Hi, I am the proud owner of 5 whippets, 1 boy and 1 girl, 3…

Hi, I am the proud owner of 5 whippets, 1 boy and 1 girl, 3 puppies that were born on the 18th December making the puppies 11 days old now. Nellie, Mum of the puppies, developed swelling on one of her teats behind her hind legs, also she only started developing milk from one teat. I took her to the vet in regards to this and was prescribed antibiotics and was advised to put a cold towel on the inflamed teat. One thing I do not understand is the vet advised to just keep switching the puppies between teats but only one teat is producing milk. How can that benefit the puppies because surely that will promote bloating from the teats that do not produce. No advice was given in regards to feeding them myself while she has a fever and only one functional teat. My question is, was the vet right in the advice she gave?. I’m baffled because now I have Nellie who is starting to show symptoms of allergy to the antibiotics, I have crying pups and Nellie has spent more time away from them than normal. The puppies cry even after feeding from her but they do eventually calm down. I’ve had to intervene to assist the puppies in pooing, Nellie only seems to want to stimulate their bits to pea. I just don’t know what to do, I feel like challenging the advice of the vet because I’m starting to believe that with only 1 teat developing milk then surely that’s a sign that something is not right. I have to go back to the vets today at 11:40GMT and was looking for advice, if any, in regards to the situation. Thanks in advance to any who respond.

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, If you are not sure if the advice the vet gives you please call or ask them to clarify. It is not appropriate for anyone to second guess a vet who has seen your dog when the rest of us haven’t. They would be your best source for the most beneficial advice. The pups need to be nursing every few hours. If mom isn’t producing enough milk you need to step in and supplement. You also should find a local breeder to help act as a mentor for things like this. They can be an immense help to you… Read more »

2 years ago

Yes, contact your breed mentor. They should be able to help you (and if you DON’T have a breed mentor, someone who helped you get through all the health testing needed for your breed, reconsider breeding in the future).