luvmypitbull wrote:Okay, Mr. Mayor - yes, Trouble would be a very appropriate name for her BUT we all know there will never be but ONE 'Miss Trouble' !!! I have a couple of names I am thinking of but will post them later.
Katie - WOW & WOW again !! Thanks bunches for your input !! I have a couple of questions:
1) what is colostrum powder & where do you get it? The recipe I found did not call for it.
2) the pup will live in the house so with the A/C on, how do I know where to maintain the temp?
3) I had already read about the need to stimulate to use the bathroom. How long will I have to do that?
4) 9 or 10????? How did you get so lucky ???
5) I may (or should I say WILL) have other questions as I go !!http://www.pitbulltalk.com/posting.php?mode=quote&f=7&p=382146!!!!!
Oh, and I forgot to tell you that dry dog shampoo and baby wipes
One thing to consider is do you have an older dog that would be okay with her? I'm asking because handraising single puppies is a lot riskier than raising a litter. Raising 8 or 9 puppies is harder...but not as risky. The problem with a single puppy is that they never have to fight for food nor do they learn doggie manners from other puppies in the litter...I've handraised a single puppy, and one problem with it is that it was INCREDIBLY food aggressive towards us...and very awkward with other dogs...so, the more you can have him around other dogs his age or older (but okay with puppies) the better...
katiek0417 wrote:Okay....I think I can help you...I may have some experience with hand-raising a puppy or two (or 9 or 10 )...
I used that recipe that you mentioned, and it was fantastic! The one I used was this:
10oz goat milk
1 cup whole, plain yogurt
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp light corn syrup or karo syrup
2 scoops colostrum powder
Whisk or blend everything together, dont overblend so it gets bubbly. It has the consistency of regular milk. I kept ours in a container in the fridge - once you heat up a portion, dont reuse that portion. The stuff in the fridge can be kept for up to 7 days.
I'm sure you know this, but you want her to be on her belly when you feed her...don't hold her on her back (like you would a normal baby)...
Next, you still want to keep the puppy warm...we kept our puppies in a storage bin (without the lid, and we put a heating pad under it)...the key is not to have the entire bottom of the bin heated so that if she gets too warm she can move away...also, with it being summer, this may not be as much of an issue...so you need to gauge how much warmth she'll really need...
Also, you'll need to stimulate her to go to the bathroom. She may go some on her own...but she'll still need some help...use a cotton ball dipped in warm water to do this...and you want to use a sweeping motion (think of a mother's tongue)...
What else do you need?
luvmypitbull wrote:Oh my my my !!!!!!! What an ordeal !!! How is Dru doing now ? What about the pups - did you ever find homes for the rest of them ? Was any action ever taken on or against the negligent vet ?
luvmypitbull wrote:Why and how often do you use the dry shampoo? I presume for hygiene ??
luvmypitbull wrote:I had no idea...... I was only thinking about the moment....... My son has a couple of cur dogs that are almost a year old - BIG dogs. She would learn to defend herself for sure ! I was told the pup I am leaning toward seems to be pretty laid back - the other available one is apparently a little more dominant (they are 11 days old today). I will definitely need help with this as time goes on.
luvmypitbull wrote:By the way, will there be a problem changing the formula on her ?
luvmypitbull wrote:Thanks again for your help !!! And I sooooo hope all has settled down for you - you definitely deserve it !!
P.S. By the way, I see you are 'Katrina' not 'Katie'. Sorry about that !
luvmypitbull wrote:Thanks again for all of the info. I did a search on behavioral issues with hand-raised pups and I am already wondering if I have bit off more than I can chew !!!! Oh, I feel that I can do the feeding, cleaning, etc. things but right now I am feeling totally inadequate in these behavior issues !!!
My whole thinking on going with a pup is because of my 8 yr. old autistic grandson that lives with us. He is not your typical autistic child - in fact, he is considered to have a-typical autism - however, he is very active ! Anyway, my thinking was that the pup could be raised around him and get used to him. I was afraid that if I got an older pup it could be too established in it's ways, etc. Now I am beginning to think this is all about to backfire right in my face !!!!! Of course. I was not expecting to get such a young pup either !!!
Oh well, first I will get it growing and weaned and then I will start on behavior. If you don't mind, I will probably be picking your brain (and everyone else's) about that as I progress ! ha
By the way, you sound like your life runs about like mine - if it wasn't for bad luck I wouldn't have any luck at all !!
Until later - Sharon
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