Hi I need an answer to this asap.I have a 3 yr old chihuahua who normally weighs around 8 lbs.Now weighs about 11 1/2.She was hooked up with a male around 2/26/-2/27.I'm figuring she is due any day.This is her first litter.She is showing all the signs from weight gain,mood,appetite,enlarged nipples about 7 of them although 6 are real noticeable.Her belly was feeling quite firm and we could detect heartbeat with stethoscope as well as see and feel movement.The thing is as of this am.Her belly is very soft like a water balloon....close to vulva.Not sure if this is ok ,normal or if I'm being extremely excited and concerned.COuld someone please help asap.THANKS I SINCERELY APPRECIATE IT. oops,did I mention she was bred with a Teacup chihuahua?
***Edited By: lwaite71 on 4/29/2006 3:58:36 PM*** Reason: wanted to include fact she was bred with a teacup...unsure if that would make a difference
I'd take her to a vet. Since she is a 'teacup' the labor might be harder for her. I'd do it soon esp if she starts to show signs and no puppies b/c they might be stuck and it could be dangerous. No I am NOT a breeder or vet but that's all I know. Good luck. There are previous threads about this same subject too. I'd start doing some research about labor for dogs ASAP. to make sure you have the proper supplies...or take her to the vet.....
id say she will give tomorrow or monday..has she been eating? At times they stop eating..that might be the reason for the softness..or the pups are getting into position... watch her for absorption of pups. That can happen too... good luck with her and watch her for signs of labor.,..let us know how things go..good luck to all of you...
Thanks for replying.She's been picky about eating."Kahlua" isn't the teacup -the dad is.I was thinking that the dogs might be gitting into place myself but like I said I have seen some chihuahua info that has stated sometimes it could be from 58-68 days.Most of time its 63 though.We can still hear heartbeats .I think if there's no further signs I will take her first part of week,just to be on safe side.She does still eat but its few and far between times and has become extremely picky.She has even started to get a little edgy when laying in covers and she senses another animal around.I have also noticed movement mainly at night where she tends to be surprised by it.Thanks again.Anymore advice would be greatly appreciated.I will definately take all into consideration.I'm nervous enough for the both of us.
Do you have a whelping box for her? Usually if you have a box lined with newspaper (unprinted as the ink will wear on the mother and pups when wet) she will make a "nest" in it. Also do you have any other supplies ready for her?
I suggest the vet idea. Ask for an x-ray and this will confirm how many pups. If you go with more than an hour in between pups and there isn't as many as x-rayed an emergency c-section may be necessary.
type in breeding chihuahuas and there is a link called rhondas chihauhua breeding it gives good information.I am curious everyone says there no such thing as a teacup chihauhua all chihuahuas are called chiahuhaus.
Ya I agree why people say teacup anything is beyond me, it is just a ploy to get people to buy their pups thinking it is more exotic, if more people would read about the breed they have then there would be fewer unwanted puppies I think. If people really understood how hard it is on these dogs to be this small and still have pups then people would never breed them. Either that or people do read and they just dont care about their dogs, ie puppymills.
I would say that IF your girl did "catch" you'd be close to delivery and since her weight has ballooned, it would be a very good idea to get her to the vet. If she's not about to whelp, she might have another health issue.
I say "Teacup" as this is what I was told.I personally figure a chihuahua is a chihuahua no matter which way you look at it.However at the time my brother/sister in law had taken Kahlua to mate.....I was at our local hospital at my moms side her deathbed.I hadn't the chance to meet this"Teacup".Although I do trust my brother and know that he was only relaying information he'd been told.Kahlua had been left there overnight and had the chance to get "hooked" twice that we were away of.It could be that I'm very nervous as well as overly excited.Perhaps a little to eager for the arrival.We have on hand:stethoscope,scales,rubbergloves,cotton balls,towels, a whelping box,iodine(as I was told this would be ok to put on end of cord),heating pad,a place to put pups between delivery of each.Thanks again for all responses.
