When Your Chihuahua Is Giving Birth for the First Time Do You Help or Just Let Nature Take Its Course?

My family is planning to breed our chihuahua soon for the first time. im worried she could get hurt in the process of giving birth and we can’t afford to get her a c-section. while she is giving birth should we call the vet to help her or just let nature take its course?

Ok I am not usually one to preach. But Chihuahua’s are one of the most COMMON dogs found in shelters. The vet I work for spays or neuters about 3 a week for our small local shelter ( and we are only 1 of about 6 or 7 vet clinics that they use to spueter)
There are many more chihuahuas then their are homes for them so please really think hard if your willing to add to that..Would you want one of those puppies to end up in a shelter? because the chances one will ( or one of those puppies puppies) is high!

Also if you can not afford a C-section please realize your dog can die giving birth.. and I do believe most dogs give birth naturally without any help..

I am not one to try to scare you.. had you said a lab, or German Shepard I wouldn’t have said anything about a c-section (though it is not impossible for one of those dogs to need a c-section)
but chihuahuas are small and they have large heads for their bodies so it is hard for the tiny mothers to push out big-headed babies. Though many chihuahua can have babies naturally please think about what would you do if this situation came up. would you just watch your dog and all her puppies die? An Emergency C-section is more than a $1,000.

also Chihuahuas are known to get very sick and have seizures do to lack of calcium from feeding their puppies. And if the puppies are not getting enough food they can get low blood sugar and with-in hours be near death due to their tiny size .Both of these things are very common for chihuahuas, especially when they have owners who have no idea what it takes to breed a litter..So please think long and hard about breeding your dog..
And do ALOT more research..

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  • laholly1

    Since you cannot know in advance whether or not she may experience difficulty while giving birth, save up for the eventuality of needing a veterinarian before you breed her. By just letting "nature take its course," you could be setting the stage to witness her death and that of her puppies.
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  • frostfire

    If she NEEDS a c-section and you don’t get one, she and the puppies most likely will die.

    I let mine whelp on their own, under supervision, but they aren’t Chihuahuas, and I know what to look for as far as signs of stalled labor ect. I also have a 24 hour vet service on speed dial, in case something does go wrong, and I can get there in 10 minutes.
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  • ✿Love My Shih Tzus✿

    Chihuahuas are know for not being able to give birth with out assistance so yeah you need to help if you cannot afford a c-section do not even think of breeding your dog raising puppies is not a walk in the park. it costs allot of money and time.
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    owner of 3 shih tzus and 1 yorkshire terrier

  • Allison

    Well, it depends one what kind of dog you breed her with. It it is a bigger dog than you should get the c-section. She could die from giving birth to bigger pups.

    But if its the right sized dog (the same size or smaller than her) then she knows what to. Just give her privacy and let her do it on her own. Just check on her every ten minutes or so to make sure she’s okay and if not, get her to a vets office ASAP
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  • JJ

    Why would you breed her in the first place? Do the world a favor and tour an animal shelter, there are so many dogs there that are going to be killed because they can’t find homes. Why make more puppies that will either end up in the pound or stop other dogs from being adopted.

    And chihuhuas are known for having birthing problems. If she needs a c-section and doesn’t get it, both her and the puppies will die.
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  • Old E

    talk to your vet, its important that the pups are breathing, some may not and you may need to perform mouth to mouth, just kidding, there are certain ways to make sure your pups breath, if they are not at birth, it may be common to lose pups at birth, so check with your vet, you have to deliver the puppies, and you may not want to mess with her right away, have a ultra sound to make sure all the chihuahuas come out,
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  • theleonbergerladynz

    You better do a lot of homework and know what you are doing. Letting nature take its course can often result in the death of the girl AND all her puppies. Let’s face it, if we let nature take her course, we would not have chihuahuas nor great danes. WE as mankind, interfered in nature, so if you are not prepared to foot the bill to help your girl through an unnatural birth, better forget breeding her and get her spayed. Sometimes it costs WAY more to have puppies than you will ever see in selling them. If you are not prepared to be there for your girl both in doing research and knowing what you are in for, and financially having a vet to rescue her if she’s and/or babies are in trouble, you have no right to breed her.
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    I’m a breeder, and believe me it can cost HEAPS without any return.

