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Does a mother dog sometimes eat her new pups?

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No, only in extremely rare cases or behavioral disorders, wild animals might do it in extreme circumstances or when in captivity

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What would cause a mother dog to kill all her pups?

Almost nothing. Mother dogs are very good to their pups, and are protective of them until they are old enough to be self-sufficient (6 months?). Did this happen to you? I have to disagree with this answer...I have seen many mother dogs kill and eat their pups. They will do this because of instinct. You may not be able to tell there is something wrong with them but the mother knows. If they are ill or have internal issues the mother will sometimes kill them and again sometimes eat them. It is very disgusting but its their nature.

Why would a mother dog not feed some of her pups or even all of her pups?

Sometimes the mother dog may not have enough teets to feed her large brood of pups, or, if she refuses to feed the pups she may not be well and a vet should have a look at her. She may have an infection or another problem. There are some female dogs who do not make good mothers and simply refuse to feed their pups. Either the owner has to bottle feed the pups or, if a breeder get another female to feed the pups. The worst breed I've seen recently is some Doberman females who will, for unknown reasons eat her healthy pups. Sometimes females will eat a pup when it is first born if there is something wrong with it, but the Doberman females are different.

Why would a mother dog eat her puppies?

AnswerIn some cases the mother dog will eat her pups if they are either sick or if her maternal instinct tells her they won't do well. This helps insure the "survival of the fittest."

When will the mom stop feeding her pups?

when the dogs are ready to eat the food on their own... this also depends on the dog sometimes the dog is really slow to start to eat on its own and sometimes the dog is fast and starts to eat on its own really early.

Mother dog won't leave pups to eat and milk supply is very low pups are crying when nursing what do i do?

Puppies are 3 days old...

When does the mother dog stops producing milk?

The mother dog stops producing milk usually when the pups are around 8-10 weeks old and are able to eat solid food

Can you still grab the father or the mother hamster if they have babies?

You can hold the dad, but not the mom or pups. The dad should be separated from the pups but you could hold him. The mom would eat the pups if you touched them, or sometimes even her! Never touch the pups until they are old enough.

Why would a dog eat its pups?

Dogs eat their puppies because they know there is something wrong with them. It's either the puppy was born dead or will die soon. The mother dog thinks she can get the nutrients she needs from the puppy.

Why do mothers dog eat there four day old pup?

Sometimes the mother dog eats their pup is because the mother can be very hungry and have nothing to eat so the only way to defend against the starve is to eat their pup.

Why do dogs eat their newborn puppies?

In some cases the mother dog will eat her pups if they are either sick or if her maternal instinct tells her they won't do well. it is normal. In other cases stress can cause the mother to eat her own pups. Make sure they are warm! Newborn puppies should be kept in a warm environment of 90 degrees Fahrenheit and well monitored!

Why does a mother dog eat her puppies pee and poop?

so that the puppies wont eat and get sick.But this will only happen when the pups are very little as they get older and mature the mom wont eat her puppies poop and pee

Can pups eat dog food at 7 months?

Of course they can eat dog food at 7 months. My dog ate dog food when she is only 4 months old. But please choose the food specially made for pups so they can get the suffiecient amount of nutrients.

Why do dogs eat their pups?

They don't. not usually. However, if the pups are really sick and/or the mother is really starving, this could happen.

When do wolf pups stop nursing?

At around three weeks, the mother wolf starts encouraging the pups to eat meat.

Why do the mother eat her puppies when they are born?

Mother dogs do not normally eat their puppies when they are born. If a mother dog does eat her puppy, it is usually because the dog had died.

Do gerbils eat there own pups?

Gerbils only eat there pups if something is seriously wrong. (Dehydration, sick or injured pups, ect.) This not only applies to the mother, but also the father. Gerbil's make great dads.

What do Arctic fox pups eat?

They can drink the mother's milk or the mother brings food for them

Would the mother of the newborn pups eat them if we touch them?

No she would not but it is better off to let the mother deal with the pups till the pups eyes open. If you have to touch them take a towel and rub the mother down them pick the pup up with the towel. Be sure not to leave your scent on the pup or the mother will not take care of the pup and it will die.

Why does the she-wolf drive her mate away when the pups were first born?

the she-wolf drives her mate away because sometimes the males eat the pups.

What do wolves pups eat when they are little?

At first milk, then it's pieces of meat that the mother feeds them.

Why do mother hamsters eat their pups?

extreme litter size, illness of pups, and lack of maternal experience are all possible causes of hamster pup cannibalism

How do you get a dog to eat after giving birth?

she will eat when shes ready but you can try dry dog food and put a bit of warm dog milk on it! Because they do eat the afterbirth and all that comes out after each pup, most mothers are not hungry for a day or so. Provide food close by and especially lots of water. Keep them in a closed, quiet area for the first week. Make sure your female is drinking within the first day, eating by the second day, and urinating and having bowl movements. The first bowl movements usually come out black or very dark in color. This is because she last ate the after birth which consists of lots of blood. Sometimes you have to force a new mother to leave her babies to eat or go outside to potty. Sometimes you have a female that wants to leave her pups all the time. This can be alleviated by leaving her alone with her pups the first couple of days. No matter how much you want to go in and peek at the pups, hold them, and what not, let the mother bond first.

What is the best way to care for your dog who just had pupies?

The best way is to take care of all of them. Show the mother that she can trust you when you hold the pups, feed them play with them, ect. Of course, show love for the mother too. Keep on feeding her and giving her excersize. Let her have local time with her pups sometimes. It could be a time when you are tired or are doing something else. Play with the mother, and keep petting her and giving her rewards when she does something good. Treat her with care and show that you love her by loving her babies too. Now for pups. Put some water in their food so it will be easier for them to eat since its softer.Feed the pups water, and sometimes milk like babies would drink when they are younger. Let them spend time outside, and take them on walks after theyve grown a little. Dont forget training!!

How do wolves wean there puppies?

They bring meat to their pups na regurgitate it for them and teach them to eat it. if the pup tries to get milk the mother will snap at them to teach them. if the pup wont eat the adults of the pack will demonstrate until the pups get it.

How do you know if the mother hamster has eaten eat the baby?

Well, you can count the number of pups left and if there are a few missing the mother may have eaten them.