Their nails are done about every three days and this week I switched from the human nails clippers to the dremel which I love in part because it has a little light on the end of it so I can better see what I'm doing but mostly because the nails are kept very smooth - this lessens the chance of the puppies scratching their mother's breast tissue which could lead to infection.
Early Scent Introduction and the Early Neurological Stimulation exercises which were started last week continued through this week as well. Plus lots of cuddle time with the pups with family members.
Although most of the time all you see is puppies eating and sleeping, a lot of development is happening with the puppies. By the end of the week most of the puppies have tripled their birth weights and all are up on leg toddling about the box. We added soft toys as obstacles for the puppies to move over and around. All but one of the puppies have their eyes open and soon their hearing will come on line as well.
The coming week will bring even more change and development so check back next weekend for another puppy update from the whelping box!
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