hey everyone my dog is not preganent but i want to know some people say that there are some "recipes" that the have used to feed their dogs when they are preganent. What have you feed your dog when she was? i would like to know thanks
***Edited By: sugar411 on 9/25/2007 4:54:09 PM*** Reason: PEOPLE WERE MEAN LOL JKJK :D
Same food you always feed until later into her pregnancy, I then add the same brand of food only the puppy variety. I thought you said you found a suitable male for your girl and bred her? Just too soon to tell yet?
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i did find a male but she is not in heat right now , and some people say that you can or Should give them rare meat when she is close to having the puppies. its pretty funny about to 4 or 3 weeks ago my female thought that she was having puppies and she got all my daughters beany babys and got under my bed and thought that she had had puppies it was so funny and every time she went outside she would start crying because she wanted to get back under the bed with her "babies" it was so cute and still to this day she still likes to sleep with those babies lol :D.
Sugar, I supplement my prego dogs with this concoction. Boiled brown rice, hamburger or chicken, or any meat your dog is not allergic to, including fish, mixed vegetables, no corn, eggs and cottage cheese. What breed is your dog, and how old is she?
Sugar411, you might need to spend some more time educating yourself regarding your dogs and breeding. The breed matures rather young phyically and is quite cabable of having pups with her next heat. But being metally mature enough is equally important for her to be able to handle the stress of raising a healthly litter. Your comment on how you thought it was funny with her and the beanie babies, leads me to believe that you are not mature enough yourself to handle the breeding. I am not saying this to be mean, but to find humor in your bitch going through a false pregnancy is not right. It is a very serious issue and should be dealt with compassionatly. It is very tamatic to the female, and you should also have her checked out by a vet immediately to make sure that she was not pregnant, because most females will not got through a false pregnancy with out the breeding taking place. She may have an infection in her uterus. Also you never responded with regard to health screenings when you first posted your desire to breed her. Those all should be done on both your female and the male you desire to use. Why would anyone want to breed without testing for preventable problems. Breeding can be heartbreaking enough sometimes, why play russian roulette?
Sugar411, here is a lot of reading for you, but if you are serious about breeding you need to read every word of it. Listed near the bottom are some of the health issues that can occur in Westies. YOU REALLY NEED TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK PRIOR TO BREEDING YOU FEMALE.
Breeding is not for beginners. It is as hard to do well as it is easy to do poorly. Until you can satisfy the requirements that the Serious Hobby Breeder should meet, as presented in "Acquiring a West Highland White Terrier, Choosing a Reputable Breeder", you will be doing the breed an injustice if you have a litter of puppies.
Consider your Motives
If you think that:
Having puppies would be fun; it is also very time consuming and demanding. By four weeks of age a Westie litter of three to five puppies is active, dirty, noisy and potentially destructive. Illness or death of the dam or puppies can be expensive, emotional ... and no fun at all. It would be educational for the children; so would a litter of hamsters. Bitches do not whelp at your convenience, and the children are often in school or in bed at the time of delivery. Care of the pregnant bitch, and properly raising and socializing puppies is work for a responsible adult. It would help us get back our investment; you may find that the rate of return is very low. Stud fee, veterinary fees, advertising, and the daily care and feeding of a litter is very expensive. It would help fulfill the dog’s needs; you are anthropomorphizing. While the instinct for procreation is strong, the dog has no conscious knowledge of what it is missing, no regrets and no guilt feelings. Spaying or neutering will remove the instinct and the problems often associated with it, such as wandering and marking. Pregnancy not only contributes nothing to a bitch’s health, but sometimes causes problems. A spayed bitch cannot be accidentally bred, and will not be subject to the uterine infections common in older, intact females. It will improve the bitch’s temperament if she is bred; you are wrong. No animal whose temperament needs improving should be bred in the first place, since temperament is most often the result of hereditary factors. And while raising a litter will not only NOT make an improvement in the dam’s temperament, it will also probably result in a litter of unsatisfactory puppies who have been imprinted by their unstable dam. There is also the possibility that the bitch will be an unsatisfactory mother, necessitating much more work on your part. Consider your Resources
Raising a litter is a demanding project. Do you:
Have the facilities for whelping and raising a litter properly? You need a warm, quiet, secure area, easily cleaned, for properly confining and caring for a litter of fast-growing puppies while they are with their mother; and a similar, larger area for use after weaning. Have the time to devote to this project? Time to take or send a bitch for breeding, sit up for hours during whelping, and hand-raise the litter if the bitch is unable to? Time to buy and prepare food, feed, and clean up four or five times daily? Time to go to the veterinarian for check-ups, inoculations and with a sick dam or puppy? Time to scrub floors and pens, clean up feces and urine, and give medication? Time to individually socialize each puppy daily? Time to answer phone calls, talk with prospective buyers, and answer the same questions over and over again? Time for all the paperwork required, including typing accurate pedigrees, health records, care instructions, records of sales, and so on? Have the money to put into the project? Can you afford to pay the stud fee, inoculations and veterinary care for the bitch and the puppies, as well as other expenses? What if the bitch has problems that necessitate a caesarian section? What if the puppies die? What if the bitch dies, or cannot raise the puppies? Can you afford to feed and provide veterinary care for two or three four-month-old puppies that didn’t sell? Can you afford to refund the purchase price on a puppy that proves to be unsound or unsuitable? Consider Your Dogs Quality
Is your dog truly an outstanding representative of the breed? "Pretty, friendly and smart" is not nearly enough.
