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WEIGHT GAIN IN NEW BORN PUPPIES

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WEIGHT GAIN IN NEW BORN PUPPIES

I write this with the poodle breed in mind but have found it to pertain to other breeds that we have bred in the past. 
 
When finding yourself with a newborn litter its very important to keep a close eye on their weight every day to make sure they are gaining properly.  If your puppy isnt gaining weight like they should then I suggest hand feeding and supplementing your puppy.  You can find recipies for doing so on the previous page.

Suggested weight gain for new born toy poodle puppies
 
I like to see my toy poodle puppies gain atleast a 1/2 ounce per day up until the age of 4 weeks.  If they gain a little more than that its ok.  I would supplement the puppy if you are getting less than a 1/2 per day weight gain.  Some tiny ones are a bit slower to gain weight.  The tinier the puppy (usually this is anything under 4 oz) I always supplement.

Suggested weight gain for new born minaiture poodle puppies
 
I like to see my miniature poodle puppies gain atleast an ounce per day up until the age of 4 weeks.  Once again if they gain a little more than that its ok.  I would supplement the puppy if you are getting less than a 1/2 per day weight gain.  Usually miniature poodle puppies are around 6-9 oz at birth unless you have a very large litter.A large litter would be 8 or over.  Anything under that 6-9 oz and again I would supplement.

Suggested weight gain in standard poodle puppies
 
Where standards can have very large litters of up to 11 or more puppies you can get quite a variety of weight ranges.  The smaller the litter the more likely the puppies are to be large at birth.  Usually you will get puppies anywhere from 10 oz to over one lb.  Its a general rule of thumb that a standard puppy should gain 1 lb per week.  Many standard puppies will be one lb and one week, two lbs at two weeks, and so on.  Dont worry if you have a smaller litter and they are a bit bigger than that.  If you have a huge litter its a good idea to supplement the litter to help your bitch out.  Feeding a large litter can deplete a bitch very quickly.  Also if your puppies are smaller than 10 oz I would supplement.

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