Today I’m going to talk about everything that involves the birth of my dogs. From the moment of conception, the pregnant dog goes to another room enabled for comfort and tranquility. It is very important that during the two months of pregnancy a calm and stress-free environment is created, where the dog can rest and eat quietly. This is undoubtedly the first step to be very clear, since situations where the dog feels in danger, nervous, frightened or any other negative feeling state, will directly affect the fetus and consequently affect the health of the puppies.
In my case I have aimed the day that my bitches start the zeal, and about three weeks before conception and until the end of pregnancy I give supplements to ensure their health and that of the puppies. These supplements are vitamins of group B and vitamin B9, better known as folic acid.
The word “folic acid” sounds to everyone, but do we really know what it is and what it works for? Well, I’ll give you a little explanation. Folic acid (B9) is a water-soluble vitamin accompanied by other B-complex vitamins, acting as a coenzyme. But what is a coenzyme? They are small molecules that are responsible for transporting chemical groups between enzymes. Then uniting folic acid with the other vitamins of group 9, these act as a coenzyme that transported to cellular enzymes this active, where it will intervene in the formation of tissues and maintenance and formation of blood cells among other things. But the most important thing is that it helps prevent fetal malformations, which is the main reason why I give them this supplement. It is not necessary to say that it is not only about giving them a nutritional supplement, but that in the months of pregnancy and after the birth the bitches have to have a balanced diet to guarantee their health.
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Another very important aspect in the preparation of childbirth are the days before this. You have to enable not only an enclosure, as I explained before but also a space where the dog can give birth and then feed their puppies. In that space there must be a certain degree of privacy, but at the same time that it is accessible in case there is a complication or if the dog needs to leave and enter to relieve herself or eat or take a walk. The space must be familiar, giving the dog the blanket where she always sleeps, for example.
As the delivery approaches, the dog digs and accommodates that space, I call it burrowing, until she manages to have it as she finds it more comfortable. It can be seen that the closer you are to the birth, the bitch’s attitude changes, it seeks my attention, but at the same time it wants to be alone, it gets restless, it licks a lot, it digs … Among other infinities of things. Until the moment arrives.
A sign, apart from all the symptoms explained above, that your dog is going to start is to measure the rectal temperature, where if it tells us that it has gone down is that the delivery is ready.
The dog will release a vaginal fluid similar to pee, but more dense and that means that in a short time you will start uterine contractions. At first these contractions are very soft and almost not appreciated, but the dog begins with panting, trembling and nerves, but until the first puppy is born can spend hours, especially if it is first-time. After a while, the dog will increase her gasps and tremors until she notices that her belly shrinks and begins to tighten, this means that the cervix is already dilated enough for the first puppy to come out. You have to be careful because sometimes they get up and get upset because they do not know very well what is happening to them.
You have to reassure them and put them in a comfortable position to continue with the birth. One push, two and three and we have it here! A small black bag with movement inside appears in the vagina, the mother breaks the bag and begins to clean her puppy, the first one has already given her respite of life. After about ten minutes at the most, the dog expels the placenta of the calved puppy. And now we have to wait maybe an hour or an hour to repeat the same process and go to welcome the second and third and fourth puppies or those who come.
After a while, the dog will increase her gasps and tremors until she notices that her belly shrinks and begins to tighten, this means that the cervix is already dilated enough for the first puppy to come out. You have to be careful because sometimes they get up and get upset because they do not know very well what is happening to them.
You have to reassure them and put them in a comfortable position to continue with the birth. One push, two and three and we have it here! A small black bag with movement inside appears in the vagina, the mother breaks the bag and begins to clean her puppy, the first one has already given her respite of life. After about ten minutes at the most, the dog expels the placenta of the calved puppy. And now we have to wait maybe an hour or an hour to repeat the same process and go to welcome the second and third and fourth puppies or those who come. During this process you must have towels and blankets in hand to change them and that the dog and her puppies do not catch cold, removing the humidity and maintaining a warm temperamental climate, controlling that the first days the temperature is at 25 degrees, with stoves or heaters, this is very important since the puppies do not regulate body temperature until after
the puppies usually cry for 3 things, cold, heat or hunger.
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At the same time we assure that the dog has finished the birth, that this to know previously I go to the vet and with an x-ray tells me how many puppies he will have, I help him to place the puppies so that she can nurse them.
I remove all the gadgets used during the birth and disinfect the enclosure, to avoid possible contagion to the puppies that have just given birth. When you have spent a few hours you have to feed the mother so that she can recover from all the effort she has made and so that she has enough strength for now, to raise her cubs.
Then when everything has happened, I sit down to contemplate the miracle of life and relax for a few minutes and appreciate the effort and the gift that my dog has given me. Then I pay attention I observe each and every one of the puppies and I am attentive to everyone to eat and develop in the same way, because if one is left behind you have to help him with a supplement of artificial milk.
And companions, up to here the adventure of childbirth, which is undoubtedly an experience where a lot of tension is happening but then the reward is very rewarding and even more so when you see that the puppies that were born are what I expected from my hard work as a breeder. And when you appreciate the result of the genetic selection, worked previously, once again I know that what I do is not work is passion and this motivates me to next time I try to overcome even more in order to offer the best of myself and my dogs and deliver the Cane Corso puppy that everyone expects.
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Advice before delivery:
have the veterinarian’s phone on hand and have spoken with him in case a complication arises.
have prepared the farrowing, with their sticks so that they do not chafe to the puppies.
to have all the material, gloves, scissors and thread disinfected to make a knot in the umbilical cord so that there are no ernias.
Be patient and prepared, usually at night to a long night.