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Unread 11-11-2008, 09:55 AM   #1
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Hi all I am a new member and have searched the internet for an answer to my question.
My Jack Russell bitch has 5 pups now aged 5 and a half weeks. My worry is that she is still eating their poo and wee when they go, I don't get a chance to clear it up either. They are going ok as I have seen this. I know this is normal when still in the whelping box but now as they are able to get out she is still doing it. Should she be still doing this and how can I stop her apart from telling her off (which as of yet I have not done as it all seems very natural to me)? Can it harm her?

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It sounds like your Jack Russell is being a very good mother. The last thing you should do is get after her for doing what nature has told her to do. There is absolutely no reason why she should not be cleaning up after her puppies. Quite often they will stop once the puppies are eating on their own but there is nothing wrong if she doesn't. Consider yourself lucky you have such a good mother.

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You cannot or should stop this. This is how they protected their young in wild dog days from preditors finding and killing the puppies in a hole where she would of had them.

Good mother dogs will clean up after any other female also, at least mine do. They share duties of each other. Clean ups are a must and do not interfere as this is just being a clean mom and providing protection to her litter until they leave.

It will not harm her, this is all natural to good females. Girle cleans after hers forever till gone and if another female like Gillion she will help clean up her puppy poo. She goes around outside and keeps it cleaned up she is such a good mom. I think she might do this even after being spayed as natural instincts kick in if they are good females.

Just let her be and when they are weaned and ready to leave she will forget about it. She probably is keeping herself real clean also? This is a good female mommy. Bless Her Heart.....
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Hi all I am a new member and have searched the internet for an answer to my question.
My Jack Russell bitch has 5 pups now aged 5 and a half weeks. My worry is that she is still eating their poo and wee when they go, I don't get a chance to clear it up either. They are going ok as I have seen this. I know this is normal when still in the whelping box but now as they are able to get out she is still doing it. Should she be still doing this and how can I stop her apart from telling her off (which as of yet I have not done as it all seems very natural to me)? Can it harm her?

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Have you weaned the pups onto solid food??? or is the dams milk still the only food they are getting?

usually once you have weaned the pups onto solid food, the dam will stop clearing up after them..but there is no right or wrong .
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I had a GSP bitch many years who was a fantastic mum and would "clean up" after her pups long past the time when they were still helpless.

This is absolutely perfectly normal, and nothing to worry about, she is just following her natural "wolf" instincts, bless her.

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Well thanx everyone who replied. This has reassured me, It did say on the internet it is a instinct for bitches to eat pups poo to stop other animals finding the pups but it did not say how long I could expect it to go on for.
She is a fantastic mum your right, They are still in the process of weaning, they eat a little mushed up food each time I put it down but not a great deal and they never seem ravenous. They still feed a lot off their mum. My vet said I should start to seperate them from her as they should be weaned by about 5 weeks, I tried this yesterday for about an hour but mum got a little anxious so I let her back in. She is so good at feeding them bless.

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Five weeks seems a little young to wean them. By six weeks they are usually eating a lot more on their own so are not taking as much from the mother, I would think that between six and seven weeks is a better time to wean them unless they are really dragging the female down in weight. Quite often by the time the puppies are six weeks old, the mother wants to get away from them on her own. That is how I have always weaned my pups but perhaps someone else can say how they do it.

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Well thanx everyone who replied. This has reassured me, It did say on the internet it is a instinct for bitches to eat pups poo to stop other animals finding the pups but it did not say how long I could expect it to go on for.
She is a fantastic mum your right, They are still in the process of weaning, they eat a little mushed up food each time I put it down but not a great deal and they never seem ravenous. They still feed a lot off their mum. My vet said I should start to seperate them from her as they should be weaned by about 5 weeks, I tried this yesterday for about an hour but mum got a little anxious so I let her back in. She is so good at feeding them bless.

Forget what your vet has said, your bitch will come away from her pups when she is ready.... she will tel you when she has had enough

All bitches will be different, some will feed till the pups leave mum (8wks) so a lot sooner, it will al depend on the pups and how demanding they are.


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Five weeks seems a little young to wean them. By six weeks they are usually eating a lot more on their own so are not taking as much from the mother, I would think that between six and seven weeks is a better time to wean them unless they are really dragging the female down in weight. Quite often by the time the puppies are six weeks old, the mother wants to get away from them on her own. That is how I have always weaned my pups but perhaps someone else can say how they do it.
Most people I know will start to wean the pups onto solid puppy porridge at around 4 wks old... increasing the amount as they grow... and they are usually on mashed up puppy food/goats milk by 6wks... and depending on the dam as to how much she feeds them...

And as you say by around 6 wks some mothers have had enough of their pups.

But it is important even if the dam has left the whelping box by 6/7 wks that the pups remain together till they are 8wks old...

This is a crucial time for their socialisation between each other.
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