Dachshund Pregnancy

Always consult with your veterinarian with medical issues.

Here are some interesting facts about Dachshund Pregnancy you may want to know about. In the early stages of a Dachshund Pregnancy, which is usually about two weeks after a female has copulated; her nipples start to get enlarged in size. It is recommended at this early stage to get her to the veterinarian for a check up & exam. Make a note on your calendar to remind you & show when the date of impregnation was. The veterinarian should be able to notice the presence of the puppies by touching your Dachshunds abdomen. Blood tests can also confirm the pregnancy at this early stage.

Your Dachshunds Pregnancy will normally last somewhere about 63 -65 days. Around the 6th week of her pregnancy, begin feeding your Dachshund more quality foods since by now her nutritional needs will have increased substantially. Your pregnant Dachshund should be getting 50% more food than she normally eats. Feed her very balanced meals. Your veterinarian can help plan a balanced diet that you can follow. If there's going to be a lot of Dachshund puppies, you'll notice her abdomen growing. This is normal. Some Dachshunds don't start gaining much weight until the final week or so. Dachshunds that have a lot of puppies tend to be born premature

The Final Stages of Dachshund Pregnancy

“Whelping” - The Act of Giving Birth to Puppies

Some people suggest that in your Dachshund pregnancy the temperature is a sure sign of immanent delivery. There is no need panic if there's no drop in temperature. Some bitches' temperature will drop from a normal range (101 to 102 degrees) to a degree or two below normal within an hour or so prior to whelping... but many Dachshunds don't.

The first sign that your Dachshund pregnancy is on the way usually is signaled by a lack of her interest in food about 24 hours before whelping. You may notice she'll be licking at her vulva and maybe have some moderate cramping. Abdominal contractions may become more frequent. They should be about a 1/2 hour apart now. If you notice a shiny, grayish sac suddenly droop through the vulva; it looks like a blue / gray water balloon. Your Dachshund may walk around with this hanging out of her. She'll often open the "water sac" and clear fluid will come out.

The Pup's Are On The Way…The Pup’s Are Here!

In many instances a Dachshund pup will be delivered within an hour of this “water sac” being presented. The first pup is now in the pelvic canal. This first pup is often the most difficult for your Dachshund to pass. She may strain hard and even moan or howl a bit. Don't panic! (It’s a good idea to call your veterinarian and announce "Your Dachshund’s having her puppies now". Now the entire veterinarian staff will be on the alert that you may be calling every fifteen to sixteen minutes with updates on her progress.) If she hasn't passed the pup within one hour of the "water sac" showing, call your veterinarian and discuss the need for her to be seen right away to help pass the pup.

When a Dachshund pup passes through the pelvic canal and into the world it will be covered in a thin membrane tissue that looks surprisingly like a plastic film. If mom doesn't lick and nip this membrane away from the puppy right away (and most do) you should remove it so the Dachshund pup can breathe. The pup only has about 6 minutes before it must breathe, otherwise brain damage or death may occur. Give the mother a few seconds to remove this membrane; if she doesn't, you do it.

The Dachshund puppies are attached to a mass of tissue by the umbilical cord called the placenta. You can separate the puppies from this blackish-greenish tissue. The placenta is the tissue that is attached closely to the lining of the uterus. Through the placenta the puppies acquire all the nourishment they need via the umbilical cord; now that your Dachshund puppies are born there is no need for this any more and it can be discarded. There's no real benefit for the mother to eat all the placentas. In fact, some Dachshunds can get digestive upsets from consuming a large number of placentas.

Licking and cleaning the new Dachshund puppies should be every mother's first order of business now that the membrane is removed and the umbilical cord is chewed through (or separated about an inch away from the pup by you). If she ignores her puppies, take a clean towel and gently rub the puppies dry; this stimulates them to breathe, and they will protest a bit. While doting over the new puppies the mother Dachshund will probably start the process over and soon present another one. While the new pup's brothers and sisters are yet to see the light of day, the first pup, having found a nipple, is already having breakfast.

In any Dachshund pregnancy the entire process of whelping can take anywhere from two to twenty hours. She might have two pups in the first hour, take a break for several more hours, have a few more, take another break, have two more, take another break and finish up sometime the next day.

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However, if the mother is really straining, with contractions coming every minute or so and no pup is presented within a 1/2 hour, get the veterinarian on the phone. She may often seem to be doing nothing for a few hours even though you're sure there are more pups to be delivered. She can be energized to have more contractions by a brisk walk. She may not want to leave the pups but fresh air and a short run or walk will get things started again. Have food and water available for her, too.

Sometimes the litter will be so large, either in numbers of pups or size of pups, that a problem with Uterine Inertia can occur. In these situations the mother will fail in weak attempts to pass the pups. She may not even show any visible signs of contraction. This is a good example of why you should keep good records of dates and times of breeding.

If she has progressed to day 65 after breeding and still no pups, there's a problem! If the uterus has been so stretched and fatigued by a large litter or large size of the puppies, she may not be able to pass them. Uterine Inertia also is common when a dog has a single fetus that doesn't stimulate the uterus enough to begin contractions. Your vet must be consulted. Medical intervention will be tried first, an x-ray may be taken (don't worry, a single x-ray in full term pups presents practically zero risk) and if medications don't induce labor... surgery may be required.

It is much better to prepare yourself for Dachshund pregnancy ahead of time by reading and talking to an experienced breeder if this is your first time at breeding a dog. Be certain that your female is wormed or has a negative fecal exam, be certain that her diet is excellent... not just "good". Avoid the notion that you must supplement the diet because of the "stress" on the mother. The real stress nutritionally comes after the Dachshund pregnancy when the pups are between 2 and 4 weeks of age. That's the time they are extracting the largest amounts of nutrients from the mother, and making all that milk can really tap nutrient reserves. Over-supplementing is a mistake. A high quality diet containing large amounts of quality protein and fat is important; high fat, high protein and low carbohydrates (grain) is best.

It's a good idea to get a small postal scale and weigh the new pups daily. After the day 2 they should gain steadily every day. If you notice a pup that is slower, colder, softer or whinier than the others, take special care of that one. It just may need your help to survive. Each day the pups should put on a bit of weight; one that is not may be a "poor doer" and could need veterinary care.

As you can see there is alot behind a Dachshund pregnancy.If you are going to breed and have a Dachshund pregnancy then do it smartly. Know what you are going to do with the pups when they are old enough to leave their mother. If a Dachshund pregnancy does not sound like something you would like to go through or you do not want to raise pups then get your Dachshund fixed.

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