Raisin and Tempo puppies, First Week

 

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Below pictures taken when the puppies were 2 days old.  
Above - Diana (first born, female) - 12.2 oz birth weight
Above - Aretha (second born, female) - 11.8 oz birth weight
Above - Lena (third born, female) - 9.5 oz birth weight
Above - Wynton (fourth born, male) - 11.5 oz birth weight
Raisin and puppies, 2 days old.
 

Puppies at three days old - Wednesday, March 16.

Diana (first born): 13.4 oz (birth weight: 12.2 oz)

Aretha (second born): 13.9 oz (birth weight: 11.8 oz)

Lena (third born): 11.3 oz (birth weight: 9.5 oz)

Wynton (fourth born): 13.9 oz (birth weight: 11.5 oz)

Raisin is being an AWESOME mother! She is devoted to her puppies. She loves nursing and cleaning them. I couldn't ask for her to be any better!

 

 

 

 

At three days old, they are all nursing aggressively and gaining weight well. Interestingly, most of them lost a bit of weight during the first 24 hours after birth. I was alarmed at this until I read that most puppies born naturally (not c-section) tend to lose a bit of weight during the first 24 hours due to the stress of delivery. It is thought that this stress benefits the puppies in the long run even though it means a small temporary weight loss. Diana, being the first born, was the most stressed and lost the most weight during the first 24 hours. She went from 12.2 oz at birth down to 11.5 oz. She quickly gained it back on by the second day. Between the second and third days, she gained a full ounce.

I began the "Early Neurological Stimulation" program today. I will be doing these exercises once each day for the next 14 days. This program supposedly helps puppies reach their potential better by developing their ability to handle stress. I think it will also help me evaluate how each puppy handles stress at this very young age.

Pups at six days old, Saturday, March 20, 2011

(above) Diana at six days old
 
(above) Aretha at six days old
 
(above) Lena at six days old
 
(above) Wynton at six days old
 
   
   

Weight Chart for Puppies' First Eight Days (ounces)

 
Birth
1 day
2 days
3 days
4 days
5 days
6 days
7 days
8 days
Diana
12.2
11.5
12.3
13.4
15.2
16.4
18.0
19.6
22.0
Aretha
11.8
11.5
13.2
13.9
15.2
17.1
18.3
20.1
21.9
Lena
9.5
9.2
10.4
11.3
12.5
13.6
15.5
16.0
17.5
Wynton
11.5
11.5
12.3
13.9
15.2
16.2
17.6
18.9
20.6
 

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