The Bluebonnet Norfolk Terrier Club does not recommend, guarantee, endorse, nor rate these recommendations or contributors, their kennel or their stock. The purpose of this section is to share the knowledge and experience of breeders who have vast experience in whelping and raising puppies. The tips and tricks below are intended to augment qualified veterinarian care, not as a substitute for qualified veterinarian care of the dam and puppies.
Two weeks before the projected whelping date, start taking the dam's temperature morning and evening, at about the same time each day. She should have a normal temperature until about 24 hours away from her whelping date. Then, the temperature should drop to below 99 degrees as she goes into pre-labor. The temperature will rise to above 100 degrees again when she actually goes into labor.
A combination of progesterone test and vaginal smears can determine, within a few hours, the optimal time for breeding a bitch. Surgical insemination is considered the most successful method of impregnation, as it eliminates anything in the vaginal tract of the bitch that could kill the sperm, and surgical implantation places the semen exactly where it needs to be.
From DeBe's NorwichAlways keep drafts away from pup and have the temp between 75 and 80 degrees.
From Infinity KennelsA bitch in labor will need to rest periodically during the whelping process. If she is in hard labor (visible contractions) and does not contract again for over 15 minutes, walk her on a lead for a few minutes or give her a tablespoon of vanilla ice cream. The exercise and calcium will stimulate contractions again.
From DeBe's NorwichBlessed Thistle-I usually get it in a powdered tea form. I have never had to use it thank goodness. What I was told to do is put it in water 1 part tea 3 part boiling water for about an hour then put the tea into a bottle that has a dropper with 3parts tea 1 part vodka. Then add a touch of Karo syrup to the outside of the dropper when you give it to her. Start with one full dropper 3 times a day until you have the milk in then put it at 2 times a day for 2 days and if her production stays wean her off of it completely. I only recommend using this if you are in trouble with milk production.