You say you have a whelping box on hand...are you letting your dog get accustomed to the box? If she has not been introduced to this box and is not kept in it when she gets close to whelp, she can have the puppies anywhere in your house. (she may already have a nest built somewhere that you don't know about.)
The box needs to be a comfortable place for her and a place for her to prepare for the birth of her litter. Let her get used to the box and try to have her stay in it a couple hours each day before whelp so she knows it is a safe place.
(*you may have already done this....but just a suggestion if you have not*)
A few other items I highly recommend having on hand: whelping scissors (to cut the cord), a pair of hemostats (to clamp on the end of the cord after it is cute in case it does not stop bleeding on its own) and a bulb syringe (the ones that you use with human babies to clear mucous out of their nose). You should be able to get one of those at Walmart or a similar store. Both of these can be purchased from KV Vet Supply. I strongly suggest taking her into the vet to have an xray done. I always do this with my chis. The majority of the time they only have one or two puppies their first litter and may end up requiring a c section if the puppy is too big to fit through the birth canal. The xray will tell you the number of pups and you will be able to see the size of their head(s) and the size of the birth canal to see if there is a possibility of them fitting through easily. Start giving her "extras" like boiled ground beef, scrambled eggs and cottage cheese. Smaller breeds, especially chis, tend to lack calcium after the puppies are born so I supplement mine as recommended by my vet with PetTabs calcium which you should be able to find at almost any online pet supply store. I also increase the extra protein (ground beef, eggs and cottage cheese) to three times a day for the first 2-3 weeks of nursing. It is also a good idea to have some type of heating device for the puppies. The number one cause of death in newborn puppies is from them chilling. I can help you more with this if you have any questions. I DO not recommend using a heating pad in the whelping box as it dehydrates the puppies. If you and your female are not experienced whelpers try to read up a little on it prior to the event happening. Remember, the most important thing for you to do is to assist your female who will most likely not know what she is doing since its her first time. Make sure that the sac is broken and the puppy is breathing right away. The cord does not need to be cut right away. If the puppy sounds like it isnt breathing use the bulb syringe to clear any mucous out if its throat. If you have any other questions feel free to ask, I could go on and on!
I never recommend cardboard boxes for whelping in. You need something washable that can be sterilized or you could end up with very sick puppies and a very sick Momma dog (especially if you don't know where the box was before you got it!!!). If nothing else is available, a small kiddie wading pool with an X-pen around it works well. Just be careful the Mom doesn't lay on the pups!
i sujest you use a wooden box with poles at the walls in case she might lay on top of them. That happened to one of my dogs and ended up sufficating it on accident. Although it happened at night, also have a lamp or some loght source help her so there is a chance she does'nt lay on them. Good luck:-)
A few more things I forgot to add in my previous response. Make up some kind of chart that notes the time each puppy is born, some type of identification from one puppy to the next, if there are any complications with any puppy (not breathing at first, breached, etc) and if the afterbirth came out. If one doesn't come out after each puppy your female will most likely get an infection that she needs antibiotics to clear up.
Good afternoon.There was a few times yesterday when Kahlua was "leaking"very tiny amounts but there was definately some minimal amounts.is it really possible for her to "fake this pregnancy" when she has no idea what being pregnant even is,I mean never had a litter.....never even been around another dog who has been pregnant......could it just be our wishful thinking? I can't imagine how one can miss something they've never known about.How does one miss something they've never had? I'm beginning to wonder.Guess the vet is definately a neccessity at this point.As for emergency c-section.......our vet will work with us financially.Thanks ,Have a good day!
I thought you bred her and can feel the heartbeats, and all that jazz. Do you doubt whether your dog is pregnant?
SHE isn't faking it, not in the human way. She didn't stuff a pillow up her shirt and tell people she's "pregnant"!!! LOL.. there is a condition, an "apparent pregnancy" or "fake pregnancy" which is a MEDICAL CONDITION that I suggest you read about here: