Hello, I'm new here and had a few questions I was hoping you may be able to help me out on.
First let me explain, I have within the last month become the owner of a new dog which was not being cared for by it's owners. She was tied outside and left there day and night by herself without enough room to even run in. She is a wonderful dog and so loving.
Ok, so now I have her out of that bad situation, she is a mix breed dog and I took her to the vet to be checked for heartworm, have blood work done and be checked for worms and be stated on heartguard and flea/tick meds.
I was informed she is expecting a litter at the vet (surprise) Not sure who the father is of the pups, I'm sure it was just some passing dog.
She is getting larger in size (belly) and her teats are enlarged, she has on and off had clear discharge (think and orderless) she sleeps alot. I have no idea when she was bred so I have no idea when she would be expecting and the vet would not venture a guess as to how far along or when to be expecting these pups.
I have never been through this before as all my animals are fixed so I'm really nervous about all of this. I have been taking her temp as I read that is supposed to drop before she goes into labor and it's been about 100.2 - 99.4. She does have milk discharge when you gently squeeze her teats.
Could you guess as to how far along she is from information I have giving you? Also, how to tell when she should go into labor? Any information would be greatly appriecated and a huge help.
she will start nesting, and trying to find a place to have them a few days before. as to when she is in labor you will notice her being restless, and panting. she will prob shift postitons a lot as well. if she is already having milk come out it should be soon in a day to a week.
Oh, MY...you did get a bonus package with your new girl! Wish I could help, but the only pups we've had were out of our Lab (about 15 years ago) and Pyr (last year), both of whom were bred, so we knew when to expect the stork.
I'd go with what Dallas and others more experienced have to offer. I DO agree that the let-down doesn't usually occur until close to on-set of labor.
Thank you very much for your quick replies. I am just very nervous never having been through this before.
The vet had to guess her age at being about 3 years old. Soon as the pups are weaned she will be getting fixed.
Any information anyone has about pregnant and birthing moms would be wonderful. I have been searching the net and asking the vet 100 questions (think he is sick of me..lol).
I will keep everyone updated on anything new that is going on. Her milk started one week ago friday. The vet did not want to do xrays because the dog was so scared. The vet is wonderful and told me he would do the pups shots for free and will reduce the fee for microchipping the pups.
At least we know the mom does not have heartworm and she appears to be in good health. I have started her on Chicken Soup for the Puppy lovers Soul. The vet felt that was a good food for her to be started on now. Does anyone know of anything else I should be doing for her?
First I have to say the fact you took the poor dog in is great,To deal with puppies on top of that I have to say is above the call of duty.
You need a just in case kit,sometimes you have to remove the bag and cut cords I would get some dental floss rags scissers(spelled wrong) and alot of towels and have a 24 hour vet and directions ready just in case you have to run.
Good Luck and let us know what happens.And thankyou for helping that poor dog.
Thank you for that, I will be going to the store to get everything you told me too. My vet gave me his home # so I could call after hours. He stated dogs normally have their pups at night.
Thank you for saying such nice things but to be honest I'm the lucky one. If you ever met her, she is such a loving, sweet, caring dog.
We are working on house training and she is a quick learner. She loves my children and other dogs, I have two other dogs and a cat and she gets along with them all wonderful.
She has her own room right now with a box for her in it. She is the only one allowed in the room in case she wants to get away from the other dogs. My other two dogs are created at night and love their creates but mommy dog gets a full room to herself at night...lol.
If milk is present she will deliver within a few days (5) tops. Like Dallas said they will for sure become quite restless the day before. Nesting might start a day or two ahead. If it is the first litter she will be very "lovey" and always have a look of uncertainty in it's eyes. The good news is the dog you describe should have few problems with labor, they generally do very well with delivery and usually know what to do when the pups start coming. If she only has a few and then stops, take her for a short ride in the car. Sometimes they will shut down before they are done and if this lasts too long the remaining pups may die in the birthing canal.
Feed her a puppy food now and during the beginning of lactation. I know some will disagree with me but milk and cherios will help her with lactation. Also she might love some cooked peas and carrots mixed in her high quality puppy food.
This info is just from my experience, so FWIW
***Edited By: rojo grande on 4/17/2005 11:36:58 AM*** Reason: added second paragraph
Forgot to mention scrambled eggs, almost all dogs love em and it is good for them. I also give my bitches pre natal vitamins during pregnancy. Scrambled eggs are also a great place to hide meds or vitamins.
Just an update for everyone. She still has not had the pups, if she does not have them by friday I'm going to bring her back to the vet for a check. Its very difficult not knowing exactly when the breeding took place to have an accurate date.
The milk when expressed is flowing very freely, you can easily see the pups moving inside of her and you can detect the heartbeets now. Her temps have been between 100.1 - 99.4 so now large temp drop for her so far.
Ohh and thanks for the tip of the scammbled egss, she love them. We take her for a walk around the block once a day just to make sure she gets some exercise as she does not even want to go out to do her thing. I don't know if it's a matter of not being in a house or she just feels more comfortable in the house. She was doing great on house training but we took one step back.
She is a girl after my own heart, her favorite passed time seems to be sleep..lol
I will keep you all updated on her. Thanks again for everything.
The heavy panting is a normal part of moving the puppies. If they have dropped into her abdomin and its a huge bulge, then yes she is near. Normally they snooze for a day or two before labor starts. So if she went into a deep slumber (without deep heavy breathing/panting) yes, she may be ready.
Thank you IcyHound for the information. Yes, she was sleeping alot over the last few days and her stomach is a huge bulge. I feel so bad for her, is their any comfort measures I can take with her to make her a little more comfortable?
I have her box ready with a comforter on the bottem and layers of papers and plastic so as the box becomes a mess I just remove the layer of newspaper with the plastic on the bottom and the next layer of clean paper is ready for her. Is this a good way of doing it? This is what the vet told me to do, but maybe someone has a better setup for her that would give her even more comfort.
You have all been so wonderful to me and I really want to thank you, I don't know what I would have done without your help.
I use old comfortors. My girl would put her stomach on the dog bed, poor thing.
When she stands, is the bulge low and heavy? Are there slight dips right infront of her thighs? It becomes such a deep depression you ca see it.
Don't try to keep the papers neat. Honestly. Do that after the babies are born. Take all of that up and just give her newpaper. She is going to kick, paw, shread destroy and in generaml make a huge gigantic mess. You will be cleaning and changing out Paper like a crazy person until shes done having the pups.
Never been through it so I won't be no help there, but just wanted to tell you with all the abuse of animals and all the horrible things that go on, I think it is wonderful of you to take her in and care for her like your are. Hope everything goes well for you and you and some sweet babies soon.