just gave birth
April 23, 2009 2:40am CST
my german shepherd dog named ginger gave birth 11 days ago. She has 1 girl and 1 boy puppies. ginger is 1 yr and 11 months. shell be turning 2 on may 1 next month. its her first time to be a mom and were pretty excited to see her with puppies. the puppies are so cute, they're gaining weight everyday. BTW, i would like to ask what food should i give for her to have more milk to feed the puppies??
• United States
23 Apr 09
congratulations on the new babies. My rottie just had puppies too. My Vet suggested that I mix an egg in with her food for extra protein and make sure that she has plenty of water. She is eating like crazy, how about your dog?
• United States
23 Apr 09
Frequency of Breeding Ideally, a b!tch should only be bred every other year and she should not be bred much before two years of age. The season closest to the second birthday is a good one to start with; certainly no earlier than this. In some breeds, you may need to wait one more season before beginning. By this time, she is better prepared mentally for having puppies than she would have been with her first few seasons. Her physical growth is complete and pregnancy at this point won't endanger her health, provided that she is healthy to begin with. In breeds with Hip Dysplasia, many people wait until after two years of age so that the parents can be certified; however if you have sent in xrays to OFA for preliminary evaluation and they came back as fine, many breeders consider it safe enough to then breed on the season closest to the second year, which can wind up being before the b!tch is actually old enough to be certified. (And when the b!tch is old enough, she is, of course, duly certified.) But the preliminary xrays must be examined by OFA, not by a local veterinarian. There are many dysplastic dogs out there that had vets look at their xrays and pronounce them "wonderful." It's important, however, to keep the frequency of breeding low. Even at maximum, you want to allow at least one unbred season between breedings. This allows your b!tch to rest and regain her strength. A b!tch that whelps too often will produce weaker puppies more likely to die, and the repeated pregnancies are pretty rough on her, too. For dogs, they should definitely have all their certifications necessary. For many breeds this means that they should be over two years old. Since a dog can be bred at any time, unlike b!tches, waiting for two years is not a problem, whereas a b!tch often has a season just before two years of age and then has to wait until 2.5 or three which sometimes presents problems in trying to time her litters. But this does not apply to a stud dog, so he should definitely have all of his checks and certifications before being bred. Frequency is not generally a problem although some dogs have problems with sperm production if they breed once a day for several days. They need top-quality feeding and care if they are going to be bred often. below is the link where I got this from. http://www.k9web.com/dog-faqs/breeding.html#frequency
25 Apr 09
Congratulations granmother. I think all those questions you are asking should be answered by your vet. Each puppy has different needs. My german sheperd puppy has to take vitamins everyday as she is growing very fast. They also have to have their vaccines.