We are due to have a litter of 17 Great Danes and I am begining to freak out a little as the day gets closer. We have never had a litter this big. I was under the impression that any milk replacer we use to supplment will need to not contain any cow milk. Is this true? Also, at what point should I begin to worry about pups not enough?
First of all I would like to say that this site has offered a lot of great information, advice, and ideas.
I am not a breeder, matter of fact my Morkie being pregnant is an absolute accident. Her previous owner gave her to me and led me to believe that she had been spayed already. I took her in to keep her from going to the pound. She has registration papers, UTD shot records, and had a small black "tattoo" line on her stomach. Leading me to believe she had been spayed.
I have never dealt with a female dog being pregnant and I am terrified. All of the research I have done points to her being on track with her pregnancy. My 5 pound Maltese is the daddy, and when I found out that she was pregnant, I got furious with the vet clinic.
They wanted me to bring Sasha in for an abortion. I was horrified at the thought. It's like I told them, if one of my human daughters got pregnant by accident I wouldn't force her to have an abortion and I certainly wouldn't force it on my canine daughter.
I have all of the pups going to good homes as soon as they are weened, my thing is... I have no idea when to expect them other than an approximate 63 days.
Is that 63 days after first time of breeding, last time of breeding...? When?
She has shown signs of fatigue, her milk has developed, the pups are very active, she has started nesting in her play pen, and her temp is at 99.2... How soon can I expect the babies?
I know this an older post, but I am still hoping you all get this message. My little 1 1/2 yr old pug got pregnant by my sons Maltese totally unexpectedly because the Maltese only has one testicle and we were told it would never happen! Its been so many years since I helped a pug with her litter (mom used to breed and show) that although I am pretty confident I can handle it I felt I needed to refresh. I love this site!! Additionally my girl is not only as big as a house but she is taking quite a bit longer to go into active labor and delivery - choosing instead to flirt with contractions and dig her whelping box up. After reading the thread I am much more calm and ready to go- now if she will just settle down and start pushing! Thank you so very much for taking the time to post this thread. Thanks also for the great recipes! I wrote all of them down! It is great to see dog lovers be so kind and helpful with their advice.