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I would post this in the breeders section, however I do not have access to it yet.

Before I begin, I would like to say that I own, work and show American Bulldogs.

I registered for this forum because my mother owns 2 Chihuahua's a male - 3.5 years and a female 11 months and her female is pregnant. They are both between 2.5-3 lbs.

Now before responding to this thread, please do not lecture about proper breeding practices because I have already spoke to her about it. What's done is done and she has already fixed her male. I'm assuming that whelping American Bulldogs and Chihuahua's are 2 different things. I told her that it is a great possibilty that she could lose her dog in the birthing process and now she is scared and wants me to help her..I know NOTHING about Chihuahua's!

She believes that the pups are due around the 3rd week in March and is taking her to have her x-ray in another week.

So with that being said...I need a laundry list of things needed and what to do so that we can be as prepared as possible for these pups. I need to know what she needs to be giving the expectant mother (supllements?) as well.

I forgot to mention that she bought her male chi from a pet store and her female from a BYB.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

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I have no advice I just wanted to let you know that I will be praying for the little chi to be safe during the pregnancy and whelp. I would worry greatly that if she is as small as you say that this could go very badly for her.

I hope you get the help you need. Good luck and please keep us updated.
 

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The ex-ray will hopefully allow the vet to determine the number and potential size of the pups so he will be able to decide if a c-section may be necessary. With the young age of the mother, he will also take into consideration whether her pelvis can accomodate a natural whelping process. Even if she is able to give birth naturally, she may want to consider planning the delivery at the vet or with you in attendance (since you are experienced in birthing) in case the young mother may or may not instinctively know what to do in the birthing process. Since your mom has no data on what is in the background of the parents (pet shop and BYB breeder generally don't provide this information) I would be concerned about sizes of the pups. Also, if there is only a singleton pup, it can often be quite large and create a difficult delivery.

As you already know from breeding your own bulldogs, watching for a change in mom's temperature and nesting behavior will hopefully alert you to an imminent delivery time. A change in mom's diet ( I feed puppy food) while carrying her litter is important, monitoring the birth weigh and making certain the pups continue to nurse and gain weight is essential. Chis are prone to drops in their blood sugar levels, so a product such as Nutrical must be on hand to treat them immediately if needed. A whelping box, clean towels, a heating pad, scissors, scales etc. will be needed much like you prepare for you bulldogs puppies.

http://www.petchidog.com/Pregnant_Chihuahuas.html

My prayers will be with the mom and her little ones. Blessings, Deb
 

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Keep us updated, I can tell you are very concerned. I would definately recommend the x-ray, I think 2 puppies would be a perfect amount for one her size (she is too little too breed safely). If she only had one the puppy could get too large and not pass through the birth canal.

Please please keep us updated, i'm anxious to hear how everything turns out!
 

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The ex-ray will hopefully allow the vet to determine the number and potential size of the pups so he will be able to decide if a c-section may be necessary. With the young age of the mother, he will also take into consideration whether her pelvis can accomodate a natural whelping process. Even if she is able to give birth naturally, she may want to consider planning the delivery at the vet or with you in attendance (since you are experienced in birthing) in case the young mother may or may not instinctively know what to do in the birthing process. Since your mom has no data on what is in the background of the parents (pet shop and BYB breeder generally don't provide this information) I would be concerned about sizes of the pups. Also, if there is only a singleton pup, it can often be quite large and create a difficult delivery.

As you already know from breeding your own bulldogs, watching for a change in mom's temperature and nesting behavior will hopefully alert you to an imminent delivery time. A change in mom's diet ( I feed puppy food) while carrying her litter is important, monitoring the birth weigh and making certain the pups continue to nurse and gain weight is essential. Chis are prone to drops in their blood sugar levels, so a product such as Nutrical must be on hand to treat them immediately if needed. A whelping box, clean towels, a heating pad, scissors, scales etc. will be needed much like you prepare for you bulldogs puppies.

http://www.petchidog.com/Pregnant_Chihuahuas.html

My prayers will be with the mom and her little ones. Blessings, Deb
Deb,

I'm sorry but I should have been more clear. I have never whelped a litter..now obviously being connected in the bulldog community and being close to the breeder we acquired our dogs from, I have been exposed to some things of the birthing process.

I do know about taking the mom's temp, having a whelping area but that's about it!! I told my father to build a whelping box with a rail but don't chi's have an issue with maintaining their body heat?? So where do I put the heating pad so the baby/babies don't scorch themselves?

Both of my parents are nurses so they do have sterile equipment to cut umb cords but what if a pup gets stuck in the birth canal? How do you pull it out without breaking it's neck?

Since the mom is so immature, what if she won't nurse? What type of formula is used to hand feed the chi's?

So to sum it up...I am completely clueless..LOL!

Even though I am disappointed that my mom let this happen, I don't want the mother pup to die/be hurt due to her ignorance of breeding such a small breed!

Thanks to the other 2 that offered words of encouragement..we will definately need it!
 

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I am sending you a PM (personal message.
Blessings, Deb
 

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I hope things work out for the little momma. Please keep us posted. I am glad she is going in for xrays.
 

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Our thoughts are with you. Someone here should be able to help, also your mums vet should be able to give you all the info you need.
 
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