Now everyone loves puppies, who wouldn’t?? They are bounding balls of cuteness that make your heart burst, but in reality the truth of raising puppies can be hard, really hard!!
There’s some things here to consider before breeding your dog that if you think you can handle then great, but at least you’ll be prepared!
Keeping Mummy dog healthy whilst pregnant – We think that dogs have a everlasting appetite but a hormonal dog whilst pregnant can go off her food and refuse to eat, which means keep trying food (obviously dog safe) that she will eat to keep her and the puppies healthy
Emergency surgery – Now in a ideal world a dog will give birth naturally to healthy pups, or the mummy can’t push them out/one gets stuck/comes out the wrong way and its a phone call to the vets no doubt at 4am in the morning and a rushed trip to the surgery for a emergency c section where sadly sometimes not all the pups make it and your looking at a bill around £1k
Making sure Mum eats and drinks well – They say to allow mum to eat as much as she wants, but what happens when she doesn’t want her regular food, she was eating fine before birth but now turns her nose up at it. Time to find what she wants to eat and it might be the case that she’ll only eat each thing once!! Oh and she refuses to eat or drink from a bowl, so it’s hand feeding and syringing water into her mouth!!
Keeping puppies healthy – So you’ve got some super cute puppies but they won’t necessarily feed themselves, you need to make sure there latching on and getting a good feed every 2 hours and not getting knocked off by stronger pups and you have to do this through the night too – 24/7 care for at least 2 weeks! So make sure you know where the coffee and the matchsticks are and if you haven’t ever done shift work – here’s your chance to experience it!!
Poorly puppy – What happens when you get a pup that just doesn’t feed? Well you have to bottle feed it every 30 mins-hour tiny amounts to get it’s strength back up and if it becomes dehydrated you have to syringe water into it’s mouth in between feeds too! So good luck with any sleep/life then! And when you do have a moment, your sterilising bottles and making puppy milk using powdered formula – just like for babies!
Maternal instincts – You expect mummy dog to have the maternal instinct to be careful around her pups and to clean them, stimulate them to go to toilet (yep they can’t do it themselves until 3 weeks old) and generally protect them and stay with them. But what happens if that doesn’t happen? Get ready to not only be making sure they feed every 2 hours, but making sure the mum doesn’t crush/step on/fling off nipple puppies, oh and stimulate them to go pee and poo after every feed – yep super glamorous job now, hey? Some mums don’t wanna know their pups at all and then the feeding is up to you then too, by bottle every 2 hours.