My female Bulldog is pregnant and I am wondering if I will be able to handle the birth of the puppies. Can anyone give me pointers as I've always thought the birth of even humans is not very pleasing. I'm a retired Law Enforcement Officer and have seen many births and I am disgusted by it but I saw a dog give birth on YouTube and almost threw up. Breeders please help with this question as it would be greatly appreciated!! Anyone please, they're not due until Nov. but I want to be prepared and have been doing my homework on the birth and care of the puppies and the bitch. Thanks. Rose
YOu might also get in good with your vet. Bulldogs are extremely prone to needing c-sections. Many regular breeders of the breed just plan for them ahead of time and don't even attempt to allow them to have them naturally.
I agree with that. I would not even attempt it. Get her to the vet and let them do a c section. May save your female and puppies if you do. Then, when she can, I would have her spayed. She will be so much better off for doing it and take alot of worry off you too. Good luck.
I chose to breed her so that I can keep some of her puppies. I have both mother and father on premise and love the breed. The only problem is the birth. I have discussed this with the vet and he is on call but I would still have to stay with her as she is whelping. As I stated, the birth of humans is disgusting to me as well, not only dogs. I appreciate the feedback I've received. I will be getting her spayed after the birth of this litter. As far as c-sections, the vet stated that it's usually the smaller dogs that need c=sections as they're prone to problems but with a 100 lb. dog, not usually necessary but he will be on call! My husband can handle it and hopefully I will be able to as well once the first one comes out but just wanted to know what ppl do so that it takes that disgust away of them eating the afterbirth. Do you rationalize that it's good for them, it's nurtious, what? LOL. Thanks again for feed back.
I am a breeder, and none of it bothers me. Yes the after birth is enriching to the colostrum, and they need to eat at least one. I usually let me my girls eat 2 and then take the rest away. I am also there by there side ready to help pull a puppy, cut cord, etc.
If you have a old english bulldogge, they will need a c-section. their heads are bigger then there bodies and typically dont come out on there out. If you have an american bull dog with small heads, you may or may not need one.
I would have just gone back to the parents I got my dogs from if I wanted another pup in those lines. Esp. the american bull dog. they are part of the banned list and most are put to sleep without a chance in shelters.
I would suggest allowing her to eat the afterbirth and letting her "dispose" of it without you watching. It won't hurt her and what are you planning to do with it once you take it away? Put it in the trash? Yucky, that stuff starts to stink like a dead animal faster than leftover chicken inards any day.
To breeders like my self and others, there really isn't a gross factor about it to us. We can take bites of our lunch in between handling afterbirths, assist pup deliveries and even assist on c-sections without batting an eye. It's just a part of life, get over it. I am curious though, what are you going to do when 14 poop machines get diarreah in your house? Or even the garage or anywhere else you may have them. Even if it's not in your living quarters, it still needs cleaned. Puppies, especially around weaning time don't always leave nice little tootsie rolls. What about if the vet asks you to "palpate" your girl over the phone to determine the position and progress of a pup? Your gonna have to stick your finger up her "you know what".
Breeding and whelping dogs is not for the faint of heart but a challenge that real breeders find enjoyable. These things are only the tip of the ice berg.
I have an American Bulldog. As a breeder you started somewhere. You didn't know it all when you started, now did you. Therefore I really dislike when breeders come on and try to tell me or others that it should be left to breeders to breed dogs. I was a Homicide Detective in the Bronx and have seen the worst of the worst and can eat a sandwich inbetween the maggots crawling out and seeing the bullet in the person's eye and brain matter coming out, let's see if you could do that.. As far as the puppies with diarreah, i can take that, DID YOU NOT READ POST, I SAID AFTERBIRTh AND PLACENtA are the only problem. I can stick my finger in the vajaja or her rectal for that matter without gloves and it wouldn't bother me a bit. That's my baby girl and i'm crazy abt her as if she were my own child but the afterbirth and placenta thing is GROSS to say the least. Again, thank you for the postive feedback and to the breeder that believes I should've just got another pup, I want more than one and wanted HER pups!!!
No I didn't know it all but I also didn't have an aversion to the abundant by-product associated with being an animal midwife. Just doesn't make a lot of sense. With your aversion you probably wouldn't do well at making midwifery your profession. But thats a major part of dog breeding or any other mammal reproduction. I have a breed that is actually rather difficult to whelp and requires a ton of hands on during the process. I have to break open a lot of sacs, pull a lot of pups, and assist placenta's out of the canal so the next pup can be born before it's oxygen depletes. An aversion to that kind of stuff would only hinder my ability to appropriatley assit my dams. Your origional question was what do other breeders do to cut down on the yuck, well, most don't have that much of an aversion to it to be all that concerned.
Honestly, most of my girls eat the placenta's before I have a chance to do much with it. Sometimes later in the litter, like the last couple of pups they'll not realize it's there and leave it for me to dispose of. I present it to her and if she still doesn't eat it, I go throw it over the fence into the pasture and more than likely some critter will make use of it. Eating the placenta's does not pose any harm and is natures way of cleaning up after it's self. The next day she will have a bowel movement that is usually somewhat normal perhaps a tad darker in color. There are two arguemnts about eating them and 1.assumed that it provides no nutritional value but otherwise harmless and 2. that it does indeed provide nutritional value and still poses no harm. I err on the side of argument #2.
No I don't know it all but I have seen my fair share of animal births. I'm the 3rd generation of dog breeders in my family plus experience with cattle and horses. I've seen a lot of miscalculated attempts by newcomers. Takes a lot more work (when done right) than most give it credit for. Didn't necasarily mean you, simply asked questions that would eventually need solutions.