How your puppy is born!
When our mama dogs are about 2 to 3 weeks away from their due date I bring them into the dog room so they can get used to our whelping box. I want them to have time to get comfortable, and be able to make a comfortable nest for their babies. As we approach the due date I start taking moms temperature a couple of times a day, and monitor their food and water intake. I am watching for a specific temperature drop to let me know we are close to delivery. At this point I move into the dog room with them so they can be monitored 24 hours a day.
As delivery starts I am right there besides them. I let mama do the work but I keep a close eye on everything. I always make sure that the puppies nose and mouth is cleaned out as fast as I can. I want their first breath to be a good one. I keep close track of how mama is progressing, and keep an eye out for any signs of trouble. If I suspect mom is having trouble we will rush them in for a vet check and C-section if necessary.
After all the babies have arrived mama will take a well deserved nap, and I take over watching over the babies. I will stay in the room for at least the first 3 days, and I usually don't sleep more than 10-15 minuets at a time. It's worth loosing sleep to make sure all the babies are eating and resting well, and to keep a check on mama to make sure no issues are developing. After the first 3 days to a week I will go back to my bed and get some real sleep. I keep a baby monitor with me at all times so I can run if I hear a squeak.
Around 3 to 4 weeks old mama and babies move into our laundry room. This gives the pups a larger area to play in, and exposes them to more sights and sounds. We also start puppy pad training. Around 6 to 7 weeks of age the puppies move out to our puppy shed (don't worry we have heat and air out there). This allows them to get used to outdoor noises, and our other animals. It also helps lay some ground work for house breaking, because the puppies live inside and can go through the dog door to the outside pens to potty. By 8 weeks old our babies are ready for their new homes.
We de-worm pups and mom at 2 and 4 weeks. At 6 weeks we do a 3 day de-worm treatment for the pups and mom. Puppies get a NeoPar Parvo only vaccine at 4 weeks old. At 7 weeks old the puppies get a Vanguard 5-way vaccine, microchips, and vet checkups.
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I worked as a 911/Emergency Dispatcher for 10 1/2 years. I quit in 2010 and quickly realized I had developed P.T.S.D. from a couple of the heartbreaking calls I had handled over the years. Thankfully my P.T.S.D. is now under control. Thanks to God, my amazing husband (who is a police officer), my family, and my dogs. My Bassets have done a lot for my healing. No matter what mood you are in, or what is going wrong they are always there to hug and love on.
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