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Pregnant female, need advice
by Maverick13 on 10 May 2012 - 04:26
|Hi guys, Today would be day 57 of my female's pregnancy from the first breeding date. I know this is not an exact science but we do not have progesterone tests here. This is her first litter and at around 5am she was feeling a bit uncomfortable and didn't know what was happening. My gut instinct was that she may have had a few contractions and panicked since it is her first time. I spoke to her and she relaxed and went back to sleep. There was a little bit of whitish discharge. She had her breakfast and is now in her whelping box. He stomach is big and she looks uncomfortable but no signs of any contractions. Vet will be coming in the evening to check up on her anyways. I guess I wanted to know if this was normal and if you guys think she may have the puppies in the next 24 hours or if she has a few more days to go. Thanks Again, Mav|
by dogshome9 on 10 May 2012 - 09:24
|Maverick, it is normal for a female to have a clear/white discharge at this time of her pregnancy so don't worry, yes she is a little early to have her puppies but she still may hang on a few days.|
Have you started to take her temperature yet?
You need to start now and keep a record and it needs to drop atleast 1 whole degree.
Start now and then you will have a baseline.
Have you had an ultrasound? Xray for numbers?
Good Luck for an easy whelping.
by Hundmutter on 10 May 2012 - 10:03
|If she is that close to whelping she's a bit unusual in having eaten breakfast - in my experience they usually go 'off' their food a bit right before the event, she may yet go nearer to day 62. Good luck with the litter, whatever.|
by dogshome9 on 10 May 2012 - 10:34
I have a female that had no temp drop and ate a full dinner only 1/2 hour prior to whelping.
She had 3 litters and all went the same ate, no drop of temp and whelped within an hour or so of eating.
by Blitzen on 10 May 2012 - 11:45
|Me too, Dogshome.|
by mirasmom on 10 May 2012 - 12:27
|I had a female that had pups on day 56 of her first breeding, I was so nervous that|
it was too early, all 8 pups were super healthy and regular sized, what a relief!
I have also had females that don't loose their appetite and continue to except food right
Sometimes you can feed vanilla ice cream to help if contractions are slow,
but usually the first litter are no problem cause the bitch is young & healthy.
by GSD2727 on 10 May 2012 - 13:17
|I have always heard females will go off of their food before whelping... and experienced that in my previous females. However, nothing is 100%! My female who just whelped two days ago never went off of her food! She happy and eagerly ate dinner the night before and whelped the first puppy around 8am the next morning. |
I also had a female in the past that her temperature never dropped. I took it like 4 times a day and it never dropped at all let alone a full degree.
Good luck Maverick.
by Ramage on 10 May 2012 - 14:36
|Mirasmom - same here. Had a bitch go on day 56, but she had 8 pups and all were healthy and survived. |
It is very normal for them to go off food. I try and doctor the food to keep them eating as much as possible, though.
by Maverick13 on 10 May 2012 - 14:55
Thanks everyone for the advice, much more relieved now. Vet just finished checking her, and said she is fine and should have the pups in the next few days. Now its just a waiting game :-) so excited. Hope all goes well.
by Maverick13 on 14 May 2012 - 13:52
So today would be 61 days. She ate her dinner last night, but the whole night she was restless. Digging up the papers in her whelping box. She didnt eat her breakfast this morning, and was restless most of the morning. During lunch i tried giving her some food and she did not want it, but had a little bit of cheese and yoghurt. Funny thing is that towards the afternoon, she got quiet and slept. Now its around 7.20pm and thats her dinner time but she refused her food again. Went outside for a bit, of course i was watching her carefully, and is now back in her whelping box resting. What do you guys think? puppies tonight or there is still a few more days to go?
by SitasMom on 14 May 2012 - 14:53
|she is getting very close.|
is she panting quickly and then going back to a normal pant?
have you been taking her temp at least twice a day?
by Maverick13 on 14 May 2012 - 15:34
yes she pants quickly and then goes back to normal. been panting normally for some time now, but moves around every 20 mins like she is uncomfortable. temp was 99.1 in the morning. need to check it again now.
by Maverick13 on 14 May 2012 - 18:56
|sorry forgot update you that the temp i took for the second time was at 98|
by SitasMom on 14 May 2012 - 22:23
she is in stage 1 labor. the puppies moving towards the birth cannal.
the temp drop indicates she should be having the pups within 24 to 36 hours, or sooner.
its time for you to double check your supplies list, to give your vet a call to keep him/her up to date, and to get some sleep... scissors, dental floss, iodine, clean towels, snot bulb, heat lamp, clean water, clean beding for whelping box, ice cream for mama.... re-read all the material you have about whelping puppies.
also try to get some rest, best to nap close enough to the whelping box so that when she become restless again it will wake you up.
keep a very close eye on her and if she starts to become lathargic (like in total exhaustion), call your vet!
if you feel in your heart that "something's wrong, call your vet.
with my last litter, the bitch was in this first state for 3 days and just didn't seem to progress. We were both exhausted.... I took her to the vet and we both agreed that a c-section was best. Placentas were starting to seperate from uterus and had I waited much longer the puppies would have started to die inside of her.... by following my intuition, 10 healthy puppies were delivered, all were 1lb 4oz or more... the first one was 1lb 7oz and was stuck.
by wanderer on 15 May 2012 - 01:01
|I agree with Sitasmom, take care, call your vet and don't leave it too long. A section is way better than lost pups and SAVE the mother.|
by SitasMom on 15 May 2012 - 13:40
|Any puppies yet?|
by dogshome9 on 16 May 2012 - 01:48
Here's hoping that the puppies have arrived and mom and bubs are all fine.
by Maverick13 on 16 May 2012 - 18:59
|Sorry haven't been able to update everyone sooner. We have 10 babies :-) :-) :-) mom is good but today she went off her food. She eats only ice cream and yoghurt but does not want anything else. Just giving her whatever she wants but will be taking her to the vet in the morning. Thanks again for all the support. Will post pictures soon. Mav|
by dogshome9 on 16 May 2012 - 23:17
Congratulations 10 puppies wow.
Many females do go off their food after whelping just keep on trying her with good things for now, like warm cooked chicken, beef mince, yoghurt, cottage cheese, icecream.
by SitasMom on 16 May 2012 - 23:50