Post # 1
So we just found out one of our pups is prego! She is due next week (right around NYE) but I have no idea what to expect. Her name is Rockie and she’s an outdoor dog (German Shepard/Blue Healer mix that was born on a farm). I’m worried we’ll have to them (Rockie & new pups) inside b/c it’s so cold out this time of year … How messy do you think they’ll be?!
If you have advice or helpful tips for new puppies please share them!! We’re only expecting her to have a couple pups — it’s her first litter (and last, we’ll be getting her fixed ASAP).
Post # 3
Yes, get her spayed ASAP. Have you heard of the massive pet over-population problem? Sorry, but I believe that every puppy born results in a shelter dog being put to sleep. And yes, you should let her have them inside because it is the responsible thing to do. A “mess” is really a non-issue. Also you said she is a pup so you should really keep an eye on her for her safety and the puppies.
Post # 4
When I was younger, our beagle had puppies. We had them inside in our utility room. The birth yes is messy, but my dad built a whelping box for her out of plywood. In the weeks leading up to the birth, we got Molly (our dog) used to the box by having her sleep in it with the (old) blankets she would use when she gave birth. The bottom of the box was also covered in newspaper to help cleanup after the birth.
My biggest piece of advice is to make sure your vet is involved. When Molly went into labor, we called the vet right away and he checked in with us over the phone throughout the birth of her 9 (yes nine!) puppies. We currently have a chocolate lab and his mother hemorrhaged during birth and died – this is not common, but the people who owned the mama didn’t take proper precautions like calling a vet.
Good luck, it’s super exciting and fun! 🙂
Post # 5
way to be helpful. the bell has rung on getting her spayed right now dontchya think?
you probably will need to have them inside, but I would honestly suggest, looking on a pet website or talking to the vet, rather then come here, all your going to get here is opinions like the above. You need facts.
Post # 6
So many things can go wrong when a female gives birth. And I’m guessing her hips & elbows haven’t been xrayed nor has she or her ancestors or the sire been tested for any genetic disorders?
The last thing the world needs is a litter of recklessly bred pups. Poor creatures. Why on earth are you putting her thru this? How old is this pup? This is terrible for her health.
Why are your dogs forced to live outdoors rather than inside with the family?
This whole situation makes my blood boil. You have no business breeding dogs if you have to ask us what is involved & how “messy” it will be. I can tell you, finding dead puppies in the freezing cold will be real effin messy.
Post # 7
Actually it may be possible to abort the pregnancy.
This person has absolutely no idea what she’s doing. This is horribly irresponsible.
Post # 8
@SuperShopper: Here is a website that provides some information about dogs whelping. It would be a good idea to work with you vet to gather more information and ask specific questions.
Post # 9
@HisIrishPrincess: Whatever. I didn’t say anything that wasn’t true. And obviously I meant after the puppies are born. ASAP=as soon as possible “don’tchya think?”
Post # 10
I think you need to save up and get ALL of your outdoor dogs fixed.
And, yes you need to move her in the house. And get her to a vet so you know how many pups to expect (you need to know if they all come out or not). You also need to get her to a vet (find out where you need to take her at night) if she is in active labor (pushing) for an hour without passing a puppy. I don’t suppose you know who the sire is, so we don’t know what size puppies she may be passing. She also should be on a decent quality (not-generic) PUPPY food now and until she is finished nursing. Is she vaccinated? If not talk to your vet about precautions as the pups will be more susceptable to parvo.
You should have all the puppies vaccinated, dewormed and spayed/neutered before they go to new homes, to prevent the homeless puppies you created from creating more homeless puppies.
Post # 11
Was there really any doubt in your mind that you should move her inside? I too have to wonder why you have outdoor dogs that aren’t fixed? That is incredibly irresponsible. All your dogs should be fixed asap. And I would definitely call your vet, or find a vet if you don’t have one, immediately. I’d try to get your dog in for an appointment to make sure things are okay. It sounds like you don’t know what dog got your dog pregnant? If you dog isn’t very big, she could have trouble if the father is a bigger dog. You really need to get some solid info from a vet.
Post # 12
Why is everyone being so rude and jumping on the bandwagon to “attack” the original poster? Isn’t this supposed to be a supportive community?
Post # 13
@Mary Poppins: I really don’t think I (or anyone else) is being rude. She asked for advice and we have given it. We have also provided her with some much needed information. She is clearly ignorant about this situation. I am trying to be supportive of the innocent mom and puppies and to be honest her feelings never crossed my mind…similar to how her pups health and wellbeing never crossed her’s because she was more concerned with any mess that may occur.
Post # 14
@kelmac: Well said!
Her dog and those puppies’ lives are at stake here. A little reality seems needed to make sure their lives aren’t lost. You sure as heck can’t leave a domesticated mother dog outside in the middle of winter and expect those puppies to live. She’s not a wild dog; she needs to make sure they are taken care of. (i’m not saying that she won’t – but she wouldn’t have been in this situation if her dog was spayed in the first place.)
Post # 15
You need to talk to a vet ASAP about the birthing and what you need… Sorry to inform you, but this is going to “cost you” many times over the cost of a spay. They are going to need a LOT of time, vet care ($), home care and attention from the beginning of her labor until you find them homes. Frankly, having gone to Univ. in Ohio I can’t imagine why she’s stuck outdoors anyhow… the mess if handled properly will not disrupt your house.
After this is over, get any of your dogs that are fertile fixed, male and female. Are you seriously surprised your OUTDOOR dog is preggers? Dogs are known to scale multiple fences, break open locked crates, and can smell a dog in heat from really far away….
As the mother to a dog with genetic defects because of irresponsible breeding, I can’t help but be sad about this. Do you even know the father? What breed? Any issues in health or temperament in the genealogy of either one? How did you just know realize she was preggers?
Post # 16
Ok ok I’m going to step in on the middle ground. To the original poster, I’m sure you’re not some cold hearted bitch. However, some of the previous posters are rightfully outraged because the information we have on pet overpopulation is very strong and sad. So, what’s done is done. Inform yourself online and contact a vet. Keep your dog as comfortable as possible. Try to find the puppies good homes. And for the love of whatever you believe in, PLEASE get ALL of your dogs spayed/neutered. Some shelters and organizations will do this for very reasonable prices.