Hi my name is Lori, I always come around and lurk, but this is my first post. I have a Chi who is pregnant, a cockatoo and a conure, they are all my babies. We bred my dog Oreo and she is due to have pups any day now. I took her to the vet last Wed and she said she thinks she should deliver by this Friday. She definitely saw 3 pups but said one or 2 may be hiding. They took 1 X-ray. I can see them moving in her belly easily and feel them by placing hand lightly on belly. I haven't tried to feel how many pups..can you? I have a few questions. Are all teats supposed to fill with milk? The top 2 aren't anywhere as large as the rest, is this normal? they are the two over her ribs. The rest are hanging very low now but I haven't seen any milk and I am afraid to gently squeeze to check. Is this ok to do? Will milk leak right before she whelps? I am sorry I am so nervous! She is still climbing (I made a pile of pillows so she can easily climb in) in bed with me although I have had the box set up for about 1 week 1/2 and she takes my pajama pants with her wherever she goes for past 2 days. Should I remove the pile so she will go in box? I know they will start panting when they go into labor but is there any other way to tell by milk filling or leaking when she will whelp? The 65th day of pregnancy at last breeding (tie) would be the 5th of September) but they did lock up 4x. Also is there a safe heating pad or blanket anyone can recommend?
Keep consulting with your vet. She probably just isnt ready yet. At this point, I would try to keep her in her whelping box. That way she doesn't think it is ok to whelp in your bed. I usually put a small x-pen around the box so they stay in there. The biggest think I noticed when my bitch whelped was the panting and tring to get away for activity. She was trying to find a play away from everything to have her pups. It is very noticable. It is possible that your bitch didn't take until the last breeding. The easiest thing to do is take her temp. You want to do it at least 2 times a day. If the morning temp is below 99, wait a couple of hours and take it again. If it back up, chances are she isn't ready. If it stays down, she will probably have them within 24hrs. I have had bitches start to produce milk right before labor, and some who have not. Just keep a really good eye on her, even if it means waking up in the middle of the night to check on her. good luck. My mini aussie is due on Oct 18th
why oh why do people continue to breed the bitch and then ask the questions right before the whelping is to occur. Yet another story of the cart before the horse. How's about educating yourself prior to the breeding. What a novel idea!!!!
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