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    Hi Guys, newbie here, sitting up late most nights, hoping my pug Polly doesn't go into labor.

    I'm so worried, she will go into labour when I am asleep. I'm watching her like a hawk everynight, and no signs yet. she is due on wednesday. She had surgical insemination, and is due on wednesday. This is a singleton pup, and being a maiden probably would not be able to deliver on her own. In case anyone is worried I'm breeding for nothing, Polly has impecable breeding, genetically stable and wonderful temperament, hence wanting her gene's to go on. In fact, her pups were pre sold to professional breeders, because her lines are so good. Because she is only having one, she/he is staying with us, and hopefully if he/she is exceptional, show and get another Champion on her pedigree.

    Her c-section is due on wednesday, but I'm so worried she will go into labour during the night.

    Has anyone had singletons and its worked out ok?

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    Only answering from a social aspect.......

    Singleton puppies often have social problems and can be either aggressive or anxious when they grow up....it would be great if you can find someone who has a litter of equal sized puppies and give your puppy plenty interaction with this other litter........Single puppies do not learn bite inhibition or how to deal with other dogs, unless you are in a multi dog household and allow all the other dogs to interact..

    My friend recently had a single newfie pup and her friend had six basset puppies, these were raised side by side, just to make sure the newfie had plenty of puppy interaction. I think the newfie thinks it is a basset.
    You will really have to go the extra mile to get you puppy well and truly socialized from as early as possible (3-8 weeks is very important)
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    Because of big puppy heads and pug structure, if a single puppy on Xray is large, most breeders would do the same as you and schedule a Caesarian for safety.

    From the socialisation side I've only reared on singleton litter, she did not meet any other puppies until 9 weeks, and never had socialisation problems but she did have a fair amount of time with well-socialised "aunties" and "uncles" and 6 month old "cousins" (my other dogs) daily for short visits from the time she could waddle so possibly that made the difference?

    The only other singleton litter I ever had (this was before the days of ultrasound) was actually whelped the day after another one of my girls had 7 puppies so I just divided the puppies between the two and they raised 4 each. Not helpful to you, sorry!

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    Yes aunties and uncles, and such make a huge difference, any dogs really...i did not think they had those when i answered
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    A friend of mine has from one bitch of hers had two singleton puppy litters. Both puppies are well adjusted, but then they do have other dogs in the house. It just takes more effort on behalf of the owners.

    3 Days out I start to keep a very close eye on my expectant mothers. They are not left outside unattended, even for toilet breaks. They sleep in my room and my door is closed. I do take their temperature twice a day and I do look for the labour signs of restlessness, scratching up bedding, vomitting etc.

    I think it would be worth you checking in with your vet, even just a phone call so he can talk you thru all the things to expect prior in case she starts before her scheduled C-S, or alternatively the breeder of your bitch, who will be experienced with pugs. However by three days out I'm taking temperatures 3 times a day.
    Last edited by MAC; 07-16-2012 at 01:09 PM.

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    Thanks so much for your advice guys. Polly is doing great, I have been taking her temperature and now it is 37.6. I have a vet appointment tomorrow, to have her prog test and see where she is at. Apart from the temp drop, everything else is normal. shes eating the same etc. This morning was the first time I heard her scratching at her bedding, but she hasn't done it since. My mum, who is a registered dog breeder of pugs, had a singleton her last litter. What a beautiful wonderful boy he was. The bitch delivered easily, but it was her second litter, the first she had seven so this was easy for her The puppy was an average size, and they have given me wonderful advice on how to raise a singleton. I am so excited about this very special little one coming that I am doing everything that I possibly can to make sure everything is ok, so I appreciate your advice, thank you for taking the time to answer.

    Take care...

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonblossom View Post
    Thanks so much for your advice guys. Polly is doing great, I have been taking her temperature and now it is 37.6. I have a vet appointment tomorrow, to have her prog test and see where she is at. Apart from the temp drop, everything else is normal. shes eating the same etc. This morning was the first time I heard her scratching at her bedding, but she hasn't done it since. My mum, who is a registered dog breeder of pugs, had a singleton her last litter. What a beautiful wonderful boy he was. The bitch delivered easily, but it was her second litter, the first she had seven so this was easy for her The puppy was an average size, and they have given me wonderful advice on how to raise a singleton. I am so excited about this very special little one coming that I am doing everything that I possibly can to make sure everything is ok, so I appreciate your advice, thank you for taking the time to answer.

    Take care...
    Polly's bloods today, and her prog was 25? Still high, I don't know much about this. The vet wants her back in tomorrow to retest, and do an ultrasound.

    Does anyone know about prog levels pre labour?

    Thanks...

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    Awww how exciting it must be for you..
    Please hang around and show us some pictures of bubs..
    I would so love to see him/her....

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    I've not used Prog tests for judging whelping dates, only mating dates, but from what I understand this is still very high, however it is a good level for maintaining a healthy pregnancy, so please don't let my post worry you.

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    This is Polly, and her bestie Jag. Thank you Lucky Lady, I sure will send pics...Thanks Mac, hopefully it has dropped by tomorrow and its all go for the section. I wish she could go natural, but I don't want to put her or the puppy at risk at all. Shes acting her normal self today, maybe eating a little less, and her temp is still 37.6.

    I'll enjoy another night of just watching her and keeping my ears peeled for noises out of the ordinary

    Take care everyone...
    Last edited by moonblossom; 07-17-2012 at 06:33 PM.

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