Average litter-size for both those breeds is 6 to 8 pups
. At between 4 & 5-WO, they'll begin eating solid food.
Their 1st few meals require k9 milk-replacement
, both to moisten it & to entice the pups to sample. This is sold as a canned liquid or a dry powder - & it's not cheap.
A mismate injection
, even with
the added cost of an office-visit fee, is WAY-less expensive than:
- worming the preg dam
, to prevent the pups being BORN with a parasite-load, or ingesting them with the breast-milk.
- for a full month
B4 her due-date, U need to feed the preg dam on the high-quality puppy-formula that U intend to feed her litter.
- pre-natal exams
for mom-dog, to guesstimate the # of pups & ensure they're all in good position / none are oversized for her pelvic opening.
- puppy boosters
for the entire litter: at the very minimum, Parvo & Distemper.
- enzyme-based cleaners
to remove PET WASTE from floors, walls, carpets, etc, so the house doesn't reek.
- a whelping box
with side-rails, big-enuf for mom & at least 6 pups [for small dogs] or 10 pups [for large breeds].
- clean absorbent layers
for her to whelp on, such as bath-towels, sheets, vet-fleece, etc, which must be WASHED & REPLACED after the birth, plus washed, dried, & replaced every few days for 2-months.
- Buying an accurate postal-scale
to weigh each pup daily, at approx the same time each day, & record their daily wt.
This is to ensure they're gaining & growing as they should, & to detect "failure to thrive" B4 a pup dies.
- 3 to 4 weeks of cleaning-up puppy pee & poop
, as soon as they begin sampling & eating solid food; Mom-dog eats their output for about 3 to 4 weeks, while they're eating breast-milk only. // Then she quits, & it's up to U.
- a S/S flying-saucer food dish
for the litter, so they can't walk thru the middle of the wet-food, & they can each have a space to eat, at the rim.
- HEATING A ROOM to approx 80'F
for the 1st 2 to 3-weeks, so the pups don't chill & die...
- or, buying a safe radiant heat-lamp
& suspending it so that it cannot fall into the whelping box, & running it 24/7 for 2 to 3-weeks, again to prevent the pups chilling & dying: neonates can't regulate their own core-temp.
The cost of a C-section varies, depending upon where U live, how big the dog is [body wt], any special issues [brachy? / Obese? / aged primapara?...] that increase her risks, complications [needs blood-transfusion, oxytocin injections, etc], & whether it's scheduled during office hours [planned] or an emergency [unplanned during office hours, or outside office hours - generally between 1 & 5-am
An emergency WITH complications OUTSIDE office-hrs is the most expensive, & such can easily cost $1500 to $2K for a medium-sized dog, in the metro-Boston area.
An emergency withOUT complications for a large breed, outside office-hrs, is probly gonna hit $2K.
I agree with @revolutionrocknroll
- if they can't cover the cost of a mismate injection & a simple office visit, there's no way
they can afford to rear a litter properly, even assuming she whelps per the textbook, & with no complications whatever.
The least-expensive & safest options for the dog are these 2:
* arrange for a mismate injection immediately, OR...
* Get her spayed - ASAP, within no more than 10-days.
Borrow the money, if need be.