This is my female airedale that gave birth to 14! puppies the day after christmas so they are 4 weeks today. A couple of days ago she seemed to not want to nurse the pups felt for heat and checked for redness everything seemed OK. Yesterday I noticed that she was starting to growl at the pups when they tried to nurse my husband and I have started the pups on GRUEL is it what they called it when you soak dry in water puppy food then mash up they have been getting 1 or 2 feedings a day for the last few days. Then tomight I took out the 3 smallest to give them a little formula ( in a bowl) as I did not like their weight they are not by any means fading just not round little puppy tummies, when my husband came in from taking mom out for about 30 mintues excercise and popo break he had to make her lay down in the LR where we had the 3 smaller pups to see if they were still hungry the 2 sets towards the head seem like they are starting to dry up some and the back 2 on the left side not the actual nipple itself but the teat ( I guess that is what you call it) is raw like one or more of the puppies has been sucking it not a scab but definatelyraw skin. So what to do with MOM and puppies. Any ideas please email me as I do not want to end up behind the 8 ball. the puppies ate some of the gruel in between m aking a horrible mess thankgoodness I had the idea of feeding in the bathtub made for easy clean up but I do not want to have to seperate mom but afraid of mom getting meaner with the pups due to pain. But I know the puppies need the socialization with mom . And she is a good mom otherwise taking care of the back end duty etc. I have thought about makeing some kind of coat that covers the nips but not sure wqeaning that fast is good for the pups but I know her growling at them constantly can cause that could cause behavior issues for them later. Any ideas please email me as I do not want to end up behind the 8 ball. I will get email faster so please any ideas?