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Old 01-30-2016, 10:51 AM
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Hi I am new to this forum so I hope this is the right place to post.
I aqquired/rescued a near 1 year old staffy bitch on new years eve.
Everything was going well until I noticed she was starting to change physically. I took her to our vet who said she was in good health and it was unlikely she was pregnant but I could get an ultrasound done to confirm.
I took her to a different vet on Wednesday and they confirmed she is pregnant with at least 3 pups. They didn't give me much advice other than to take her temp daily and that a significant drop means labour should start within 24 hours. They predicted that she was 5 weeks gone
Now my worry is that from what ive read online and the fact that on the ultrascan u could see that the pups were very well formed she's actually further gone than that and more like 7 weeks. The vet (from tye rspca) also said that I didn't need to change her diet until after the pups are born as she is a good weight again this is different to what I've read on different forums and websites.
I have a whelping box and a whelping kit on order in preparation and have watched a few videos on whelping and also how to try to resuscitate a pup if necessary but any other information would be gladly recieved as I feel quite out of depth here.
I should probably also mention according to her previous owners her first season was 2nd of December and they've written underneath 16th Dec.
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I can't offer you much advice, but @LoveMyFosters will be a great resource to help you! She JUST had a foster deliver a litter, so she's a great resource to have!
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You'd think most vets would have some sort of hand out for people who need whelping advice. Anyway, here's a link with some good info.

Whelping: New Puppies On The Way!! | petMD
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I'd find out where I could buy puppy formula just in case you need to hand rear them or supplement mom's milk. It's not likely you will but never hurts to be prepared.
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Thank you for bringing this thread to my attention, @Shandula.

@dc86: I have some advice coming your way tomorrow morning, sorry it can't be sooner! I am about to go to bed, but as I said, I will be sure to get back with you tomorrow.

One thing, could you get a photo or two of her? It would help me get an idea of how far along she is.

Look forward to helping in any way I can!
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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 ?
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There is no doubt about her being in whelp. I wonder if she came in season on Dec. 2nd, and the Dec. 16 was the day she was bred. If so she would be due about the 17th of Feb.
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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 ?
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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?
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There is no doubt about her being in whelp. I wonder if she came in season on Dec. 2nd, and the Dec. 16 was the day she was bred. If so she would be due about the 17th of Feb.
Hi yes this is what I have been thinking. Obviously I don't know when they let her alone with the male but I would imagine anything past the 22nd of February will need another vet visit. I'm hoping to get her booked in for an xray next Friday with my own vet as I was told the pups bones should be visible by then.
So I think at the moment I have 2-3 weeks maximum then?
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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 ?
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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?
Right ok. I am feeding her a mixed wet/dry diet of pedigree broken down into 2 meals a day. I was going to break it down to 3 meals a day from tomorrow as she is restless and uncomfortable after meals (im not sure if she's eating too quickly as she does Wolf it down).

I have been watching her very closely and will be able to be with her day and night. I did read that the whole temp thing can make ppl panic as the bitch gets a drop but nothing happens

Right now my main concerns are that I don't have a clue what I'm doing and if she needs help I won't be able to help her or the pups or I will do it wrong because everyone keeps telling me that she will run into problems because she's so young.
I don't even know what questions I should be asking.
I've read that the mum and pups will need to see the vet next day but is it safe to take the pups out or should I arrange a home visit? Also should I phone the vet when she starts and then phone back if there's any problems or should I be phoning them regularly with update reports?

Oh also she has started having some clear discharge when she urinates and for about 5 mins after but I've had conflicting advice as the vet said it's fine but online I've read it means the pups should arrive very soon so I am very confused.
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