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 & 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 Puppys
Placing your Puppies
Terms of Breeding
Common breeder terms we all should know
More Whelping Photos
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Whelping Day / Delivering the Puppies
The placenta bubble sometimes bursts lubricating the birth canal
Dotted View is second Uterine Horn
Many Bitches can whelp their own puppies. A good breeder will always be present
during Whelp to offer assistance. I get letters daily about a whelping that had complications.
Below is a normal delivery. Pictures are from a friend, Paula Henson who
purchased an Imperial Shih Tzu from me. ( Not Pictured ) # Note # Shih Tzu Imperial females cannot be bred.
Helping the pup out
Thanks To Bryce Thornley for the great photos
Problems that you may face
Continuing hard contractions should never last more than 20 minutes without passing the puppy
There are times when you must pull a pup out.
This puppies head is still in the birth canal. If the mother fails to push this puppy out in a few seconds you must take it out. With one hand slide open and push back the vulva. Take a towel and firmly grab the puppy by the body only when you see a contraction, pull the puppy out GENTLY or you may snap its neck.
Shiny, clear sac that encloses the puppy.
This sac will have to be removed by the Mother. If she fails to do this you must.
The sac is slippery and thick. with your finger nails pick and tear the sac over the face so the puppy can breath. Clean off excess fluids with a towel off the face, nose and mouth. Aspirate the mouth first, then the nose.. Rub the puppy with a towel, make sure the pup is breathing. If he is gasping for breath, aspirate again. If he is breathing with his mouth closed you can stop aspirating. Check the color of his feet they should appear pink. If they are blue he is not getting enough oxygen. Rub him more and aspirate.
If he feels cold, blow dry him on a low setting, if it burns your hands it will burn him. If he is pink dry and can breath you can give him to mother. She will lick him and try and redo what you have just did. Don't let her bite at the umbilical cord and cause it to bleed. She will lick the genitals which stimulates defecation and causes him to urinate. If she fails to do this you must. Rub the gentiles with your finger or a warm wet cotton ball. A puppy can not urinate or defecate on it's own for the first week or so.
Now you can allow the pup to nurse, this will cause the mother to have contractions. If another pups appears to be coming you may have to put the pups out of the way so they don't get injured . You can put them on a low setting heating pad to keep them warm. ( Remember if it can burn you it will burn them )
So now you wonder are we done.?
Here are a few ways that may help you tell.
Listen for heartbeats with a stethoscope, pretty reliable as long as the last pup or pups are alive.
Does Mom appear to be calm and restful.
Is she still having contractions.? Can you see a pup kicking?
She may still have more pups to whelp or she may need to push out a retained placenta.
Can you account for all placentas?
If I cant hear any heartbeats, and mom is resting and their seem to be no contractions or puppies kicking than I try to feel for any pups by doing this. ( see the hands below) I lay mom on her side I put one palm under the left side of her belly and one hand on the right side of her belly and try to squeeze my palms together with her belly in between my palms.
If I feel nothing, see nothing and hear nothing. I can be sure I am done.