Why Isn't My Dog Taking Care Of Its Puppies?
Why isn't my dog taking care of its puppies? It's a question that many dog owners have. After all, who doesn't love puppies? If your dog has puppies hopefully you are prepared and excited. In some cases pet owners are not prepared or informed about what to do when their dog doesn't take of her puppies. This article will discuss this issue and explain what you can do to help.
Maternal behavior problems in dogs aren't uncommon. Just because your dog is female and gave birth doesn't mean she'll be a great mom. How can you tell if your dog has maternal behavior problems?
The signs are usually very noticeable. Most commonly, the mother will try to abandon her puppies. It will be like she is ignoring them or acting like she doesn't have newborns to care for. Abandoning newborn puppies is most common in dogs that had to have a caesarean section. Other female dogs with maternal behavior problems will be around their puppies, but won't clean them or let them nurse on her. Sometimes dog will even attack or kill their puppies. This most commonly occurs if a puppy appears different or smells different. Some animals are also known to kill young that they know aren't healthy.
If you notice your dog isn't taking the best care of her puppies you don't want to make the situation worse. If she isn't attacking or hurting them and hasn't killed any of her puppies you should probably leave her alone. You may be afraid to leave her alone with them, but some mothers act aggressively towards their puppies because they misdirect their aggression that they actually have because of being bothered by someone.
Make sure your dog and her puppies are in a clean and comfortable place. Clean the bedding after she gives birth, but don't do much more than that. Don't touch the puppies too much until the mother gets used to them because you don't want to make them smell strange. Allow the mother to have some bonding time with her young. Keep the dogs in a quiet, dark part of your house will you, your children, or any other pets will disturb them.
If you notice any further problems after giving your dog some space, then contact your veterinarian.
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