Four Weeks Old
Four Weeks Old ️
So sorry for not setting this page live last night, we currently have Elodie's litter leaving us for their new homes so it's been an even busier week than normal. I haven't taken our normal videos this week, just through lack of time, but I promise to make up for it for 'week 5' when things should calm down a little here.
Another week older and growing at a rapid pace!
Everyone is well and oh so gorgeous! They are now pottering around, although still a little wobbly and face plants are quite common. They look far more like little doggies now instead of scrunched up baby bundles and they are becoming more aware of their surroundings and new things.
The puppies still spend most of the day asleep (between 18 and 20 hours a day!). Myrtle still chooses to spend most of the time with her pups, especially during the night. The pups have also now had a three day course of wormer, which I can honestly say they hated!
The puppies have a lot happening this week -
Firstly, towards the end of this week we will move them out of the whelping box in our living room to the puppy pen in the gaming room.
We will introduce them to a litter tray and will be teaching them how to use it. Hopefully in a few weeks time the puppies will have mastered this and will be doing their wees and poos in the tray.
The puppies are going to the vets for a heath check and Parvovirus vaccination on Tuesday next week. The puppies will then be seen again by our vet when they are 10 weeks old for a final health check and their Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus vaccination.
We have just started to wean the puppies - I don’t normally enjoy this bit as the lovely clean puppies overnight become messy and covered in food as they like to lie, walk and roll around in their meals until they learn how to eat nicely. For the first time in their life, they have also learned how to drink water, as before this Myrtle has provided all their hydration in her milk.
Keeping the puppies with us for much longer means that we don’t need to encourage the mummies to stop feeding them their milk - so Myrtle is able to freely come and go to feed them when she pleases. Some of our dogs have chosen to stop feeding their pups at 5 weeks old, while others (like Elodie with her current litter) have carried on until their puppies are 10 - 11 weeks old!
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