Be sure to watch this section BEFORE the puppies actually arrive so you have what you need on that day.
Even the most experienced breeder can have all the equipment in the world and still lose every pup, and a brand new person with nothing but a kids swimming pool and a heat pad can save them all.
You are there to help. You are not the one having the pups. There are good moms and bad moms, and you will not know which one your will be till they start coming out. Do all you can and as long as you did your best, that is always good enough. And if you make a mistake....keep it to yourself! Privately work with your mentor, but no one needs to be shamed about a mistake. No breeder is perfect. Not even me.
Just keep reminding yourself that the most important part of this step is that mom survives. Whatever pups make it, that is a bonus...But mom is always your first priority!
You know how I say that some subjects cause such strong controversy. This is one of them. Let someone lose a momma dog to sepsis, when a $10 shot could have saved her and then come talk to me. Experience folks...that is what you get from me.
I would call this the silent killer, but there is nothing quiet about a puppy dying from drinking the milk of a mom who went septic. It was almost 10 years ago and the event still makes me cry.
When mom's have had babies, they don't feel great, and this right here is a quick and easy way to get fluids in moms. I see all kinds of crazy other suggestions from breeders, but here at CC, we are looking for simple things that work. I'm sure at least some of the fancy suggestions work too, but this is just soooo easy!
Some are so focused on how to bottle feed the pups, they forget that fixing the problem with the mom is actually the easiest way to feed to puppies. :-)
Great Tip for when the pups arrive! Day one! Preventative measure as well as information about the supplies you need to have on hand when the pups arrive.
Especially with big litters, you need to make sure you take the time to perform these few simple tasks with each puppy sometime within the first 24 hours. Different breeds will have some other things than what I check my doxies for, but this a basic list of things.
(NOTE: DO NOT CUT OFF THE BACK DEW CLAWS OF EVERY BREED!!!!)
What I found day 1. Expect the unexpected.
This is a quick close up of how to tell a preemie from a fully formed pup.
Showing how I bottle feed the babies before bed along with some additional tips of other things you can do so you don't have to stay up with them all night. (I show how to "shake" puppies to clear lungs.)
Remember we try to work with the mom's natural instincts. She is going to stay in her burrow keeping those pups warm.
What to expect on the 2nd day. Discuss Discharge, & Feces.
Continuing with our basic care on Day 3. This is the "death day" for preemies. Say your prayers, and never give up till they do!
Checking in on Ellie and her babies at 2 weeks. Eyes will open. (No you cannot tell color.) And coats start coming in.