Hello again, WOW, im telling ya this whelping this liter has added 10 years to my life. NEVER again will this happen. Lola has been panting like crazy since having her liter, some times she seems fine, others she pants and i dont know if shes hot or what is going on. Last night she was very restless, up and down all night and digging under the bed, she does lay to feed the pups but gets up again and will just come out to lay out here in the living room or just to check things out. nervous like i guess. She eats very little and ive tried giving her things that i know she will eat just to get food in her,
I have been up all night with her, and i got on the internet to read about this eclampsia, I did call my vet the day after she had her liter and the following day and they assured me this was normal and she was fine, But it doesnt feel fine, of coarse i do panic and think everything is wrong all the time but she just isnt herself and im worried about her. She doenst have seizers or shaking nothing like that but could it be that the eclampsia hasnt gotton to that point yet? My husband insists that she is just to warm in the kennel with the heating pad. (Lola and her puppies are in a portable crate that is like a tent material does have mesh windows which are open and i also have the front door unzipped and open at all times and also the top unzipped but do put a blanket over the top to keep the pups warm. bedroom door is shut to also keep it warmer in there, its cooler out in the rest of the house. but last night she was up and down ALL NIGHT and was digging under the bed and just restless. I am with her in the bedroom most of the day i lay in bed and watch tv so i am with her and she can see me and i talk with her and she does lay in there most the day , coming out to go potty and she will lay down for a minute but right back to the bedroom door to be let in. The puppies are feeding ok, dont wine much, she does go in on her own to check them and to lay with them to feed them or just snuggle them which is the cutest thing ever to see when she has her arms around one of them that has crawled up between her arms.
am i just worring to much? maybe shes just getting antsy? I tried taking her for a short walk 2 days ago thinking i could get some of the restlessnss out of her she walked to the end of te drive way and wanted to come back.
I just read about tums , to give her 1 a day and i was stoked to find i do have a bottle of these but she wouldnt eat it, so now later this morning im going to desolve it and make her take it. But if this isnt needed will it bother her?
Shes also been a loud breather at night and somes snores but last night she was breathing really fast, and making werider noises then normal. Hubby keeps telling me she is just to warm in there wit the puppies. I cant not have the heating pad to keep them warm or can i ? its only on half the crate floor and the other half is the fur like mat. which i mainly put the pups on the heating pad side if Lola is out of the crate going outside, and the pups fall right back to sleep as soon as they get on that warm pad.
My vet thinks ijust worry to much, as im sure she would of been fine when she was whelping but got scared and rushed her to the vets office a few hundred dollars later, she had them all fine with out the vets help and only my help- go figure.
oh and also she drinks TONS of water, well not all day long but will drink a whole bowl of water , every drop out of the bowl non stop and will do this 4 times a day is it just nursing is causing her to be thirsty?
again i am sorry to ramble on but im worried and dont know what i should do. i read about the liver and kayo syurp should i try somthing like this? should i move Lola and the pups out of my room and into a bigger whelping box that maybe itsnt so warm with out a top on it? I do have a puppy play pen that looks like a real baby portable play pen, is she digging around at the pading in the crate because its dirty and she wants new stuff? i have wipped the padding down , and today will wash the fur matt and the pillow cover i have on the heating pad.
I go back to work monday and im scared and nervous to leave her byself all day. i think she likes the bedroom door to be open so she can come in and out when she wants to. ( this morning i do have it open so she can come and go instead of barking at the door to get out every 10 minutes) I have the cats put in a diffent bedroom and this is what im worried about is the cats bothering her pups. when they are out and i let them in the bedroom on the bed just to see how she reacts she sits right in the doorway to her crate and i can tell she is uneasy and i remove the cats.
she lets Chance (the dad) sit on the bed with me and just watch her inside the crate, she isnt bothered with that. when he is on the floor sniffing around she gets protective so i dont let him on the floor. he hasnt figured out yet how to use the stairs to get up and down from the bed yet so it works that i keep him up there wth me and she seems peaceful during the day , its night time she is antsy.
any ideas what i need to be doing? shes taking real good care of the puppies and they eat and sleep. tomorrow they will be 7 days old. they have about doubled in size, 2 of them have , 1 is alot smaller then the other 2 but they were bigger when she had them, the littler one has gained wieght tho just not as big as the other porkers..lol
how should i work this system i have going when i go to work tomorrow? I leave my house about 9am and im back at 3:30 so im not gone all day. should i leave her in the bedroom with the door closed? or put the cats in the basement and let her roam the house?
any help and ideas would be greatly appreciated- Sunny
Your dog is trying to make a nest under your bed, so don't be surprised if you come home, and they're all under there. You don't want that; soif I were you, I'd take her right out of the bedroom, in another whelping box. Keep your door shut in the day time, and yes, put the cats in the basement when you're at work. What will you do with Chance? If you don't want to go with the kiddy pool, then I suggest you get an x pen, which is a structure you put together, and you can move it wherever you have room. How does Lola get out to do her business, when you're gone?
I had this reply on your other post but maybe you did not see it so I copied it:
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.
You probably do not need to have the heating pad on unless you keep your home unusually cool. Your dog is most likely over heating and could even dehydrate from it. This is torture for the poor girl. Please turn that heating pad off. Without a thermostat you have no idea what the temp is and therefore cannot determine if a heating pad is even necessary.