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Old 11-26-2010, 11:24 AM
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Hello. we recently took in a stray daschund, miniature it appears..who was pregnant. We were not able to find her owners and after a visit to the vet, it was determined that the pups were about a week away from being born. Guess what..yesterday she surprised us with a litter of 8. One was still-born but the others and momma appear to be doing fine. We were able to put her in a home-made whelping box in our bedroom so all are warm and dry. I've called our vet and he said as long as things seem to be going fine, we should just watch and observe..and bring in momma and the babies in next week for an inital check-up. I have never had a female dog that wasn't spayed, so this is all very new to me and I've spent hours on the internet since the pups were born trying to educate myself. Seems like this is an awfully large litter for such a little dog, is this typical for a daschund litter (no idea who the sire is since she just wandered into our life). The pups are various colors from dark black to light brown, doesn't appear to be one that's a runt..they are about the same size..maybe 4 inches or so? Any tips or hints..or morale support? I am also concerned about finding homes for these pups in a couple of months. We won't be selling them..but how do I insure or best insure they are going to good homes? We will probably keep the mother dog. We have one other dog in the home and he is very accepting of the new addition.
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First and foremost - thank you for helping this pup in need. Very likely the previous owner knew or realized she was pregnant and discarded her. It's a damn shame, but humans are a$$holes.

I found myself in a VERY similar situation about a year ago having found a pregnant dog, not realizing she was pregnant at the time, and deciding that if I couldn't find her owners, I would take her in myself. There's a thread here that talks about the details / trials and tribulations...it is NOT easy.

My situation turned bad to worse, as the mother fell very ill 3 weeks after delivering, and I turned into Mr. Mom for the pups AND Mr. Nurse for the mother.

A few things you need to prepare for:

Emergency Vet Visits
Mom's milk supply drying up (bottles and formula for the pups - NOT baby formula)
Ease of cleaning up - mom will only clean up after the pups for a few weeks (3-4 max) and after that, it turns into a smelly mess - not to mention the health risks of 7 puppies...toileting in the same place.

I used a tile floor covered in dollar-store shower curtains, covered at first in blankets, then after they got onto solid food and messier / more active, newspaper. This needed to be cleaned 3x/day. Pups needed to be fed 4x/day, kept with clean water, etc, etc, etc.

My pups were likely larger than yours are, but I had built an enclosure that was 8' x 4' and divided into two separate areas - one for playing, sleeping and eating, the other for toilet - believe it or not, even with the mother absent, the pups learned VERY quickly that it was better to go toilet in the smaller area and play/sleep where they ate. This also helped keep them cleaner, as mom wasn't cleaning up after them.

As for finding homes for them - this will honestly have to be at your discretion, if you can't find a local rescue or no-kill shelter that is willing to help you home them. Personally, I found homes for each one myself, and they were all gone between week 8 and week 10, and I had 8 mid-large high-energy breed pups to home. Hopefully, it won't be that difficult to home your litter.

If you have any specific questions, please don't hesitate to ask...I'm not a breeder, or VERY knowledgeable, but found my way through the situation you're in pretty well with a good outcome for all.
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Thanks

Thanks for the quick and informative..and a little scary reply. These were all things I hadn't really considered yet. We have a small house and I need to do some serious thinking about where we can keep all of them safe and secure as they get older. The only free room I have is one that doesn't heat well and wouldn't be suitable for young pups. Guess the shower curtain (over my brand new carpeting!!), and a pen or enclosure of some type are in my future. However..on the bright side..the mother dog..still un-named..seems to be a wonderful little lady and will be a great addition to our family. We do have a no-kill shelter here..hopefully they will be able to take the pups and find homes for them
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Sorry...didn't mean to scare you...just prepare you.

If you're going to be doing this on-carpet, I would suggest going to Home Depot or something and getting a good-sized sheet of linoleum to lay down. The shower curtains were good for the most part, but there were times that I was thankful I put them on tile...

As for how to build the enclosure, I used plywood...if you're handy, this isn't too difficult. I also made sure that I built the corners with hinges so that I could open/close one side if I wanted, and it helped when cleaning up, for sure.

I would make it a point to contact the shelter as soon as you can and let them know that you rescued a pregnant mother, she had a litter, and you'd like some assistance homing the pups at 8 or 10 weeks.

Glad to hear mom and pups are doing well - hopefully it's easier for you than it was for me...
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I believe the mother needs to have free access to a high quality puppy food while she is nursing.
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Good point - you're right...she needs to be on something with a much higher caloric content than her normal food...I missed that.
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Thanks everyone! Keep on providing the info..l'm learning more and more each day. I did buy puppy chow for the mother..and mixing it with a high quality canned food and a little cottage cheese now and then. Gave her a scrambled egg the other day and she loved it. Anything else I should be supplenting her with? She does seem thin but seems to be nursing well and the pups have grown. I imagine 7 pups for this little gal can quickly deplete her. It's now day 4 and I've noticed she is wanting to spend a little less time with the pups..although she did scare me last night..as I was laying on the couch she brought me a puppy!! The puppy seemed fine..warm and healthy-looking..so I took her and the pup back to the whelping box but I've noticed her picking up the pups now and then. The box seems to be warm enough and the puppies never feel the least bit cool..so not sure why she's doing this. I feel like a first-time mom!!
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Look on ebay - there are some great puppy whelping kits that can help you, with things like heat mats (as puppies don't regulate their own heat until 5 weeks old) and id collars.
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I also just want to thank you for taking momma in and caring for her and her pups. That is wonderful of you.
Sounds like you have gotten all kinds of great advise from every one here.

I know it is a lot of work, but sooo rewarding.
I envy you, all the puppy sights and sounds, not to mention puppy breath!

Another idea would be to search for a Dachshund Rescue in your area, they may be a very good resource for you too.....
Some times they have a waiting list of approved homes wanting pups.

Good luck in your new "adventure", so glad to hear she is fitting into your family so nicely too!

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I'm a Dachshund breeder, small but my pups are prominent champions, earthdogs, agility and obedience winners. Some are just pets. Have rescued some. Keep the pups away from chlorine, pine, ammonia cleaners and don't use cedar around them. Your box should be at 100 degrees the first few days. At 4 weeks you can vaccinate with Neopar (if you have an area with high risk of Neopar). At 6 and 8 weeks they are vaccinated with a 5 in one vaccine. Lay something over your carpet to protect it. These pups will do the puppy crawl, so it needs to be something they can motivate over. (linoleum is fine) It doesn't have to be a puppy food, but should be a high energy food with high protein and high fat content. You will need Dyne to give the pups to help with stress when they are vaccinated. Now there's worming to be done. I get my wormer from the vet. Don't trust the over the counter ones. This process starts at 4 weeks. Consult your vet for the wormer. Puppies will shed their toenails, and need clipped quite often. I do it with a baby's nail clipper. Your vet will show you how.

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