Newborn pug puppies require care to keep them healthy and thriving. Pugs have pushed-in faces that can present a few challenges, as it can interfere with their breathing, especially for newborns. Along with time and patience, dedication and commitment are also required to take good care of newborn pug puppies.
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Things you need
- Clean bedding
- High-quality puppy food
- Puppy milk replacer
Provide food, water and clean bedding for the pug mother. For the first few weeks of life, the mother will provide all of the care the pugs need. However, monitor the mother to make sure she looks healthy and doesn't have signs of infection, including green discharge coming from her vagina.
Watch the way the pug puppies breathe. Their pushed-in noses can cause problems with breathing. If any show signs of respiratory distress, such as laboured and rapid breathing, contact a veterinarian immediately.
Monitor the pug puppies closely after they eat. Pugs have tendencies to develop cleft palates. This occurs when there is a hole in the roof of their mouth. Pugs are prone to being born with this condition. Signs that a pug puppy has a cleft palate include milk coming through the puppy's nose after it eats and not gaining weight, since it cannot properly eat.
Offer the pug puppies puppy mush at around three to four weeks of age. Make puppy mush by pouring two cups of high-quality puppy food in a blender with 369ml. of liquid puppy milk replacer and fill the rest of the container with hot water. Process the mixture until it is a soft consistency. Place the mush in a large, flat container and let the puppies eat the amount they want three or four times a day. Just be sure to check the pugs' noses afterward to remove any mush that may have become caked or pushed in there. Allow them to still feed from the mother and offer fresh water at all times.
Take your pug puppies to the veterinarian at about eight weeks of age to begin their vaccinations. The vet will also administer worming medication and give examinations. Of course, take a puppy to the vet sooner if you're concerned with its health.
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