The Bluebonnet Norfolk Terrier Club does not recommend, guarantee, endorse, nor rate these recommendations or contributors, their kennel or their stock. The purpose of this section is to share the knowledge and experience of breeders who have vast experience in whelping and raising puppies. The tips and tricks below are intended to augment qualified veterinarian care, not as a substitute for qualified veterinarian care of the dam and puppies.
Selecting a Stud Dog: Only breed to a stud dog that you yourself or a trusted breeder has evaluated, listing the dog's faults and virtues. Talk with other breeders, ideally those who have used this dog themselves, and ask why they bred to the dog and if they achieved their goals in the breeding. Ask what health clearances the stud dog has and be prepared to offer the owner of the stud dog proof of your bitch's health clearances. Some of the best litters bred have been from dogs that did not achieve their championship, so do not fall into the abyss of believing that because a dog is a top winning dog in the ring it is the best stud dog for your bitch. If you are not in a position to get out to see other breeding stock in the country, ask a breeder you respect to look for a compatible dog for your bitch.
Labor Rules of Thumb: If four hours pass without the appearance of a puppy, or if ore than two hours elapse between puppies, trouble may be brewing.
Puppy Vaginitis: A tablespoon of Tomato Juice daily helps acidify the vaginal tract to prevent puppy vaginitis.
You can check the ph of the milk with litmus paper and in my case, only one nipple was affected. I taped it off so the pup could not nurse from it and all was fine from then on. This did happened with her second and third litter - no problem with the first. Lindsay SimonHunts End
Care must be taken to follow your veterinarian’s recommendations regarding medication administration for the pregnant or lactating bitch. Everything the dam ingests affects the puppies from inception through the nursing cycle..