I am a new Doberman puppy owner and I am slightly worried about my 21-day-old puppy. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the mother had to be separated from the litter and I am now responsible for taking care of the puppies. I am doing my best to ensure they receive proper care, nutrition and warmth, but I am still unsure whether my puppies can survive without their mother.
Can a 21-day-old Doberman puppy last without a mother? Is there anything else I need to be doing to ensure their survival? I would really appreciate any advice or tips on how to properly take care of them.
Thank you in advance for your help!
I have experience raising a puppy without a mother as well. I rescued a puppy that was separated from its mother and had to nurse it back to health. It was an incredibly rewarding experience, but it was also a lot of work.
At 21 days old, Doberman puppies can survive without their mother with proper nutrition, care, and socialization. Feeding them puppy formula milk through a bottle every few hours is essential for their growth and development. Also, be aware of the correct temperature when giving them the formula, especially during cold weather.
To keep them warm, I used a heating pad or a warm cloth wrapped around the puppies when they are sleeping. You need to check them regularly and adjust the temperature accordingly to prevent overheating.
It's crucial to make sure they develop socially, as well. I played gentle sounds or music for my pups to soothe them and ensure they get used to hearing new noises. I provided lots of love and attention and socialized them with other dogs and people.
In summary, raising a puppy without a mother follows other steps but can be difficult. It would help if you were prepared to be devoted, patient and willing to endure any challenges that come with caring for newborn puppies. The effort can be incredibly rewarding and lead to building everlasting bonds.
Best of luck to you and your Doberman puppies!