Adopt A Mutt Rescue

Specializing in Medical Rescue.

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Neonates in Distress

If you have found yourself with a newborn in distress, it is a stressful time with many unknowns. We will accept all newborns, no questions asked. The sooner a newborn can make it to rescue where we have an incubator, fluids and the skills to tube feed, the greater its chances of survival. We have successfully raised 100% of neonates that arrived into rescue within 24 hours of either birth or when they became distressed. Our losses have been newborns that for one reason or another, were delayed to come into care. 

Do's and Don'ts

  • Do examine every newborn as soon as possible after birth to observe any visible birth defects. A cleft is generally an obvious line on either the inside/outside or both of the puppy's mouth. With a cleft palate, the line is inside and the puppy will show obvious milk bubbles while attempting to nurse. Other defects may be missing or malformed limbs or other physical oddities that look different from littermates. 
  • Don't allow puppies with any visible birth defects to stay with the litter. They are at high risk of being killed by their mother due to natural instinct. A red flag to rejection is consistently finding the puppy away from the group, being growled at or snapped at by the mother or pushed away. The mother's act quickly and effectively when they decide to cull their newborns so it is generally not worth taking the risk. 
  • Do contact us immediately to arrange intake. Human emotion plays a big part here and people often feel an obligation to the puppy. Raising newborn puppies, especially those with birth defects is a science that includes temperature control, hydration, stimulation and of course nutrition. As mentioned above, every hour that goes by reduces the probability of survival as humans are understandably in a panic trying to do many things simultaneously to save their puppy. 
  • Don't attempt to bottle feed the puppy. We have received several puppies that we lost to aspiration pneumonia after well intentioned efforts to bottle feed or syringe feed. Newborn puppies, particularly those that have not been able to nurse will only tolerate extremely small feeding amounts.  If there will be a time-gap to getting to rescue, emergency feeding of formula can be done using a syringe or eyedropper. The puppy should be allowed to suckle on a clean finger while placing one drop of formula under the tongue at a time. Note: This technique will help a newborn to survive but will not provide sufficient nutrients to thrive. Puppies should never be given pasteurized cows milk.   
  • Do keep the puppy warm and contained. This can be done skin to skin or in a small container with hot water bottles, rice bags, etc. The heat devices should be covered with a thin barrier material. The puppy should have just enough space to either snuggle up to the heat source or move away from it if they become too warm.