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Hello everyone! Iam new at all this, first time having puppies. We have small cross breed male and female, father of puppies around 12 kg, bitch 8 kg. My dam whelped 10 days ago(Tuesday 24th),4 puppies, one died after birth, failed to rescue him, other 3 (two boys and 1 girl) are fine. Need some advise, both boys birth weight was 250 grams, today they are over 600 grams both. That all seems fine to me. The girl born 220 grams(today 540 g) was gaining weight good too, but last two days only 20 grams per day when boys gained 50 grams per day. Its almost like she is being pushed from teats by the boys or by bitch I don't know only 3 puppies so there is enough teats for all of them:) .. Should I be concerned? I mean she still gains it just slowed a little over last two days.. Another thing when should we introduce puppies to father dog, he is being with us living room, puppies are in the next room that is not beeing used for anything else, nice quiet and warm. The father is older dog, very calm, he would probably just sniff them a bit and let them be. We don't want to rush it though because the dam was a stray dog we took her in she is good but a little to much energy she has, she didn't show any signs after whelping of aggression,but couple times I witnessed her growling and snapping puppies while nursing. Checked them all, no skin bites, probably just teaching them, did they get to mouthy or scratch her nipples with nails? I regularly check her teats too, no infection.. Finally I get some sleep because the first week I was stressing out whether she will bite them or so but now it looks she takes care of them, nursing, licking.. Still concerned about the girl puppy. Also the bitch didn't want to leave puppies for the first few days, and now after 7th day or so she wants to be with us more and seems not that interested in phppies anymore, we take her to be with us for a while and then I have to tempt her to go to the puppy room with a salami and then check on her and she feeds them.. Should I be worried? Doesn't seem like she is rejecting them because she stil nurses but wants to be with us too.. Any advise is very appreciated thank you!! Ana
 

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Assuming that your vet thinks everything is otherwise okay, I would remove the male pups from the dam periodically, allowing the female a chance to nurse without competition. Keep logging her weight gain, to make sure she's gaining at a steady rate.
 

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Thank you! Was thinking about that, hopefully she will allow her to nurse and won't look for the male puppies instead..
 

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I really am not qualified to comment, but about the female not gaining as much weight, I believe the rear teats hold more milk, so I might position her in the rear teats and I know my mom (who bred pups for a little while) would rotate the pups on the teats and reserve the rear teats mostly for the smaller pups.

Females are often smaller, but your vet would know excatly what to do and if she's on a good growing schedule.
 
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