Complications !! Pregnancy or Whelp - Dystocia
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
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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
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Disease of Dogs
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Placing your Puppies
Terms of Breeding
Common breeder terms we all should know
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Complications during pregnancy
If you see any green discharge BEFORE the first puppy arrives, please call the veterinarian. Green discharge AFTER the first puppy arrives is NORMAL. If your dog strains continuously for one hour and no puppy arrives, please call the veterinarian. A puppy may be stuck somewhere in the birth canal.
My Sister in law Barb worked on a cold puppy for hours. He made it.
I had a pup born under the bed. It was cold and lifeless. I warmed it with a hair dryer for an hour. She made it and is living in her new home.
Dont give up on a pup.
Pelvic canal obstruction due to fetal over-size
Next are 3 photo of one my Shih Tzu puppys that is to large to pass.
Coming breech with its front legs wedged in a position that was difficult to
pass. Its sac tore loose and it was dangling for 10 minutes. When I finally
pulled it out it was to late. I aspirated for 10 minutes but because it was not
face first it didn't get oxygen and it died. This Shih Tzu mother would have
died if she had been left to deliver on her own. In this case pulling on the pup
was the only alternative to saving the mother.
Peeling back the vulva, I can see his hind toes
and I know the pup is coming out feet first ( breech ).
This pup is stuck. Its placenta is torn off.
He is without oxygen.
I used Vaseline to lube up the puppy and pulled it out. But I knew it wouldn't survive
The decision to save the mother or pup is a difficult one breeders face. I chose saving the mother. If I could have gotten it out quicker it would have lived but its front legs were positioned one up above it head and one down and caught on the umbilical cord.
I had a delivery a few months back with a similar situation. If I was not there to assist the pup would of died and the mother from exhaustion. The pups was breech. It's body was stuck from the waist up to the head. I was determined that I was going to find a way to get this pup out so I stuck my finger in the vulva and felt for the top of puppies shoulder. I bent my finger over the shoulder and pulled with my finger. It popped out. Once the shoulder was out, the pup was easy to pull out. This puppy lived.
There are times a bitch whelps her pups to early. Pups born before day 58 will not survive if their lungs are not developed. Here is a picture of a pup that was born so early that it did not have hair
A female I had fought with another female during the pregnancy. I was sure a pup would be born deformed. I was right.
This lil boy had his gutts born on the outside. No arm and deformed tail.
He feel asleep and died
Sidney is my friend Barbs female. Bred to The Gabe
Two pups were whelping at the same time.
I reached inside Sidney and felt a foot and a tail. It was breech.
I tried to grab ahold of him and reposition him and get ahold of him and try to pull him out
Sidney was taken to the vet and after he also failed to get ahold of him or reposition he performed a c-section
4 pups were delivered, All were born live but the first pup died within minutes
Picture shows :
What I feel happened is two pups were coming down the same time,
the first was positioned wrong
but to high up to reposition him.
He blocked the exit for pup 2
If a pup is out but its placenta is still inside. You can wait to see if it comes out. and if it doesnt do what I show below in the picture. Try to do it at the same time mom has a contraction if possible
A Picture of a C-section
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Picture of a human
90% of litters are whelped with ease, thank God we as breeders only face these difficult whelping occasionally. I just want you to be prepared for the worst so you can better deal with these difficult deliveries. If you have questions please e-mail
I cant say I have the answer to all questions but I will do the best I can. Debbie Jensen