Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Won't Be Long Now
Whew, we're finally ready for puppies. The basement whelping area is cleaned, rearranged, and the flooring has been redone. Our pups are raised in the house of course, and the basement gives Fern some privacy at first. Because my fish room is in the basement, as well as the laundry room, we are up and down a lot but it's easy to keep the other dogs from checking in on all the activity. Max obviously wants to be a part of all the excitement. He'll be a great puppy sitter eventually.
Today is the 58th day, the earliest a litter is likely to be whelped, but earlier than I want pups to arrive. 61 days is more typical, and weekend pups would be nice since our Repro Vets have someone on call for whelping problems on weekends and at night.
Tonight I'll start taking Fern's temperature as there is normally a drop in temperature before the pups arrive. It doesn't tell you when, but a normal temperature generally means that pups will not be arriving in the next 24 hours - assuming you are taking the temperature regularly and didn't miss the drop. Some bitches stop eating before whelping, but that does NOT include most Dal girls!
For now, Fern is back in her favorite spot, behind the family room chair. She'll eat breakfast in the pen, and spend part of the day there. This evening she will move to the pen and start sleeping there as well. Won't be long now!