Temperament. Your dog must be absolutely sound and stable, with a personality and disposition appropriate for the breed. Shyness, aggressiveness, noise sensitivity, lack of tractability, and hyperactivity are all reasons not to breed, regardless of other qualities. Breed type and quality. Your dog must be structurally and functionally sound, with conformation characteristics appropriate for the breed. An experienced, knowledgeable exhibitor/breeder can assist in the evaluation of your dog’s adherence to the Breed Standard. Soundness. Your dog should be tested free of certain genetic defects, as should the proposed mate. Knowledge of the status of parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. with regard to genetic testing is also desirable. Any inheritable defects, including but not limited to retained testicles, overshot or undershot jaw, congenital heart defects, recurrent skin problems, thyroid deficiency, and immunological problems occurring in either parent are all reasons not to breed, regardless of other qualities. Pedigree. A four or five generation pedigree on the proposed litter should be read and interpreted by a person with extensive knowledge of the breed and of the dogs involved. Titles alone are no guarantee of genetic value. Health. A breeding animal must be fully mature, in the prime of health, and in lean muscular condition. All inoculations should be up to date, and the animal should be free of both internal and external parasites. Acquired problems such as a narrow birth canal from previous injury, transmissible venereal tumor, anemia, any disease or infection of the reproductive organs, concurrent disease of other organ systems, or any contagious diseases are all reasons not to breed. Considerations of the Stud Dog Owner
If you are thinking of using your male at stud, you are no less responsible for the quality of the litter than the owner of the brood bitch. You have the obligation of thoroughly screening every owner that inquires about stud service, and the bitch to be bred; of traveling to and from the airport to pick up and return bitches sent in for breeding; of boarding and caring for bitches that are in your care; of effecting the breeding; of supplying pedigrees, photos, and examination reports; and of keeping meticulous records. This is all done as circumstances dictate, and not at your convenience; the weekend away you had planned may well be spent at home looking after a visiting bitch instead.
Consider the Current Dog Population
If, at this point, you are still considering breeding your dog, visit the dog pound in the big city nearest you. Ask how many dogs are put down monthly, and how many put down or placed through rescue programs were Westies.
The vast majority of dogs of all breeds (as well as mixed breeds) can live long, healthy lives if given proper care and routine veterinary attention. Nevertheless, any dog can fall victim to a wide range of acquired problems, just as humans can, that range from acne to viral diseases, allergies to cancer, and so on. In addition, each pure breed of dogs has its own particular hereditary problems; some minor, some impairing, and some possibly fatal. Some may show a very strong hereditary basis and others not much more than a tendency to "run in families." The Westie is no exception. Failure to screen for hereditary problems before breeding often results in the "doubling up" of unfavorable genes, and the results are distressing for the buyer and dog alike. The following, while not all-inclusive, are some of the more common problems that may be encountered in Westies.
Addison's Disease Addison's Disease Summary (Hypoadrenocorticism) Atopic Dermatitis Canine Influenza Cleft Palate Copper Toxicosis (CT) Craniomandibular Osteopathy (CMO) Diabetes Mellitus Ear Infections Epidermal Dysplasia Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy (GCL) Heart Disease Hip Dysplasia Immune System Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Hernia Juvenile Cataracts Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) Kidney Disease Legg-Calve-Perthes Luxated Patella Portosystemic Shunt Pulmonary Fibrosis Pyruvate Kinase (PK) Deficiency Seborrhea, Primary and Secondary Signs of the Aging Westie Skin and Allergy Problems Teeth and Gums Westie Lung Disease White Shakers Syndrome