Moms and Mutts ~ Colorado Rescue for Pregnant and Nursing Dogs
Pregnant Dog Care
When you house a pregnant dog it is important to ensure that she has a quiet place to hang out and prepare for her puppies.
We will provide you with a small plastic swimming pool that can be used as a whelping box.
Line the whelping box with rags and old towels and reusable puppy pads
Place the box in a dark, quiet area of the house. This can be a basement, a closet, or a spare bedroom with the shades drawn.
Allow the mother to freely come and go from her whelping area
Keep other dogs away from her whelping area so that she knows it is her place to deliver.
Give her lots of love and affection in her whelping area and help her to feel safe with you.
Taking Her Temperature:
Take the dam’s temperature using a rectal thermometer twice per day
A normal rectal temperature for a dog is between 101 and 102 degrees
When the dam’s temperature falls to 100 degrees, she is in labor
While we hope that a dam will deliver in her whelping box, sometimes mama dogs choose someplace else to deliver
Keep an eye on her once her temperature starts to fall and encourage her to go to her whelping area
Some dams want their people to be present at the birth and will cling to your side
Remember giving birth is scary for all creatures. Stay with her and encourage her
Have extra towels, your nose sucker, and some hot water bottles on hand
When the first puppy emerges it will still be in the amniotic sac. Do not interfere unless you need to. The mother will rip away the sack, chew the umbilical cord away, and clean the puppy
Do not touch the puppy unless you have to! Sometimes the dam will move around while preparing to birth the next puppy and accidentally sit on the newborn. Gently move the puppy to a safe location next to his mother
Typically puppies are born 15-30 minutes apart
With the birth of each puppy, the dam will get more and more exhausted. This is when you need to really watch and make sure that she is cleaning her babies off and cutting the cords
Sometimes it will be necessary to help her by cleaning the puppies with a dry towel and sucking any excess fluid from their nose
If a puppy appears to be born dead, vigorously rub the puppy with a towel and suck any fluid out of the nose. More often than not, this will revive a puppy
Do not attempt to clean up the mess until at least 12 hours later