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A Puppy List of Do's and Don'ts

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Newborn puppies are extremely fragile and vulnerable during the first weeks of their lives. Accidental suffocation is a leading cause of death for many newborn pups. This series of 10 slides offers a seldom-identified list of potential dangers to be on the lookout for.

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A Puppy List of Do's and Don'ts

  1. 1. 10 Do’s and Don’ts With a New Litter of Puppies
  2. 2. 1. Do Provide a Heated Crate Pad Newborn pups cannot regulate their own body temperature.
  3. 3. 2. Don’t Place a Blanket inside the Puppy Crate Newborn pups can burrow into a fold and suffocate.
  4. 4. 3. Don’t Place More than 5 Puppies in a Crate Newborn pups can get piled on and suffocate.
  5. 5. 4. Do Provide Supervised Access-on-Demand to Mom Mom’s body heat and constant licking are essential for pups.
  6. 6. 5. Do Put Breakaway Collars on Newborn Pups Newborns can catch a paw in a velcro collar and be strangled.
  7. 7. 6. Do Photo ID Each Puppy for Tracking Tracking growth and weight and size allows you to adjust feeding and sleeping schedules.
  8. 8. 7. Don’t feed large litters all at once. It’s too easy for a puppy to end up on the bottom and suffocate.
  9. 9. 8. Do Recruit Friends and Family to Keep “Eyes On” for the first 3 weeks. This is the window when newborn pups are most vulnerable.
  10. 10. 9. Do Supervise All Feedings Until Eyes Open Seeing and hearing bring important survival skills to the pups.
  11. 11. 10. Do Pay Extra Attention When a Nursing Dam Stands Up A 120 pound mother can step on and easily kill or injure a pup.

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