What day do you go by for an arrival date for pups? I have a shih tzu female that tied successfully with my male three times during her heat cycle. The first time was March 2nd and the last time was the 7th of March. I would think that I would go by the last day. However not totally for sure.
Just a funny for the day, that I thought I should share! I called my vet to set up an ultrasound and an xray to find out how many pups we are having. Last time she was pregnant we had to go in twice due to the pups not showing up on the first xray. So I started with the question I am asking you folks and the vet said bring her in at 60 -63 days pregant from the last time they tied and they should be present!!! LOL
PRESENT...more like in the whelping box! The last litter I had was born at 57 days from the FIRST tie! Oh lord needless to say Im looking for another vet!
Thanks everyone...for letting me vent! Please breeders let me know what your standard rule of thumb would be for them tieing! Thanks again!
I have always done my x-rays one week from the first due date. I have found more often then not, my girls are bred on the first tie. They are just horny after that. This is what works for me. A good vet, and good knowledge of your dogs and breed, you figure you what works for you.
I do c-section and start taking temp day 59 from the first of two (unless I see a reason that I might be more comfortable doing so earlier) :-). Most other people I know count from the first as well. Good luck!
I show and breed miniature dachshunds. We breed on 9-11-13 days, or 10-12-14 days of cycle. General rule of thumb - puppies are due 57 to 64 days from first day she was bred. I get x-rays anytime in the last trimester. I usually do this a week before they're due. We just had a litter 3/28/09, 64 days from 1st breeding. It was an accidental event on day 12. I figured if we were having puppies we would have puppies, so I purposely bred again on day 14. She had 5 beautiful, healthy puppies.
Thank you everyone! I thank you for your responses...I will keep all of this in mind for the future! I have an appointment this afternoon to have the x-rays done! I will post once I know how many pups!
I think we might be getting really close as this am, I was holding momma and I can really feel the babies moving around! Thanks again all!
Thank you for the info on the calendar! I went to that site and it stated she would be due on the 6th of May!
Went to the Vet this afternoon! We have 6 puppies total! Same as last litter. My vet seems to think due to her size and day she tied we might go as early as this next week. I will keep everyone posted! Thanks again!
I forgot to mention, if you want to narrow down the day of whelping start taking her temp twice a day. It will normally be 101-102. When it drops to 99 you will have puppies within 24 hours, and possibly 4 to 12 hours. Have her whelping box made up about a week before due date. When she starts that nesting behavior you can usually expect puppies within 3 or so days. Good Luck!