Newborn puppy help?

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by RxGoforth, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. RxGoforth

    RxGoforth New Member

    I was robbed! Hubby snatched Dozer from me. That is his favorite pup. To watch football of all things grr. IMG_20121027_141906.jpg
     
  2. ruthcatrin

    ruthcatrin New Member

  3. RxGoforth

    RxGoforth New Member

    Another long day. Everyone is alive though! Auggie had to go to the vet today for his umbilical site. I had been monitoring it because it looked funny and late last night it started looking infected. He is on antibiotics and tummy washes for the next two weeks, but at close to 5 pounds with a healthy appetite the vey said he should be fine. BUT anything could happen, BUT he feels confident he will be fine. So now we chillin. IMG_20121027_205718.jpg look how HUGE he is.
     
  4. ruthcatrin

    ruthcatrin New Member

    Aaawwwwww
     
  5. RxGoforth

    RxGoforth New Member

    Also major kudos to people who legitimately breed mastiffs. This new vet provided me with so much information about how difficult mastiffs are to breed. I would have never guessed. I have always thought pure, well bred dogs were worth every penny and then some. Now some of those price tags don't seem high at all. We are at 800.00 and counting with these babies. I could not imagine the money and stress breeders endure. Wow.
     
  6. ruthcatrin

    ruthcatrin New Member

    Yah, if I HAD been interested in breeding Apollo's breeder's tale of his litter would have killed it dead. Thankfully for her she's a realtor for her day job so she can mostly dictate her own hours.....
     
  7. RxGoforth

    RxGoforth New Member

    It is a crazy amount of work. I don't mind the financial aspect so much if I did I would have goldfish. Not English Mastiffs. We both work full time now and I feel like I have 3 jobs. Puppies, my actual job, and keeping the house. I have so much respect for good breeders. I am literally cleaning the pups, making them potty if Nikki chooses not to, and rotating pups to feed. Wow it's crazy around here. I can't wait until they are a little bigger so I can catch up on sleep!

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    What happened with Apollo's litter? Gosh I can only imagine.
     
  8. RxGoforth

    RxGoforth New Member

    What happened with Apollo's litter? Gosh I can only imagine.
     
  9. ruthcatrin

    ruthcatrin New Member

    Well, it was originally planned to be a natural mating, ended up being artificial insemination with frozen seman ($$$), 10 pups of good size infact they were so large that by her due date mom couldn't work her belly over even a short step. Over concern that the stress of birth would put to much stress on her internal organs because she was so large they ended up doing a csection ($$$$). All 10 pups survived, though apparently the runt had vet visits to match what you've been doing, and due to her giant belly and the csection mom wasn't able to feed the pups hardly at all so they were ALL TEN tube and bottle fed every three hours for their entire nursing career, which yes includes getting them to go potty and cleaning....to top it off, she'd had a 2nd bitch also bred at the same time, thankfully SHE only had one pup, but she also turned out to be one of those violently aggressively protective mothers and she attacked the breeder's assistant. Assistant's ok, but I gather there was a large number of stitches involved.
     
  10. RxGoforth

    RxGoforth New Member

    OMG thank you Ruth. I will never feel overwhelmed by these 6 again. Everything I hear or learn at this point makes me love mastiffs even more. Thankfully Nikki is a part time mom. There is NO way my husband and I could manage and me ave my job! I just started working part time a month ago because I was bored at home. Shortly thereafter I was promoted to full time management. If only I had known what this situation was going to entail I would have kept the part time gig until the pups were older. Like you said the original vet should have told me more.If she had we would have ten pups. Man I could not imagine taking care of ten completely. I am glad Nikki at least babysits whie I am at work!
     
  11. ruthcatrin

    ruthcatrin New Member

    Its scary isn't it. I gather that Apollo's mom was normally a very good mother, his was her third and last litter, but with the csection and all she just wasn't up to it. And you have every right to feel overwhelmed! Apollo's breeder has been breeding TM's for over 20yrs, so she had experience to keep her going! And I got the impression she felt a little overwhelmed by it! 10 is a big litter even if it all goes well!
     
  12. RxGoforth

    RxGoforth New Member

    I really can't/don't want to imagine! We scheduled Nikki's spay today when we picked up Auggie and got the puppy vaccination estimates. No more puppies lol! Ever. Ever. Ever. We have decided though to keep Trooper and Auggie. We definately will be busy for some time regardless. We have always had adults so y hubby said now is the perfect time for a pup since they are here. So keeping the 2 problematic ones gives me peace of mind.
     
  13. ruthcatrin

    ruthcatrin New Member

    That works, and you get your puppy fix!
     
  14. raechiemay

    raechiemay New Member

    So that makes 4 mastiffs?! Lol you should hook them up to a sled & make them pull you around! Have you got homes lined up for the other 4?
     
  15. RxGoforth

    RxGoforth New Member

    After losing pups I became focused on healing the ones left. I became totally lazy on home finding. BUT, the sole female gator is going to the family who originally had lil nikki picked out. My mom has a super guy lined out who has always wanted a mastiff so mom has been educating him and we emailed him pics. So I need to find 2 homes and if I have to part with Trooper he is healthy enough to be adopted. (i just really got attached to him) don't want to give him up. ALSO! We have open eyes today!! All but Auggie and Dozer. Theirs might be as well, but they are sleepy sleep dudes.
     
  16. raechiemay

    raechiemay New Member

    After seeing pics of your babies & pics of the babies that Duchess' breeder has that are 9.5 weeks old, you both are not helping my puppy fever. I say you keep Trooper. How can you resist that sweet face? ;)
     
  17. RxGoforth

    RxGoforth New Member

    At this point I am attached to them all, but realistically 8 mastiffs and a cat is ridiculous. Kind of like the Duggers on 18 and counting. You want to know your kids individually and spend one on one time with them. Maybe if Nikki was as good of babysitter as the Duggers teenagers were I would consider it. I told my hubby he could keep a pup because he has ALWAYS wanted a mastiff puppy and I have always pushed rescuing older dogs on him. He got attached to Dozer and Auggie early on while I was getting attached to all of them caring for them. So if Trooper does find a home I will sadly part with him so hubby can finally get his experience. Money isn't an issue with 4, but I would like to have more space. We are at about 1200 sq. ft. Which was fine with 2 humans, 2 mastffs and a cat, but 4 mastiffs?
     
  18. raechiemay

    raechiemay New Member

    They're just like big throw rugs. They don't need a lot of space! ;) am I helping?? Hahaha
     
  19. RxGoforth

    RxGoforth New Member

    Lol no you're not, but that's ok. I am in love with them. I know everything about them and their little personalities. It is going to be hard watching them leave, but they are going to complete families and make people happy.
     
  20. raechiemay

    raechiemay New Member

    Maybe you guys can plan little reunions so you can watch the babies grow?
     

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