There can be no second thoughts on the fact that puppies make the life of the owners happier and brighter. They bring a new ray of warmth to any home and it brings a feeling of a new baby that needs to be taken care of. However apart from playing and cuddling with your pet, you can also earn monetary profits by selling the puppies to other people. So you have a Shih Tzu that you want to breed? No matter if you are looking to profit from it or just add to the canine family members, there are somethings that you should know before you introduce your Shih Tzu to the exciting world of love and baby making.
The crucial aspect to keep in mind while breeding is the health conditions of the sire and the dam. Firstly you have to get the breeding animals to the vet so that they can be checked up thoroughly for any illness or defect in genes that may later on affect the health of the puppies. Some of the common health issues with the canines are hip dysplasia through radiography, cataracts, urine tests like BUN and Creatinine, retinal atrophy and ectropion of the eyes. Usually the dogs get heated up as early as 6 months of age and females should ideally be bred at the second heat at around a year old or maybe further. For a successful mating the dog should be 3 lbs heavier than the female. When the menstruation or heat has started the Shih Tzus should be bred at 9, 11 and 13th day from the day of menstruation. It usually takes one breeding to produce the puppies, however repeated breeding usually maximizes the sire and the chance of pregnancy goes up. Dams who have crossed 7 years and have already produced 3 families should be stopped from breeding because it may cause further problems to the puppies as well as the dog.
It is a fatal mistake to overdose the female with a diet of fat after the breeding as heavier dams usually cause dystocia or difficult whelping. After a week has passed since the breeding, a vet should be consulted to ensure the dam and the puppies are healthy. Usually 50 days after the date of breeding X-rays and Ultrasound are done where the puppies are counted. You just have to provide a lot of water to the dam and before the delivery schedule; the dam should be provided diet for easy puppy discharge.
It is vital that as dog owners, you should read and be aware of the risks and preparations that you should do while your dog is about to give birth to offspring. The most important thing to know is how to simplify assisted whelping to be able to attend to your dog in case dystocia takes place. The puppy expulsion and interval should ideally be within a time frame of 30 minutes and 1 hour. If it takes more than an hour, that means you should call a vet immediately as it is an emergency situation. You should be in constant communication with the vet so that regular checkups are done and chances of dystocia and other difficulties are reduced significantly.
Problems in whelping usually are quite rare; however as an owner if you are prepared then you can expect the delivery will be normal. It usually takes an average span of 60 days before you can welcome the new Shih Tzu into the world and in to your family.
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