Sunday, July 31, 2011

Paika's temperature drops

This morning Paika's temperature dropped to 99.7 so most likely she will start to whelp within 24 hours, probably tonight or tomorrow morning. Now at 1 PM she is resting comfortably in the whelping box. She has not eaten anything yet today.

Update 10:30 PM
Things are pretty quiet. Paika has spent all day in the whelping box stretched out. She ate very little but enjoyed a mix of goat milk with vanilla ice cream. It should give her some glucose and calcium, both necessary for the whelping process. In the evening she started to breathe more heavily and dig a little bit. All these signs are completely normal and indicate that she is in the first stage of labor. This stage can last from 4 to 24 hours so it is hard to say when she will transition to the stage II.

She is in my den and there is a big desk between her whelping box and me, so I can't really see her when I sit in front of my computer. I set up a webcam on my desk and I can watch her on my screen without bothering her. This way I can do some work too and at the same time can monitor her. I like the webcam  (Logitech QuickCam Orbit AF) because I can change its position and tilt from the software without touching hardware. I can take pics and videos and the pic below is an example of mid-resolution shot. There are many options, but of course, the higher resolution the larger size of file. I can zoom on her too while she moves around the box.

I'll probably stay with her all night.

10:30 PM - Paika in the whelping box on her back.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Good day for Paika

Today was a good day for Paika as she was pretty active. Last night she finally ate a full portion of Canidae, and today she has been eating pretty well. In the morning she ate some of Oma's Performance raw food. Later I went shopping for groceries and got her fresh chicken giblets. She really liked them.

She walked around quite a bit and once she came across a rabbit scent trail, her tail went up and she was ready to follow into thick brush. She does not look like she will be whelping soon. And this is fine with me as it gives me more time to get ready!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Getting closer...

Today we got a whelping box ready for Paika. It is placed in my den, and this is where Paika and pups will be staying for the first few weeks. Paika went right into the box and stayed there probably 40% of the time. She has been eating very poorly today even though I offered her a variety foods. Even though she usually has a voracious appetite, she is probably not going to eat much until she whelps.

Today I have been reading the latest book by Myra Savant-Harris "Advanced Canine Reproduction and Puppy Care", and I learned some new things. I highly recommend the book, which currently is on sale at amazon.

I think that Paika might start to whelp as early as Sunday.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

One week to go

One week before due date - Paika longingly looks ahead at the field where she used to run rabbits.

Paika looks big and full of pups. She is in a good spirit though, eats well and goes for walks.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Deworming during pregnancy

Today Paika was given 3 grams of Safe-Guard (fenbendazole) in order to prevent prenatal infection with roundworms. The treatment has to be given 3 days in a row. For more information on deworming a pregnant bitch go here or here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Paika is getting big and losing her appetite

I am going to document here Paika's last two weeks of her pregnancy, mainly for my own records. Paika's projected whelping date is around August 3 so we still have two more weeks. Today was the first day that in the morning she would not eat her breakfast consisting of dry Canidae food (for all life stages). However, when offered canned Canidae, she ate it with gusto. Her appetite is not as strong now in the morning as it used to be. She gets now three meals a day.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Two more weeks to go

I took Paika for our usual walk last evening. It was really hot, and we went to the pond. She went in right away, and after she came out all wet, I could really see that her bell is getting rounder quite rapidly. Two more weeks to go!

This feels sooo good!