Hello again- Im telling ya im soooo stressed out with Lola being pregnant and not knowing what to exspect. I posted that my husband made a whelping box for her a few weeks ago and last week we brought it in the house and i htink he made it to big, she doesnt like it and wont stay in it. then i went out and bought a portable crate thingie that looks like a tent for a dog with mess windows and a pretty decent size for a maltese thinking that being closed in (with just the door open) she would like the coziness. She goes in and checks it out but still not liking it. Last night me and hubby woke up to her being gone out of bed,(she sleeps with us) and found her under our bed, which is a tight squeeze, even with that big belly of hers. SO now after reading a few things that under a bed is the worst place for a dog to whelp, im worried that this is the place she is going to have the pups,
Maybe i dont have the whelping box or crate in a good area? shes been laying on the tile in front of the sliding door for days now which she never does. shes really changing and fast. from what im going off of she is now only 38 days pregnant. could be alittle farther along just going off from when i caught them in a tie but could of happened and me not knowing.
My husband is freaking me out saying she is going in labor and i know she cant be that far along. Not even far enough to have a xray yet , vet said 45 days and 50 would be better if i waited.
She is gotton pretty big for a maltese and her nipples have doubled in size the past week is seems and she is really snappy at the other dog and the cat. everything has changed about her. im sure this is normal but still just un easy about this and hope she can pull it off with out problems. I need to find a way to keep her out from under our bed.?? should i put a whelping box in a closet? i read to watch where she goes the most but its the couch or the floor in front of the slider. i think the tile is cool on her and is comfy. any ideas on what i can and need to do? im sorry my post is so long i just have so many questions and worry every day that i should be doing something and she changes every day and i just have a mind full of questions. thanks again for yur time- Sunny
I can't help with most of the pregnant dog questions. But for how to keep her out from under the bed, I would just put a bunch of junk under the bed until she has the babies. Boxes, folded up quilts, etc. Anything that fills up all the space and prevents her from getting under there. I actually did that with shoe boxes to discourage my dog just because he's too big. It always seems like he's going to get stuck someday.
Watch where she goes if she can't get under the bed. How big is the whelping box? Maybe if you put a really soft throw in there, she'll like it. You don't need a big one for a little dog.Perhaps your husband could modify it. Unless your husband is an expert, tell him to butt out. You don't need any extra stress, by the sounds of it. Stop worrying, and relax. Your dog will be fine,once you take her to get a puppy count the vet will know a little more about how far along she is.Have you ever helped a dog whelp a litter before?
We too had a female who was about to have puppies and we made a whelping box for her but she did not want any part of it. She wanted to have them in our closet. We would close the closet doors but she opened them and even laid on top of the shoes. Anyways I removed the shoes laid down some linoleum and let her have them in there. Afterwards, we took the puppies into the whelping box and that is where she took care of them. Your dog might not feel comfortable in the box to have them and if underneath your bed is big enough for you to go under at least half way - why not let her have them there. You can always remove them after the fact.
I dont know if its possible for you to do or not but can you take the bed off of the frame and set the box spring & matress directly on the floor until she has them? Or you could just stuff lots of boxes and junk under it to see if that would work first. She might settle for the whelping box if its directly next to the bed she can no longer get beneath.
The whelping box should be inside of a whelping pen. You can use an excerise pen in a chosen room. Also if you attach the pen in a corner to the walls, it makes the area larger. Slowly have her spend more and more time in her pen. By the time she is about 2 weeks away from delivery, she should be spending all of her time there so she is comfortable and adjusted.
She should not be allowed to sleep in the bed anymore once delivery is close.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
thank you for the great ideas, on how to keep her from under the bed. She barly fits under the bed its pretty low to the floor. Im afraid she will get stuck and also she has to really struggle to get under and back out , dragging her belly and boobies on the carpet which seem to be red but could be from just getting bigger. I did put a puppy play in my closet which the doors shut and its pretty dark and thought she would like this place, but nope.
SHe hasnt been sleeping on the bed with us like she has done for ever she gets down at night and goes under the bed. which is werid since she has always slept with us.
Her weight has doubled and her boobies are now filling with milk as they are swelling and look like bags. By my count she is 40 days today, i still wonder if she could be farther along. I will be calling the vet to make a xray appt for late nxt week so we can see how many well a estimate on how many pups she is carring.
