Post # 1
Okay please please don’t scold me, I am the first one to be on the “spay and neuter” bandwagon…
BUT, somehow we just never managed to get our two dogs fixed. I know, bad. We keep them indoors 90% of the time, we have a male and a female and they “live” in separate areas of the house. The boy dog is always in my son’s bedroom and the girl dog in me and FI’s bedroom, always separated.
Or so I thought.
My Raven (black lab mix) gave birth to 5 puppies last night. What is worse is that I really had no idea she was pregnant! Honestly! She didn’t LOOK pregnant.
I am assuming the daddy is our male dog, who is a mix of Shih Tzu and Boston Terrier (mom was pure Shih tzu, dad was half shih tzu and half boston terrier).
I am just kind of in shock and not sure what to do. She is nursing and taking good care of them, thank goodness.
I guess I need to get her a box or playpen or something?
Do I need to worry about the cats hurting the puppies?
OMG, I feel so guilty!
Do I need to feed her differently?
Post # 3
I think nursing dogs need to be fed a more nutritious diet than regular dog food. I would keep her and the puppies seperated from the other pets so they stay safe. And get the daddy fixed immediately! Good luck with the puppies.
Post # 4
Your vet should be able to answer all those questions.
Post # 5
Awwwwww, please post pics of the puppies. They sound adorable!!!!!
Post # 6
@AudzinLuv: Well at this point they just look like squirmy black (mostly black) blobs:
Post # 7
aw too cute dont beat yourself up! These are going to be some interesting looking little puppies!
Post # 8
Precious little black blobs, lol!!!!!
Post # 9
You should definitely get a playpen or area so that the puppies can’t get away, and are in close proximity to the mother, and away from all other animals. You don’t necessarily need to change her diet, as long as it’s a balanced diet, she will need to eat more though. As long as she has milk, you should be ok.
You should also figure out how you’re going to find great homes for them, at 6-8 weeks, you’ll need to take them to the vet for first shots and deworming and health checkup.
I’ve heard of reputable breeders having oops breedings too, so it can happen, but please spay your girl so it doesn’t happen again.
Good luck with the babies and keep us updated with pictures 🙂
Post # 10
PLEASE CALL YOUR VET and set up an appointment for first thing tomorrow morning when they open, or leave a message advising them of the situation. You could also call a local 24 hour ER vet and set up an appintment to make sure all pups are actually healthy/ok. There are a lot of health risks your female could face from giving birth, and the puppies should obviously be checked out.
Any animal (including your cats and male dog) can potentially hurt the puppies, they should be kept safe and alone for their own safety and to lower the stress level of your female dog.
If the reason for not spaying/neutering was financial, the ASPCA and most local shelters (and some municipalities and charities) offer low cost spay and neuter programs. If you don’t plan on surrendering the puppies to the shelter, please make sure you have them all wormed, get their necessary checkup and shots and all get spayed so that a year from now there are not more “oops” litters resulting from this one.
Post # 11
@europomme: Thanks. I’ve been hunting craigslist and freecycle all morning in search of a playpen. they all seem so small!
I am already thinking about several people I know who might be interested in the puppies, and I think we might keep ONE. But I am definitely having her spayed when they are weaned, I was just in denial I guess since she is always with us and she’s older and I don’t know, guess I was fooling myself that this couldn’t happen. Dumb, but yeah!
@FutureMrsChaney: Yeah I really have never heard of a mix like that with such a large female and small male. I figured he was too short to “reach” her if you get my drift!! should be interesting to say the least.
Post # 12
@gabrielleelise1981: It was primarily financial but I should have made it happen anyway. I’m going to handle it just as soon as they’re weaned. I don’t want to turn them over to a shelter, I want to find them homes myself because all the shelters here are kill shelters and the ones that aren’t are overrun with lab mix puppies and never have room. So hopefully I know enough people personally who will take one… I already have one “spoken for”. So here’s hoping. I will take her and the babies to the vet asap. 🙂
Post # 13
I think I have found a playpen on craigslist.. going to get it around four, that will be a big relief already!
Post # 14
You might want to consider a “play yard” or something that mama dog doesn’t have to climb in to get to them for feeding. A play pen is also probably going to be too small in a couple weeks. They look like pretty good size puppies.
I’m a shelter volunteer so I have to add the “please spay and neuter” line. Although they are darn cute…
Post # 15
The mother needs to be on a high-quality puppy food. (Merrick Puppy Plate, Innova Puppy, etc., check http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ ).
Take the mother to the vet to make sure there’s no more puppies stuck inside (usually breeders know how many to expect because they’ve had ultrasounds done on the female several times during the pregnancy).
As far as them being in different parts of the house… Most breeders I know follow the “2-door” rule. There must be at least 2 closed doors between a male and a female in heat! Those instincts to breed are pretty strong!
When there’s a female in heat at my conformation class, my dog and the other males start out the class wimpering a little and by the end of class they are loudly whining after being in the same room as the female for just an hour! (Thankfully most people don’t bring their females in heat to class, but some do.) Just imagine the urge with your dogs living together 24/7.
Post # 16
I know a breeder who had an oops breeding. The weather was incredibly bad so she was extra careful in “who” was allowed out at what time. Well, A boy dog got TWO locks off the crate and to the girl..
I also know a boxer who jumped a 8 ft fence… twice to get to a neighbors female in heat a block away…..
2 rooms sounds like nothing 🙂
Call you vet ASAP and let them direct you in what you need. If you call they can tell you what to do. Getting a dog spayed is a lot cheaper than 5 puppies.