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If you're unfamiliar with canine reproduction and gestation then it's in you and your dog's best interest to have her spayed after this litter. In the mean time, keep the puppies with mother until they are at absolute minimum 8 weeks of age, but preferably 10 weeks to ensure they are properly weaned and Mom has a chance to teach them a few manners most dog owners fail to teach themselves. Sell the puppies, don't give them away. If somebody has to fork over even as little as $25 for a puppy they are statistically more likely to invest a little time and effort to make sure their new puppy becomes an acceptable family pet. Are you able to do some rudimentary background/home checks for these puppies? Pitbulls have the reputation they have because the wrong people get ahold of them to boost their own ego and self image. The dogs are often neglected, poorly socialized, or discovered to NOT be the instinctually big, bad tough guy that the 18 year old person down the street thought he was when he bought him to chain him to his front porch to intimidate his freinds. They often just wind up wandering the streets or in shelters or rescues. Pits just happen to be the "tough dog" flavor of the week the last several years because they are still actively sought out for dog fighting purposes. Even a registered, professional breeder can't ensure 100% that this won't happen to their puppies so it's probably best not to perpetuate the problem when a quick $100 surgery at a Humane Society clinic will prevent it.
Clara, there is more to it than watching her pop out the puppies! You need to get some books and do some online reading about what you need to do here. You will have things to get ready and have on hand and how to be prepared.... also, be sure she has at least one vet visit before hand. The vet also needs to know the breeding date so s/he can plan the whelping date and you need to have that information too. The vet may need to be called in for emergency c-section and the puppies do need to be seen with their mother within 24 hours of birth.
Yes, very important point. Sometimes things go wrong during whelping and if they do it may not be during the vet's open business hours. Just to be safe make sure you have a vet you like and their emergency, after-hours number and make sure they actually provide emergency, after-hours services. Some vets don't. Keep some extra cash tucked aside in case something goes wrong and you find yourself with an emergency vet bill--they're very expensive! It will probably all go well but it doesn't hurt to be prepared.
You definitely don't want to get stuck going to one of the emergency clinics if your vet is willing to meet you so be sure you are prepared on this! The E clinics are really costly...an emercency C-section is around $1500 and can go higher! Be sure the last two weeks, she is eating puppy food too...She needs the extra nutrition and vitamins and be sure she does get good healthy exercise! Walks are fine for her... when you get closer to her date, a couple weeks away, we can give you a list of everything you need. One good thing though is a partner to help you help her....And remember, this is not a spectator sport....she does not need or want anyone else there to watch her, especially children! She needs you there and one other person that she is comfortable with and that is it....
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