This morning Smudge had her scan to see roughly how many pups she is carrying. Over the last few days by palpation of her stomach, it was obvious that she was pregnant, before she was scanned and I told the vet that I was pretty sure she was pregnant and the scan was to just check all was okay and give me an idea of how many she is carrying. The vet then had a feel and agreed that just on feeling her stomach, it was obvious that she was pregnant.
We then scanned her and she looked rather full of puppies, with what looked like at least seven pups, which for a Cavalier is a good size litter. Smudge had nine pups with her first litter and six with her second litter and all reared easily by her, so we know Smudge has the fertility and ability to carry and rear easily a big litter. Very good scan and as usual for Smudge and like her mother Millie before her all fetuses we could see looked equal in size and a good size, making us think she took from her first mating, so she could be around 31 days pregnant. The gestation time for a dog is 63 days which is 9 weeks.
So Henry is a fertile, thankfully and the title of this blog reflects the fun I have with our children merging names together. Smudge's and Henry's pups we laughing refer to as Hudges. Henry and Smudge conceiving a good size litter together makes me a bit more confident that this is a good pairing. For me fertility is one of the markers of good health. Really looking forward to seeing this litter on the ground.Ordered the rocket fuel as soon as I got home. Rocket fuel is the food I feed once a bitch reaches six weeks in pups. The last couple years I have been using Lily's Kitchen's Puppy Food. You can buy bitch specific food, but any quality puppy food will give your bitch everything she needs coming into whelp and whilst suckling her pups.
Just thought I would mention something I was not so happy at the vets with, was the price of the scan, which was £51.38p. Now just under twelve months ago I had a scan done and it cost £36.94p. That is around a 39% rise in price in less than twelve months, which I do not understand seeing as we are meant to be in zero inflation at the moment. Lol
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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