They are 4 weeks + 1 day old. The male's eyes are open. The female has one eye 100% open and one eye 80% open; they both see. Their bodies are extemely small compared to their siblings (they all have same father and came from 2 breedings 5 days apart; bitch's first litter). The largest in the litter is over 4 lbs and these are 1 3/4 and 1/1/2 lbs.
They struggle when we insert the tube to feed them, and the male is walking a bit.
Our goal is for them to be able to feed themselves, walk independently, eliminate, play, and have some quality to their lives. We love them dearly and they have added so much to our lives, but we do not want them to suffer unneccearily. The vets I have consulted state they have never seen a dog with CP, and dogs generally tolerate the hypoxia at birth
or die; even 25% decreased intelligence doesn't affect a dog like it does a human. These babies are precious and we don't mind the work or expense (the Esiblac is so expensive; I started ordering it on the internet in 5lb. bags. I am an RN (Lactation Consultant) with anual training
in resuscitaintg human infants, and I don't think I went to far with these sweethearts, but I did do mouth to mouth gentle suction on the male due to continued "juicy" breath sounds. I have assisted about 5 other litters over the past 15 years, and have never had this situation, not have any breeders or vets I consulted. We are not wealthy people but we love these guys.