My dam and her pups are doing great. However, she is starting to lay directly on her pups of five days.
This started out slowly, figured it was just cause it's her first litter. But as of last night, she will actually lay directly on them. I heard them whining again. So, i spent the whole night sitting with them to monitor and noticed she will roll on them, circle them then lay on them, lay her head on them or even pin them down with her paws. And she won't correct the situation when she hears them whine about it or wiggle around.
Why is this? And how can I help her and the pups with this problem?
I have hear of mothers of large breeds accidently smothering their pups, but not this.
I am currently waiting on my vet, to check them all out again this morning. Just to make sure nothing has been missed. Their last visit was on Friday.
They are a lot stronger than you think. She might just be warming them ( puppies can not control their own body heat) or hiding them from everyone. I noticed, the 24 hours we had Cinnamon before she passed away..... that she would basically sit on her puppies too. I think it is normal. Now if they scream when she does it, that might be cause for concern... but if they dont... they are fine. Of course, I am not a breeder... but for my brief observation....that sounds normal.
I am not a breeder. But I have heard of this happening before. If you fear for the pups life you may wanna remove them from the situation. Maybe just bring them to her for feeding and you take care of the rest. Set up a box with a heating pad or a covered hot water bottle.
I would certainly be concerned too. I do not have this problem with my doxies but when I whelp beagles for the beagle club members I have had this problem several times and have even lost pups because of it. I would remove some of the pups and alternate them back and forth so that they can take turns nursing and then at night I only let the mom have 1 pup to keep her happy and if I had a doxie who could nurse them then I stuck them on her for the night. This has worked pretty good. Maybe someone who breeds larger breeds will soon respond and help you out better.
It is not uncommon for a giant breed to smother their pups, actually suffocating them. You have to be on watch 24 hours a day until the pups reach about 2 weekd of age and are mobile enough to scoot out of harms way.
This is especially dangerous if they are in a whelping box or anything with sides. mom can accidentially get the pups caught between her and the container.
"Allow the mother to continue to feed the, only while superviesd. In courage her to clean them. That the mother should not be left unattended with the puppies for another 10-12 days. Monitor their weight daily."
I have been keeping the puppies and the mother in the kitchen. I took out our kitchen table and alternate two full size comforter and towels as needed. I had a whelping box made, however the mother didn't take to it.
Since I am a stay at home mother, I will be able to monitor them. I have since picked up a timer (to wake me every 1-2 hours at night) and a baby monitor (to be able to still move around but keep watch over them).
I have also locked the mother out of the kitchen when I am not in there. But then she is more interested in what I am doing (housework) than her pups it seems.
Thanks and wish us luck!
***Edited By: tipsy and happy on 9/11/2006 2:16:37 PM*** Reason: Addition to statement