hi my dog is going to have a litter of puppies and i am nervous on her having puppies this will be her first litter. is there any advise that anyone would like to tell me if so thanxs and is there anything that i can do to help her when she is delivering
You have to be kidding, you have a pup you don't know how to house train and you are expecting a litter of puppies?
Talk about swimming in unchartered waters. I guess if I were you, I would contact my vet and get as many pointers as you can so that you don't lose the mom and pups. Do you have a whelping box? Do you have milk replacer on hand if there are problems w/mom? Do you have vet's er number in case delivery is in the middle of the night and you need assistance?
Also I wouldn't think about getting any exotic pets, you're having a hard enough time with your regular pets.
Well, I can tell the signs of labor pretty well, and I am very certian of due dates normally, so I don't take the temperatures very often any more-- but I would advise you to do it several times a day. Get a baseline and then as you think she is approaching birth check her every 6-8 hours with a thermometer.
Bitches can whelp at anywhere between 96-98 degrees. There is also the nesting, and elimination (peeing and pooing everything out that is in their system). Of course the most important part is to always have some one at home with her in case she starts having puppies and there are problems.
During birth and afterwards one of the most important things to do is keep the puppies VERY warm, heat light, heater, something. The other thing is to get them to nurse-- this stimulates the hormones to keep the labor going until all of the puppies are out. Other things you can do if things slow down is get her up, outside let her potty and walk her for a couple minutes. I also let mom eat at least the first few afterbirths (though some say they can get sick from eating too many), I think that also helps continue a strong labor.
One other thing, some girls-- particularly young new moms can be tricky. They may want privacy and may NOT be comfortable with some one staring at them when they are trying to have puppies. A dark room with privacy and maybe just checking every few minutes or if you are really fancy one of my friends has a camera/video baby monitor that she uses to make sure things are private but everything is going well.
Keep in mind that the vast majority of the time things go perfectly fine and normal as they are supposted to in nature (those this is not true of some toy and extreme man-made breeds). It was mentioned in another thread that neither Juno or I have ever lost a bitch in many many combined years of breeding.
well it is a mixed breed of a westie and a maltese..... and the westie is a year and 3 or 4 months ----------------------------------------- Is this the same dog that is having potty issues? The other thread said she is only 9 months old. Too young to be having a litter. Watch her close and be sure to have her followed closely by the vet during the pregnancy and after whelping.
So much can go wrong, just not something to jump into without an experienced person to walk you through it.
Hopefully she is receiving routine vet care throughout the pregnancy, and your vet can give you alot of help and info as well.
PEOPLE who are you talking about???? and i have 2 westies on 9 month old and a year and half year old and a chow chow that is 5 years old!!!!!! this litter is not fake and she really is going to have puppies !!!!!