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My one year old Has started whelping her litter of pups. She has had 3 puppies so far and we keep checking in on her in her kennal giving her water and words of encouragement. What else could we do to help her and what type of signs should we look for to know when she is done?

I am Going to be honest. I have no idea what to do or to expect with this process our girl got pregnant unexpectedly. We kept watching for her to go into heat we caught it her first time but I guess we missed her second one. We had no intentions of breeding her. We actually didn't even know she was pregnant until Sunday and I had an appointment with out vet to check her to make sure of our thought that she might be pregnant. I just thank god she mated with our other full blooded German Shepard. Please I do not put me down with this topic I am simply asking for help! Thank you In Advance.
 

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Hope did you miss her heat? The only thing I miss when my female goes into heat around my male is sleep
 

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Typical guy response! ;)

Ilda's heats were different....the hormone levels aren't always the same from heat to heat or from female to female.

I can see how it might be missed by an inexperienced person.

To OneLove, I'm not a breeder but given your lack of experience the safest route is to call your vet. They will probably want you to bring her in for an exam. You may also want to consider a mobile vet and have an in home visit.

I'd not leave the females side until you are sure she's done whelping and confirmed safe by a vet.

Also please stick around this site as there are several experienced breeders on here who can help with tips and suggestions on raising and finding the puppies good homes.

I'm sorry this happened but now you have all these little lives, including your female, depending on you. Don't be afraid to ask for their sake!



Hope did you miss her heat? The only thing I miss when my female goes into heat around my male is sleep
 

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Unfortunately we live a small town and we don't have a mobile vet. I will call him now that it is morning. They don't have an emergency line either! :eek:( so far she is doing well and so are the puppies. Thank goodness!

Typical guy response! ;)

Ilda's heats were different....the hormone levels aren't always the same from heat to heat or from female to female.

I can see how it might be missed by an inexperienced person.

To OneLove, I'm not a breeder but given your lack of experience the safest route is to call your vet. They will probably want you to bring her in for an exam. You may also want to consider a mobile vet and have an in home visit.

I'd not leave the females side until you are sure she's done whelping and confirmed safe by a vet.

Also please stick around this site as there are several experienced breeders on here who can help with tips and suggestions on raising and finding the puppies good homes.

I'm sorry this happened but now you have all these little lives, including your female, depending on you. Don't be afraid to ask for their sake!
 

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Thank you for the update. What some of the experienced breeders here have mentioned is making sure all the puppies are born. Sometimes the births can be separated by many hours or more. So the vet will make sure she has given birth to all the pups safely. Very important.

Also, just to make sure, you are aware that puppies can be very susceptible to diseases such as parvovirus? So discuss with your vet safety protocols to protect them from contagious disease.

I hope some of our breeders will be online today and see your thread.

Good luck with those precious ones! :)
 

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Thank you for your support. Hopefully some breeders will ring in soon. So I can't get some help in a few questions.
 

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Post your questions here, you'll get quicker responses if the breeders don't have to question you. How many pups so far? When did she start whelping?
What is she whelping them in/on? Kiddie pools are used often when whelping boxes aren't used.
 

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She delivers her first puppy at 10:30 pm (mountain time), so she has been in labor for about 10 hours. And she currently has 5 pups. She is in their kennel. (We have a huge indoor kennel for them that they sleep in during the cold winter months and at night) I didn't read the post about using news paper before hand, so she got in her kennel which has pillows in it. :/

My first question is how do you know when she is done whelping?

Second, do I leave her In the kennel with the pillows and dirty blanket or should I clean it out? Will she harm the puppies of I get them out and remove the blankets and pillows?

Thank you all for your responses and for bumping the post for me throughout the day.
 

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Clean it up,she should be fine with you helping her out.
Give her some vanilla ice cream to help with her calcium levels, which helps with the whelping. I don't know if you'll know if she's done. Sometimes pups get stuck, it can be hard, especially when a pup is the one giving birth.
Make sure you bump up her meal portions and feed her a good high quality diet. Hope one of the breeders come on and can help you. Pillows may suffocate the pups, so I'd try to keep the bedding flat. Not sure your temps but pups need to be kept warm....again, one of the breeders will hopefully chime in! I'm not a breeder :)
 

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Thank you I will try and love her more. I read in another thread I her to get a box with a heating pad to move the pups and stuff so I will do that now. And get the. Out off of the pillows and blanket. Thank you again for your support.
 

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Ultimately when I've followed threads like this (and when discussing with my friend who has bred Siberian Huskies) even experienced breeders will bring the female in to the vet to make sure all pups have been born, whelping is complete if they are not sure.

Often, with planned breedings, they will have the female x-rayed while pregnant to have a good idea of how many puppies to expect at whelping time.

In your case, to be safe, a vet visit is in order, though our breeders here will be able to help you narrow down the timing of it, how long to wait and danger signs to watch for. :)
 

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Oh and when you have had time and the dust is settled, everyone safe and happy, pics of momma and the little ones are much loved around here. :)
 

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Got in touch with out vet. He walked me through what to do clean out the kennel. And he will be coming by later on to check on them
During his lunch hour.

So current update now that I was able to move mom and clean the kennel. There was 4 pups one didn't make it. So she has 3 living pups at the time. Not sure if that is all she is going have more. But should know as soon as the vet comes for lunch. They are gorgeous one sold black and 2 bark with blonde under coat just like dad when he was a pup. After letting momma back in and putting the pups back with her you can tell she is going to be a good mom she right away started cleaning them and helped them start eating again!

Thank you all for your help so far. Advice, knowledge and support is still greatly appreciated and much needed!!
 

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That sounds great, I'm glad she's doing alright. Hopefully you can find great homes for the new little ones :)
 

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One thing I've learned the hard way is to force mom out out of the whelping box for quick pottie breaks during whelping and the first couple of days.

Now, until the vet confirms that there are no more pups, have her on leash with a towel ready to catch any pup. Straining to go potty and straining to expel a pup can look the same.

Some of my moms I can entice out with something extra delicious some I have to force out. But the quick exercise and frequent potty breaks helps clean them out faster and they recover a lot faster. Also a lot less clean up for you with the post pregnancy discharge.

I also walk them in labor. With flashlight, towel and on leash of course.

Mom needs plenty of fresh water and I will also bait it with a little goats milk. I feed small frequent meals but pretty much allow her to eat on demand.

Have your vet tell you how to check for signs of infection and to describe an abnormal discharge.
 
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