BREEDING FOR PET OWNERS
8. Finding Homes for the Puppies and Vaccinations
When will I be able to place the puppies in
Most puppies can be placed in their new homes at
around eight weeks of age. Puppies should remain with the litter
this long to ensure proper weaning and social development. Puppies
that are taken from the litter and mother earlier than this are
known to have an increased amount of behavioral problems.
What about vaccinations? Should I keep the
pups until this has been completed?
Puppies receive some immunity to the major canine
diseases from their mother before and shortly after birth through
the first milk or colostrum. This is particularly true if the
motherís vaccinations are up to date. These maternal antibodies
protect puppies against diseases to which the mother is immune. It
is important to ensure that any inoculations are administered prior
to mating your dog.
Maternal antibodies and their protection last only a
few weeks. After this time the puppy becomes susceptible to disease.
The duration of maternal antibodies is variable and depends on
several factors. Vaccine technology has made tremendous progress
over the last few years and a puppy can now be safely vaccinated at
five to six weeks of age. Most puppies will receive two to three
vaccinations against the common canine diseases as they grow. Our
hospital will give you vaccine recommendations based on your petís
breed, risk and lifestyle.
What about the mother?
Do I have to do anything to dry up her milk supply?
Staring at approximately three weeks after birth, as
you start to wean the puppies, they will gradually feed less and
less from the motherís milk. She will be happy to leave the nest for
longer and longer periods and, depending on her breed or type, will
probably enjoy increased periods of exercise and physical activity.
At the same time, her milk supply should be diminishing naturally
and the frequency and quantity of food you are feeding her should
also be decreased.
If you need any help, please contact us.