Care of Pregnant Dog
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However, when it comes to Calcium, any supplementation of this mineral has to determined and fine-tuned by your vet. Calcium needs of a pregnant dog increase significantly in the late stages of pregnancy and/or during the start of nursing. Some dogs may experience low levels of blood calcium at this stage possibly causing them to suffer from a serious condition known as eclampsia.
As the pregnancy progresses, food servings will gradually need to be increased, especially with respect to protein, to make sure your dog has sufficient reserves when the puppies arrive. Expect to make adjustments of 2-3 times more by the 3rd or 4th week.
Be sure you're well informed on this subject prior to breeding. Dr. Pitcairn's book has excellent information on this topic as well as specific recipes suitable for use during the gestation period.
ExerciseA pregnant dog needs regular exercise to maintain fitness and keep the muscles in toned condition, but don't overdo it. Keep her at about the same amount she has been used to except back off a bit during hot weather. She'll need to keep up her strength, but you don't want to create any stress.
If she's a little over weight going in to her pregnancy, don't try to deal with it at this time. On the other hand, over weight issues relating directly to the pregnancy, are definitely a concern, so make sure the vet monitors this situation during her pre-natal visits.
In fact I can't stress
enough how important it is to have a trusted vet or knowledgeable breeder available to answer questions
that come up during the gestation period.
At the same time, become well informed yourself on all matters related to dog pregnancy including: Vaccinations, which are generally not recommended during pregnancy - best to have them done before or after breeding. However, parasites and worms are important issues which need to be taken care of by your vet.
Nearing Due DateIt's time to set up the whelping box in a quiet and warm area of your home and make sure all birthing supplies you need are close at hand. Puppies cannot control their temperature initially and need to be in a warm environment of around 85 -90°F.
Care of your pet during the three weeks before and after birth is a crucial time. This is when you must completely isolate your dog from other dogs. The reason for this is to protect her from any possible contact with the canine herpes virus which can be very dangerous to mother and puppies.
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When the anticipated "birthday" arrives, it's time to bring out your reliable pet thermometer and start monitoring your dog's temperature. When it falls below 100°, from the normal 100°-102°, this will be your clue that labor is usually about to start so keep a close watch during the remainder of this day and into the next.
When you know that your pet is about to go into labor, notify your vet - especially if it's near a weekend. You'll want to know who to call if he's unavailable just in case you need assistance during the birth. And be sure to check out the DVD shown here to better prepare yourself.
Dog Care During LaborIf your pregnant dog does not go into labor around the expected time frame, or if labor doesn't begin within a day after the temperature falls, call your vet. In fact, any concerns should be reported.
Although the mother will normally handle the delivery and cleaning of the pups herself, make sure that she does clean off the membrane from each puppy immediately to prevent suffocation. Be ready to step in and help if necessary. Also, you will need to take care of tying off and cutting the umbilical cords.
Have your vet instruct you in these tasks prior to the birth so that you are well prepared and confident.
If you are unsure of anything during the delivery, you know the drill - call your vet! It's best not to take any chances with those precious lives.
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Puppy And Dam Post Natal CareThe delivery is over and all is well - well not quite! Your postpartum girl needs to visit the vet within 24 hours so you can be assured that everything is as it should be. Then comes the awesome responsibility of caring for those tiny and fragile new lives.
You will need to monitor the puppies' temperature, weight gain, nursing behavior and elimination for signs of any problems. They are especially vulnerable during the first two weeks of life as they are both deaf and blind for ten days or more.
They will need your undivided attention to keep them protected and healthy.
Immediately after birth, the new mom needs to be kept free of stress and drama. During this time she starts producing a very nutritionally rich milk known as colostrum.
This special milk is vital in strengthening the immune system of the puppies and providing protection against diseases.
It's best to keep visitors away during at least the first two weeks following whelping. Visitors can easily bring with them the seeds of diseases such as parvo which can be deadly to vulnerable young pups.
Being prepared will take the scariness our of this important job so go ahead and read this excellent
reference - A Breeder's Guide to Care of Newborn Puppies and you'll coast along just like a pro!
During the weaning period, have fun with your puppies before you send them off to your carefully selected loving families who will treasure and nurture them into adulthood.
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