Last Updated on September 27, 2021 by Fumipets
Dachshunds are affectionate and sweet-natured canines, and dachshund pups are especially adorable. If all goes well, the mother dachshund will look after her newborn puppies. You can be ready to assist if required.
For your dachshund’s delivery, prepare a clean and cosy whelping box. You should know how many pups the mother dog is expecting if you get her checked by a veterinarian throughout her pregnancy. Dachshund litters usually have five or six pups.
If required, assist the mother dachsie throughout the birthing process. The majority of dogs can cope with the birthing process without assistance or intervention. The mother dog may bite the umbilical cord after each youngster is delivered. Otherwise, you may help by gripping the chord with forceps at one finger’s breadth from the puppy and then cutting the cord with scissors. If the cord is bleeding, dab it with iodine to stop the bleeding. If the chord continues to bleed, contact a veterinarian. After the final puppy is delivered, clean the mother dog with a wet sponge.
The membrane and sack surrounding the puppy are usually cleared away by the mother dachshund; if not, be prepared to remove it yourself. Look for evidence of breathing in the puppy. If a puppy isn’t breathing, look for a blockage in the airway. Massage the newborn’s chest to encourage breathing, and if required, swing the puppy in your hands, head down, to clear the airway of mucous or foreign particles.
Feeding And Warming
To keep the puppies warm and dry, wipe them down with a towel. Wet pups may get cold very fast, which can be fatal. To keep the newborn pups warm, some breeders place a heat light above the whelping box. During labour, the room should be maintained warm, between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and draft-free.
Step 2 You should lead the pups to the mother’s teat after they are breathing and dry so they may begin to sip milk. If the pups refuse to eat—or if the mother dachshund will not allow them to eat—you may give them powdered puppy milk. Every two hours, feed newborn puppies from a feeding bottle.
As she continues to milk the newborn pups, feed the mother dachsie a high-protein, high-calcium diet. She needs calcium to restore her body’s reserves, as well as protein to give on to the puppies via her milk.
Using your scales, weigh each puppy on a regular basis. Every puppy should acquire weight at a consistent pace. Seek medical assistance if any of your puppies stop gaining weight or starts to lose weight. Ensure that all puppies have access to the mother’s milk; smaller or weaker puppies may need assistance to get access to the teat.