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  1. Manxcat
    06-29-2016 06:46 AM - permalink
    Hi BK! Thank you for the message, I've just been really busy with the new house and new job and new life. We're doing okay, still miss Pushkin a lot as he was such a lovebug but Pippin seems to have taken on a new lease of life and is getting much more affectionate (and demanding!!).
    Hope you are doing okay, I really must catch up on all the PF news sometime - my bad!
    Hilary (Manxcat)
  2. PoodleFoster
    03-06-2016 06:32 PM - permalink
    Hi, thanks for the recommendation for my foster dog, Smokey.
    I'll look into your product you suggested!
  3. lily cd re
    08-21-2014 05:43 PM - permalink
    lily cd re
    We can't see the picture of your new dog!
  4. BorderKelpie
    08-01-2012 09:09 PM - permalink
    Darn it, it won't lt me post my message, apparently, I'm too chatty. lol
    I'm frustrated for you. I want to get my hands on her and help you. Best I can do at this point is offer moral support. You're doing a good job, I know it's heartwrenching to watch one not do well. I wish you the best.
  5. BorderKelpie
    08-01-2012 09:06 PM - permalink
    I know you're probably busy with work or whatever, but the best thing if she's able is to pull the others aside in a seperate box and let her nurse as long as possible. The more of mama's milk she can get, the better off she will be. Every 2-3 hours would be ideal.
    You mentioned being a breeder, is this your only lactating bitch at the moment? If you had another (or a friend maybe that does) with a smaller litter, maybe you could try her with them. I don't know where you are, but I have a lactating mom here, but for her size, it's a largish litter, too.
  6. BorderKelpie
    08-01-2012 09:04 PM - permalink
    Do you know how to check her for dehydration? Pull up a scruff of skin and see how long it takes to go back to normal. If it snaps back, that's perfect, if it's slow or stays 'tented' you've got a problem. Your vet can show you how to give subQ fluids if needed or you can try diluting the formula with water to help hydrate her.
  7. BorderKelpie
    08-01-2012 09:03 PM - permalink
    Ok, try to find the nipples used for premature human babies, they're smaller and shaped more like mama's. I don't know how good the evaporated milk is, honestly, because cattle are now bred to produce guantity, not guality - that's why dairy calves are sold as bottle babies, they starve to death on mama's milk. Goat milk hasn't been ruined (yet). I don't know where you are, but I can find the concentrated goat's milk in the baking aisle at Walmart.
  8. Keystonefarms
    08-01-2012 05:56 PM - permalink
    Thank you Lisa for your response. After seeing your recipe, I am going to add some more evaporated milk and an egg yolk to the formula I hav made up. Then tomorrow make a fresh batch with your measurements. The little one sucked off mom today a bit, but no weight gain. I have used a syringe most of today, but will try bottle again tonight. I was using a different nipple then the one in the picture. It came in th royal canim puppy formula mix. It worked great at first but now she doesn't seem to like it. I do have another bottle and nipple that looked like yours but the nipple is to big for her mouth still, but will probably be good when she gets bigger.
    I still have a huge problem with the difference in size. The others are so eager to nurse and they just push her and my other smaller one to the side, so if I am not there to give them a nipple on mom, they don't have a chance. Do you think this will continue the whole time? Any suggestions?
    Thank you again for your help

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    Paige and Bug
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    if you have a heart, you will know pain. if you don't have a heart, you will cause pain. you did good.
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