Puppy care is very rewarding once you get over the initial fear of “How do I take care of newborn puppies?”!
In most circumstances, your Golden Retriever will do all of the necessary work.
Enjoy that now, for soon those adorable puppies will have you scratching your head and wondering what you have gotten yourself into!
Newborn puppies do require some diligence on your part. They will need to be weighed daily and marked in some distinctive way, so you will be able to tell which pup is which!
There is always a fear of what is termed as fading puppy syndrome, but there are a few things that you can do to help prevent this from happening with your pups.
Taking proper care of the mother dog is the most important factor in nursing puppies, as a healthy mom generally means healthy puppies.
Make sure that she is on a proper puppy food for nourishment for both her and her litter. Do not forget that milk fever can be a possibility and memorize the signs, symptoms, and prevention of that happening.
The last thing you want is to lose your beloved pet and also leave behind orphaned puppies.
It is unusual, but there is always the possibility of bottle feeding puppies. That might consist of one puppy that may be having problems, or the whole litter if mom runs into trouble.
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One such possibility of needing to bottle feed, would be if your Golden Retriever developed canine mastitis.
Mastitis in dogs
Mastitis in dogsneeds to be recognized immediately and she will need to be started on antibiotics before it ruptures.
The best advice I can give you about caring for newborn puppies is to read every piece of information that you can, and then read it again!
You can never be too prepared!