspect the puppies to make sure they are healthy and have no problems with the mother. When puppies are 6 or 8 weeks of age will need to return for their shots.