Ok..... my Dauchsund is pregnant and March 10 will be 59 days...what do I need to be doing w/ her? I have the father in the house as well, What type of bedding do I need to make for her and do I need to separate them during the day just in case she goes into labor while we are not here...as you can tell by my questions I have never had this type of situation before!!!!
I plan on calling the vet tomorrow, I was just watching her lay on the floor and it looks like there is a ball rolling back and forth making her move from side to side....I am getting excited it is like I am expecting myself!!! :)
do you have any vaction time or personal days you could take off. It would be better if you could. That way if need be you could take her to the vet. A kiddie pool works, just line it with newspaper and sheets, etc.
YOu need to be taking her temperature, when it drops below 99 you can be pretty sure she's going to give birth within 24 to 48 hours. Try your best to be on hand for the actual birthing, because if somethings goes wrong and yo uaren't there to have caught it or take her to the vet you will never forgive yourself. Make a whelping box as the previous poster suggested out of a kiddie pool inside the house, lined with newspaper. Possibly with a soft blanket that your dog is used to laying on (one that you wont mind getting nasty dirty). Encourage the dog to go there a few itmes a day. When she starts acting extremely restless, nesting, etc birthing is eminent. Watch her when you take her potty, if you use a paper towel to dab her after she goes potty watch for discharge. If its' green, contact a vet. If she physically strains trying to have a pup for more than an hour, call the vet. Have some money on hand in case an emergency c-section is required. Keep the male dog seperate when she gets pretty close, she will want some privacy.
ok let's say I plan on taking some time off how do I know she will have them on the 59, 60 or the 61st day?? what if she has them on the 58th or the 64th day??? I am soooo nervous that something is going to go wrong...I am definatly calling the vet tomorrow...thanks for your help!!! :)
count 63 days from the date she bred and allow for one day prior and one day after this.
I don't like newspaper and always used old sheets. Preferable light colored ones this way you can see clerly what is on them and also they can be reused Bleaching is much easier. Go to like goodwill or salvation army and buy up the old sheets and towels.
Idealy the welping area should be in a clam quiet spot in the home kept at a temp no lower then 78 degrees. Keep male and female seperated.
Her area should be prepared roughly about two weeks before she is due but since she is so close no time like the present. We always like to do it a couple weeks early to get her used to and comfortable with the area. Dogs like to pick their spot to have their babies and we don't want it to be the sofa or the bed.
You will need a few clean towels on hand for the pups to keep warm while their brothers and sisters are coming. And a heating pad.
You can use a laundry basket but make sure the holes are high enough that the puppies don't get stuck or find something else suitable for the pups to be in while mom is still delivering. Lets say for the sake of this post it is a box.
Take one towel and place it in the bottom of the box Take the heating pad and place it in the box on top of the first towel. Place another towel over the heating pad. Keep the heating pad on low to med. Keep checking with the back of your hand it should be snuggle warm but not too warm and never hot. You do not want to cause thermal burns.
Once you figuree out the best setting place this aside so it is ready for when mom begins her delivery. You will also want to have a few spare hand size towels available to help dry the puppies when they are born.
Your gonna need to make sure momma dog has clean cool water available to her during this time because this is a heck of an expierence for her and she will be tired and thirsty. Make sure the water bowl is in a place where her head can get to it but that is all. Birthing puppies is a bloody mess and you do not want momma drinking icky water. You also do not want pups to end up in the water bowl if she delivers while you are gone.
As for her area we used swimming pools a lot but found some dogs have a hard time getting in and out so we decided to use our plastic kennels with the tops just set on top not screwed down. This gave momma privacy but us easy access. Use your imagination but give her enough room to sleep four dogs her size in the area comfortably. This will give her moving room and lessen the chance she will crush her puppies while birthing. The bottom should be lined with sheets or thin blankets what ever it is you have. Not too much though puppies tend to get tangled up if there are too many blankets. This is also why we did not use paper. Paper slides around a lot and pups have been known to get mashed mother dog slips and falls while still in labor. And it is an all around mess to clean up. With blankets and sheets it is right into a plastic bag and into the wash.
Here is my number should you need any help when she delivers or if you have any more questions. I am available any time day or night. Don't worry about the hour if you need anything just call.
when she has pups,don't put sheets or any cloth in with her. the pups can get under it an she will lay on them. put a piece of stiff carpet fitted to the size of her bed. plus it will give the pups traction to nurse.small blue walmart pools are the trick.
I would definitely let your vet know when she is due if you haven't already, and ask them if you can contact them at anytime during the whelp. The plastic pool works great. We use baby blankets that my wife has bought at garage sales. Pitsanddobes idea of taking the top off of a plastic kennel works great too, especially for smaller breeds. You may want to go to the vet for an assisted delivery if you and your female have never done this before. Generally the bitch will start digging at her bedding (nesting) a day or so prior, but each female is different. If you have one, use a digital thermometer instead of the glass with mercury in it. Check her temp in the morning and evening. When it drops to around 98.5 or so, you have about 24 hrs. Do you know how many she has? If not, I would take her to the vet and get an x-ray or ultrasound done to find out. Best of luck!
good idea an exray always helps. Especially with your very first litter. If all goes well for you at least you know how many to expect and when she is done. Also often times the very last one to be born may not be born until the following day even. This is normal provided momma dog is not trying to deliver (pushing) with no results. If you are waiting on the last pup and she is calm and resting give her a few hours but notify your vet so they are aware. She should be checked as soon as she is done delivering so the DR can make sure there is nothing further to be concerned with such as left behind placentas and such.
WOW!!! Thank you so much for all of your info!!! Especially giving me your phone number...very nice!!! I made an appt. w/ the vet today for monday b/c they were booked today.....They are going to do an ultrasound (the girls at work called this her prenatal check up...lol)
I am sure the vet will get a lot of questions from me....I almost want to let him take her until then b/c I am sooo nervous that something is going to go wrong and me or my husband will not know what to do!?!?!
I am going to set up her a spot tonight and get her familiar w/ it...we will see how that goes.....she is very hard headed and stubborn!!! :)
someone told me that it was 59 days after they mated...so that would make it March 10...this next thurs!!! That is why I am so nervous and beside myself!!!! :)
This morning she was laying next to me and all of a sudden jump down and went under the bed...i thought ohhh great!!...then I heard her trying to throw up...I yelled for her to come outside but it was too late!!! So what a wake up call!!! Not what I wanted to do first thing this morning!!! But that is life w/ dogs!!! :)
Ok tomorrow is the big day for Zoe ....We are going to the vet...(ohh she doesn't like the vet) to have her checked out and possibly have an ultrasound. I just wanted to keep ya'll informed!!! She has been very protective with everything today...treats, toys, etc. Poor Rocky he has followed me around today b/c it seems like he can't touch anything with out Zoe growling at him.
Well I will post again when we get home from the vet.....
Well we are back from the vet...Everything looks good says the vet, he did not do an ultrasound or xray. I didn't even have to ask him questions he just started telling me what to expect and what to do if this happens or if that happens....He said he just knew I would have a lot of questions...boy does he know me or what...lol So anytime now we should have some lil dauchshund puppies!!! :)
aww I remember my first litter too, very suspensful. I even called the emergency vet a couple times, because I thought my bitch was taking too long, but she wasn't, and everything was normal. Have fun with the new puppies!