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Today's Yard Tip, Tip #30

Okay, so it's about 60 days from the breeding and now it's the time for whelping. Here some good, important and short advices. Ask more. If possible, take a X-ray one or two days before the whelpin ...

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Okay, so it's about 60 days from the breeding and now it's the time for whelping. Here some good, important and short advices. Ask more.

If possible, take a X-ray one or two days before the whelping. This way you know how MANY puppies there are. This is important, so you know when all puppies are born - or not born.

Before the day of whelping do a whelping box. The trick with this is that it has NO bottom. Only the walls. This way you can keep a paper sheet or some other stuff under the whelping box. Easy to keep clean.

If possible, do the whelping inside the house. Keep the dam and the puppies in the house for at least 4 weeks. This helps you to keep an eye of the litter.

When it is the time for whelping keep these handy:
- towels
- scissors
- some lubricant
- your vets phone number
- a helpfull extra is a friend ready to assist.

USUALLY everything goes just automatically and the dam will do everything. Just watch.

The best indicator for whelping is that the female is restless and starts to make a nest. This usually is 5 - 10 hrs before the first pup. The puppies will born 30 minutes from each but anything is possible, from one minute to hours.

When each pup is born it comes inside a sack. This has to be removed. You can do it, just take it of. Clean the puppy and if possible dry it and clean the mouth area with a towel. Cut the umbilical cord leave at least one inch. Do not let the dam bite it too short.
Important is to get the dam suckle the pup immediately.

With each pup there will come one afterbirths. Throw it away.

Possible problems

- the pup is stuck. If you think the pup is somhow stuck inside the dam, if you can feel it or see the pup, pull the pup out. Take a firm grip of the puppy and pull. The best pull if is the dam is standing, you have your fingers around the pups head and pull out and downward. This might need some strong force.

- lifeless pup. If the born pup seem lifeless do not loose your hope. This one pup might be the next grand champion so do your best to get it to life. If there are no life signs or only small do as the illustartion shown above. Continue for at least 20 minutes.

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