Care for the Pups
Letter to You
Why I became an Imperial Shih Tzu breeder
See pups as they are born
First days of heat
Pre Natal Care of pups
Care of the Bitch before and during Pregnancy
Mating your dog
Best days to bred your bitch
His ability to produce sperm and mate and artificial insemination
Is she Pregnant
Signs she is pregnant
Java Due date
Inside her body fertilization to birth
Due Date Chart
Puppies are usually born 61 days after conception
Taking a dogs temperature and recording her temp to predict her whelp day
Print Temp Chart
Taking her temp to determine whelping time
Hemostats, bulb syringes, towels tons of them
Digging, Shivering and Panting
See a Live Birth
See my Shih Tzu deliver a pup
Hard Labor Begins
Whelping the puppies
Aspirating Throat and Nose
Removing Fluids from the nasal passages
How to cut the umbilical cord
Difficult Whelp (Dystocia)
What to do if shes in distress
What Can go Wrong - Movie
Distressed Pup and Mom
Care of Bitch
Discharge, Retained Placentas, Eclampsia
Fading Pup, Bottle Feeding, Tube feeding, Vaccinations
Weaning the pups
Giving the pups food
Disease of Dogs
Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus
Worms and Fleas
Roundworm, Tapeworm, Coccidia, Fleas, Giardia
Selling Your Puppy's
Placing your Puppies
Terms of Breeding
Common breeder terms we all should know
More Whelping Photos
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Learning to recognize a healthy pup from a fading pup.
Supplementing mothers milk by bottle feeding or tube feeding
for a pup that refuses to nurse.
Treating a pup that has gas or colic.
Weaning your puppies. Vaccination Schedules for the puppy
Learning to recognize a healthy pup from a fading pup
What is a Healthy pup - A Healthy pup feels warm, and has a full belly of milk.
He twitches and never lies perfectly still. (Activated sleep) - The muscles are
getting stronger during activated sleep
A Puppy in trouble will feel cold to the touch. Lays limp and refuses to nurse.
This puppy needs your assistance in hope for survival.
Frock Heart Puppy holder
Gown to keep a failing puppy close to your heart
in the color Purple to draw spiritual and metaphysical healing.
Made out of all natural Hemp fabic
Colic Puppy - A Colic puppy scream in pain for days. I found giving a puppy plain yogurt helps ease a colic puppy.
Gas - Gas is another culprit for causing a puppy to cry in pain.
I give them a few drops Gasex and a lactate intolerance over the counter drug.
If all this fails to relieve the puppy, you need to ask your vet for some medication.
Supplement Feeding Here is a link to supplies on supplemental feeding, that I feel is a good help page
Feeding Methods - Bottle feeding or Tube feeding.
Alternative feeding methods will are necessary when the mothers milk is dried up
or the mother is ill.
Note# if you have another nursing mother you can give her the litter but you will still need to
help her by bottle feeding or tube feeding the pups.
Note : Never feed a chilled puppy if a pups temp is below 94 degrees,
they should NOT be nursing and you should NOT be tube feeding
Bottle feeding - satisfies the natural instinct to suck. It also gives the puppy a choice on the amount it wishes to consume.
Pups can get gas if they are not burped after feeding.
Their is always the danger of a pup inhaling milk into its lungs and then
getting pneumonia. Make sure your nipple hole is not to large or to small.
Stick a hot paper clip in the nipple. Hold it upside down the milk should drip out, but never flow.
Encourage the pup by wiggling the nipple across his lips.
You will know if he is getting the milk by measuring the amount in the bottle
and after burping can you see if he has a full belly or he needs more.
The puppies mouth may have little bubbles on the side of his lips but the milk
should not run out the sides of his mouth.
Making up formulas and feeding a litter of puppies is very time consuming.
It seems like as soon as your finished its time to began again.
Tube Feeding - Tube feeding advantages are that it takes very little time and you always know how much the puppy is getting.
Burping is not necessary in tube feeding. The disadvantages are the puppy's become lazy eaters.
If you tube feeding because the puppy has a congenital defect like a bad heart
or other life endangering defect his chances of survival are poor. A puppy that
has no congenital problem has a good chance of survival.
Directions on tube feeding- Measure the distance from the pups mouth to the last
rib and mark the tube, changing the distance as the pup grows.
Be a good Breeder- Many breeders will just let a fading pup die because it is very stressfull on them.
I believe that I am responsible for the pup being born in the first place because I chose to bred the two dogs.
There has been times when my husband Jay would come home from work and find me crying
because I'm exhausted by lack of sleep and stress from listening to its screams
for days. The vet has no idea what to do and I've tried every remedy in the book
and the puppy is still failing. Then just when I'm at the end of my rope, I go
in the nursery and he's alert and hungry and looking at me, like he knows I was
there for him. There isn't a better feeling. This is why I do it. No matter how
much stress it puts on me, I will do anything in my power to save a fading puppy.
1 c. yogurt
1 can evaporated milk
3 egg yolks
1 squeeze of liquid baby vitamins
6 oz boiled water
At the bottom of this page is a puppy developement chart
Handy development charts to help you understand your dog's growth