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Old 01-17-2011, 11:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Help with whelping

A friend of mine has a pitbull that is about to have puppies and he has real idea of what to do. He talked to his vet & got some info, but I've known him for years & he's not great with details. He's never owned a dog before this and has never seen any kind of dog give birth.

He will be calling me as soon as he knows (or see/realizes) that she is laboring so that I can come over to help him (he thinks she's going to have them sometime in the next 4-10 days). I have helped with other dogs in the past, but never a pitbull. His (less than smart) friends are telling him it's no big deal & they just let their dogs "drop the puppies outside so it's not messy." He does not approve of that & neither do I. I know he is getting a small back room ready for her - not sure what his idea of that is but will try to find out.

So, can someone please give me a crash course in pitbull whelping? The dam in question is a very gentle, sweet natured dog & this is her first litter. What should we expect? List of supplies? Is a box absolutely necessary? I need to know everything you guys can tell me because I want to make sure everything goes well & safely.

Thank you so much for your help!
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Whelping Puppies is Whelping puppies regardless of the breed... Unfortunate the dog is having puppies at all, but I am glad hes not letting them "drop" outside



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Old 01-18-2011, 03:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Here is my favorite site for whelping scroll to the bottom and you will find all the pages you need about whelping. Then tell your friend to spay her dog!

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Old 01-18-2011, 04:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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The sooner he has the "box" or whatever he is setting up the better. She will start nesting and get comfortable. Since this is her first litter I would just suggest that she not be left alone. Try to keep it quiet and peaceful for her and when the time comes when she is in active labor be calm and quiet. You can pet and reassure her if she seems scared or uncomfortable. She make have trouble figuring out what to do with the pups when they come out. I had to break the first few sacks and cut the first few cords with mine til she figures out what to do. Put the pup in front of her to clean and then help the pup find milk. The sooner they latch the better. Good luck and strongly suggest gettin the bitch spayed soon as the pups are weaned
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Invest in powdered goats milk.
Mix it with butter milk and give it to the mother.
She will need the extra calories to feed the pups.
I give my females and pups 3 bowls, one with water, one with the goats milk, and one with adult dog food.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
 

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Thanks so much for all the tips, website info, etc. I am hoping she doesn't start until someone is home - my friend is a single Dad of 3 little ones who works construction full time, so no one is there from 7a - 5p. That's where I come into play - I'm just finishing my degree so I can be there anytime/all the time once she starts. And my friend is absolutely planning on getting her spayed. Actually she was scheduled to be spayed when he found out she was pregnant.

Speaking of that, should he keep his kids away from her & the puppies at all? They are 7th grade, 5th grade, and 4yrs old.

Thanks again
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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Kids should only be near the puppies if there is adult supervision and if the mother is comfortable with them being near her young.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
 
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I would say to let her figure out what she's doin first. No kids by the pups for the first week or more and after that it's up to how the momma reacts to ppl with the babies
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My female is gonna drop her pups in about thirty days. This is my first litter of pups. My male and my female are the best of friends. I know i cant let him go near the puppies, but i can i let the male and female near each other at all? Say to go outside and play together?
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If you are even asking these questions....you clearly should not be breeding dogs. How old are they? What was your purpose in breeding them? Are they show dogs?do you do any sports with them like hunting, agility, etc.? Do you have any titles on them?
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If you are even asking these questions....you clearly should not be breeding dogs. How old are they? What was your purpose in breeding them? Are they show dogs?do you do any sports with them like hunting, agility, etc.? Do you have any titles on them?
The subject line (on the post, not the thread) did say accidental tie up...
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I would suggest 2 things. Spay abort and nueter. Problem solved.
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NO i dont need titles on my dogs besides guard and family buddy. but the breeding was not on purpose.. i have assisted in whelping before with a friend who is an established bulldog breeder.. i just dont hae experience with the male in such close proximity... I do not appreciate the attitude i asked for help and advice not an argument session coach.. They are both papered.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:15 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Papered is not the same as titling. And for the record APBTs make terrible guard dogs. Because of their loving nature towards people they are often terrible at the job.
Anyone who breeds with out titles, purpose, and proper health testing are nothing more than back yard breeders who are adding to the many problems the breed faces. And by health testing I don't mean a good vet check, I mean OFA hip, cardiac, ect....
I have said this once before and I'm sure this won't be the last time, but if you can not afford or can not care for every single pup in that litter that you have no business bringing them into the world. Can you really afford to keep and raise every dog you produce? Here's why I ask. This breed is one of the most over bred and destroyed dogs today. You breed your dog and have 6-8 puppies, then their owners say oh I love it, best dog ever bla bla, we only want one litter, they breed now there's a possibility of about 64 pups all from your dogs 1 litter.
Reputable and responsible breeders will take back a pup at any age no matter what, their dogs do not get sent to shelters to die. That's why many go on co-own or spay/neuter contracts. This ensures they are not contributing to the overpopulation problem many rescues and shelters are faced with. Often times people think it'll be all good, they can just give them to friends and family, but a lot of times as they start to grow and aren't cute pups anymore people give up and give them away or dump them in the pound. Are you prepared to take back any pups that are given up on? Can you ensure none will be bred and die in the shelter? This is serious issue that people keep turning a blind eye to but if you can't answer those questions honestly than IMO spay/abort is the best thing to do. This is not just about you and your dog, this is about a breed we love being destroyed daily, and many of us truly care for the future of this great breed.
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Ugh. I hate how people breed these dogs just to breed. Look in the paper ads, Craigslist, and the shelters and all you see are Pitbulls. My county will spay and neuter Pitbulls for free yet no one ever take advantage of it.
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