by Astrid Cobble
What do i do??
She won’t let them feed. She acts like she’s scared of her own pups.
This sometimes happens with first-time moms, and if she has a big litter it can be a bit overwhelming for her.
As long as she’s not being aggressive with the puppies you can try just to stay beside her and keep her calm by talking to her soothingly as you help the puppies to nurse.
Often once they’ve latched on and she’s become used to their noises and movements etc. the momma will settle down and all will be well.
However, if she continues to reject them, or acts aggressively with them, you may need to remove them from her whelping box and start to bottle or tube feed them. Young puppies won’t survive long without help. You can find tips and advice on rearing newborn puppies on this page New Born Puppies.
BUT, if they won’t nurse, they seem cold and lethargic etc., then you need professional help and I’d strongly recommend asking your veterinarian for advice.
I hope this helps and wish you, and these little ones, the very best of luck.