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Old 02-05-2009, 09:35 PM
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My cousin took a jack russel off her other cousin, for not looking after her very well. She is 13 months old, wasnt fed very well or cared for very much, which in iteslf makes us both really angry (my counsin and I)
The JR is pregnant, they dont know an exact date but know it sohuld be sometime in the next 10 days max.

She rang me to ask me a question, thinking I would know, but I dont.

The dogs nipples have been larger for some time, but now her breasts themselves are becoming fuller and the fur either falling out or being pulled out of the lowest down ones (only those so far)

She asked if I had any idea how long/soon after this the dog may go into labour.

I wondered if anyone here could answer?
I googeld it for her and got anything from SOON to a week! Just wondered if anyone could offer anything a bit less vague, or it if it is literally anything up to about a week, or less.

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Old 02-05-2009, 09:58 PM
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From my experience it could be up to 2 weeks, Fifi's hair started falling out about 2 weeks before, but with her breasts getting fuller I will say a few days. I am in NO way an expert so maybe someone with more experience can help more.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:12 PM
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Thanks, every little bit of info helps.
And I know NOTHING of dog breeding!

The other cousin whose dog it was hasnt even called to see if she is ok, and the cousin that has her now has ahd her 4 days. Shows how little she cared for her!
I am just glad she doesnt have the dog anymore, she has different ideas on animal welfare than us, she is a "traveller" and a lot of her friends etc treat their pets very differently.

she was mostly fed on table scraps, and allowed to raoma bout their camps as and when she pleased, from just a few weeks old she was kept outside.

AT least she will have a better life now.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:38 PM
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Around 24hrs before birth they will produce milk.
They get very restless when early labour starts. They tend to have nesting instinct kicking in, pawing their bed , going round and round trying to get comfy. Had a bitch years ago that wouldn't get off our lap. It can be a comfort to go to "mummy" cause the pain is starting. they can want more attention. Some go off their food as well just before. Really it's pretty similar to humans if you think about it.
My Jack Russell is 16 months old. I wouldn't have wanted her having pups at 13 months so I wish this one the best, Bless her, I hope she takes it in her stride.

I took on a collie bitch last year that was in pup and the owner was going to shoot the pups. She had a gorgeous litter of springer cross collie pups. Adorable and they all have fantastic homes and I get regular updates from their new owners. It was well worth the effort and stress of rasing them. My friend actually wanted to rehome the bitch but the owner wanted her back, that's another story though!

Good luck to her, it's nice and messy lol. At least these will be small. Honking great collie cross pups and a bitch post labour make lotsa mess! My washing machine was constantly on washing bedding. I had half a dozen blankets and roatated them. Go out and get supplies before it starts and good luck.

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Old 02-05-2009, 11:22 PM
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Here's a good website with what to expect going into labor....

http://hubpages.com/hub/Pregnancy-and-Labor-in-Dogs

"Monitoring your dogís body temperature using a rectal thermometer is an easy way to predict when she will go into labor. Normal body temperature for a dog is between 99 and 102.5 degrees; it typically drops by 2 to 3 degrees 18 hours or less before whelping starts. Start taking your dogís temperature during what you believe to be the last 2 weeks of her pregnancy, so you find out what a normal body temperature is for her. Monitor her temperature twice a day. If her temperature falls and she hasnít gone into active labor within 24 hours, she may need to be examined by a veterinarian."
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:11 AM
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people say they produce milk within 24 hours before labor, but with my experience, my yorkie produced milk 2 weeks before each time... has she thought about taking the little girl to the vet to get an x ray done? they will be able to let her know a better estimate than what we could, expecially since we can't see her... But like brodys mom said the easiest way to tell is the temperature, also if u watch, a lot of dogs will loose their appatite, they also nest. (dig into things trying to make a bed) ALSO. a lot of dogs WILL NOT want to be by people when they have the babies, my haylee always tries to hide. so if shes starts trying to hide under things and what not, i reccomend taking her temp and seeing where shes at. umm hope this helps, and hope it makes sence LOL
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:46 AM
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thanks everyone, I will pass all this on to my cousin. Unfortunatly I cant see the dog either, as they live in Essex and it's a bit far.

This poor baby was fed table scraps, never de-flead or wormed, she also has a few patches of scabs,which sounds to me could be from flea bites.

My cousin has a vet appointment for tomorrow afternoon, so I should know more by tomorrow evening.

There are no signs of digging or nesting yet, I asked that.

thanks everyone
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:16 PM
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Let us know how the little one makes out with her pups. It is looks like you wrote the "travelers" condensed version of dog care here--I don't mean to find amusement in this. It is just a different way of life. I was trying to explain this to my daughter who grew up in Boston. I had her out to Galway last year and she saw for herself--I think she thought I just make all this stuff up. So the cousin gave up the dog without a bother, that is good.
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