Also, no i have never ever had a dog that was pregnant before this is the first and im really nervous for her and for me. SHe jsut doenst act the same and shes very big. being a maltese i wouldnt of thought she would have a large liter but by the size of her belly there has to be 10 pups. She is very uncomfortable already and she has a ways to go. She isnt the same dog , she use to be happy and smile (yes smile ) when you rubbed her belly which now i just dont see the spark in her anymore it breaks my heart. that i did this to her. (of caorse being iggorant not thinking my new pup could/would get her pregnant but its my fault)
DOes she know what is going on with her body? does she know shes pregnant? silly i know but i wonder if she is scared and doenst know what is wrong.
She doenst eat much anymore but eats things shes never ate before. chicken, ham, burger, ect- she never cared for table scraps but now she will eat anything you give her. I do have her on and have had her on puppy food, royal canin.
any one know of a good book that will help me with all these questions i do have about whelping and the puppys after? i am sorry to keep asking so many long questions, i just have so many and i dont know what is right or isnt right with her pregancy.
Im still trying to calm myself down over now knowing she will miss her pups when they do leave her and go to new homes. which again i do have homes lined up for her pups. and will make sure that they stay in good homes or they will be returned to me. I will make sure of that. and she will be spayed right away-
ANd i also think that as soon as i take care of the bed situation where she cant go under there that she will pick one of the 3 whelping boxes i have set up for her threw out the house.
When Zoe was pregnant, she did not like the whelping box we made for her either. More so because she was used to being with us and wanting to sleep wherever she wanted. I didn't "force" the issue, because I was afraid she then wouldn't go in it to actually whelp. The only time we kept her in there was at night that last week and we blocked it off so she couldn't get out. She did eventually whelp in the whelping box, but only because she was in there when she started to give birth and I had anticipated her giving birth all night long one night and I stayed with her. (she didn't have the first until 6am and the last at midnight, so I was up for roughly 40 straight hours!)
I would definitely think she's getting uncomfortable, Zoe didn't act like her normal self for the last 2 weeks. Everyday I thought she was going into labor - LOL at me!
As for "missing" the pups, she will the first day or two look for them, believe me after that it's like out of sight out of mind and we kept one!
We are going to have to take the bed off the frame to keep her from going under the bed. She has slept in bed with us since we got her a couple years ago, but now she will lay in bed with us for a few minutes and she gets down and gets under the bed, or comes out and lays on the wood and tile floors. why is this? cooler?? Shes getting and has been very uncomfortable and my heart breaks for her. Im hoping once we remove the frame from the bed she will pick one of the three whelping boxes i have made for her.
my male wont leave her alone and its bothering her to. she seems to now hate the cat and is really irriated alot more. she never use to be like this but she is a bit cranky some days.
Im calling the vet today to see when i can get her in for the xray i would just like to know how many to exspect. Im sure i will be in a panic the whole time she whelps and want to rush her to the vet office. How many pups can a maltese have anyways? she is very big- I cant feel the pups moving yet which i thought i read i could about a month and a half along? her boobies tho are filling with milk and very saggy. its hard for her to sit on her bottom and sits off to the side. and also seems she doesnt pee as much as she use to/ is this werid?
Is there a good helpful book on whelping out there that i can learn what i need to know? seems everything i have read or some one tells me im worried i will forget when it comes time to use the info....lol They should have midwives for dogs id surly hire one to help me...lol
also should she be running and chasing chance around out side? I have been taking her for short walks but she doesnt seem to care for them anymore and also just seems so wore out . panting the hole way. she really must have gained at least 15 pounds it seems, she cant even jump on the couch anymore, it takes her 4 trys to get up , when before she is a very good jumper and can jump over anything, now she has alot of trouble wit the extra weight.
At this point he should not be jumping on and off the furniture f possible. Help her up and down when she is going to come sit with you. Only one whelping box is needed, not three. She needs to be apart from the othe dog an cat now that she is in her last weeks. I wouldnt put her in a closet and close the door. You pick the box she is to use, you choose where it is best for it to be so you can watch her 24/7 in her final days. Place it where the other pets and heavy traffic of family is not an issue. Enclose her whelping box in a area with something like an excercise pen. She needs to become accostomed to staying in there now. If you wait unil deliver time, it will be stressful on her. Have her stay in it ow so that by tme for labor she is comfortable staying there. She should not be let to roam the house and choose wherever to have her pups. I is not safe for the pups, her or the other pets.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.