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Old 08-04-2013, 02:34 PM   #1
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Hi, I have a pit/ chocolate lab I rescued and I had an appointment to have her spayed and vaccinated, the day I brought her home she went into heat and I did everything to keep her from my boy Rottweiler / German Shepard .... However they must have gotten away from me because my girl is about 40 days pregnant. Been to the vet, she is healthy & will be spayed after she gives birth,
My question is can anyone tell me how to help her give birth& any info on how to raise/ feed/ and keep the pups healthy?
I have families ready to take them at 8 weeks as they are smart and loving parent dogs, but I need advice please
Thank you so very much

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Old 08-04-2013, 05:23 PM   #2
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Hi There are some threads on this,, I know a little it's hard work and you need to be with mum and pups 24/7 for around 2 weeks so if you have a partner or friend you can take it in shifts it will be tiring but worth it in the long run Kudo to you for wanting to get her speyed too Welcome aboard to Df and there will be members on here who have raised litters and will advise you further Good luck!!!
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Bigboy probably has more experience than I, but with my limited experience, she won't need any help. Not sure when they'll need weening but when my dog had pups, it was obvious when they needed or wanted more than mom could supply. Would probably be 4 to 6 weeks and don't let them leave before 8 weeks.
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No, 8 weeks is the minimum I will keep them, I've never had a dog that wasn't spayed and wow! To my surprise she got pregnant before her appointment to be spayed. Thankfully she is well cared for as her pups will also. I refuse to let them go to a home I don't know.
She'll be getting an X-ray in a week or so to determains how many pups. I hear she could birth up to 12 for her mix...... Just researching and preparing for the big day, which is the day the kids go back to school..... Or around it anyway

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1. Make sure you have between 8-15 people ready to take puppies.. they often have big litters..
2. Keep the pups to the minimum of 8 weeks, I even recommend 9 it does a big difference on the pups personality and really creates a more stable dog.
3. I hope you have money tucked away, sometimes you need emergency c section it sno fun. but keep an eye on it.
4. she will give birth around day 63 64, you will see wax props on her teets, and she will become increasingly uneasy, panting, if you take temps (if I remember right it will drop just before she gives birth)
5. Have luke warm water, plenty of towels, and a few sheets, it will be bloody and messy, I assisted one birth and oh God, Thank God I had blakc jeans on, I had to run to work right after and they were stiff from being covered in blood but no one saw it.
6. If a puppy comes out not breathing and squeeking, clean the nose, mouth, and take a towel and rub rub rub that can sometimes get the heart going, not unusual if the litter is big.
7. If the mother seem to have issues to get a pup out, having her walking around can help the process.
8. do not pull on the puppies, you can hurt both of them, it will be tempting but be very cautios, to pull lightly when she's pushing can help some but be very alert.
9. Most dogs handle this greatly on their own, but be on stand by if needed.
10. Have puppy milk ready depending on how the mother does, she may need feeding support, so dont wait to last minute.
11. Get a puppy pen now, fix a room that can be destroyed. Puppies eat everything, walls, doors, floors, and make HUGE messes, so figure out an area where you can have them safely when not supervised (this starts at week 4 5)
Also make sure you have the number to a vet on stand by..
You will have your hands full, and you will never wanna have a litter ever again LOL
Applesmom can answer more if she come sonline.. she used to breed..
Good luck and I wanna see a lot of pictures of this event!!
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Thanks! Yes I have my huge bathroom in my room, I don't work and my husband works from home ill be a stay at home mom again
My husband is crafting a set up for the pups and we have a spot under our counter top for her that quiet and away from vents, we can build off that for the pups! My problem is I'm a tad OCD about cleanliness!!! I must vacuum 2 or 3 x a day. We have 4 cats, 2 dogs, 2 bunnies, snakes, lizards and chickens, so what 15 more?
I'm going to start charging admission to my home!!!
Thanks for all the tips! They are greatly appreciated

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Well You are lucky, cause omg.. Yeah you will rip your hair out before its all done..
It's fun but then oh lordy..
The OCD will get you, they pee and poo every 5-10 minutes, first few weeks mom will keep it fairly clean.. but you will have a loosing battle.. I wish I could be a little fly on your wall.. Im sitting here laughing cause I know you will go nuts.. I had to pay 300 to redo a whole room because the puppies completely destroyed it with new flooring, walls and a door..

Your house sounds like fun, Im coming over
Also, pick up a book on positive puppy training and start the pups with sit, come, down when they hit 5-6 weeks, have your friends to come over who wants to adopt, and let them start training and bonding with their pups already then..

reason being it will be so much easier for everyone, and encourage them to sign up for a puppy class with the local petco or petsmart. It's positive reinforcement, it gives continued fun, helps with the bonding and readjustment for the pup.
Its like 120 for 6 weeks.. The most important part of learning is at the early age 6-16 weeks.. They are also sensitive in that age that if you handle them harshly, yelling, or subject them to something scary it can create permanent fears.. Its called period of fear imprintment, but this is the period where its important to socialize, brign them out and about (in safe circumstances).

Good luck, and again TONS of pics
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Its gonna be cute and huge puppies <3
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