German Shepherds Forum banner

1 - 10 of 10 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
95 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Just looking for some advice on things that came in handy.

Also, I’ve been reading about feeding calcium (like some cottage cheese or a calcium chew) to her while she’s in labor to help with contractions. If anyone could point me to a better resource on that I would appreciate it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
319 Posts
Heating pad
Scissors to cut cord
Vaseline and thermometer
Un-waxed dental floss to tie cord
Scale to wiegh pups daily (scale that weighs in grams)
A LOT of towels (whelping is very messy)
We used Calsorb for calcium supplement during labor
Broth might come in handy to give the mom extra liquids
For calcium, this is what I got off another website:
"Calcium—either Calsorb, vanilla ice cream or some other supplement (vanilla ice cream is awesome between puppies, as it gives them hydration and glucose for energy; a calcium boost will help the parathyroid gland to release a hormone from her bones to help with muscles and pushing)"

From what I have read, I think you're supposed to limit calcium supplementing during pregnancy but give it at labor (when she starts having contractions).

If I'm forgetting something one of the more experienced breeders can chime in (I've only had one GSD litter)
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
11,219 Posts
I keep good vanilla ice cream at hand for after each pup....sugar for energy, calcium too....big treat and they will usually lap it up eagerly...I never read anywhere to use it, just seemed to make sense and ever since I see references for it


I keep the dryer full of clean towels, and have warm ones to help dry and stimulate puppies as they are born


Lee
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9,919 Posts
Heating pad
Scissors to cut cord
Vaseline and thermometer
Un-waxed dental floss to tie cord
Scale to wiegh pups daily (scale that weighs in grams)
A LOT of towels (whelping is very messy)
We used Calsorb for calcium supplement during labor
Broth might come in handy to give the mom extra liquids
For calcium, this is what I got off another website:
"Calcium—either Calsorb, vanilla ice cream or some other supplement (vanilla ice cream is awesome between puppies, as it gives them hydration and glucose for energy; a calcium boost will help the parathyroid gland to release a hormone from her bones to help with muscles and pushing)"

From what I have read, I think you're supposed to limit calcium supplementing during pregnancy but give it at labor (when she starts having contractions).

If I'm forgetting something one of the more experienced breeders can chime in (I've only had one GSD litter)
Just looking for some advice on things that came in handy.

Also, I’ve been reading about feeding calcium (like some cottage cheese or a calcium chew) to her while she’s in labor to help with contractions. If anyone could point me to a better resource on that I would appreciate it.
Is this really the norm? What happened to healthy hands-off births? Has the breed evolved like this? I can understand the need for towels for clean up but not for taking over mom's tongue.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,278 Posts
BTW, stains from amniotic fluid are almost impossible to get out of bedding/towels, so make sure whatever you're using is something you are willing to sacrifice!

Heat lamp or heating pad to keep pups warm is something else I'd add to the whelping kit.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
247 Posts
Is this really the norm? What happened to healthy hands-off births? Has the breed evolved like this? I can understand the need for towels for clean up but not for taking over mom's tongue.
Wolfs puppy survival rate in wild is 50%. And only 30% of puppies will make it past 1 year.

Giving birth naturally would statistically mean write off 70% of your litter. :|
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
95 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
Heating pad
Scissors to cut cord
Vaseline and thermometer
Un-waxed dental floss to tie cord
Scale to wiegh pups daily (scale that weighs in grams)
A LOT of towels (whelping is very messy)
We used Calsorb for calcium supplement during labor
Broth might come in handy to give the mom extra liquids
For calcium, this is what I got off another website:
"Calcium—either Calsorb, vanilla ice cream or some other supplement (vanilla ice cream is awesome between puppies, as it gives them hydration and glucose for energy; a calcium boost will help the parathyroid gland to release a hormone from her bones to help with muscles and pushing)"

From what I have read, I think you're supposed to limit calcium supplementing during pregnancy but give it at labor (when she starts having contractions).

If I'm forgetting something one of the more experienced breeders can chime in (I've only had one GSD litter)
Just looking for some advice on things that came in handy.

Also, I’ve been reading about feeding calcium (like some cottage cheese or a calcium chew) to her while she’s in labor to help with contractions. If anyone could point me to a better resource on that I would appreciate it.
Is this really the norm? What happened to healthy hands-off births? Has the breed evolved like this? I can understand the need for towels for clean up but not for taking over mom's tongue.
I’m just trying to have the stuff on hand Incase anything goes wrong. Growing up I was around lots of litters (usually strays that show up if BFE), and I never remember more than a few puppies making it through the first 2 months.

So hopefully I won’t have to do anything except provide a warm safe spot and lots of delicious food and everything runs smoothly. But always prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
95 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
Heating pad
Scissors to cut cord
Vaseline and thermometer
Un-waxed dental floss to tie cord
Scale to wiegh pups daily (scale that weighs in grams)
A LOT of towels (whelping is very messy)
We used Calsorb for calcium supplement during labor
Broth might come in handy to give the mom extra liquids
For calcium, this is what I got off another website:
"Calcium—either Calsorb, vanilla ice cream or some other supplement (vanilla ice cream is awesome between puppies, as it gives them hydration and glucose for energy; a calcium boost will help the parathyroid gland to release a hormone from her bones to help with muscles and pushing)"

From what I have read, I think you're supposed to limit calcium supplementing during pregnancy but give it at labor (when she starts having contractions).

If I'm forgetting something one of the more experienced breeders can chime in (I've only had one GSD litter)
I’m assuming it needs to be a “real” ice cream and not some super market crap?

Would a yogurt or cottage cheese work just as well? I know she likes either of those as treats in her food bowl, and I doubt she’d have a problem with ice cream but who knows.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
319 Posts
I’m assuming it needs to be a “real” ice cream and not some super market crap?

Would a yogurt or cottage cheese work just as well? I know she likes either of those as treats in her food bowl, and I doubt she’d have a problem with ice cream but who knows.
I gave mine breyers ice cream without any ill effects, but I don't know if that's the kind of ice cream people usually use or not. I don't suppose there's any harm in using yogurt or cottage cheese, but I'm not very experienced (only had the one litter of pups). Selzer said something about using evaporated milk during whelping in another thread, so that might also work.
 
1 - 10 of 10 Posts
Top