Dog for Your New Baby
Ten Simple Things to Do to Prepare Your Dog for Your New Baby
Do you have a dog that is likely to get pregnant? Perhaps you already have a baby or are expecting a child very soon. This report provides you with ten simple steps that you can take to help prepare your dog for the new addition.
If you are currently pregnant or you think your female dog is pregnantita here are ten tips that can help you prepare your dog for the birth.
1. Trim your dog’s nails using a nail clipper.
2. Clean your dog’s ears using ear cleaner.
3. Longer nails or heavy nails can be trimmed with scissors.
4. Watch your dog carefully during the birthing process and contact your vet if you notice any of the following:
* heavy giving birth to the puppies
* immanent contractions
* in instances of bleeding
* massing of the puppies
* no response to call
* white matter in the puppies / due to the death of the mother.Dog for Your New BabyDog for Your New BabyDog for Your New Baby
If you find that your dog is already in labor just because of the sound of the labor, then you need to contact your vet immediately. Some dogs are so nervous and stressed out during birthing that they have spontaneous strikes. In the first hour after the puppies are born, try to bring your dog to her birthing area. Place her and all the puppies in a smoky area of the house. Bring your dog to the area just once or twice a day so that she can become accustomed to the location and the smells, however do not allow her to sleep in the bedroom with you or her new puppies until she is a few weeks old.
Around the second or third day, the labor will start to curve. You may want to bring her into the designated area for a short walk so that she can get her strength back. Always allow her to have her meals (as well as a few other liquids) during this period because low blood sugar is considered a risk for pregnant dogs. Vomiting is another possible reaction to the birthing process and many dogs will experience one or more of these symptoms. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your vet immediately.
You have to keep an eye on your dog close to two weeks post conception. You will also need to check her temperature at every visit to the vet. Check for a normal temperature ranging from 100 to 103 degrees Fahrenheit. If her temperature falls below or rises above this range, a visit to the vet is advised.
Once the puppies are born, many owners will notice that the mother has a puppy at least every 2 hours. When first spotting a puppy, be sure to praise the puppy and say “look at that, want to play with it”. This way the puppy knows that they are being taken care of. mum’s happiness is a good indicator of the health of her puppies.
For the first 2 – 4 days after the birth, things will be different for every dog. Puppies should be kept clean and warm by using a clean towel or cloth for them to relieve themselves. After every meal, provide them with a bowl of fresh water. You will need to feed your puppy 2 – 4 times a day. Ask the vet for the recommended foods or you can make your own food for them.
Some tips that might help you:
1. Make sure that your puppies are warm before they go to sleep
2. Never use heat Exotherapy (excessive heat) or try to preventing your dog from getting too much or too little heat
3. Never leave your dog with a blanket or pillow
4. Keep your puppies with you and never separate them from each other.