How to Look after Labrador Puppies

Dogs are always faithful; when we talk about Labrador, them not only faithful they add love and joy to the family. For this reason they have a special place in all dog owners’ heart and so do in market. People breed Labrador as their hobby and raise at least one for them. Taking care of a puppy can be one of the most fulfilling and joyful things to do. Like newborn babies, your new born puppy requires the same loving attention and care. And just like newborn babies, your new born puppy will require more sleep than adult dogs and constant feeding.

  • The whelping box needs to be cleaned every day. Use newspapers or easily laundered towels. Change the bedding daily. The mother will try to keep the area clean but that can be a difficult chore, especially with large litter. The mother will take care of the elimination needs of the babies by frequently licking their genital areas.

  • From birth until about 3 weeks, puppies cannot regulate their own body temperature, so you must carefully guard against chilling, which can be fatal. Keep puppies indoors, off cold floors, in a draft-free room that’s between 70-80 degrees. The puppies get their best heat from mom, but if you have orphans your room temperature should be about 80-85 degrees. Indirect heat from warm water bottles or heat lamps may also be used. Create a heating source. While the puppies will snuggle with each other and their mother, lab puppies cannot regulate their own body temperature very well during the first few weeks of life. They need another heat source.
  • Feed the puppies. At first, they will nurse from the mother exclusively. After about five weeks, you can start to give them a mush created from a high quality food mixed with warm water. Lab puppies need to be fed very often, as they are a large breed. Feed them 3/4 cup food three times per day (morning, noon and night).

Through daily monitoring, you can detect and treat illness early if it occurs. Any puppy that is losing weight or is not consistently gaining weight needs medical attention. Continual crying also indicates a problem. If the mother is neglecting selected babies, those babies need your help to survive. You may have to remove the neglected babies and hand raise. The mother may instinctively know if babies are not thriving and will not spend energy caring for them; she will most likely abandon them. Unfortunately, these babies may not survive, no matter how well you care for them.

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About the Author: Fred Goodson has a passion for pets and animals. He has 4 dogs and is planning to have another one. He is also a blogger who writes about pets and animals. Currently, he is living in New Jersey.

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