My basset/dalmation girl have birth 10 weeks ago to a beautiful batch of pups. After overcoming kennel cough & then coccidia all are doing great! Mom is undergoing hw treatment, so I can't spay her for another month or so. Is there any way of knowing when she might go into heat again? Her mate is being neutered next week (after treatment for erlichia) and then both head to CA for their new lives with a fabulous furever family.
These 2 have been through so much in that last 3-4 motnhst that I will be thrilled when they arrive at the start of their new lives.
Wow! What a road these dogs have traveled and you along with them. Your bitch will probably come into season again sometime after the 4 month mark, but it really is not only individual to the breed, it's individual to the bitch. Having the male neutered is a good move, but you will have to watch her carefully until she has been spayed.
"Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant". author unknown
Their foster mom deserves all the credit. She spend the last 10 weeks with very little sleep making sure they all survived. I know that anyone who has had a litter can understand the love & care that goes into that.
For anyone who has not had a litter before and is thinking about it - their foster mom had to sleep with them for many weeks. While they had kennel cough they would roll over and may have choked if she hadn't turned them back on their stomachs. She had to supervise the feedings to make sure everyone got fed, give meds for various things. No matter how good a mother a female is - there are so many things thta can go wrong that a human needs to intervene on to save a life. This was certainly not a planned litter, but once the pups came we owed it to them to do everything possible to keep them healthy. Definitely not for the faint-hearted or the uncommitted.
In answer to the other question - they are safe in my rescue and will be adopted out to screened homes. If they aren't altered before leaving, they go out as a foster until altered. I take all dogs back for ANY reason. As cute as tey are - none will ever have puppies.