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Caring for a Pregnant Dog

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A pregnant golden retriever.
If your dog is expecting, you can help by being knowledgeable about their condition, and what is best for them. This guide is about caring for a pregnant dog.
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February 24, 2011

My Pit Bull just gave birth to 9 puppies, but I am scared that she might smother them or suffocate them while she moves around. Should I move the puppies or let her take care of it herself?

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By Lina from Phoenix, AZ

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February 25, 20110 found this helpful
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We used a kiddie swimming pool for our Dalmatian puppies when they were born. It worked out well due to the sides being tall enough and plenty of room for sometimes up to 13 babies. I believe the mother instinct kicks in when the babies are born. Let mother nature take its course. She will take care of them. Its fun to watch them grow and develop their personalities. We had 4 litters and enjoyed every minute of it. Give the mom higher protein food to help with everyones nourishment.

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February 28, 20110 found this helpful
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Hello,

These posts are great answers to your questions. Please keep in mind that the mama will have to eat at least 4 times a day as the puppies will take all her nutrients. She will want a break from them so don't be surprised if she just gets up and leaves them alone. Please make sure she has enough food/water at her disposal 24/7. Watch the puppies to make sure she is not shoving one off to the side and not feeding it. Also, please call your Veterinarian as soon as the puppies are old enough to leave their mom (7-8 weeks old) and make her appointment to have her spay. Good luck.

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March 3, 20110 found this helpful
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I looked at the link with the box instructions and didn't like that at all. I have always used kiddie plastic swimming pools. I like them for several reasons. They are the perfect size (since they come in different sizes) and provide lots of space for the growing puppies to move around and play.

2-The upper edge of the sides is smooth and doesn't scratch Mama when she steps out, It also doesn't hurt the puppies who may be "hanging on" to a teat when she's trying to get out. (This sounds odd, but happens many times, and a rough wooden crate can hurt the tiny puppy, and can give him splinters).

3-And last but by far not least, it's extremely easy to clean.

Also, don't worry so much about the Mama smothering the puppies. Yes, keep an eye out and "rescue" ones that she may not even realize she's laying on. But for the most part, let nature take over and they'll be fine.

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Don't "separate her" from her puppies. Not ever! When she needs a break from them she will come out of the whelping box. But she will do it when SHE is ready. If you try to separate her from them when she doesn't want to it will only upset her. And she may decide to react in a way that you surely don't want. I've seen otherwise very loving dogs turn and bite their owners because the owner was trying to separate her from her babies. When she's ready she'll leave them for a bit. Otherwise, leave her to take care of them herself.

Finally, one last thing I wanted to mention. Everyone says to make sure she has plenty of extra nutrition and water during this time. This is extremely important. However, do not put the food and water inside the whelping box! Put it next to or near the box, but not inside it. The puppies could get into the dishes and possibly drown or have their noses clogged by the food crumbs. If you keep the food and water next to or near the box then Mama can come out and eat/drink when she needs to without having to go far from her pups.

Also, please do take Mama in for spaying once the puppies are old enough to leave their mom.

Good luck with your new family!

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May 30, 20070 found this helpful

How many weeks does it take for a yorkie to have puppies?

Traci from Fairburn, GA

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 31, 20070 found this helpful

Usually 57-65 days. Good LUck!

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June 1, 20070 found this helpful

When it comes to a pregnant Yorkie, please take her to the vet! I believe in thriftiness, but your dogs life is not a good area to economize. Please please PLEASE, avoid life threatening complications by taking your dog to the vet.

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 1, 20070 found this helpful

I always use 60 days as a guide. She will tell you when it's time if you watch her closely. Mine gets ansty and sometimes clingy on the day of delivery.

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 1, 20070 found this helpful

63 days

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June 1, 20070 found this helpful

From what I've seen on the Discovery channel, it's 63 days.

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 21, 20070 found this helpful

it takes 63 days

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December 8, 20070 found this helpful

hi..

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 12, 20080 found this helpful

It takes about 59-63 days. Anything before or after 59-63 the pups might be dead!

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 19, 20080 found this helpful

It takes anywhere from 59 to 65 days, but it's best if the puppies are born after about 62 days.

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 27, 20080 found this helpful

My girl is 61 days and she hasn't been showing any signs of pregnancy. She hasn't been making a nest or showing any signs to the babies but I can feel and see the babies moving so they are alive. Is she just not ready or not sure what to do? It's the first time for her to have babies.

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 14, 20080 found this helpful

What sign should I look for? When my dog is getting ready to have the puppies?

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 27, 20080 found this helpful

How can u tell if your dog is pregnant? My dog did it just today so I was wondering how to tell if she is. It is her first litter to so any help plz answer.

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 2, 20080 found this helpful

I got my dog breed back in the middle of May or sometime. It is now August and she still hasn't had any puppies. But she is showing every sign that she showed before she had her puppies last time. For about a week she has had a milky substance on her tits and she has been nesting in the extra bedroom. And still no puppies...

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 26, 20080 found this helpful

She is on day 65, now should I be worried?

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 17, 20080 found this helpful

It takes about 2 months for a dog to have babies. Y will notice by the way it acts it will be fatter and it will like to rest a lot. Remember to feed it more food for the babies can be nice and healthy.

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December 10, 2009

My Dachshund is around 39 days pregnant, I meant to have her spayed, but waited too long and my husband accidentally let her out. My neighbor let me know that he saw her tied up with a Scottie. I am very concerned and nervous for her to have puppies. Do they usually have a hard time or do I need to do anything?

By Chasity from TN

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May 20, 2008

I just adopted a Shih Tzu dog that is pregnant. I have never owned a dog before. I need to know how to take care of a pregnant dog.

bitter0408 from Malaysia

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May 22, 20080 found this helpful

The dog usually knows what to do. We have a pair of Shitz Zu's we aboslutely love them. We got them from a family who had a doberman that was using the male as a chew toy.

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May 22, 20080 found this helpful

If you just adopted the dog, you should take it to the vet for an exam. He can tell you about when her puppies will be born and what you should do if anything. Be sure to keep an eye on her as small dogs sometimes have problems in delivering.

Be sure to take her and the puppies back to the vet for a check up and shots. Possibly it would be a good idea to have her spayed.

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April 11, 2010

How long should it take for a litter to be born? I have a mini Aussie. The first pup came at 5.35 am. nothing since. She is 12 lbs over normal weight.

By Sandi from Kendrick, ID

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December 2, 20140 found this helpful

Will a pregnant Shihtzu like eating boiled eggs? How often can I give them to her?

By Joey from Philippines

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