Friday's REPRO TIP - Milk! Milk! So wonderful when you need it with a large litter, but what to do when it's time for weaning and Mama's still producing gallons?
This is a great time for mastitis to set in, especially when the puppies stop nursing abruptly and the mammary glands get engorged with milk. A most important key to successful weaning is to do it GRADUALLY (over a period of 2-4 weeks, sometimes longer) while simultaneously restricting food and water intake.
Lots of weaning schedules are available online, with the primary goal being that the amount of food offered to the dam be less than what she normally eats when not pregnant or nursing. Nursing frequency and duration should also decrease significantly, but I can't emphasize enough the significance of doing it GRADUALLY.
Finally, if stronger measures are needed, Bromocryptine is a wonderful addition to the plan - it decreases the production of Prolactin, the hormone responsible for stimulating the production of milk. No Prolactin, no milk!
Please give us a call if you need any help or have any questions regarding successful weaning. Have a great weekend!