All is well, this morning's delivery went great with no complications. We will be going in for a check up Monday. Our vet is out for this week and his relief is at a hospital. Not keen on taking a healthy mom and 8 newborn babies to a vet hospital. I did call in this morning and told them Maggie was delivering. They asked for me to keep them posted and call with any questions or concerns I have, thank goodness for a 24hr hosp. a 20 minute drive away. I am keeping a very close eye on her and the hospital number is taped to the phone just in case.
Maggie is drinking plenty of water and has tried a few bites of food but she is one tired basset. Puppies are alert and took to nursing immediatly.
Congratulations on your new Basset babies. Glad to hear that all went well with mom and the birth.
Looks like the babies have lots of color and they will fatten up in the next day or two. :) How many males vs femalea?
Don't listen to anyone saying NOT to bring the mom and puppies in. Especially since this is your first litter. Better to be safe.
Actually, you should take the pups into the vets between 3 and 5 days of age to do the dew claws. If you wait any longer than that, they will have to wait until the new owners spay or neuter their dogs before having the dew claws done. Right now the procedure can be done in the office, easily in a few minutes. Wait until a little later and it will be a surgery, which is why most vets will tell you to have the dew claws done on your dog when you get it spayed / neutered and get both done at once.
Take lots of pictures and keep us up to date on their growth.
they are soooooo cute!!!!! I am going to breed my dog and i am nervous about her having them they will be her first litter as well. should i help her take the sack off the puppies is there anything i can do to help her
Help her the best by doing mounds upon mounds of research. Ask your vet any and all questions that you could possibly think of, no question is a stupid question. You really need to think it through and be knowledegeable with any and all health issues for your dog. This was not an easy undertaking nor something to be taken lightly. There is a massive number of things that could go wrong. Find a mentor!! I can't stress enough how my mentor helped me through this, and continues to do so.
We were fortunate enough to have a healthy female. Knowing that however did not releive my stress and worries.
Ok, Shiba Inus. Do they have dew claws? Basset Hounds do and they serve no purpose in a Basset Hound and should be removed when the pups are young.
Also, since you don't raise Basset Hounds, you probably are not aware of the health problems that can arise in a litter of Basset puppies.
With the lengthened body of the Basset, they sometimes can suffer from problems with the lungs and the diaphragm. It is genetic and the average person cannot detect it themselves. While I don't know anything about the breeders that bassetmommyof2 got her dogs from, we can hope that those same breeders had all the genetic testings done prior to breeding their dogs.
I think that bassetmommyof2 should be encouraged to take her puppies in and keep close track of this litter. It is her first litter ever, her dogs first litter and they need to be checked. Don't discourage people from doing health checks on their young litters and their dogs in general.
Some "breeders" will not bring their puppies in for vet check ups and do the shots themselves at 6 weeks. I am sure that not all of us are licensed vets and should not be selling dogs that haven't have a complete physical, at least once before going to their new homes.
I take my pups to the vet when they are 6 weeks old for first shots and general check up. In my breed we do not remove dew claws, so if mom and pups are doing well, no fever, no excessive smelly discharge, pups nursing well etc. acording to my vet and my mentors, there is no need to take them in. But, I understand that others do it differently.
Rest assured they will be going in on Monday for check up and dew claws. Not sure as to the time but our vet has stayed open late for me before. They told with puppies they generally have them in late in the day to clear out the office. Gotta love country vets.
However taking them in soon after delivering is not just for the puppies but for the mom as well.
How could someone not have the bitch and litter checked by a professional vet post delivery? I'm not understanding this.