As a pet owner, you’re responsible for a lot of your pet’s life. That means helping your cat or dog through pregnancy. If your pet is expecting, you should know what to expect and how to deal with it.
You’ll probably know that your pet is expecting, unless she spends a lot of time alone where males have access to her. Signs may be excessive weight gain, lethargy, loss of appetite, and swollen nipples. Once you know for certain that your furry friend will soon have little ones, there are some things you can do to make life easier for her and be prepared.
See the Vet
You want to make sure it’s a healthy pregnancy, so see your vet as often as may be necessary. There are potential problems, such as infections, and you want to avoid those at all costs.
Prepare Your Home
Your pet needs a clean, comfortable place to sleep throughout the pregnancy. And, of course, a safe place to give birth. This area should be protected from the weather and safe from any other potentially bothersome pets or children. There should be plenty of water and food, and any blankets should be kept as clean as reasonably possible.
When the Babies Come
Gently clean the new additions with just a bit of warm water and clean towel. Keep them warm and make sure that they’re not at risk of getting caught in blankets, or of their mother accidentally rolling over on them. Watch the mother carefully for a while to make sure she is taking to her brood. Keep the little family nice and warm, but not too hot, and out of the elements. Feed mommy good quality food, or anything suggested by your vet.
Of course, you should take everyone to see the vet as soon as possible after the birth to make sure they’re all okay. We love new puppies and kittens, and we’re happy to help you and your pets through the process of birth. Call us and Pet Vet Hospitals and let us meet the mom-to-be.