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Handling of Dogs in Labor

If this will be your first time helping a dog give birth, read on for some answers to common questions about whelping (giving birth).

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NB: INSPIRED WHEN I LOST 8 PUPPIES, If your dog is pregnant and about to give birth, you must prepare yourself to help with the delivery. The good news is that most dogs don’t need help when delivering puppies—they know what to do on their own. There are times to step in if the mother isn’t performing her designated tasks, but you don’t need to help with the pushing. You should, however, know the signs to look for that your dog is having trouble giving birth.

How to Prepare

First, you should talk to your veterinarian about the process. It is important to understand the potential risks and be able to identify signs of complications. It’s best to find a vet in advance that has experience and interest in canine reproduction.

Ideally, your vet will have been checking on your dog throughout the pregnancy. The vet will talk to you about preparation and may also be able to help you find the right supplies. It is also a good idea to talk to an experienced dog breeder and consider having that person present for the birth.

Knowing When Your Dog Is Ready to Give Birth

A pregnant dog typically shows signs of nesting within about 48 hours of the onset of labor. These signs may include scratching at her bed and looking for a safe place to have her puppies.

You should begin to take your dog’s rectal temperature once or twice a day as her due date approaches. Normal body temperature is about 100-102°F. 

When the rectal temperature drops below 100°F this is a good sign that labor will begin within about 24 hours.

What You Can Do to Help

When your dog first goes into labor, the best thing you can do is keep your distance while quietly observing her. It may surprise you to learn that dogs don’t typically need much help giving birth. In fact, it can be quite fascinating to watch a dog’s instincts take over as they whelp and nurse their young.

When the pregnant dog is ready to deliver her first puppy, she will typically strain, or push, for about 10-30 minutes before the puppy emerges. As each newborn puppy emerges from the birth canal, you will see that it is covered with a membrane that must be removed for the puppy to breathe.

Most mothers will instinctively do this by licking and biting at the membrane. She will lick the mouth and nostrils to enable the puppy to breathe. The placenta will still be attached to the puppy via the umbilical cord. The mother should nibble off the umbilical cord within about five minutes, then proceed to lick the puppy’s body clean.

If the mother does not remove the membrane within about two minutes, you will need to assist. Carefully remove the membrane using your fingers, then gently rub the puppy clean with a towel. 

Tie the umbilical cord with umbilical tape, string, or floss (unflavored and unwaxed) about a half inch from the puppy’s belly, taking care not to tug on the cord. Cut the cord with sterilized surgical scissors about an inch and a half away from the puppy. The cord should fall off on its own in a few days.

The puppies are generally born about 45-60 minutes apart. In between pups, the mother may or may not try to eat the placenta from the previous pup. You might want to prevent your dog from eating too much placenta as it may cause vomiting later.

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About halfway through delivering the pups, the mother may need to take a break. Up to four hours may pass before she begins to strain again. There is no cause for concern unless she goes longer than four hours before beginning to deliver the next pup. Hopefully, you have an idea of the number of pups and their sizes. Your vet may take x-rays around day 45 to determine the number of puppies. Some puppies may be born tail first. This is not abnormal and is not usually a problem unless the pup seems stuck.

Signs of Complications

Call your veterinarian right away if any of the following occurs:

  • She does not go into labor within 24 hours of her temperature dropping below 100°F.
  • She is straining/having contractions for more than 45 minutes and no puppy is born.
  • A puppy appears to be stuck in the birth canal, or the puppy is halfway out, and the mother cannot push the puppy anymore.
  • It has been more than four hours since the last pup, and you know there are more inside.
  • She appears to be in extreme pain.
  • The gestation period has reached 70 days.
  • You have other concerns about the mother or her puppies.

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Rottweiler Dog Breed Information and Personality Traits

Not recommended for first-time owners, the rottweiler needs extensive and continuous socialization to be a good family companion. However, this intelligent, confident dog is easy to keep despite its size.

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Rottweiler At a glance

Size:

Weight Range:

Male: 85-135 lbs.
Female: 80-100 lbs.

Height at Withers:

Male: 26 in.

Female: 24 in.

Features:

Floppy ears (naturally)

Expectations:

Exercise Requirements: >40 minutes/day

Bred For:

Cattle drover, guardian, draft

Coat:

Length: Short
Characteristics: Flat
Colors: Black with tan markings
Overall Grooming Needs: Low


Energy Level: Bred to work
Longevity Range: 8-11 yrs.

History:

Rottweilers rank as one of the most ancient breeds. They accompanied the Romans through Germany, driving their cattle and guarding outposts. Many were left behind and, in the town of Rottweil in southern Germany, they became the breed we know today. Rottweilers are considered to be in the mastiff family. Rottweilers were instrumental in the development of the Doberman Pinscher much later.

Today they work in security and herding.

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This issue of being legislators and salaried employees at the same time is a dilemma for Kenya

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It is not possible to be, physically, found in different places at the same time. You cannot have your cake and eat it.

The work for members of Parliament and county assembly is part time. The Constitution does not oblige them to be salaried (full time employees).

They should only be remunerated by being paid appropriate allowances whenever they avail themselves for representation, legislation and oversight activities.

Earn Appropriate Allowances

Therefore, MPs, rightly, earn appropriate allowances but use their privileged position to steal from the public by making themselves salaried.

It is unconstitutional and irregular for legislators to be salaried. The Constitution presumes that those offering themselves for election or nomination.

