Sunday, June 28, 2009

2 weeks old

The pups weighed in at 30 oz (White girl) to 2 1/2 lbs (Blue boy and Green girl) - very similar to the 2-week weights of Cleo's first litter. The pups' walking abilities are improving by the day and they will soon be moving into a large double exercise pen/puppy pen. I will also be adding more environmental enrichment in the form of different types of bedding and soft toys. Much to the pups' delight, they had their first taste of canned dog food this AM, and eagerly inhaled the dab I offered. During the next few days, we will be feeding the pups approximately 1 tsp of canned food 3x daily to start getting their systems prepared for solid food. By end of the week, I expect the volume of canned food offered to increase, and then by 3 weeks of age, I plan to offer them soaked puppy kibble. The pups also received their first worming this AM - a safe, mild wormer that is very efficacious against roundworms which are often transmitted directly from the dam to the pups during pregnancy and lactation. And when I can catch them sleeping, I am attempted to get 9 sets of baby puppy toenails trimmed again. The last day of BioSensor early neurological stimulation exercises is Monday.

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