My 16 month old dog is having a batch of puppies I dont know how many to expect! I dont know if we can let her have the puppies outside 'cause of our other female dog. Should I trust her and let my dog have her puppies outside? Please Help!
I've never bred a dog before, so I would be new to that whole thing. Oye..I really hope this doesn't turn into a downward spiral thread. Please, anyone that has anything bad to say, just know, her dog is already pregnant, and IS going to have puppies. So it's not like there is anything she can do. All that's important is that she is asking help on how to properly care for the puppies and get advice. My advice is to take your dog to the vet and ask any questions you have about when your dog goes into labor. I would invest in supplies. I think someone that has bred dogs should tell you what to get on that one. I know a whelping box is one of them. Anyone know what else? Edit: I think if there is another female that might get in the way, you should block that dog off in a separate room for the time being so that the pregnant mother can be inside.
Sasgiggles, how old are you. It just helps to know if we're talking to a kid or an adult. Do you have access to a vet? When do you expect your dog to deliver? If she stops eating and starts looking for a place to nest, she is getting ready. Have a nice clean box with clean bedding ready for her. Call your vet and let him/her know you might need some advise over the phone when the puppies start coming. If all goes well, the dog does all the work, but you might have to help out a little/or help the pups out a little. I would go to the library ASAP and find a book or video that might help you.
Sasgiggles........do you know how long your dog has been pregnant? If has been at least 45 days you can take her to the vet, and have her x-rayed. That will tell you how many puppies she is having, plus a lot more. What breed is the father?
Here is a good website that will walk you through every stage of pregnancy-from determining whether she's pregnant to delivering the pups. It's pretty thorough, IMO. www.debbiejensen.com I'm not a breeder, and I have no plans to breed, so maybe a breeder on here can check out the link to see if it's worthy or not. Fin
Indoors is always better for a dog having puppies, where they can be under close supervision. Keep any and all other dogs seperate from her when she's in labor, otherwise you are liable ot end up with a severe dog fight or dead puppies. Maybe both.
Forgot to add-Indoor birthing is the way to go. If for some reason you ABSOLUTELY can't let her give birth indoors, then you need to build her something outside that she can feel safe and protected in. I've known dams that have actually eaten the pups out of fear. Infanticide(sp?)I think it's called. Your dog needs to be as relaxed as possible. Fin
Find a room where she can't destroy things like the carpet, etc. Get a BIG box so you can manuver around to help. Find a friend who can help you deliver pups, one who has done it before. Get paper towels. Separate boxes to put pups in as they are delivered. Lots of shredded newspaper for main box. A big stack of clean towels or washclothes for handling wet, bloody pups, towels for the smaller separate box too. Pups get cold, they will die, you know. Scissors to cut umbilical cords. This is not a wolf, you should assist. Vet on call in case it goes wrong. READ up on the subject...Get anything you can on subject. Dog will be scared, be extra nice to her. Make sure her boobs are clean and not infected prior to delivery. Brisk massage of boobs w/ soft towel, once in a while, week of delivery or thereabouts makes area less sensitive to nursing pups on swollen boobs (don't overdo it, but it is good to handle the mom a bit more so she is not surprized when you help...get her used to your midwife friend, too.) It's going to be messy. You may not sleep for 2 days or so. Get all the advice you can. Talk to the vet or the vet technician for advice. Sometimes c-sections are necessary, do you have the funds? They aren't too expensive around here. Talk to your breed club about which vets to use. Shop around if you have little money. Plan, plan ahead, plan!
Do not let her have them outside! It need to be a clean warm and dry place and she should be by herself without other dogs to bug her. Do not let other dogs by her and her puppies until you start to wean them and they are older! Read all you can about this and find a vet you can call 24/7 that will call you back if you have trouble. New moms do not like strangers or other dogs around with their pups.
Most female dogs are very protective of their young and percieve other dogs as threats. So leaving your other female nearby would not be a good idea. If you are able to bring your dog inside that would be best. Most importantly the puppies need to stay dry and warm.