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Oh Ginny- that's really interesting- I've never seen an x-ray of pups like that! I've been following this thread and really don't have anything to add or offer other than to let you know that you are in my thoughts, and to wish you luck with this-
 

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Good luck with the pups. It's about time that you can put a hand on her belly and feel the pups move. Towards the end you can even see them shifting. I can sit there for ages feeling the pups.
 
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Ok, does anybody else see six, or am I looking at something that's not an x-rayed head? Ok, I looked again, probably five. Kinda fun.

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Thank you all. Yes, we can feel them moving quite a bit now already. We can even watch them moving and pushing her skin out. It's a very cool feeling. It always puts a smile on my face. I feel, what I imagine, an expectant father might feel lol.
 
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I was reading that 24 hours before labor, the mom will lose her appetite. I'm thinking whoever wrote that must not have bassets in mind. I don't think Droopy will ever lose her appetite. Something tells me she could be pushing something out one end while inhailing something in the other end. lol
 

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I had an ultra sound done on a bitch a long time ago and 4 puppies were counted,she had 8. A breeder way back told me to double what you count.I guess because the other horn of the uterus isn't always clear.
 

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I originally thought I counted six, but then I decided that one of them has it's back to the camera, instead of being sideways like the others. So it looks like five to me......

You should be taking her temperature twice a day and recording it. Usually her temperature will drop substantially within 24 hours of labor. While there are cases where the temp doesn't drop, if it does drop and nothing happens within 24 hours it's time to go to the vet.

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I raised golden retrievers- long time ago- Golden's do fine- just seem to spit the pups out and are wonderful parents (both mom and dad). We have had one litter of bassets- It was extremely exhausting work. My female expected (and received) 24 hour care throughout the labor, delivery... and at least a week or more post delivery. Ask if your vet is willing to talk you through the labor process ahead of time. Be sure you know what to do if the sac does not break.... usually because mom is too tired or paying attention to another pup. Have an area prepared for mom and the pups. I used a wading pool for post delivery... but be aware the rounded sides can lead to a suffocated pup if mom lies on one against the edges. Bassets are a bit more... well... rounded and we did lose a pup this way. I am a nurse practitioner and am actually trainied to deliver human babies... but the basset was much more stressful.

I think so..
 
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