Ysabel getting close now. Dolly's pups 5 days old. Snuggle Pad verdict. Lastly a new member to the pack
Ysabel is now on the last leg of her pregnancy & is looking very well. She has her milk coming in & from today we will be watching her around the clock. This is the hard bit waiting & watching but is important to not take your eye of the ball at this stage, as when a pup is born the line between survival is a thin one, but care must always be taken not to interfere to much & this then can cause other problems like the Mum being confused when pups are born with to much interference & then rejecting them or being to over zealous & hurting the pups unintentionally. When being present at a Mum whelping it is important to be calm & quite around them. Also spending the time with them night & day prior to whelping gets them even more used to your presence & it is best to occupy your self like reading a book rather than sitting their just watching their every move as this can unsettle them & will pass the time quicker.
In are house at the moment we call the kitchen Labour Ward & are bedroom Maternity Ward, as the kitchen is set up with whelping box, heat lamp ( I find this one of the best heats to hold a puppy under & resusitate a puppy under), loads of towels in the airing cupboard (for drying pups with & wipeing up fluids from Mum), cupboard with subsitute milk , bottles & syringe for feeding pups if needed & other veterinary bits & bobs, loads of clean vet bedding, newspaper & lastly two comfortable chairs. This is were all are pups are born, as is a quite place, every thing needed is to hand & the floor is ceramic so easy to clean any mess up.
The bedroom which is Maternity Ward has whelping box, towels to rub Mum down before going back in with pups if she has got wet, calcium tablets & tub of Canin Royal Reproduction food. All Mums once finished having their pups are then carefully moved to are bedroom for 7-10 days to be kept quite, pups & Mum observed & kept warm. When well established they then live back in the kitchen until they go to their new homes from 8 weeks onwards.
Dolly's pups are actually starting to look tubby & their noses are already fully pigmented which you would not expect yet if they were Cavalier King Charles Spaniel pups. When Dolly's pups were born on the 9th August 2010 in the blog on that day I mentioned that I was useing "Snuggle Pads" for the first time, which are a heat pad for keeping pups warm under their bedding or on top of their bedding. The unique thing about these pads is that you heat them by microwaving them & they hold heat up to 10 hours, normal heat pads are normally electric & controlled by a thermastat so there are a couple of risks involved in useing them like the Mum chewing electric cable or thermastat not working & pups getting cold or burnt, so I have never used heat pads before because of these risks. These microwaveable heat pads though are brilliant & I would recommend them to any one who was expecting a litter of pups. They are easy to use with no risk to burning your pups if heated for the right amount of time & they do stay warm like they say.
Lastly we have a new member to are pack. He is a georgeous Black & Tan Cavalier boy called Oscar. He is 18 months old & has no white on him anywhere. I thank his previous owner for allowing us to purchase him from her & he is sure to make a worthy Stud dog with his, health, looks,confirmation, breeding & temperment. He is already settling in & as usual not a growl or murmer from my pack when they met him. Will post photos of him tomorrow so you can see how good looking he is.
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“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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