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Thank you for your question. My name is***** I have been a small animal veterinarian for 13 years and I bred French Bulldogs. I know how hard it can be to have puppies that are not doing well. How old are your puppies?
I have a plan of action when I have 'fading puppies'. It can be very difficult and you can pour everything into these puppies and still loose them. I follow it and know that I am doing all that I can.... First, temperature. Make sure the puppies are kept warm enough, preferably with a heat lamp. Take their temperatures if you are not sure. The normal temperature is age dependent, but around 99 degrees at a minimum. If their body temperature drops herpes can be much more deadly. Second, hydration. I give all my fading puppies fluids under the skin. How much and how often depend on how old/big they are and how quickly they absorb it. I start with about 3cc/pound of puppy. Your veterinarian can show you how to do this. I repeat this dose every 4-12 hours depending on how fast they absorbed the previous treatment... if it was all gone in and hour then I do every 4 hours, if it is still there at 4 hours I will wait until 8 or 12 hours. There is no hard fast rule, you just have to get a feel for it. Third, nutrition. I tube every weak puppy with milk replacer (the tube is passed from there mouth to their stomach. Tubing can be scary. Your vet should be able to teach you how to do it. Even though it is scary, it can be a life saver. Weak puppies can not get enough nutrition and just get weaker. Weak puppies are very prone to aspiration. If you tell me how bit they are I can make recommendations for amounts to tube them. Last, good antibiotics, which you have covered.
I hope that helps, but if you have additional questions please let me know.
I hope that you get some answers soon. Best wishes to you.