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    My whippet mum had her babies on Friday. 8 of them.

    In amongst the 8 there are two small ones, one was born small but is improving and the other has not gained any weight and won't suckle. I have been tube feeding her every two hours and returning her to mum for the remaining duties.

    However, this seems to be stressing mum a bit.

    I am torn what to do?
    Should I let nature take its course.
    Or should I take this pup away from mum and the others completely & try hand raising?

    I am organising a vet check but after having spoken to them this morning when I picked up more formula there opinion was to let her go.

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    I feel for you, that is a hard one. Personally, I believe in nature weeding out the weakest. In saying that though, I have no idea if I could put it into practice. I could take them to the vet though to be pts.

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    Oh Mac I am so sorry you have to make this decision, I do not know what I would do if I was in your situation, and I certainly do not know what you SHOULD do. How is the pup in other ways, like pooing and moving? is she just listless or is the some motivation to her?

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    She is tiny, no fat tummy behind the ribs, about 1/3 size of the top 5, moves around ok, but just won't suckle.

    This was one of the breech births, not that she took very long to push it out, but the placenta was not attached.

    If she doesn't make it this will be the first puppy I've lost. Everyone else says she's done well, it happens, first time mum, losing 1 out of 8 isn't bad etc etc.

    Just doesn't sit well with me.

    My good friend who has been breeding whippets for 8 yrs is overseas - grrr what a time to not be able to contact her.

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    At the end of the day it is your decision ...do you think you can provide better for this little one than mum can? - remember she also has 7 others to provide for.

    I am not trying to sway your decision in any way but I hand reared Bailey and I wouldn't change it for a minute. I was literally given a 0% chance of her surviving as she was attacked at 1 week old (5 days to be precise) and Mully refused to care for her at all. On top of all that she was the runt of the litter from the word go.

    It entirely depends on you as a person I suppose and of course how mum will react. However keep in mind that if you do decide to take on the responsibility of this pup and she does survive....... you may have a new addition to the family. She will become more attached to you than you will her......advice I was given .....VERY TRUE!

    Best of luck mate with whatever you decide

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    Honestly Mac if you are willing to attempt the hand rearing then I would give it a shot.

    If you had of said that she wasn't moving around and was very lethargic then I probably would have said let her go but as she is moving around then I would attempt.

    You do however have to look at worst case senario (sp?) what happens if you hand rear for a couple of days and she still doesn't make it? Will you feel worse or will you be thankful that at least you tried? At the end of the day only you can make this decision and at the end of the day it only you that has to live with the outcome if it is not the outcome you are wishing for.

    When the vet gave you the opinion to let her go had they actually seen her? If not, will you attempt to take her to the vet?

    Are you able to post a close up photo of her (preferably next to another pup to get a comparison) or will this be too stressful for Mum?

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    Sorry guys for not getting back. I am very tired. Have been continuing to feed "sicky" while keeping her with mum. Mum looks for this pup and gives it lots attention. More than the others, she knows.

    Vet coming today and I will continue until then at least.

    I'm too tired to fight with this damn computer re getting photo's on. I have to email them to myself etc etc then hope that it doesn't time out. Got to go.

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    Keep up the good work mouseandchicken

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    Take a breathe Mac, and realise that you are doing your best. I hope it has the outcome you wish for and I hope all goes well with the vet. Thinking of you, pups and Mum.

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    Thinking of you and sending a hug.

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