The Bluebonnet Norfolk Terrier Club does not recommend, guarantee, endorse, nor rate these recommendations or contributors, their kennel or their stock. The purpose of this section is to share the knowledge and experience of breeders who have vast experience in whelping and raising puppies. The tips and tricks below are intended to augment qualified veterinarian care, not as a substitute for qualified veterinarian care of the dam and puppies.
From Ramona Adams:I have used Dannon plain yogurt with puppies from day one--a cc per puppy per day. They quickly learn how to suck it out of a syringe and love it. I use it to keep the intestinal flora up and they seem to thrive with it. In fact, years ago I had a week old puppy that wasn't doing well and I had to be gone for the weekend (older son being delivered to college). My younger son spent the weekend giving the puppy yogurt about every two hours and I came home to a vigorous nursing puppy. His mother had not pushed him off but was having trouble getting him to nurse and the yogurt turned him around. I also give it to puppies right after birth if they don't want to nurse initially. A couple applications of yogurt and they seem to perk up and nurse. Mother of course gets yogurt in her food as well as what she licks off the puppies. I too have not had a 'fading puppy' in years and years.
Before shipping fresh chilled semen, check the weather forecast to make sure the semen will not be delayed or be handled in extreme temperatures.
If you manage your own breedings, here are a few tips to protect both the dam and the stud dog: hold the bitch's during the breeding in order to protect the male. Once he ties, she can hurt him if she stries to pull away or bite. Keep the male confined for a few minutes after breeding to be sure he is totally back in the sheath - otherwise the sheath causes a tourniquet effect and can cause damage to the penis. Just gently pull the skin out and over the bulb and be sure no hair is caught inside the sheath. Hold the bitch's rear up for about min. after breeding and do not allow her to urinate for at least 30 min