Piper’s 1 week old puppies are growing fast. All are big and healthy!
We’ve changed their collars from the flannel strips to real puppy collars. All collars are primarily the color of the puppies’ original flannel collars, but with a pattern. We’ve given them all nicknames until after puppy selection and families tell us the real names.
Miss Pink is now in a pink and green collar with lady bugs on it. We’re calling her Lady (short for lady bug).
Miss Purple is in a purple and green paisley collar. We’re calling her Paisley.
Miss Orange is in an orange and blue collar with bees on it. Her nickname is Bee.
Miss Teal is in an Aqua and Black striped collar. We’re calling her Stripey.
Miss Black is in a black collar with colorful bubbles so we’ve nicknamed her Bubbles.
Mr. Blue is in a light blue collar with red geometric shapes. We’re calling him RB (short for Red/Blue).
Mr. Tan is in a camo collar so we call him Camo.
Here are the puppies!
Puppies usually double their birth weight by 10 days of age and Piper’s 1 week old puppies are no exception. They’ve almost done that at 7 days. They have been doing a lot of growing over the past week. However, that is about all that happens during their first week. Their eyes and ears are still closed and they are still scooting around on their bellies.
The mom is still spending most of her time in the box with her puppies, but will occasionally come out of the box for an hour or two of “mothers day out” time several times a day.
The moms are eating a huge amount of food when nursing a litter of 1 week old puppies. In order to keep their weight on, we let them eat as much as they want. For larger litters, this is often about 4 times as much as they normally eat. The moms also need access to a lot of fresh water. Making enough milk for larger litters takes a lot of nourishment.
We are continuing with daily ENS (early neurological stimulation). You can read about ENS on our Raising Puppies page . In addition, puppies are handled often every day and are being monitored 24/7 including overnight. We are still weighing them daily and giving them probiotics daily.
Please wait until puppies are at least two weeks old before making definite plans and booking flights to pick up puppies. We don’t anticipate loosing any puppies, but it does sometimes happen in those first couple of weeks. We’ve only lost one puppy (ever) after two weeks of age.
We’ll continue keeping you posted on how Piper’s 1 week old puppies are growing on a weekly basis. See our Available Puppies page to get to pages of Piper’s puppies at other ages.