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The typical litter size for a Boxer is 6 puppies, nevertheless it is also possible to have as little as 2 or up to 10 puppies.
In case an owner is properly prepared, delivering Boxer puppies at home is reasonably simple for most cases. Nevertheless, birthing problems, or dystocia, can happen even in healthy dogs. Causes of dystocia include unusually large puppies, uncommon position of puppies, birth defects or death of the puppies, issues with the pelvic canal or uterine exhaustion in the mother. In case the mother seems to be having difficulties to give birth, call a vet right away.
Here’s an AMAZING video of the birth of a Boxer puppy. WARNING: This may be disturbing to some people.
1. Seek advice from your vet during the Boxer’s pregnancy. He will determine a due date and inform you the number of puppies to expect. He may likewise have the ability to predict complications based on the Boxer’s medical history. For instance, if she has suffered a past pelvic fracture, she might encounter birthing problems.
2. Put together a whelping box. This is a comfortable, quiet nest where the Boxer will give birth to her puppies. Put a heating pad in the bottom of the box, covered by soft blankets. The box should be about 85-degrees Fahrenheit. This will help preserve the proper body temperature for the new puppies. Cover this with newspapers and plastic sheets that you may take out for effortless clean-up during and after the birthing process.
3. Monitor the mother as the due date approaches. She may have contractions for 6 to 12 hours prior to the birthing commences, occasionally accompanied by nervousness or crying. As soon as the abdominal contractions turn out to be visible, it’s time for the puppies to move through the birth canal. You should see crowning (the first puppy’s head exiting the birth canal) within 1 hour.
4. Let the mother to give birth unaided provided that delivery seems to be running nicely. In case it seems that a puppy is stuck in the birth canal, softly but securely grab the puppy and slowly ease it out. In case you are not able to take out the puppy, call the vet right away. Sometimes, puppies should be delivered by Cesarean section.
5. Ensure the mother takes out the protective sac and umbilical cord from each puppy. In case she doesn’t, cautiously do this yourself. The sac tears very easily. Tie a thread firmly around the base of the umbilical cord to remove it. Instantly put the pup back with the mother.
6. Clean the location by taking away the dirty newspapers and plastic. Maintain the room warm, dimly lit and peaceful and don’t permit other pets into the room. Leave the puppies with the mother, and come back frequently to ensure they have located the nipples and are nursing.
Tips & Warnings
Call the vet right away in case the mother has issues breathing, vomits too much or discharges a greenish vaginal discharge, or in case she has had noticeable contractions for more than one hour without giving birth or hasn’t given birth to the expected number of pups inside 4 hours.