urine, watch flow - Should stay same yellow color the whole
time. If red blood is seen in stream, she might have a bladder infection.
Call breeding or vet clinic right away.
- It will still be slightly swollen, like she was in season.
She might also have whitish, stringy drips. If her vulva smells nasty,
call breeding or vet clinic right away.
- Look in ear canal for brownish wax. Clean 1x or 2x a week to prevent
build up. Clean with blue ChloriHexi solution on cotton ball. If wax
build up returns within 1-2 days after cleaning, call vet clinic.
- Bring her to the vet clinic with a full bladder. They will ask
questions about her behavior, physical condition, and then you take
her to the small office with the ultrasound. With your help (or
not) Alda will be flipped belly up in a big blue foam wedge. Pet
her head and talk softly, to steady her after the flip. They will
raise the table, squirt goo on her belly (the coolness will startle
Alda), and stick the probe on the goo. The image shows on the monitor
screen. They will attempt to count the pups, and also look at other
organs. They can give you a print out of a pup if you want. After
the ultrasound, they will ask for the Pregnancy Care papers. They
will fill in the food chart, increasing her food about 1 cup a week
for the next 3 weeks. She will also change to SD Puppy food.
Before ultrasound - She will be on Science Diet Maintenance.
1.25 or 1.5 cups twice a day. I raise her food so the pups can grow
up big and strong and she usually will eat less about 10 days before
her due date, so I like her to have some fat stored up on her.
After ultrasound - She will switch (in 5 day period) to Science
Diet Puppy and they will increase the amount of food by about 1
cup a week.
Loss of appetite - She will loose her appetite about 2 weeks
before her due date. Do all that you can to get her to eat. Try
only 1 cup per meal, try canned food, dry kibble instead of wet,
dog sausage log, dog biscuits, any dog food product on the store
shelf. You can switch foods without having to worry about loose
stools. Her nutrition is more important than a soft serve stool.
I will buy 1 can of food from each dog food company (Iams, Purina,
Natural Balance, etc). She will tire of a flavor after one meal,
so variety is important. Sometimes she will only eat kibble, other
times she will only eat canned food. Sometimes holding the bowl
up off the floor helps. Sometimes going for a walk before eating.
It is best to stay with dog food and not use people food.
walks - Her walks before ultrasound (4 weeks) will be just about
the same as she always does. After ultrasound she starts gaining weight
and her pace slows way down. Begin doing shorter walks multiple times
a day, she will also be pooping more, so try to get a business on
each walk. If she poops she will eat more at the next meal. At the
start of her pregnancy on a typical day, she will ride with me in
the car while I run errands in the morning. Nap in the afternoon,
go on a brisk hour long walk (2 miles) about 5 pm, then eat dinner
about 5:30 pm A typical day about 2 weeks before her due date, starting
at 6 am, she will do business, eat only about 1 cup of food, sleep,
then 4 hours later, take on short walk to get her to poop, and feed
her another cup. She will sleep gain. After 4 more hours, take her
on a short walk to get her to poop, feed her another cup of food,
you can see how this pattern is repeating itself. She will probably
need to do business in the middle of the night, sometimes twice a
night. Last pregnancy, our schedule was 9 pm, midnight, 3 am, 6 am.
from the pups
- As the pups gain weight, it puts pressure on her, so she will begin
to whimper and sigh pitifully. Some times she will whimper on every
exhale. I try to ease her discomfort by petting her belly, getting
her to reposition, or just distract her from what ever she was thinking.
She wakes me in the middle of night during that last 2 weeks of pregnancy,
either that I am sensitive to her or that she gets loud. If she doesn't
calm down (fall asleep) after repositioning her, take her out to do