Day 63: Wednesday - November 21st
The expectant mom begins to chew at her prepared bedding and digging. This is called "nesting". Your pregnant female may shred your towels and rearrange them. Panting occurs when she enters heavy labor. When her temperature drops down from 100.2-100.4 to nearly 97 degrees birth is imminent. Have a vet's emergency number handy just in case. She rejects her meals but might have a little bit of water. Keep offering she will eat when she is ready.
Tinkerbell is going through the first parts of POPCAN. She is becoming increasingly aggitated and restless. She refuses to leave the nesting area (bathroom) and has to be carried outside to go potty. She began lactating clear fluid last night and the puppies have had minimal movement.
Remember This Acronym!
P: Pupils Dialated
Panting occurs when the female enters hard labor.
She will be overly observant towards her rear end and stare.
Her pupils will dialate as well
Contractions can sometimes be seen when her abdomen sqeezes in on itself.
She will rotate in her bedding and readjust herself quite a bit before a puppy emerges.
She will dig and rip her bedding with her teeth, this is nesting.
If your female is experiencing POPCAN she is ready to give birth!
This will keep the time, date, weight, sex, color and birth order of the pups.
Labor usually begins when the female starts to show signs of impending birth. Humans cannot see early contractions but can gather information to infer birth is near. Tinkerbell has begun oozing a clear mucus and is currently running a temp in the low 99's. The mucus will change color through the hours from clear to almost forest green. When you hit the green stage that means the placenta has detached from the uterus and the pups are on the way down the birth canal. Right now are just the begining contractions of a labor of love this evening. Place down plenty of food and nice cold water.
Do not panic if she does not produce milk straight away after the first pup emerges. She will often bite or growl at the newborn during contractions. It is best to keep the pup in a seperate box until birthing is complete. The female may be nervous at the fact of the removal of her offspring but let her sniff her baby when she wants it. Let her know her baby is in good hands.
When the puppy emerges (this is in Tinkerbell's case) she needs assistance because of her size she cannot turn around to break the sac open to let the puppy breathe. When you get an umbilical cord, tie two strings around the cord leave an inch between the strings. Cut between the strings and lay the sac on a towel. The other end might go back into the female, dont worry. She will pass the placenta soon. She will then eat it. Dont take it from her. This will replace valuable iron and other nutrients taken from her during pregnancy and birth. Rupture the sack with your fingernails or even the tip of the sissors. Be careful not to nick the pup inside. The bag will open and you will have a limp puppy. Pick the puppy up and place the head at your fingers and the rear towards the heel of your hand.
Keeping a firm clasp but not a strangling grip shake the puppy downward forcefully, head towards the floor to force any fluids out of the lungs. Immediately rub the puppy vigorously with a dry towel until you get a good strong yelp. This means the lungs and breathing passages are clear of amniotic fluid. Place the newborn with the mother for her to get its scent but be wary of aggression towards it when she has more contractions. Repeat until whelping is complete. Place all puppies on fresh bedding with the mother in the whelping box and offer fresh food and water.