  • Dakota

    Why do I have a feeling 2 months from now you’ll be asking what do about a stuck puppy or a dead puppy?
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  • Chihuahuas R Us

    I have been breeding Chihuahuas for many years, and I cannot believe what I am hearing! If you cannot afford a $600 C-section, then do not breed your Chihuahua! She trusts you and depends on you to take care of her, and if she has problems and most of them do, she is very likely to need one. They are a very delicate breed do to their size, and breeding them should not be taken lightly. Even if the male is smaller than her, does not matter. I have bred my 6 lb female with a two pound male and still had problems. If they are born OK, many times they need supplimented every 2 hours (day and night) and their weight monitored very closely to ensure they are gaining properly, it is a full time job!! Please I beg you, not to risk her life or the life of the puppies…Just enjoy her as she is….a wonderful family companion and pet! Thanks!
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  • Liz P

    The first thing I want to say is DON’T. There are so many wonderful chihuahuas in shelters, that breeding them now is simply irresponsible and reckless. Unless you have top of the line show chihuahuas, or any animal, don’t breed them.

    Since you will ignore the first paragraph, please consult a vet throughout the pregnancy, and be prepared to be taking her to an emergency vet. And start saving for that c-sec now, or be ready to lose your chihuahua and the puppies when the time comes.
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  • Soquel G

    Ok I am not usually one to preach. But Chihuahua’s are one of the most COMMON dogs found in shelters. The vet I work for spays or neuters about 3 a week for our small local shelter ( and we are only 1 of about 6 or 7 vet clinics that they use to spueter)
    There are many more chihuahuas then their are homes for them so please really think hard if your willing to add to that..Would you want one of those puppies to end up in a shelter? because the chances one will ( or one of those puppies puppies) is high!

    Also if you can not afford a C-section please realize your dog can die giving birth.. and I do believe most dogs give birth naturally without any help..

    I am not one to try to scare you.. had you said a lab, or German Shepard I wouldn’t have said anything about a c-section (though it is not impossible for one of those dogs to need a c-section)
    but chihuahuas are small and they have large heads for their bodies so it is hard for the tiny mothers to push out big-headed babies. Though many chihuahua can have babies naturally please think about what would you do if this situation came up. would you just watch your dog and all her puppies die? An Emergency C-section is more than a $1,000.

    also Chihuahuas are known to get very sick and have seizures do to lack of calcium from feeding their puppies. And if the puppies are not getting enough food they can get low blood sugar and with-in hours be near death due to their tiny size .Both of these things are very common for chihuahuas, especially when they have owners who have no idea what it takes to breed a litter..So please think long and hard about breeding your dog..
    And do ALOT more research..
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    I work for a vet.

  • Darby

    she most likely will need a c-section so please don’t breed her. they have big head that don’t fit through the pelvis. i would take her to the vet but most likely she will need one. plus if you breed her think of all the other dogs that are in shelters waiting to get loving homes but won’t because you bred your dog and now those families don’t want to adopt because they have a dog. so please don’t breed her but if it happens take her to the vet and expect a c-section to be needed.
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  • Autumn

    If you can’t afford to pay for a C section you can’t afford to breed her.

    Are you prepared to watch her die in severe pain? The unborn puppies will die along with their mother. You will surely see nature taking its course then if she can’t whelp naturally. This breed is known for whelping problems.

    Have this dog spayed and forget about breeding her.

    There are already more than enough back yard bred Chihuahuas sitting in pounds awaiting their death without your family adding to the over population of them.
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  • Db Sweeney

    You should probably call the vet, chihuahuas have a lot of difficulty giving birth.
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    http://www.chihuahuainfoonline.com