I REALLY like Solid Gold's rasberry tea leaves as a supplement. Use Newspaper, NOT a blanket int eh bottom of the whelping box, I see many newbies do this, and pups can get smushed by mom accidentally.
This site is PHENOMINAL! Check out all the links on the left hand side. They cover EVERYTHING! It was developed by a very experienced Shih Tzu breeder. For yourself being a first-timer, I don't think you'll find more detailed info and pics than this site.
When I was much younger I had a good friend whose family raised bassets for show. The pups were so cute it wasn't fair to not be able to take them all home. I believe a basset puppy is the cutest of all the hound puppies and I am partial to hounds. Please take lots and lots of pictures. Follow all your vet's advice and take the dog's temperature every day. When it drops a few degrees whelping will occur that day. Know where your experienced friend can be reached 24/7. Keep the pups on a regular vaccination and worming schedule as directed by your vet. Good luck with the delivery!!!
added-I never heard of cottage cheese making much difference in milk production. Adult dogs do not digest lactose and dairy products can cause digestive upset in varying degrees in many dogs. If you want to avoid digestive upset but still are concerned about calcium you could give her a lactose-free dairy product or one containing the enzymes to digest lactose. Puppy food for expectant and lactating dogs has been used to supplement their diets by a lot of breeders. Make sure she has plenty of fresh, clean water and a high-quality dog food and that should be all she needs. A vitamin/mineral supplement is good to give.
***Edited By: arachyd on 12/9/2006 10:25:08 PM*** Reason: add
I would keep the male Basset and all other dogs away from the mom, especially since this is her first litter. You never know how she will act around other dogs as she delivers and after she has the puppies.
Some dams become extremely protective, to the point of attacking other dogs that come near their litters. Others may crush, smother or worse yet - eat their puppies as a means of protecting them from what they see as harm.
The other dogs do not need to be with her, she should be kept comfortable and in a quiet environment.
Be sure to take lots of pictures. While I don't have Basset Hounds anymore, I did have them for years and don't think there is a cuter sight than having the little waddlers following their mom as they grow up.
It's a riot to watch them learn to climb the stairs back into the house, after a romp in the yard. When they hit 6 to 8 weeks, their ears will be so long that they will step on them when attempting to climb the stairs. It takes awhile for the pups to grow into their ears.
Sigh...memories...makes me miss my long earred, droopy eyed, crooked legged Bassets.
We chose Roy, dad, from a breeder close by due to the fact that he was the first one to trip on his ears. Roy is tri and Maggie is red and white.
I already have several family and friends asking for a puppy. The puppy faces are too hard to resist, and the pathetic face looks of the adults just melt your heart. Our vet's wife is trying to talk her hubby into letting her take one. I'm worried about myself and my daughter, we may be too critical of future basset slaves to let them go.