How to De-stress your dog and Pinkerton's 1-week-old Puppies
Pinkerton our English Cream Golden Retriever had her miniature Golden Retriever puppies a week ago today, and my, how the week has flown by! We have started charting their growth and the puppies are THRIVING! At 3 days old they started their ENS and we took them for their vet check on Friday October 6th and had their dew claws removed. We do not always have the dew claws removed, but our vet recommended it for this litter. Dew claw removal is the removal of the 5th digit on a dogs paw, it sit higher than the other 4 digits and is usually on the front foot but can be on the back feet as well. The dew claw removal is controversial and banned in some countries. The reason for suggested removal is protect the dog from getting the dew claw caught on something and having it torn off. Our vet numbs the area and removes the claw with a laser to cauterize, our vet did a GREAT JOB. Unfortunately, Traveling and the dew claw removal put a lot of stress on our litter and they needed tons of rest and quiet to recover happily. Thankfully they are doing fabulous.
Poor Pinkerton developed a bad case of diarrhea the day she delivered. The second night after her pups were born she was up every hour barking to go out and relieve herself. I took her to the vet and had her stool evaluated, our vet gave her a check-up and said she looks great. Since her stool sample came back clear of any parasites, our vet suspected she got the diarrhea from stress. He said this can happen to new mama's and he prescribed a medication that is safe for lactating females called Endsorb. I also immediately started researching and found this article from Life's Abundance, the company I work for as a field Rep. We used some of the de-stressing protocol recommended and she has solid stools now, whew!
It's always important to find out the root cause of diarrhea. If the diarrhea lasts more than a few days I will collect my dog's fresh stool in a ziplock baggy and drop it by my vets office and they will run a fecal test to make sure there are no parasites. Sometimes our vet will want to do an exam, which is great, because then he can get a good look at her overall health and he let me know if there is anything we can catch early like the dreaded Parvo. Thankfully we have NEVER had Parvo (knock on wood a hundred times).
BIG NEWS! We did a photo shoot with the new babies and here they are!
Female puppy #1 -Elinor
Female Puppy #2 -Lucy
Male Puppy #1- Dashwood
Female Puppy #3 - Fanny
Female Puppy #4 - Marianne
Male puppy #2 - Colonel
Male puppy #3 - Willoughby
Male Puppy #4 - Middleton
OOOH they are so precious and they will be opening there eyes and ears by next week! Our next photo shoot should have them with eyes OPEN! We are sure enjoying this beautiful litter. My Baby is in love with these babies, I have to watch him carefully, but he instantly knew how to hug the puppy!
If you are still reading I commend you for your diligence! In other exciting news, Nala and Bentley will be having a beautiful litter of at least 7 Miniature Golden retrievers Due November 9th. We have 4 spots currently open on the waiting list. These puppies should be non-shedding and if you would like to see the ultrasound check out my Facebook page @Taylormade Miniature Golden Retrievers.
Piper and Sullivan will be having puppies due November 17th. Their waiting list is full but stay tuned in case they have additional puppies!
Star and Sullivan will be having puppies due November 23rd. Their waiting list is full but stay tuned in case they have additional puppies!
(Yes it will be crazy busy around here!)