3/4 Boxer, 1/4 APBT Puppies!!!
Boxer and American Pit Bull Terrier – Boxer Mix Make 12 Puppies
Mom is a Purebred Boxer. Dad is the 50/50 Boxer/American Pit Bull Terrier from the neighbor’s house.
“We were just about to make the appointment to get her fixed!” said the human in charge of the Boxer Dog.
(How many veterinarians have heard that?)
So Shana, mom Boxer-Dog, had 12 puppies! Twelve! Twelve!
Now, where are they going to find homes for 12 large, hungry puppies in this economy? Maybe 4. Maybe 6 will find good homes. But 12?
(How many times have you seen “surrendered with litter. Too many dogs at home” on the animal shelter paperwork?)
So, enjoy these photos. And take your unspayed female dog to get spayed. Tomorrow morning!
Keep Track of the Puppies at Their First 2-Week Check Up
Transfer the puppies to another well-ventilated holding container to avoid double counting the pups during their 2-week check-up. All mom dogs and their pups should have their first check up at 1-2 DAYS old, and then at 2-4 weeks, the puppies can start their routine preventative medical care. Name collars help the family and the vet keep track of who is who in a pile of 12 puppies!
These Boxer-American Pit Bull Terrier Puppies were weighed, examined, and received their first prescription-strength liquid deworming medication at this visit. The dewormer made each puppy stick out his or her tongue for the picture!
Tru Tip: How to Weigh a Puppy
When you go to weigh a neonate pup, you need a small, accurate scale, like a food scale or a postage scale. A large house scale has too much inherent variability for you to trust the readings from day-to-day.
Preferably, find a scale that weighs in grams, as grams are a tiny unit of measurement. Your puppies should each gain weight every day. The first sign of illness in a pup is lack of weight gain. Place a small basket, or box on the scale. Turn the scale on. Press “zero” if you have to. This will make the scale think the basket or box is part of the tray on top of the scale. The readout should register 0.0
Place the puppy in the center of the basket and try to catch the weight when the puppy is still. Write this weight down! You will not remember the weight accurately the next day, unless you are special.
To read a little more about what the vet checks for at the first puppy visit, See VirtuaVet’s First Puppy Check -Up at 1-2 Days Old.
Doc Truli is curious. What’s the most puppies you’ve ever seen in a litter? Doc has seen 18 Golden Retrievers in 1 litter. The whole town had a “Maddy Puppy” after that! Post your answers and we’ll see how ridiculous it gets! (If you have a picture of the brood of puppies, post it, or email it.)
Now, here are your puppies: