Chocolate Clan Labradors

To know one is to love one

Week 4

Posted by Pat on September 21, 2019 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Love to see the puppies grow, but it seems so fast.  They were just beans two weeks ago, and now they walk, and talk, and do the two p's all on their own. Maggie is still nursing, but she doesn't spend much time in the nursery. The pups have teeth now!

So with all this growth, we had to move the pups out of the whelping pool and into our "temporary" nursery.  As we only have a litter every two or three years, we have not yet set up a full time nursery area.  But this is the third litter that has been born and housed in the upstairs master. We set up a paper area where we hope the pups will do their business, an open Nesting area where they can eat (Maggie can feed them), and then the kennels.  These pups have taken naturally to the kennels and we often find them hunkered down in one of them having a nap.  The kennels generally stay clean, but these guys love to pee on the Nesting area.  The paper is well used too, so they are getting it, just not consistently.

Friday was our second deworming day. So each pup got a dose of Strongid (a liquid). It is easy to administer. Worms are a chronic issue with pups, as they get them from their dam in the womb. So despite our monthly treatments of our girls, they still pick up worms from those delicious things they find to eat on our walks. As they grow, a monthly dewormer may be recommended by your vet. As well, at least on the Prairies, in the summer months a tick medication will probably be recommended. 

Week 3

Posted by Pat on September 14, 2019 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The pups are continuing on their rapid journey of growth. Eyes are all open. They are walking and sitting. And we have been able to introduce "solid" food. Well the food is actually mushed up puppy food with a lot of water and some puppy formula. They tend to walk in it, get it all over themselves, and sometimes actually eat some. But it is the time when the little ones that might not be able to compete on the teat can actually start to catch up to those big brothers and sisters. Because birth weight is a function of both potential adult weight and placement of the attachment point of the placenta in the uterus. Some really small pups at birth end up being as big as, or bigger than, some of the bigger pups at birth.  This is especially true for our girls. As well the pups are starting to climb, and get big, so we have had to take the hot bottles from inside the pool to the outside. Now that Maggie only goes in to feed them and clean up there is less risk that she might crush one.  She is a very careful Momma. The pups need to be a little warmer still, as they do not fully control their body temperature until 4 weeks.  So still lots to happen.


Week 2

Posted by Pat on September 7, 2019 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

How the puppies have grown. They were little beans at the start of the week needing Momma for food, and to clean them to stimulate peeing and pooing.  It was an easy week for me in the cleaning department as Maggie did most of the work.


However, by the end of the week, as expected the pups started to walk and their eyes are now open. So walking means they have started peeing and pooing everywhere.  Maggie goes in and cleans as best she can, but with only her tongue, it leaves some stains behind.  As well the little guys don't mind peeing and pooing on each other.  Sometimes it just happens!



The pups got their first round of de-wormer.  It is a liquid formulation of Strongid. That has not helped the pooing situation.  However, we have lots of blankets and a washing machine so we are good for awhile. We did get them some collars, so hopefully that will make it easier to follow different pups, although with all the glow it may be hard to see the colors. They will only have them on under supervision as the pups are still a little small for them.


The next week is going to be exciting as we will start introducing puppy food (as a gruel mixed with formula). And depending on how fast they grow, perhaps some new expanded digs will happen too.

Week 1

Posted by Pat on August 30, 2019 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow, hard to believe this time last week we were in the midst of welcoming our litter into the world.  The week has whizzed by. Our number one concern for the past week is to ensure the health of our mother and litter. Maggie is once again proving to be a super mom.  We occassionally have to tell her it is okay to leave her pups to eat or go outside.  She is always ready to go for "walks" although tires easily and gets anxious quickly.


So I have been keeping track of each pup by painting a pup and weighing them daily. Then I have been putting the littlest ones on Maggie first for feeding, at least once a day. This is so by the time the litter is ready to go home, they are all about the same size.  However, I think that orange boy (Harley comes to mind) is going to be the big one no matter what we do. And it looks like Mauve girl might just stay little.  But with our girls it is hard to say as we usually have one or two bigger ones and one or two littler ones (when we have over one female pup). While the little ones eat, the other pups stay comfy and warm in the ready box (ready to go if we need to travel quickly).



Expectations

Posted by Pat on August 17, 2019 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Alot of time and care goes into planning a breeding. We have to make sure our dam is healthy and still able to have a litter. We have to select a male that is healthy and has his health clearances. Once we have done that we also are looking for basic Labrador Retriever traits like ability to work and hunt. The sire for our 2019 litter, Born to Hunt Gator Man, met all our criteria. So on Monday we had an x-ray, and it looks like this time next week there might be 10 new chocolate clan members.:D (I can only see 9, Sarah saw 11, and the vet says 10!)  


For me the next week will be one of waiting anxiously to see that Maggie stays healthy and each of the pups has a chance at survival. Nothing is guaranteed, but I have the vet on speed dial in case we need some help!