Ceaser Birth & Mommy's reaction to her new off-spring

  • This thread has me a little worried…

    I have a bitch due around 13-15th June, and she too isnt very fond of babies... She has in the past growled at them, when they have been 'in her face', nothing more just a warning growl. At shows I have to be careful not to let the babies get in her face, (she doesnt like any rude dog in her face, shes just more intolerant of babies). In saying that, when Ochre had her 6 babies 2 years ago, I encouraged Vanda to play with them, when they were old enough, and I was really pleased with her behaviour. At first she hid on the chair, and growled when they jumped up to say hello, but that quickly stopped and she slowly began to play with them.

    I did wonder if I should breed her, and after much soul-searching, I decided to go ahead with this mating. I just hope we dont need a C.S. Thanks for the explanation of the hormones Ivoss... Would you breed the mother of the singleton litter again ???

  • Day 3 :<)

    All is well ! Mommy has adopted a "normal" mothering aspect and last night was left alone with her brood.

    I wiped the pups bums yesterday morning and cleaned them up a bit , and she dried them off (standard basenji licking up water) and that seems to have turned it around , once she started licking .
    I was expecting her to eat the poop , and she didnt , so it got a little messy. But now I cant see any poop so I presume she has dealt with it.
    She is reluctant to leave the pups now and only seems to leave to poop (at a previously proclaimed private carpet ? - never mind) , so all is peacefull.
    My home made whelping box with a built in warmer is working well.
    Weight increase of the pups is approx 15% , will keep monitoring as I am concerned she hasn't enuff milk. Her appetite seems OK.

    @ Saba , I think that 24/7 supervision for the 1st 36 hours is mandatory if you are concerned. Your B's personality is a mirror of mine, but as you see , in my case its working. Mine's initial roughness and subsequent death of the pup was probably due to her pain and disorientation from the op and anesthetic. If I had read the above before the event I would have been more vigilant , so I suppose I am to blame , but in retrospect , I dont believe she has enuff operational teats - so the fight for available food would have meant a weaker litter - so I am OK with the outcome (altho a little sad).

    Kris & Zinze and 4 bundles of joy

  • As lvoss stated-the hormones are not the same with a c-section. However, in my experience, especially with a bitch that is not particularily motherly, she tolerated them until about 3 weeks and then I had to make sure she went and fed them regularily. As for the not much milk, within the first two days, I found that the colostrum was not very thick, but was sufficient. When the milk came in, the teats were far larger and more milk was produced. The only think I had to watch for within the first couple of days-4-6 days for sure- was that she didn't go after the cords and rip them off (she didn't seem to like them there and she did manage to cut one very short) and that she didn't crush them. I keep them on mothers milk as long as possible. As long as they were gaining weight, I tried to keep her feeding them until about 5 weeks when I introduced pablum. Everyone is different in how they whelp their puppies.

    With a c-section you kind of have to remember she went to sleep with a big fat belly and came out with these wriggling things that were sucking on her and she probably has no idea what they are and she's sore. We had one bitch where we had to muzzle her for the first couple of days until her hormones came down and her milk came in. Just be very careful with them and things should be not too bad.

  • I have opted not to breed the mother of my singleton again. I think with a natural birth she may have been a better mother and after week 3 she truly was a good mom as far as socialization and schooling goes and continues to adore her son. She also has been wonderful with socialization and schooling of her half sister's puppies, she just isn't real into the whole nursing and mothering thing. I have a pretty full house at the moment so no need to breed her again especially since she wasn't real keen on it.

  • I think some females just don't want to be moms. I know when Becca had her litter she was ok with it but wasn't too fond of it. I never bred her again.

  • Im glad Mum seems to have settled into motherhood a little better Krissteyn…

    I can only hope Vanda is going to be ok... I am with them and sleep next to the whelping box, for the first 3 weeks or so, so she will be well supervised... X-ray on Fri to count the little darlings, and so I know when to panic in the middle of the night, when things might start to go wrong !!!

    Thanks for the info Ivoss, something to mull over after this litter is off to their new homes, and when I feel like breeding again, when Im more hoooooman !!!

  • Saba - I'm sure everything will be ok. In my experience most Basenjis are natural mothers even when not happy with other dogs' puppies. The main problem is when it isn't a natural birth as Ivoss and others have said.

    I think we all worry that there could be problems - that's natural. Unless absolutely necessary please leave Vanda to get on with it but a good idea to stay near both before and after the births.

    Keep us informed!

  • Patty I think your are/were spot on…

    Vanda had her beautiful babies in the early hours of Sat, (10th June), with very little issues !!! She had 3 red/white girls, 1 tri girl and 1 red/white boy :-)...

    I will put more in the breeders section...

  • congrats to mommy and guardians,,, may your house be blessed with puppyness !

    kris (also proud)

  • Congratulations and hugs to Mummy Vanda.

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