Santa’s little helpers – puppies for Christmas – an insight into the whelping process and care of bitches during birth and after birth by Tima Lund BSc BEng PGCE

Introducing Ziva – Our Whelping Bitch

 

This is Ziva just after giving birth to a litter of 8 healthy new pups.  This work as many of you know does not come easy for the bitch, the breeder or the new puppies.  A lot of preparation work, close observation and experience goes into getting ready for the main event.  So as the excitement was mounting in the last few days…well terror actually I decided to make some notes to let you the reader know about primarily the process that goes into producing healthy puppies and also how Oralade played a vital role throughout the whole process.

The critical hours

little 10.5kg Ziva was carrying 7 or 8 pups ( I scanned them to count around day 28). She looked like a balloon fit to burst and she could hardly get meals down, as there was simply no room, so little and often was what we did. However, I was concerned she would run out of energy during whelping, or more importantly not have enough potassium for proper muscle contractions…So for the last few days I gave her Oralade to drink, to top up her electrolytes, and energy levels. Saturday evening, I put her in a crate to rest with a stuffed Kong to chew…which she threw up. My experience has taught me that this is a sign of labour starting. 20 minutes later….pup no 1 arrived easy, a little black boy. Then the waiting game…nothing for an hour…nothing for 2 hours ( now normally I should be ringing the vet) . I took her for a little waddle round the garden, and no2 arrived outside…No drama’s.   My rule is NEVER go outside with a bitch in labour without a torch!! Then every 20 minutes the rest arrived safely.  All 8 are fine and doing well.   To help her through I gave Ziva a drink of Oralade between each pup, and kept her on with it for about 2 days,  as the labour was long and hard.

Oralade and it’s use in the whole process

Interesting thing is since I started giving my girls Oralade before and during whelping, I’ve not needed to go to vet for help with a tired mum. I’m no scientific study, but you can all guess what I say should be in their’ essentials box’ to anyone contemplating having a litter! Just don’t even get me started on all the other things I say about ensuring adequate health tests on both parents, lining up good homes etc. etc… We are tired, but happy. Anyway; more news as they grow.
Tima x

 

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