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Old 06-20-2008, 09:29 AM   #1
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Just wondering. A little bit of background. I am not new to breeding as my first litter of pups was from a Rhodesian Ridgeback in the late 1950’s. We then bred and showed Scottish Terriers and Greyhounds and various other breeds over the years. For about ten years we raced Thoroughbred race horses and that is the only time we did not have any dogs. I am on my own now and retired so have some Shih Tzu. Last Friday I had a litter of pups. She had the first four which weighed about 5.2 to 5.7 oz. The fifth puppy was very large 6.6 oz and it took her a while to deliver it. What I am wondering about is that it seems to have poor balance, it always circles to the right and gets stuck on its back with her feet waving and cannot seem to right herself. She dropped weight down to 6 oz so I supplemented her with bottle feeding and she gained again and is certainly strong enough except for the twisting onto her back and not seeming to be able to right herself. I know it is a “wait and see” with her but was wondering if anyone had ever had this happen to a puppy.

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She could work out of this, yet so young to judge the walking ablility yet. Of course being in the birth canal longer something can happen in the sak of fluid like mine did, they drown. Yours might have some brain damage, wait n see before we judge yet.

I am or have been weaning since before 3 weeks, these pups are the worse. Thought Gillion's were, but they are 4 weeks today and her milk is drying up and they are not eating enough to look full at all. I have done about all I know, now it is wait n see time when they decide they are hungry enough to gobble it down and keep doing it that way. They do like it warm and it chills quickly.

I let the mommy wean them, but I start on food early as they need it being large pups, mine weigh at birth 1lb plus ounces. They loose alot seems first week and start to gain. I like to feed them early to help the momma and also it takes so much time till they learn to like to use the mouth to eat rather than just suck down milk.
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Old 06-20-2008, 10:22 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply. That is my thought also, possible brain damage, maybe from lack of oxygen as it was a slow delivery. They are just a week old today so lots of time for her to possibly get over it. The first two nights, I did not get much sleep as I kept having to get up and put her back with the other pups as she would be on her back, crying away. She seems to be a little better now, still does it but her mother now gets concerned and pushes her with her nose and that helps her to right herself, then she can crawl back with the other puppies. The puppies are raised in my bedroom until they are big enough to get out of the whelping box which is not until around three weeks.

Even with the small puppies, I start to offer them food at around four weeks. Some litters, they start to eat right away, others do not seem interested at all.

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It is early days yet and I do hope we are wrong,but brain damage is what I thought too.
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