Saturday, January 28, 2006
Temperature Drop Before Whelping? Has it always worked for you?
The temperature drop was always reliable - but not this time
So, in 30 years of breeding dogs the temperature drop prior to whelping has worked everytime, without fail. In fact, it has been so reliable that when I was pregnant with my son I asked my obstetrician, "How would I know when the baby was going to be born?" He looked at me as if all my brains had failed and said, "You will feel labor pains, of course." No, thats not what I mean I said to him, "What are the signs like 24 hourse before, you know, like in dogs their temperature drops, 24 hours before and you know you are going to have puppies." I said this smoothly with a great deal of confidence, surely humans who were highly evolved had some efficient way of predicting imminent birth. He still had a strange look on his face and assured me that, "There is no such thing in people." I think he was glad when that appointment was over.
This time with Windy, and the litter of ten there was no temperature drop. All other signs of impending labor were in place, lack of appetite, a little bit of digging and sitting in the whelping box. A rather pensive look on her face. But her temperature was 101.4 the evening prior to whelping.
In checking with some other breeders, they also noted that the only time they had not had a temperature drop was in the case of an extra large litter. Is this a pattern? Has anyone else noticed this phenonma? Or, how accurate has the temperature drop proved for you in your breeding program?
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Posted by Hi Ho Dogs at 4:40 PM