Canine Reproduction  & Whelping Guide   by Debbie Jensen
Due Date by Numbers

Letter to You
Why I became an Imperial Shih Tzu breeder

Whelping Photos
See pups as they are born

Heat Cycles
First days of heat

Pre Natal Care of pups
Care of the Bitch before and during Pregnancy

Mating your dog
Best days to bred your bitch

The Stud
His ability to produce sperm and mate and artificial insemination

Is she Pregnant
Signs she is pregnant

Java Due date
Inside her body fertilization to birth

Due Date Chart
Puppies are usually born 61 days after conception

Temp Chart
Taking a dogs temperature and recording her temp to predict her whelp day

Print Temp Chart
Taking her temp to determine whelping time

Whelping Supplies
Hemostats, bulb syringes, towels tons of them

Labor Stages
Digging, Shivering and Panting

See a Live Birth
See my Shih Tzu deliver a pup

Hard Labor Begins
Whelping the puppies

Aspirating Throat & Nose
Removing Fluids from the nasal passages

Umbilical Cord
How to cut the umbilical cord

Difficult Whelp (Dystocia)
What to do if shes in distress

What Can go Wrong - Movie
Distressed Pup and Mom

Care of Bitch
Discharge, Retained Placentas, Eclampsia

Puppy Care
Fading Pup, Bottle Feeding, Tube feeding, Vaccinations

Weaning the pups
Giving the pups food

Disease of Dogs
Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus

Worms and Fleas
Roundworm, tapeworm, Coccidia, Fleas & Giardia

Selling Your Puppys
Placing your Puppies

Terms of Breeding
Common breeder terms we all should know

More Whelping Photos

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This handy little script will calculate a due date based on the date of your first breeding 
and the standard of a 63 day gestation period.

Date of first breeding:        
                                          (MM/DD/YYYY format)

Estimated Due Date:

Coded for canines by R. Lynn Shell
Gryffyn's Aeyrie

Whelping Chart by hand below

How to use this chart

Scroll down the first set of dates on the left and locate the day and month your female was bred. The date to the right of your breed date is the estimated date your female will deliver her puppies

Example #1 : if your female was bred on 1st of Jan , she will be due on 4th of Mar

Example # 2 : bred 4 Mar , she is due 6 May

Note* Puppies are usually born 61 days after conception. It take 48 hours for the egg to ripen before the egg will allow penetration of sperm. If your female ovulates on day 11 of her cycle, than conception began on day 13 of her cycle. Not knowing exactly when ovulation occurs, this chart is as close as you can get to predicting her due date.

There are many factors that determine due date

1. first timers whelp later

2. large litters whelp earlier

To determine within 48 hours when your female is due to whelp go to Temperature Chart Page
Bred.... Due

1-Jan 4-Mar

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