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Steps to Take after Mating your Bitch

Discussion in 'Dog Breeding' started by Tanya1989, Apr 21, 2010.


  1. Tanya1989

    Tanya1989 PetForums VIP

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    This is a thread to advise people who intend on ethically breeding their dog. It is not to be taken as bible, but purely as a GUIDE!
    I should also draw your attention to http://www.petforums.co.uk/dog-breeding/9237-thinking-about-breeding-your-bitch.html and the possibilities of using a mismate injection (Thread on Mismate Injections to follow)

    Day 0- Day of mating.
    Be prepared to hand over money (Cash).
    Take KC Reg docs
    Copy Of pedigree
    Copy of health tests

    Ring the vet to order in the Canine Herpes Vaccine for 10 days time

    Day 2- Repeat mating if you did not have progesterone testing prior to mating. If you did have progesterone testing but a tie wasn't achieved, try again now.

    Day 3- Bleeding may start again, if it stopped. Keep your eye out for the next few weeks for smelly discharge. She may have acquired an infection and requires veterinary attention.

    Day 10- Canine herpes Vaccine.
    Make sure the vet has enough in stock to cover both vaccines, one today and one on day 53.

    Day 15- Stop looking for signs :D
    She may start to experience morning sickness but this is NOT a conclusive sign. Most dogs going through a phantom or false pregnancy also have this.

    Day 28-32- The optimum time for scanning and palpation. Most accurate time for getting a head count.
    Once you have confirmation of pregnancy you should change her onto a good quality puppy food. Do it over the period of a week to prevent the squits.She should be kept on this food until the puppies are about 12 weeks, or until she has put condition back on after the puppies leave for their home.

    If your breed needs dew claw removal you should ring around for vets that do it. MANY VETS WON'T. Don't assume yours will.

    Order all your whelping supplies and get the whelping box up to allow bitch to get used to it.

    Day 35- You may start seeing signs of pregnancy, Nipples enlarging, sides thickening- but again often occur in phantoms too.
    Order Panacur 10% solution from hyperdrug.co.uk or most Manor Pharmacies stock it also.
    Panacur is the ONLY LICENSED WORMER FOR PREGNANT BITCHES. It works differently to other wormers. It is the ONLY wormer that prevent dormant larvae in the bitch transferring to puppies.

    Continue with exercise but avoid hard exercise like agility.

    Day 40- Begin worming with Panacur 10%. It should be done daily from day 40 to 2 days AFTER whelping

    Day 53- Second Canine Herpes Vaccine

    Day 56- You should be off work and with the bitch constantly now. You should also start taking temperature twice a day, 12 hours apart and keep a clear record.

    Day 59- Temperature should be taken 4 times a day, 6 hours apart. The minute you notice a considerable drop in temperature (more than 0.5 C) the temp should be taken ever hour. Labour usually occurs within 24 hours.

    Day 63/ Day 0- (assuming text book bitch) The puppies are born

    Day 0-7 Weigh Daily and record clearly

    Day 1- Vet to check puppies and mum to prevent retained placentas. Puppies checked for cleft palate etc

    Day 2- Stop worming mum

    Day 3- Dew claws should be removed if necessary.

    Day 8-14- Weigh alternate Days

    Day 14- Puppies should be wormed/ start worming course

    Once eyes are open leave a small cup of water available for the puppies to explore and drink. Change frequently

    This is when I register them with the Kennel Club

    Day 18- Begin weaning if medium large or giant breed. Toys are slightly more complex and don't usually start for about another week.

    Within 4 days of beginning weaning they ahould be on 5 or 6 meals a day, spread out evenly, but access to mums milk bar whenever.

    Day 28- People can start to visit the puppies but be strict with cleaning and disinfecting the visitors

    Move the whelping box and puppies to a higher traffic area of the house and begin to introduce them to noises like the washing machine, hoover etc.

    Day 35- Worm again

    Day 48- Permanent ID of puppies either microchip or tattoo

    Last vet check to ensure puppies are healthy enough for rehoming.

    Day 56- Worm again

    Puppies can leave any day now :( :D

    There are bits I'm bound to have missed out. Please add to it x
     
    #1 Tanya1989, Apr 21, 2010
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  2. archielee

    archielee PetForums VIP

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    Good post hun:)
     
  3. Tanya1989

    Tanya1989 PetForums VIP

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    Thanks :eek: add to it if you can think of anything
     
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    jardine PetForums Member

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    Excellent post tanya, this would have been brilliant when i bred my girl for the first time, im sure it will be very helpful to first time breeders.
     
  5. Tanya1989

    Tanya1989 PetForums VIP

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    It seems that there are many who don't realise the amount of preparation is needed after mating the bitch.... never mind before lol. A little bit of education goes a long way
     
  6. Sarahnorris

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    good post, will be very useful to alot of people!
     
  7. colliemerles

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    very interesting reading, thank you for posting it.:)
     
  8. Tanya1989

    Tanya1989 PetForums VIP

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    bumping for kiara
     
  9. canuckjill

    canuckjill PetForums VIP

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    Hope you don't mind me making this a sticky Tanya...Jill
     
  10. Tanya1989

    Tanya1989 PetForums VIP

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    No problem xxx
     
  11. carebear

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    you should write a book, i would buy it. thanks very useful info. will defenatly be following step by step.
     
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    Great post Tanya very useful
     
  13. Tanya1989

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    Thankyou ducky x
     
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    great thread tanya :thumbup:
     
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    Excellent post! I wish people realised how time consuming, stressful and costly breeding was before embarking on it.
     
  16. RAINYBOW

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    I am not a breeder and have no intention of breeding but isn't there a danger that this could just act as a DIY "instruction manual" for any old T, D or Harry who wants to mate their bitch without the weight or balance of arguments against doing it at all ??

    Would it not be more balanced to also give information on the mismate and some information about the dangers of mating and whelping your bitch if you are inexperienced ??

    Generally when people come and ask questions about mating their bitches they do get a balanced response and they go away informed of the risks, i worry that this bypasses that opportunity to educate :)

    Just an observation :)
     
  17. Nicky10

    Nicky10 PetForums VIP

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    The thing is those people are generally going to continue with the pregnancy regardless and it's better to have the information there for them
     
  18. NicoleW

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    I just have one problem.

    You haven't penciled in when we can take an obscene amount of pictures and constant cuddles?
     
  19. pearltheplank

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    Question please..............have seen this recommended a lot but what if you feed raw?
     
  20. Nicky10

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    You can still raw feed her while she's pregnant a lot of breeders do. No idea about the specifics of it though
     
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