We go to extremes in planning our litters. We take precaution to only have up to 2 litters at one time. Much dedication and time go into caring for the puppies, and we feel we can “keep up” with 2 litters.
When our females go into heat, we do progesterone testing to know exactly when they should ovulate. This gives you the perfect dates to breed. Instead of “guessing” the due date, the results from the progesterone testing, helps you calculate a more accurate due date.
We confirm pregnancies by ultrasound, and later have an x-ray done to give us an idea of the litter size. When we deliver naturally, we are there to assist the mom to deliver each and every puppy. She is never left to do it all alone.
“Sami Jo” having an x-ray
Recently, we have chosen to deliver by planned c-section for the majority of our litters. This makes it easier on the mom and us too!
C-section eliminates the countless hours of being in labor,
(Sami Jo has the record of 36 hours of labor)
and saves the strength for the mom to take care of her babies.
It also helps rule out the complications you often run into with delivering naturally.
There are controversies on c-sections.
But we have “full faith” in our vet and his staff, to know that our mom and the puppies are in the best of hands!