Do dogs eat their own newborn puppies?

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In some cases a mother dog kills and eats her puppies. This usually happens if the mother perceives her puppies as a threat to her safety, according to VCA Animal Hospitals.

If a mother dog and her puppies live in the wild, they are vulnerable to several different types of predators. The risk of an attack increases if the puppies cry out in distress. If this happens, the mother's natural survival instinct sometimes kicks in, prompting her to kill the puppies. If she kills the puppies, eating them is a possibility. The mother does this to reduce her risk of being attacked by a predator.

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There are a variety of reasons that dogs eat their puppies. Sometimes when there is something wrong with the puppies or when the mother isn't ready to have them she will eat them.
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In some cases the mother dog will eat her pups if they are either sick or if her maternal instinct tells her they won't do well. it is normal. In other cases stress can cause the
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Newborn puppies, like newborn humans, have variable feeding needs. The puppies' dam (mother) will usually be aware of how much her puppies are eating and will encourage all of her
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I will almost guarantee you that they are not eating their hair and skin, I bet the dogs have some sort of mite or fleas or skin infection that causes them to itch and they are trying
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