Dachshund pregnancy: Anything I should know?
Breeding your dachshund is a serious decision you should not take lightly.
Pregnancy has its unique way of changing not just the life of your doxie, but also your life.
Whether you are still planning to breed your wiener dog or your dog is already pregnant, you need to read this blog. In this post, let me share with you some of the important things you need to know about dachshund pregnancy.
When Should I Let My Dachshund Get Pregnant?
On average, sexual maturity occurs in female dogs around six months of age. However, smaller dogs, like dachshunds, tend to undergo the “heat” cycle earlier than other dogs.
Not only that, but dachshunds and other smaller dogs heat more often than bigger dogs. For example, bigger dogs only heat approximately every six months or twice a year. On the other hand, smaller dogs can have as much as four cycles per year.
Most experts would advise that you should not let your dachshund get pregnant on the first cycle as this may present higher pregnancy risks. Most would tell you to at least wait for the first birthday of your doxie to start breeding.
What Are The signs of Pregnancy?
Just after a few days of mating, dachshunds may present early signs of pregnancy. The most obvious sign would be enlarged nipples. Your doxie’s appetite would also increase, but weight gain happens after a few weeks. Morning sickness may even happen.
Nevertheless, please note that dogs also experience false pregnancy. To confirm pregnancy, your vet may do a few tests and physical examination on your dog. These include hormone tests, blood tests, palpation, ultrasound, and X-ray.
What Happens During the Pregnancy Period?
After about four weeks, you would observe vaginal discharge. In one and a half months, your doxie would eat about 50 percent more than before. You would also observe her tummy getting larger by the week after a month.
The pregnancy period of dogs lasts for about 58-68 days. In the final weeks of pregnancy, your doxie will have a rapid weight gain accompanied by her belly becoming bigger. Due to increased size, your dog becomes less active.
Dachshunds are known to produce about 3-4 puppies per litter. In some rarer cases, they may produce up to six puppies.
What Happens During Labor?
On the final weeks of your doxie’s pregnancy, it is advisable that you have her checked at least once a week by your vet. From there, you get an idea when your doxie will most likely deliver her puppies.
According to some breeders, dogs who are about to enter labor would usually lose appetite 24 hours prior to giving birth. Not only that, but there’s a sudden decrease in your dog’s body temperature.
Your doxie will experience a few contractions and would repeatedly lick her vulva. There would then be a gray water sac that will emerge out from the vulva, which your dog may bite to break her water. Once her water breaks, expect for the first puppy to be delivered within an hour. Usually, it is giving birth to the first puppy that’s the most difficult. Thus, be sure to update your vet at least every 15 minutes on your dog’s progress.
Before you get your dog pregnant, make sure that her vaccinations such as canine distemper, rabies, hepatitis, and parvo shots are updated. These vaccines should not be given during pregnancy.
Another consideration you should remember is that there are some medications that could be harmful to your pregnant doxie and to her litter. Be sure to discuss this with your vet as well. If ever you need to use parasite control and deworming medication, ask your vet regarding its safety.
Moreover, a raw diet is not recommended for both pregnant and lactating dogs. Instead, you would need to provide high-quality dog food that includes essential vitamins and nutrients. Supplements are also discouraged unless specifically advised by the vet.
Taking Care of Your Dachshund’s Pregnancy
These are some of the important things you need to know about dachshund’s pregnancy. The earlier you know these things, the better. Preparing your doxie for pregnancy should start while she is young. As much as possible, pregnancy should be planned to decrease the risk of complications and health problems.
As always, speak to your vet to learn more. Read about the topic and do your independent research. The more details and information you have, the better it is for you to take care of your doxie.