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Old 03-20-2007, 06:33 PM   #1
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i'm new to this site and have had a look at some of the advice and it seems like the right place for me to get some advice. My Jack Russell Dora has just had a small litter of two puppies (Wed 14th March). She is a great mum and is looking after her puppies with easy, however i am a little concerned she as when she comes into the sitting room for some company she seems fixated on getting behind the couch and stands at either end crying or digging up the carpet. I am ignoring this behaviour and only paying her attention and praising her when she is calm, she does eventually stop this and returns to her pups. Is this normal? Is there anything else I can do to help her?

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Hi Doras Mum,
I cannot help you with your question but let me say
I'm sure someone will be along who can give sound advice.
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i'm new to this site and have had a look at some of the advice and it seems like the right place for me to get some advice. My Jack Russell Dora has just had a small litter of two puppies (Wed 14th March). She is a great mum and is looking after her puppies with easy, however i am a little concerned she as when she comes into the sitting room for some company she seems fixated on getting behind the couch and stands at either end crying or digging up the carpet. I am ignoring this behaviour and only paying her attention and praising her when she is calm, she does eventually stop this and returns to her pups. Is this normal? Is there anything else I can do to help her?

sorry there are no pictures as yet once I work out the site and get more uploaded onto my PC I will put them on the site.

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No its not normal. Did she have an oxy shot after she gave birth? Not only does this let down the milk, it also helps trigger the hormones ie maternal instinct. Call the vet- get the shot. She will be sleepy for a few hours- this is normal.. Also- red raspberry ( capsule you can get at cvs or walmart) works great too. For such a little dog- 1/4 of a capsule twice a day..

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Hi & welcome to the forum. Great to have you with us.

I've got no experience with dogs having puppies but I have 20 years of experience with cat breeding. If one of my cats was doing that (and they often did), it told me that she was trying to "fix up some bedding area" and would eventually move her kittens to that spot. So, don't be surprised if the next time she shows up in the sitting room, those pups haven't come along for the ride.
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This is not normal behavior in a dog. They will keep their pups where they left them unless severe distress. Do you have too many visitors in the house also? My house goes into lock down when I have new puppies.
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No its not normal. Did she have an oxy shot after she gave birth? Not only does this let down the milk, it also helps trigger the hormones ie maternal instinct. Call the vet- get the shot. She will be sleepy for a few hours- this is normal.. Also- red raspberry ( capsule you can get at cvs or walmart) works great too. For such a little dog- 1/4 of a capsule twice a day..
Oxytocin will make the uterus contract in addition to bringing in milk. If she's no longer "open" you wouldn't want to give that shot. With cats, Oxytocin rarely works to initiate contractions more than 24 hours after birthing. Prostaglandins would work at at a later date but would be even more dangerous if she was no longer open & could explode the uterus. I'd never give it without direct veterinary supervision.
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This is not normal behavior in a dog. They will keep their pups where they left them unless severe distress. Do you have too many visitors in the house also? My house goes into lock down when I have new puppies.
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Oxytocin will make the uterus contract in addition to bringing in milk. If she's no longer "open" you wouldn't want to give that shot. With cats, Oxytocin rarely works to initiate contractions more than 24 hours after birthing. Prostaglandins would work at at a later date but would be even more dangerous if she was no longer open & could explode the uterus. I'd never give it without direct veterinary supervision.
In dogs- it can be given several times. It can be given after birth , and several days later.

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In dogs- it can be given several times. It can be given after birth , and several days later.
OK ... cool ... I definitely defer to those with dog experience. I must confess based on my cat experience, that advice made my eyeballs pop out of my head after 6 days. Lots of breeders keep Oxy in their fridge, so I kinda freaked out a little there.
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OK ... cool ... I definitely defer to those with dog experience. I must confess based on my cat experience, that advice made my eyeballs pop out of my head after 6 days. Lots of breeders keep Oxy in their fridge, so I kinda freaked out a little there.
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