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    Unhappy Bitch's Milk Running Dry?

    Hey Guys,

    Is it normal for bitches to "run out of milk" at certain times during the day? She is a Miniature Pinscher with two puppies. Both puppies have been growing at a steady rate of about ~10% per day.

    I noticed this morning one of the pups was crying and moving from teat to teat. I had a closer look at my bitch's teats and they appear to be clean and free of infection/redness. The only thing is that there doesn't appear to be milk coming out of some of the teats ... Unlike when the puppies were born 9 days ago.

    I guess if they have a reduced growth rate today I might start to consider taking them to the vet or even trying to supplement their milk intake. Otherwise is there a way to encourage the bitch to produce more milk (via diet, exercise, hugs & kisses)?



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    A lot of old-timers say feeding ox cheek increases milk production. Does it work? I don't really know. I always fed it to my nursing bitches and never had a problem with milk production. Make sure she has plenty of water to drink.

    Is there is any heat around the nipples? How is the bitch herself? If she is lethargic I would be getting her to the Vet soon. If she is unsteady on her feet I would be getting her to a Vet immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deerhound View Post
    A lot of old-timers say feeding ox cheek increases milk production. Does it work? I don't really know. I always fed it to my nursing bitches and never had a problem with milk production. Make sure she has plenty of water to drink.

    Is there is any heat around the nipples? How is the bitch herself? If she is lethargic I would be getting her to the Vet soon. If she is unsteady on her feet I would be getting her to a Vet immediately.
    Hi Deerhound,

    I just weighed them and they put on 15g since I last weighed them at 6am this morning.

    Her nipples feel warm, but not burning. Maxine herself is fine ... We went for a walk earlier, she's playing with the other dog and jumping around fine (it's "chicken & rice" night for the dogs). There are plenty of water bowls scattered about the house and I've seen her drinking.

    Trust me, I'd have absolutely no problem in making a trip to the vet if Maxine seemed disoriented, tired or sluggish ...

    I suppose ox cheek could be worth a try and the dogs would enjoy a change! How did you prepare it for "best" results ... As a soup, as a mince, or ... or doesn't it matter?

    Update:
    The puppies seem to be feeding ok ... Is it just possible that the puppies sucked the teats "dry" and it takes an hour or two for the teat to "reset"?


    Thanks for the advice,

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    This thread has made me clucky for a puppy
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v604/Jenelle66/sigs/puss_jarrah-siggy-3.jpg

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    I don't need to be clucky :P I have a puppy!!

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    Yes a lovely stealable puppy (shall I arrive dressed as a sexual stereotype?) from a registered breeder who is kicking butt at the nationals ATM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    Yes a lovely stealable puppy (shall I arrive dressed as a sexual stereotype?) from a registered breeder who is kicking butt at the nationals ATM.
    Dude, leave it alone. What is your problem?

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    I have a few questions.

    1. Are your dogs pedigreed and registered with your breed council?
    2. Did you have your dogs checked for any genetic abnormalities before breeding them?
    3. What do you plan to do with the pups?
    4. If you plan on keeping them, have you applied for any relevent permits?
    5. Do you plan to have the pups vaccinated, microchipped and desexed before selling them?

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    Hi Goodies,

    1. Yes, both parents are registered, purchased from two different breeders 3 years apart.
    2a. I've been with the same vet since they both were pups. My vet said they were in good health and did not advise, specifically, that they have genetic testing.
    2b. Breeders at the time of purchase did not disclose any genetic faults.
    3. These two puppies are staying in the family. If there were more they would be going people we already knew. In particular one of our friends lost her 12yo min pin to old age.
    4. When they get their first checkup, the vet said we complete the council registration forms.
    5. Not being sold.

    Look, I just wanted to share the happy occasion and get fellow pup-owner advise when needed. I really don't want people sniping at me personally with 'BYB' with unfriendly undertones ...


    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by pet-owner View Post
    Look, I just wanted to share the happy occasion and get fellow pup-owner advise when needed. I really don't want people sniping at me personally with 'BYB' with unfriendly undertones ...
    Can you point out where I said any such thing? I was simply asking some questions.

    In relation to the genetic testing, for example, to be able to register a litter of GSD pups, I'd have to get Mia hip and elbow xrayed and scored, then get her breed surveyed, and also be a member of 2 different clubs.

    Do you have a kennel name?
    Last edited by GoodiesGirl; 06-20-2009 at 09:54 PM.

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