Hi all, i have 2 beautiful labs, they gave me 8 beautiful puppies on the 23/8. They are 2 weeks old today. One was born with a mild cleft palate so i have been hand raising him, he cant suck on mum but i find he will suck my finger and i can put a syringe down the side of my finger and by pass his palate, he is doing very well. He is gaining weight slowly. Has anyone else hand raised a cleft palate pup? If yes how did you get on with weaning? Ive heard of cleft palate babies that have been fine living on dry food and water, but i am at a lose as to when and what to feed him once its time for weaning.
Also the runt of the litter doesnt seem to be doing to well, her mum doesnt seem to toilet her like she does with the other 7 pups (she toilets the cleft boy) so i have to do it. She cries when she poos and they can be very big and hard. I am also having to bring her and mum inside so she can get a feed in without being pushed off the boob by her much bigger brothers and sisters. She is only 630grams and her brothers and sister are all over 1kg, apart from the cleft boy who is 600grams.
All pups and mum are having their 2 week check up tomorrow and are being wormed.
Any advice would be awesome
Thanks in advance
Nessa, Ruby, Chad & 8 babies
I guess you mean July 23 and not August.
You need to get the vet involved in this. You have one puppy with a serious physical deformity and the one who is not thriving could very well have one too.
Are you saying that you have the bitch and litter outdoors?
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Hi, thank you for your reply. Yeah 23/7.
I do have a vet helping me, but he has never been through this either, hes put many cleft palate puppies down though. My vet had found a vet clinic that will look at him when he is a month old to see if surgery is an option for him. If i think he isnt doing well i will have him put to sleep, i wont let him suffer. All pups are having a check up tomorrow. The little girl doesnt have a cleft palate, she does have attitude though. She appears to be pretty strong.
Pups and bitch are currently in a whelping box in a nice warm sleepout. They are not outside in the cold.
Cleft Palate Information
Information in regards to the cleft palate pup.
Cara Deo Labs
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Thank you very much MeAndMyLabs. Thats very very helpful. Im going to print it up and take for my vet to read, im sure he will find it very useful also.
Im very lucky with my cleft boy, as its not very bad. But it is bad enough he cant drink from his mum. Shes awesome, letting me milk her for colostrum.
I have been milking het to top up her daughter also.
Thanks again, the link is very helpful
Is there a reason they are not inside with you? Don't they have to be supervised? Especially with two of the litter not doing well.
It would be more appropriate to discuss these issues with your mentor than on an internet board.
Oh boy. Sending out good thoughts for these puppies...