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Tulip and Bronson Litter – 1 week old

Tulip's pups are already one week old! 

I can't believe how quickly this week passed by. So far, they have been a quiet litter, which indicates Tulip is feeding them well. As I mentioned previously, they are all strong and healthy puppies. 

It takes a lot of coaxing for Tulip to leave their side for the first few days. As a result of such a long labor, she spends much of her time nursing the puppies and sleeping. I'm certainly glad about that since I could use a nap after being awake for 40 hours!

It wasn't long before Tulip began spending more time outside the whelping box as the week progressed. Digging a den for her pups outside is one of her favourite pastimes. She dug a hole big enough for herself before having her pups under out spruce tree! Still, she is determined to dig a den, so we always keep an eye on her outside. 

Each day, Tulip consumes four meals and approximately four pounds of fresh food. In order to produce milk, her body requires extra nutrition and calcium supplements. 

Tulip developed mastitis, which is now under control. Infections like mastitis can be extremely painful. Resulting from bacteria entering the nipple and traveling up to the mammary gland. Fortunately, it was caught early and has cleared up, but it can recur at any time.

Puppies are now moving around, and by next Monday their eyes will be open. Occasionally, during the day or overnight, I hear a puppy crying, which usually means it's lost its litter mates and cannot find them. As a result, I lift it back along with its siblings and the crying stops. 
Stay tuned.....


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