Safe to purchase if Dam had bad milk?

Discussion in 'General Mastiff Discussion' started by ydoc88, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. ydoc88

    ydoc88 New Member

    Hello again! I appreciate all of the past responses. I think I'm closer to getting my mastiff puppy in the coming weeks. Just a question that crossed my mind....If the mother had bad milk and the breeder bottle fed the pups, is that necessarily a bad thing? Will it effect the health of the puppy? They look healthy to me.
     
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  2. marke

    marke Active Member

    no ....... how old are they ? they will not have received the moms immunity , their vaccinations should take better and they should need less .............
     
  3. glen

    glen Well-Known Member Super Mod

    We bottle fed 5 pups a year ago now. They turned a yeare old on April 1st they are all strong and healthy, no problems at all,
     
  4. ydoc88

    ydoc88 New Member

    Thanks! They are approaching the 8 week mark. Ready for pick up
     
  5. maryl

    maryl Member

    What do you mean by "bad milk", did she have an infection or just not enough milk? If the former, when did the breeder notice it? The pups may have gotten enough colostrum before they were taken off the mom for bottle feeding. If the latter then the pups were bottle fed in addition to nursing. Either way, bottle feeding with a proper puppy nursing formula will not effect the pups physical health and it may stimulate their mental health due to all the handling.
     
  6. ydoc88

    ydoc88 New Member

    I believe the breeder said the milk just went bad.
     
  7. marke

    marke Active Member

    I'd advise you look into what is actually necessary in the way of vaccinations ........ if it were my pups I would keep them away from other dogs , at 12-13 weeks I'd vaccinate them and they'd be done with vaccinations ......
     
  8. maryl

    maryl Member

    Milk doesn't just " go bad". The mother may develop mastitis if the breeder wasn't watching closely to make sure the pups were using all the nipples. She also may develop a uterine infection with a high fever, then the pups should be bottle fed until the infection is cleared up. In both cases it would take at least a day before the pups would be taken off the bitch, so the babies should have gotten some of the colostrum. If not, the breeder should have been able to get colostrum from his/her vet. I think you need more information to set your mind at ease.
     
  9. marke

    marke Active Member

    it's been my experience pups do fine without colostrum , I've personally seen a lot of them live full long lives ..... even a bitch with mastitis can still nurse pups , just so the vet is mindful of what antibiotic he puts the bitch on ........it seems to me the pups won't nurse off the infected teat , I think they must smell it .......... I've never taken the pups off a bitch with mastitis , and never had a problem from it ........
     

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