I don't know about calcium during labor, but there are some breeds that benefit (and it is generally recommended), and some breeds that are actually the complete oposite and should not be given calcium during a pregnancy. Hopefully your vet knows which breed yours is, and how much they need.
My Lab. is going to have some pups and I have a question I have a son that is 2yrs old and I'm wondering how do I know when to keep him away from my dog, so my dog can feel safe and ok. My son is good with her but I'm just really nervous. I also have another question when do I get her box ready? Do I do it right away so she can get use to it? How do I know she well give brith in it? If she is giving brith somwhere else do I move her into the box?
Normally unless the mom is drying up prematurely or is having health issues or not allowing the puppies to suck, weaning should start around 5 to 6 weeks of age. Every puppy is different and should be treated individually. Some take to weaning and eating solid foods a lot better than others. Puppies can and will eat solid foods as early as 2 to 3 weeks but that is not a reason to wean them, they still need momma's antibodies and the extra calcium for for good growth.
im notb sure if its all breeds or if it depends on what kind of breed but my moly, great dane, is pregnant has between now and a few days to go and we hve only started feeling her pupies move, maybe a week ago i thought i could feel em but wasnt sure now its definat. thank you...
Most likely, time has answered your question. The pressure and position of the pups in heavy labor, may be closing off the urethra, therefore, the urine is unable to pass. If she is in labor, she would have delivered by now, so this is probably a mute note. After she delivers a pup or two, I would take her out for a potty break. Watch her closely and stay next to her (with a flashlight if at night), so that you can catch a pup if one is born.
I have a beagle she is pregnant. her temp has been going up and down. well its been 99.5 for the past 3 days then today its 99.3. her boobs is not as swollen as they where. but they are leaking. last night she also had brown yellowish discharge. is she getting ready or what could be going on? i had to move her to my bathroom the most quietest/draft free place in the house. cuz i think it was to loud yesterday
*** i posted a pic of this over sized beagle***
***Edited By: Jessica2010 on 5/20/2010 11:14:45 PM*** Reason: pregnant
Also waiting until your dam (bitch) is 3-4 yrs old will ensure her health and healthy pups. We did and were blessed with 11 English Springer Spaniel pups, but 3 were still-born. A 14 pup pregnancy was beyond any of our wildest dreams! I am a former firefighter, so my EMT jumped in to help mommy =) We used a new kiddie pool for the birth (very easy to clean and inexpensive.) She was so attentive that she never laid on any pups, it's like she counted before laying down. They learned potty training once their eyes were opened. In the kiddie pool, it was a blanket/towel/dog bed on one half--the other side was newspaper. They learned where to "potty" and where to sleep. Housetraining is now a snap! Try this it works! We moved the whole pack of dogs into an outside pen after 4 wks with mom & 2 dog houses. I decided to feed the pups "Blue Buffalo/Puppy" (light blue bag) and it has made their stools solid, healthy skin and coat is SO INCREDIBLY SOFT! Yes there is some cost to this adventure, but "If you buy the ticket, enjoy the ride!!". We didn't dock the tails, which hindered a few sales, but now only have 3 left! If you love your dog, your dog will love you and that shows when people come to see them. Good luck! Welcome any questions...
~Smile~ It makes people wonder what you're up to...
During whelp, administer some Nutrical to the Dam I also crushed some TUMS and placed it in her mouth during the whelp.In order to keep pups warm I placed a heating pad set on low with a towel on top and this where I placed the pups during the whole process. I have a Maltese and these babies are born pretty small. All my pups made it and my babie turned out to be a great mom.
This is Captain my baby Malt. He is my #5 Maltese.