I rescued a Shih Tzu from a lady who was leaving her at the pound, she is pregnant and the lady said she visited the vet and the vet told her there were 4 puppies, but the lady didn't want her and was just going to dump her at the city pound. I couldn't let that happen when this baby was pregnant. She's 1 year old and I have no idea what to expect, except of course for all the great information I've found on this website. My main question is if the vet could tell how many babies she is carrying, is that any kind of sign as to how far along she is? I do not have the money for more visits, so I was going to see if anyone knew any more info about that... Thanks for your help!
Do they know what she is bred with? They may have been able to tell a little bit on how far along she is, but you would have to speak with the vet that did the xray. Normal gestation is 9 weeks and it goes by very quickly. You will probably have puppies before you know it. Good luck.
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Ok start taking her temperature at the same time everyday. when it drops to 99, labor should begin within 24 hours. However, not all bitches drop the temp. Just make her a nice box, like a moving type box, put some shredded newspaper in it and put it in a quiet nook away from the excitement of family living. She will began to get nervous, anxious and start looking for a hiding place, lol, you have to keep taking them to the box. When she starts to pant heavily, you're within an hour or two. She'll scratch at the papers, nesting etc. Just remember, nature has been doing this for the eons, she will probably be just fine. And BTW, 40% of puppies are breech so don't panic is you see hind ends first. Mom should break the sac and chew the cord off then start to lick and clean up the pup. Have some waxed dental floss on hand just in case she doesn't chew the cord. put it about an inch from the pup's belly and tie it tight, then cut the cord end closer to mom. Aw don't worry, chances are sh'll be ok and you'll have lovely pups that will easily find homes. Give your Mom to be some Tums for calcium support to prevent milk fever, start giving her one a day starting now. Good luck and enjoy your pups
While I agree the pound is not the place for a pregnant dog....maybe you should look into sending her to a Shih-Tzu rescue?
I'm glad you stepped up and took her, but she needs vet care, as will the puppies. if you cannot afford to take her now to be checked out, then you wont be able to pay the expenses it takes to raise a litter. What would happen if she has to have a C-section? Not knowing what she is bred to, andf not having had an xray to determine puppy size, you have a chance she will need a section or veterinary intervention of some sort to whelp....c-sections are ALOT more than a simple vet visit, so if a regular vet visit is not in your budget then complications will definitely not be either.
A breed specific rescue would be happy to take her and give them all the care they will need.
The fact the woman knew she was carrying will not tell alot unless you know if she had an ultrasound or an xray....those are done at different time frames of the pregnancy.
Is she very large? Does she look to be excreting milk yet?
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I agree with lpn169, she needs to see a vet and soon you will have 4 more who need to see a vet. C-sections are expensive and I would consider that for her to have cared enough about her dog to have gone to a vet and then not cared enough to keep her, she may have found out that an expensive c-section would be neccesary. Saving her from going to the shelter was a good thing. Finding a breed rescue is the best next step. Good luck, whatever you decide.
If you keep her there to the due date of pups. Do yourself a favor and call around to the vets and see what they charge for c-sections and what to do if there is an emergency.,where u need to go.That is if she needs a c-section. You don't want to be cuaght up in the moment looking for the right vet to handle things.I agree with the others about sending her to the rescue. They will take good care of her.
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