Provide Canine Post-Partum Care
Edited by Mian Sheilette Ong, Robbi, Lynn, Eng and 3 others
Giving birth is one of the most wonderful gifts a woman can have. It is also a special moment for your female furry companion. The moment she is bred, she undergoes many changes — physically, emotionally, and mentally. As her pet parent, you have to make sure that she undergoes all of those changes successfully until she stops producing milk for her puppies. The stress of pregnancy and giving birth becomes more intense for your dog when the puppies arrive. You know how demanding puppies can be, and this can take a toll on your princess. The main goal is to ensure the optimal health of your dam and her puppies. It is best to ask your veterinarian about canine postpartum care. Once you have the basic knowledge, you can apply the proper care to your new doggie mama and to her new litter.
How You Can Give Canine Postpartum Care
It may feel like the longest two months (63-70 days) of your life when you are waiting for your princess to give birth to her litter. No matter how many times you go through it, it's always a brand new experience, for each canine pregnancy and delivery. Now that you have successfully assisted your dog in her whelping stage, it is time to give her the best postpartum care possible. Of course, it is easy to divert your attention to the puppies at this point because they do look very vulnerable and delicate. Don't you worry about a thing! Their mom will take good care of them. All you have to do is pay attention to the mom, or your dam. The following are important pointers on how to take good care of your dam after her successful delivery:
- 1Keep an eye on your dam at all times.Advertisement
- 2Give more food to your dam.Advertisement
- 3Place your dam and her puppies in a quiet, calm environment.
- 4Maintain proper hygiene for your dam.
Considerations in Giving Canine Postpartum Care
You have to consider the following when giving canine postpartum care:
- 1Your dam's discharge should normally be brown, red, or green after delivery.If it is black, contact your veterinarian immediately. The discharge typically lasts for a week, gradually becoming clear. If it is foul smelling, contact your vet.Advertisement
- 2There are dams that spot blood after they deliver puppies.This can last for one to two weeks.
- 3The dam should nurse her puppies.The colostrum is a vital source of antibodies for possible diseases and infections.
- 4Dams need extra calcium.This is to prevent milk fever, which can happen suddenly when the dam starts nursing her pups. It may also happen before delivery. Take note that milk fever is an emergency case.Advertisement
- Continue giving vitamins to your dam after delivery.
- Always have your vet's emergency number ready.
- Keep other dogs or pets away from the dam and her litter.
- Expand the whelping box as the puppies grow.
Questions and Answers
My dog is lacking appetite. She had delivery 6 days ago?
She didn't eat any food dry or wet, not even water. I have tried: I gave her interesting food. I think it was caused by: I am tiring, but she has good status
Refusing to eat for a couple of days is a serious sign that there might be an infection. If a dog refuses to drink for a day, then it is even worse, as canines cannot survive long without drinking. You can use a syringe without a needle to administer water to her mouth and immediately (that means, right now!) call the veterinarian for adequate diagnosis and treatment. A veterinarian may take a blood test first to diagnose the illness. Septic infections are possible after giving birth, and they should be treated with properly prescribed dosages of vitamins, medicine droppers (to make blood less viscous owing to dehydration), and antibiotics as fast as it is possible.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
Categories : Dogs
Recent edits by: salamat, Jen M, Eng