The Chihuahua dog breed steals everyone’s heart with its adorable look, small size, and fierce personality. But they are delicate balls of fur, and they need special care and attention. If you happen to expect a litter of newborn Chihuahua puppies, you might be wondering what to do. Read on to find out.
Usually, Chihuahuas are good and attentive mothers, but they do require some help from you. First, spend a couple of days before the birth to prepare a comfortable nest. Choose a quiet place in a room away from traffic and curious pets. If too many people or pets bother the mother, she will move her pups to another, safer location.
Then find the perfect box – the sides should be low so that the mother can go in and out of the nest with no issues. But make sure that the puppies can’t crawl over the sides accidentally.
When the puppies are born they weigh only three or four ounces, and they cannot regulate their body temperature. That’s why newborn Chihuahuas depend on cuddling with their siblings and their mother to keep them warm.
However, if the room is cold, snuggling might not be enough. In this case, place a whelping pad on one side of the box or use a heating pad. Leave a cool spot where the puppies can crawl to if they get too hot.
The recommended temperature for a newborn Chihuahua is 85 degrees Fahrenheit. During the second week, you can lower it to 80 and then 75 during the third.
It’s essential that you change the bedding regularly and that you weigh the puppies every day. In 10 days, they should double their weight. If this doesn’t happen or you notice that a pup isn’t gaining any weight, consult with a veterinarian immediately.
It’s also imperative that you keep an eye on the puppies and the mom regularly during the first several weeks. The mother might suffer from birth complication and refuse to feed her cubs. Or if she has too many pups, there might not be enough milk for all of them.
No matter the circumstances, if the newborns look lethargic, feel cold when you touch them or fail to thrive, it’s time to intervene and provide supplemental feeding. Otherwise, the Chihuahua newborn puppies won’t survive.
Here are some tips for such occasions and how to take care of toy Chihuahuas.
1. What to feed a baby Chihuahua?
The answer is very simple – milk. Fortunately for you, there are puppy milk replacement formulas available in liquid or powder form that you can use. The rule of thumb is one cc per ounce of body weight. You may also look for an available foster mom, buy a pet bottle with a nipple or use a syringe.
2. How often to feed a Chihuahua puppy?
Since they are very small, their bellies can’t hold much food. They need to eat every two hours during the first two days and every three to four hours in the following weeks.
You’ll also have to burp the puppies twice – during and after feeding, and gently rub their genital area after feeding to stimulate them to pee and poop.
Handle the puppies carefully and gently. They are still very fragile, and their skulls are not fully developed yet.
3. How long do Chihuahua puppies nurse?
Weaning starts when the pup is around a month old, and by the time he is 8-12 weeks old, it should be ready for a new home.
4. How many times do you feed a Chihuahua?
Chihuahua puppies need frequent, small meals throughout the day. Some professionals recommend that puppies under three months or two pounds should be free-fed, others state that four meals a day are enough for a 6-week-old Chihuahua puppy. When the puppy is 3-6 month old, he will need around three meals per day.
5. What’s a teacup Chihuahua?
If you think teacup Chihuahua is a different breed of Chihuahuas, guess again. All Chihuahuas are as small as a teacup when they are born, but some fail to reach their adult size and weight of around 5-6 pounds.
Teacup Chihuahuas are those that weigh less than three pounds. But they are not recognized as a different breed. So, if someone is offering you newborn teacup Chihuahua puppies, it’s probably a scam.
6.What do teacup Chihuahuas eat?
If you have a teacup-sized puppy, you need to choose a pet food specially designed for toy breeds. Teacup Chihuahuas tend to suffer from low blood sugar levels, which could be fatal for their little bodies. So you should provide several small meals during the day.
7. How much to feed a teacup Chihuahua?
The mini Chihuahuas are easy to overfeed. Consult with a veterinarian to choose a high premium dog food for toy breeds and follow the provided feeding guide based on the weight of your Chihuahua and how active it is.
Since they are tiny, teacup Chihuahuas require even more attention and care. The smaller the Chihuahua, the bigger the chance for various health issues like diabetes, hypoglycemia, heart problems and bone fractures. If you pick the puppy in the wrong way or roll over it while asleep, the little one might suffer a break injury. Also, you must keep it away from large dog breeds or cats since they could hurt it.
So think very hard whether you actually want such a puppy. It’s not a toy. It’s a living thing with very special needs. If you only want it so that you can carry it around in your purse, better get a stuffed dog.
Caring for puppies, even when the mother is around, requires time, efforts, and commitment. You can’t simply leave the new family alone and hope for the best. The puppies will need you until they are old enough to go to their new home. Make sure that you’re ready for such responsibility.
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