Whelping Woodhaven Style
water has broken and contractions have begun. Generally, contractions
should start within 1-2 hours of the water breaking. If it
doesn't, contact your vet.
During this time mom will
pant, possibly nest, grunt and you'll see a rippling along
her back and sides. These are the actual contractions. She
should start to push within 1-2 hours of contractions.
|The sac emerging.
||Yellow pup born in the sac. The head
is to the left.
I usually rip the sac from around
the puppy's head so the pup can breathe immediately. I then
aspirate the puppy with a bulb syringe. I don't normally let
mom eat the afterbirth, since they will give her nasty diarreha.
I will tie off the imbilical cord approx. 1 inch from the
puppy's belly with the unwaxed dental floss. Then I cut the
cord on the side of the knot that faces the afterbirth. DO
NOT PULL ON THAT CORD OR YOU COULD CAUSE A HERNIA
I make note of the time born,
the color and sex of the puppy.
|I let mom lick the puppy while I am
doing this. I want to hear that puppy squeal. If I don't
hear squealing, I will take a towel and rub the puppy
across the back until it does. Squealing means the puppy
is breathing. I then put a colored string loosely
around its neck and weight it, making note of string
color and weight on the whelping chart.
||Black puppy being born breech. If you
see pads, that means the puppy is breech or backwards.
This is not unusual and not really a big deal. I will
make sure I get that sac off quickly though in a breech
This black puppy had me laughing.
His feet were pushing up against the sac and his tail was
wagging. I had a feeling he would develop into quite a character.
|The little black puppy saying hello
to the world.
||If mom doesn't show any signs of having
the next puppy, I put the pups on a towel and let them
nurse. This helps bring on new contractions but also
allows mom to bond.
|Mom and her pups after a job well done.
| Contact the owner
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