Once Husky puppies are born, it might seem like your work is done, but in truth, it has just begun. While the mother will do most of the care for the newborn Huskies, you still need to keep an eye on them, clean their area, and provide heat, water, and food for the mother. For the first few weeks of their lives, puppies need special care and a lot of attention.
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- Heat lamp
Make sure the puppies are eating. They should nurse about every two hours. If they fall asleep quietly after nursing, they are eating enough, but if they cry and move around they are not getting enough food. Their weight should double in the first seven to ten days. Failure to gain weight is often the first sign of illness, at which point you need to take the puppies to the vet. At 3 weeks of age, provide a dish of water for the puppies. Between 3 and 4 weeks you can feed them puppy mush (dry puppy food, liquid puppy milk replacement, and hot water, blended to the consistency of infant food).
Change the bedding and clean the whelping box every day. The mother will go outside to use the bathroom, but the puppies will not. As the puppies begin to eat solid food, clean the box every few days. Place layers of newspaper under a tightly-stretched blanket, held down by the sides of the box. This is ideal bedding for young puppies.
Maintain the temperature in the whelping box with a heat lamp. For the first few days, the temperature in the box should be about 29.4 degrees Celsius. After that, lower it to between 23.8 and 26.6 degrees C, depending on the surrounding temperature. Place the heat lamp to one side of the box so the puppies can move out of the heat if they want.
Check the health of the mother. Examine her nipples daily for redness, hardness, or discharge, which can indicate mastitis. You must call your vet immediately if she develops mastitis.
Take the puppies to the vet at a few days of age to remove their dew claws and have their tails docked. Some puppies with serious health problems may need to be put down. Make sure the mother can't hear any of the veterinary procedures. At 6 or 7 weeks of age, the puppies can be vaccinated.
Allow the mother time to rest, apart from the puppies, when they are 2 or 3 weeks old. Allow the puppies to explore, supervised. Socialising the puppies from this point onward is also very important.
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