Babies are doing great! They are 5 days old now. Big changes as now Echo's milk is in. First 4 days is just colostrum. It is what they need but usually does not satisfy them and often fussy. Now the good milk is in and they area happy!
Overnight they have gone from looking like newborns to chunky roly poly newborns. They are quickly gaining weight.
They are getting big enough and strong enough that they can get out from under mom when she lays on them. And loud enough to scream at her. Echo is very good with them for the most part, dedicated and refuses to leave them for more than a fast minute. Keeps them very clean.
Over the next week, they will still basically eat and sleep and just put on weight.
After 2 wks starting around 14 days is when they really start to change. Eyes and ears will start to open. They will start to become more aware out their surroundings. Their noses / pigment starts to turn black, and their hair will start to grow. They all develop at a different pace but generally within a week of each other.
There is nothing wrong with her, the puppies are teething
We are outside !
This kennel is completely secure including roof. We can see inside the kennel through the window
The black square is a heater that is outside of the kennel. It is perfectly safe
Echo is more content now. The metal box is a gravity feeder. It holds up to 20 lbs of food
Inside the dog house
The kennel is covered on top 2 sides. One side is mostly covered but the sun shines in during the day. The door side is uncovered.
( I do need to get another tarp to cover this side during major storms )
This kennel is placed up against the house, on the right side is a heavily treed hill. It is very protected from weather. Even on cold days, this area can still warm up during the day. It opens up to an addition play area that is 8 ft x 15 ft, then on to our deck.
It didn't take them long for them to start exploring
I went out and checked the temp. It is 20 degrees. I put the thermometer on the pups, and it reads 75 degrees.
They do have a red heat lamp in addition to the other heater. We will most likely put a timer on that, so it is only on during the night.
The way the kennel is set up with the tarp and location, it is kind of like a greenhouse. I set this on the outer edge of the kennel. It is 20 degrees, and, on the ground, it is at least 68 degrees. So, when the pups start to wander around during the day, they will still be warm as long as the sun is shining. This is a reptile thermometer, and it is accurate.
First day outside !
To clarify, there is a difference between cuddling and huddling together for warmth. The temp at the doorway was 59 degrees and on the blanket was 68 degrees. I had to stop, or Echo was going to push me over.
There is a mix of straw and hay inside the doghouse. The floor under the blanket is pavers which does help hold the heat from the heat lamp. This also is perfect for new little legs learning to walk. I cannot express it enough how important it is for these new little legs to have very good traction to learn to walk on. It is so bad for their legs, muscles and hips to walk on a surface where their feet slide. This kennel is 8 ft x 8 ft. Half is pavers and half is dirt with a cattle panel under the dirt to prevent digging. It is also safe from outside predators.
This opens up to an 8 ft x 15 ft play area that is also pavers.
I raised the heat lamp, last night it was 75 degrees which is too hot. 68 is better.
We have people requesting we don't do them, some requesting we do and then we do, and some forget that we do, and the pup ends up getting over vaccinated. And I have had some vets do them because they don't believe the pup had them. Over vaccinating puppies absolutely can and does cause many health issues. Sometimes right away and sometimes later on in life.
If you check out " THE BREED" page, there are links to this information.
Two things that are horrible for dogs if not used sparingly, vaccines and antibiotics. Sometimes necessary and often do more harm than good. The more you know the safer your dog. And vets will not tell you.