Behavioral Changes Associated With Spaying Or Neutering Your K9
Spaying and neutering does affect the behavior of dogs in some ways, however this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Accidentally Mating Your K9
If your female dog is not spayed, then an accidental mating (or misalliance) is always a possibility. A non-neutered male will do almost anything to get to a female dog in heat, and their determination may well lead to success. This often results in a pregnant bitch and a litter of unwanted puppies. What do you do when this happens?
K9 Heat Cycle
If you are planning on breeding your dog, it’s important that you’re familiar with a normal heat cycle. That way you know what to expect, and when to expect it.
Raising K9 Orphan Pups
Sometimes a bitch isn’t at all interested in rearing her pups, and if that happens, it’s up to you to do the job for her. This can be a lot of work, but is very satisfying to see the pups thrive under your care.
Problems With K9 Pregnancy
When you are breeding your dog, you spend a lot of time making sure she is in the best of health, and choosing the right stud dog for her. After a successful mating, you should be able to relax and enjoy her pregnancy, shouldn’t you? That’s not necessarily the case, and there are several things that can go wrong during the 63 day gestation period.
Reasons For Difficult K9 Births
The term “dystocia” means difficult delivery, and it is a common reason for late night phone calls to veterinarians!
What Happens During A K9 Cesarean Section
If your dog needs a Cesarean section to deliver her pups, you may feel anxious and worried, and rightly so. Any surgical procedure does have its risks, however Cesarean sections usually result in a very positive outcome for the bitch and any pups that are still alive in her uterus.
Health Check Before Breeding Your K9
It’s important that your dog and your bitch are in excellent health before they are bred. This will give you the best chance of a successful pregnancy and a healthy litter.
K9 Genetic Testing Of Breeding Stock
These days, puppy buyers are more aware of potential health issues that are associated with their breed. This means that breeders of pedigree dogs are expected to test their stock for any genetic diseases. By doing so, they can inform their puppy buyers of any disease risk in their new four legged family member.
4 Important Steps To Caring For A Pregnant K9 Bitch
Although most bitches breeze through their pregnancy with no problems, you can still reduce the chances of things going wrong by caring for her correctly.
Caring For A Newborn K9 Puppy
When it comes to raising puppies, being a mom is instinctive for most dogs. This means you may not have to be actively involved in caring for your new litter, but you do need to keep a close eye on the K9 family to make sure everything is okay.
When it’s time for your dog to give birth, you need to be prepared for all eventualities. Prepare a whelping kit which includes clean towels, surgical gloves, a hemostat, clean scissors and some clean cotton thread. Don’t forget to keep the phone number of your nearest emergency vet handy, should your bitch need help to deliver her babies.