The heating pad is only half of the whelping box- the other half is like a fake fur crate pad, I thought this to that maybe she is just warm being there is a top on this portable crate is what it is so the warmth im sure coming from the heating pad keeps the whole crate warm. She isnt panting as much today but still was yesterday and drinking TONS of water still. more then i think she has drank in her whole life,
The puppys are feeding fine and she really is a good mom i was worried not knowing if she would know what to do but she does, I will get the puppys to sleep and then she will come in and think its time for a bath or stimilate their butts to go potty and get them going again. She doenst understand when i tell her let the babys sleep they dont need a bath right now..lol
shes been coming out alot more and going out to go to the bathroom and check things out and then back in the bedroom with the puppies she goes. she doesnt stay out long at all.
sh hasnt been eating , i tried everything yesterday and she didnt want it, so i made her a ny strip steak and she did eat some of it. which was better then nothing, i made chicken and rice but she woudlnt eat it. no dog food, just water-
i rememner reading something about yogurt? i think anyways but cant remember what about the yogurt. lol
PLEASE stay with your dog. She needs you right now for support mentally and physically. Make sure you have a first aid kit in the same room as you and your dog. You may need the following products:
Rubber Gloves Lubricant Clean dry towels Wet cloths or baby wipes Ice chips (she should be panting hard before labor her tongue may even thicking from panting). Keep water around Honey, baby food or something like that to keep her strenght up, try to offer her some but dont MAKE her eat it. STOP BLEED is very important if you do not have that try to use a small amount of flour, stop bleed is better and cleaner. This would be for the cord Hemo - stats to clamp the cord and cut it if the mother does not chew it off. Dental floss also works well.
MAKE SURE SHE HAS all the comfort you can offer, A safe quiet place a rooom that is not used by the family all day is the desired room. Create a bed big enough for her to stand and get up and turn around, you should not enclose her in a cage at all. Use a large basket, hamper, box, extra large low tote would even work. If you have time cut up and old blanket to help the mom clean off the pups and rub them warm and to assure blood flow.
If the mother does not take the puppy out of the sack with in 20 seconds PLEASE pop the sack and remove the puppy and offer her the cord. She does not have to eat all the sacks, she may not even try.
Make sure she does not chew the cord too close to the stomach because it will not stop bleeding and the puppy most likely will not make it.
Also if she delivers breach (puppy comes out backward feet first) do not freak out let her try for five minutes if the legs do not come out any further then GENTLY rub the puppy out of her body. DO NOT PULL THE HEAD OR LEGS. Remember the puppy MUST come out from the sack this means if she is stuck and can not push the puppy needs to be released no matter if the puppy is half delivered or not it needs to be released asap.
Green fluid is normal it is maconium. Use blankets or towels that you plan on throwing away.
Make sure the mother feeds the puppys straight away. If she refuses the puppy, just make sure it is dry and warm. If a still born puppy comes out it try this, STAND legs apart gently take the puppy in two hands on both the sides of the puppy and gently swing between your legs up and down for 30 seconds at a time. Blow in the puppys mouth gently with index finger press down on the chest. You want to use the the swinging method to get the blood flowing.
All puppys are born with eyes and ears sealed. They MUST eat from there mom If you feel she may have puppies left inside her and it passes more then 3 hours between pups then you must take her to a vet.
Your personal mailbox was full so I am posting this. If you get back to me I will give you my telephone number and I can take some time to help you out. I am a professional breeder, and even though I do not agree with people who just breed there pets I will not let anybody or any dog left helpless or unsure. Your dog and other lives are literally at stake and it is important to KNOW what to expect and to know safty precautions as well as emergancy techniques. If anybody else can lend this person some help or if I missed something PLEASE post.
Go to Walmart and in the kitchen supplies section you will find little thermostats with the suction cup on the back, they are $1. Put this on the back wall of your crate. Tape it, tie it, whatever. Then you can keep track of the exact temperature in there without guessing. I would say that you probably have it far too warm in there. When a crate is covered the dog's own body heat quickly warms it up because it cannot escape. Plus you have the heating pad, plus you have the room really warm. Uncover the door part or one of the sides so that some hot air can vent out. Check you thermostat, keep it at about 80 degrees for the first week. I know a lot of books say 90-95 but that's insane.