Hi there all! So my baby blue pit 'Lucy' is gna have pups here any day now, i'm guesstimating! I would like input on what to do i.e.: makeshift welping box, clean-up,... I'm limited on my budget big time. So far I gathered old towels and blankets, washcloths for her to do the nesting thing. I laid out a cardboard box and placed layers or towels and blankets down for her...I'm all by myself, aside from her my faithful companion, please any and all input is appreciated. Also, being there when it happens scares me because i work M-F 8 hrs. w/o a off campus lunch break!! Anxious yet Nervous....;)
i have never had a pitbull that had a litter of puppies, but i did have a female great dane that had 11 pups, what you have prepared for the birth of the puppis is what i would have done, just make sure she has water near by in case she gets thirsty
don't panic when she eats the sack that the puppis are in and chews the umbilio cord, and also the plasenta, these give her the nutrients that are good for her milk.
i hope this has helped you with some of your questions, i also own a 11 year old female pitbull she is fixed at 6 months.
also please be careful if you are watching her have the puppies that you don't touch them as this is a stressful time for her, and she JUST might bite your hand, she won't be doing this out of anger it is because she is in alot of pain and scared if this is her first litter, talk gently to her and give her lots of verbal praise.
Ih....mommabayer....that is not true most bitches are not concerned about their pups until they have finished whelping. I assisted an extremely aggressive bitch whelp and she hardly knew I was there. My suggestion would be to use shredded newspaper for the actual birthing as it is quite messy, when she is done, then use your blankets. She probably will not want to leave her pups for the first 18-24 hours,and this is ok, this is one reason they consume the afterbirth it will hold her until she will eat. You might have to force her to go potty until that 18-24 hours. Im sure she will be fine if you are gone when shes ready. I have a birch who just has them whenever, lol, I usually miss it, and one birch who sill stop her labor until I get home. Get some Nutrical. At petsmart its an emergency suppliment for either mom or babies. Also get some tuna or calcium suppliment and start her on that now... Very important to make sure she has a good store. PM me if you need help, I can give you my number. I have a bitch due on the 4th..one more week.
Thank you all that responded to my anxiety attack!! She started her labor right after my work and had her first @ around 5:30am. I woke to hear puppy yelps & immediately jumped up to find that my Lucy had given birth on the sofa & not in the kiddie pool that I had purchased for her last minute!! HA HA...I went back to check on her before lunchtime & she had all 7 pups cleaned & ready to nurse! WoW, Im telling ya it was like I gave birth to 7 puppies! Im so exhausted, lol. Just glad @ least one of us knew what they where doing!
Wow, that was easy for you. We just had seven pups also, but had to rush her to the vet to induce labor, as she stopped pushing. We stay up all night with our, so are worn out by the time it's over. She also stepped on one the first litter, so we bring her in and out every three hours. It is a full time job for us. We also clamp and clip their cords, aspirate them, etc.
On the couch, eeww. Glad they didn't fall off. Keep their belly buttons cleaned for the first few days as they can get infected and watch for lethary in her and the pups. She needs to lick them to make them go to the bathroom and she must pass all of the placentas, or will run a fever and you could lose her. Ours didn't pass the placentas either, so it was two trips to the vet for us..............
Hold the pups and pet her to reassure her. If you have a trusting relationship with her, she won't mind you holding the pups, but they must be held and used to human touch.
Good luck and congratulations.
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