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Why do mother dogs hurt or kill their 2 weel old pups

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Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.
Hi Luanne,

It is believed that dog's sometimes eat their own puppies because the puppy has something wrong with it or is sickly. In nature this would allow the strongest puppies to survive and not waste resources (milk) on puppies that were liable not to survive. Many dogs’ will push a weak or sickly puppy away leading to its death and not eat it. And they will frequently eat a puppy that is born dead if it is not removed quickly enough.

Some dogs will kill their pups trying to keep other dogs away from them. Stress can play a large part in a mother hurting her puppies. Then there is the possibility that the mother rolled over on the puppy by accident. There are many reasons your puppies may be dying that include serious worm infestation, flea infestation causing anemia, herpes virus, and bad milk from mom or congenital health issues. It is sometimes referred to as fading puppy syndrome.
This site has information on fading puppy syndrome.
http://www.hydeparkvet.co.uk/pethealth/dogdisease1.asp?disease=Fading+Puppy+Syndrome
You can read about herpes here:
http://www.2ndchance.info/herpesvirusdog.htm

This site goes over ways of helping save fading puppies.
http://showdogsupersite.com/kenlclub/breedvet/fading.html

You should get at least one of the puppies checked to determine the cause. Hope this helps.