Let's start the week out with some information that we recently garnered on Puppy Fostering! We currently have two pups we're fostering and they are, as of today, only days old. The momma was in AZ Rabies Animal Control and was just so sad... I wonder if animals go through postpartum depression? If so, she was in the throws of it.
And who could blame her. I'm not sure of her story, but she started with a litter of five pups, two died the first day and one more passed away on Day 4, when we picked up the newest members (albeit temporary) of the PetsWeekly Pack. The momma was not caring for the pups, likely due to her own hard life. She had given up - you could just see it in her eyes... So we relieved her of her puppy burden and pray that she will soon feel much better.
The Pups: In the meantime, Pup 1 and Pup 2 (both males) are doing amazingly well. They are feeding well, sleeping a lot, and whining when they are supposed too. We, however, have had a quick lesson in Puppy Fostering 101!
We hope that this week's posts will provide you with some insight into caring for a new foster and we dearly hope that it inspires you to contact your local shelters and learn how you can provide a temporary home for puppies or kittens who have been abandoned or orphaned.
Down and Dirty:
The first thing about puppies is that they sleep, eat and poop. In that order. That's all they do. They are like human infants, but their eyes and ears are sealed. At the age of 5 days, they operate solely on touch and smell.
These two are eating about 0.50 - 1 oz of fluid (we use Esbilac for Puppies) each, every 2 hrs or so. This works well for me, because it's hard to get me away from the computer that often. If I hear a puppy crying, it forces me to get up and attend to them. Good for me, good for the pups.
Read more here...
....Esbilac Liquid by Pet Ag..
Causes Stacy Mantle Supports
Alley Cat Allies, Wolf Preservation Society, Defenders of Wildlife, Big Cat Rescue, Liberty Wildlife