01-31-2016, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by dc86
Hi thanks for all the replies. The whelping kit I've ordered has some bitch replacement milk and bottles, teats etc in it and my local pet shop said they can order me some in if I let them know about 2 days before I need it.
I've tried to attach some pics of her but they haven't come out very well she's being a bit camera shy today ?
By those photos she looks to be about 6-7 weeks along. If she is a good weight and she's being fed a high quality food, then I agree that you don't need to switch her until after the pups are born, the reason for not switching until after they are born is because puppy food is generally very rich in calcium, and too much calcium before whelping can shut down the pregnant dog's ability to fine tune the minute-by-minute demand needed for whelping and milk production. Allowing her body to figure out how much calcium it needs will help prevent calcium issues in your dog such as, Eclampsia or Milk Fever.
What kind of food are you feeding?
Right now it's just a waiting game, taking temp can help sometimes, but I don't do it simply because some dogs will have a temp drop, others won't so it's not all that reliable. For me I just watch them, they have a way of telling you when they are about to go as long as you are able to watch close enough for the signs.
What particular concerns or questions do you have at this point?