I was just wondering if Pedialyte is safe for dogs? Dixie my beagle just gave birth to 6 puppies yesterday. She is eating good but will not drink anything. I am feeding her ProPlane puppy food mixed with rice, hamburger and cottage chesse.. I have to put her water in the whelping bed for her to drink but she will not leave her pups to get anything to drink (from what I have seen). She will be sitting there and be panting like crazy and still not get anything to drink.. And when she goes potty it is really loose (I know its gross but I didnt know what to say lol ). So should I give her some Pedialyte? Her and the puppies go to the vet Monday for check-ups but he is not open tomorrow or I would call and ask him.
I have never given Pedialyte but I would say its safe, if a dog is not getting liquids especially if it is pregnant they need electrolytes so if pedialyte is the only thing you have that is great i had an emergency and had to use gatorade lol but I'm sure Pedialyte does the trick
Puppies are doing great. She is kinda hard with them. Well I dont know I could be just thinking she is but really she could be doing no harm to them. She was doing great at first but its like now she gets upset when they cry. She will even start to cry when they are feeding so I dont know whats wrong with her?!? She also keeps try to put the blanket over them so what should I do about that?? I dont want them to not be able to breath under there. And another thing is when I hear them starting to cry I check on them to make sure everything is okay and about 8 times out of 10 they are crying becasue she is sitting on them. What should I do about that??
All you can really do is keep checking on them. It may seem she is rough with them , but that is how they get them to potty, they cant go without being stimulated by mom, and it keeps them stimulated overall also. We have some that are not very careful with the new ones, and tend to lay on them and such, we keep constant vigile with the newborns...very tiring. And they will cover them with the blanket and we are always in there..."unburying" them. All is normal, though not sure why she cries when they nurse....anyone have an idea?
Be careful the first few days, if she is burying the puppies in her blanket, plus laying on them, you are right, they could suffocate. Puppies that young are not strong enough to crawl out from under the Mother dog. Keep a close eye on them.
I would think that if you could get her to drink the pedialyte, it should be good for her. You surely don't want her to dehydrate, especially when she is nursing her puppies.
Well, I don't know too much of what to tell you except what' already been said. We've recommended pedialyte on many occasions. The loose stools are most likely from stress. I'm wondering if since she's crying when the puppies nurse if maybe it might be painful to her. Do her tits feel warm or swollen? Sometimes they will develope an infection in their breasts. I'm wondering if she's starting to develope this because I know that it can be painful to the mother. Its a longshot guess. If this is the case you will have to hand feed the puppies because the milk becomes contaminated. Since we don't know that this is what it is though I wouldn't take them away just yet, unless you see puss or blood in the milk. Otherwise there's not much you can do for her until you see the vet tomorrow. I hope that's not what it is. I wish her the best and hope the puppies do well. Keep us posted on their progress. They're awefully cute.
The loose stools is completely normal after giving birth. It is caused from eating all of them placentas. When my girl gave birth I just made sure she has plenty of clean fresh water and I made her a "power drink" once a day. I mixed one cup of whole milk with 2 raw eggs and a little honey. She will lap it up and it will give her energy.
I wanted to add that I also warmed it in the microwave before giving it too her. And the diarrhea will go away in a few days as soon as her stomach settles from eating the placentas.
***Edited By: cschimizzi on 8/21/2005 11:19:03 AM*** Reason: added
If she is crying when they nurse, or is not drinking much there might be something going on. Mastitis or Galactostasis ( caked breats).Her tits will be hard and swollen, and hot. Google these two problems and see if you think it might be one of these. I am reading in my vet book it is very painful for the mom. Is the moms bed big enough so she has room to lay with all the pups? Also you can put a piece or two of carpet ( a sample from a carpet store) in the bed so she can't cover the pups but there is still something warm to lay on. You don't want her to cover them because they won't be able to get to the mom to nurse and might not be able to breath. I had a mom once that didn't drink much so I used a syringe and filled it with water and squirted in the side of her mouth. I just had 2 pups the other day and my mom pants too and didn't drink or eat much the first few days, but now is eating and drinking. You want the room warm 75-80 for 2 weeks so if the pups get cold with the carpet you can clip one of the heat lights above the bed with just a 60 watt normal bulb. Make sure the cord is out of reach so she can't chew.
Dixie is much better today. I stayed home from work so I could keep a eye on the babies.. She dont try to cover them or sit on them anymore. I felt her nipples and they are fine. I think she was just scared yesterday it being her first litter (and her ONLY LITTER) but having 6 pups I think would be alot for her at first. She is eating really good now too she love the puppy food with hamburger, rice and cottage cheese in it. She still is not drinking much but I make sure to hold her water in her whelping bed every 1/2 hour or so. And also her whelping bed is a kids pool so yes she has room to lay down and its worm in there I have a heating pad for the little ones and it seem to be after they eat they all go and lay on there. Thanks everyone for the help
Put her water dish on the outside of the box so she needs only to stand to get something to drink.
I am assuming she is in a room where she is alone. If she is burying puppies, use news paper, not sheets.
I only used sheets to whelp the babys and I kept them on newspaper after that. They are messy, newspaper is easy to clean, and they can not bury them.
I would not be suprised if some of the loose stool is because of the mix she is eatting. The hamburger and cottage cheese are probably factors that are helping to upset her stomach. Lots and lots of high quality puppy food is what she needs. Feed her 3 or 4 times a day and let her eat it all, don't worry about supplimenting and buffering her, thats why you are feeding puppy food.
I will also add, if the pups are healthy, why are you taking them to the vet? I know lots of people advocate that but you are litterly setting yourself up to pick up all sorts of gunk and goo. As long as they are eatting, drinking, wiggling and warm, I'd not take them near a vet untill after their first vaccination.
Some of her panting is because her uturus is contracting. Nursing does hurt, it makes that big stretched muscle flex and contract back into position. Also, she is probably hot, the room should be pretty warm for the pups.
Thanks for the reply IcyHound. Her water dish is right by her bed but she will still not drink much she only gets up to eat and go potty. She is no longer trying to cover the pups up as I said in my last post. And I was told by my vet to feed her the stuff I am feeding her becasue she is so skinny. Her pregnany took alot out of her. I am taking the puppies to the vet tomorrow because I want him to check Dixie out and I am not leaving the babies behind. :) Ohh I am sure nursing is hurting her so I understand why she crys a bit when they nurse. But is it normal that she crys sometimes when her pups start to cry??? Thanks again