To legislative Chambers are patriotic leaders, ready to sacrifice for Kenya without strings attached.

Required To Renounce

This is why they are not required to renounce their means of earning a living unless they are public service employees who must, voluntarily, resign.

In this context, those who offer themselves for election or nomination to Parliament and County Assembly should be the unemployed. Resignees, retirees, self-employed, or consultants in their own professional fields.

They have the power and authority to allocate their time to allow for representation, legislation and oversight roles of elective offices.

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Lack of Quorum

Lack of quorum experienced in political Chambers is, mostly, a result of the absentee legislators having prioritized their time on personal ventures as opposed to legislative duties.

Full time employees/workers answer to their employers for all the 30 days in a month. They cannot leave their places of work.

To engage in political office work for which they also get remunerated. It is double standards and double payment.

The MPs and MCAs

The MPs and MCAs who are still on payrolls of their former institutions are stealing time from their former employers by being paid salary for 30 days.

Of work per month while some of those days are spent in political Chambers for which they are also paid salaries and allowances.

In short, salaried people are full time employees. They do not qualify to offer themselves for election or nomination.

To Parliament or County Assembly

To Parliament or County Assembly unless they resign from their salaried posts. Or take leave of absence without pay that guarantees them to get back their jobs in future.

They cannot be in political Chambers and other designated offices at the same time. For public information, we have already petitioned the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).

To abolish salary for MPs and MCAs and only recommend payment of appropriate allowances. In strict compliance with Article 230 (4) (a) of the Constitution.

On Remuneration and Benefits

On remuneration and benefits of State Officers. This is read with Article 230 (5) (a) on public compensation as a fundamental principle in fiscal sustainability.

This is in line with the understanding that among elected leaders, only the Presidency is, constitutionally, barred from holding any other office (Article 131 (3)) and, therefore, entitled.

To earn salary for a livelihood. Unfortunately, the tenure of the pioneer SRC commissioners expired in December 2017. The new team has not been constituted to consider this long overdue petition. What do others say on this sensitive but grave matter?

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How to Have a Cat If You Have Cat Allergies

Cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies. But contrary to what you might think, it’s not the fur or hair that’s the real problem.

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Cats are avoided by people because they fear or dislike them, there is some hope for those who avoid cats because of fear of allergic reactions. A lot will depend on the nature of your allergies. If yours are of the sneezing, watery eyes, and running nose variety, you may be able to slowly and gradually build up your tolerance to cats.

However, before getting a cat, you should undergo allergy testing first, particularly if you suffer from asthma. For example, about 30 percent of people with allergies are allergic to cats and dogs, but studies show that cat allergies are far higher than that.

Here are tips to help you gain control over your cat allergy symptoms while enjoying the lifelong companionship of a feline.

Cat Allergy Symptoms

It’s tough to miss cat allergy symptoms. They tend to happen whenever there’s a feline nearby or you’ve encountered some cat hair lingering on furniture. Your body’s immune system is reacting to the proteins that are found in a cat’s urine, saliva, or dander. Here is a list of typical cat allergy symptoms you may experience:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Skin rash
  • Nasal congestion
  • Trouble breathing
  • Runny/stuffed nose

Rid Your Home of Other Allergens

If you’re considering bringing a new pet into your home, first rid your home of as many other allergens as possible, including mites, dust, and mold. Most airborne allergens (including cat dander) cling to soft materials such as curtains and drapes, upholstery, and floor coverings. Here are common ways to clear your home of allergens:

  • Substitute blinds for window coverings. If you rent, and can’t get permission to switch them, keep the curtains washed and frequently vacuum the drapes.
  • If possible, replace overstuffed upholstered furniture with leather.
  • Eliminate decorative scented candles, potpourri, and plug-in air fresheners, all of which can exacerbate allergy symptoms.
  • Consider replacing wall-to-wall carpeting with wood or tile floors. Otherwise, thoroughly vacuum carpeting regularly.

Consider Allergy Medication

Medication is often the first thing people consider when dealing with a cat allergy. Over-the-counter or prescription medication, natural remedies such as BioAllers, or a series of allergy shots (immunotherapy) are all worth investigating. Keep in mind that you should always check with your physician or allergist before embarking on a new treatment.

Visit Friends With Cats

Choose to visit a friend with an outgoing cat to allow you to get up close and personal with a feline, but on a limited basis. Ask your friend to choose a time when the cat is fed, comfortable, and relaxed. Ask your friend permission to use an allergy relief spray or wipes on the cat if necessary while you’re visiting. 

Use your allergy medication half an hour before the arranged time. When you arrive, let the cat set the pace. You may be greeted by being sniffed at your feet and legs at first. You can dangle your hand to see if the cat rubs up against it, which can indicate petting is acceptable. If your allergies are still under control, you might allow the cat to jump onto your lap. Make your visit about 15 minutes at the most to keep both you and the cat comfortable.

In another week or two, visit again with the same cat, and stay longer, up to half an hour. Begin to branch out and visit other friends with cats.

Consider Hypoallergenic Breeds

There are a few breeds of cats considered to be hypoallergenic, or at least helpful to those with allergies, including the following breeds:

  • Sphynx: These cats have very fine, sparse hair.
  • Rex: Certain rex breeds, like the Devon Rex have fine, wavy or curly hair that may not trap dander the way thicker coats do.
  • Siberian: These cats lack the Fel d 1 protein in their saliva that becomes dander after grooming, a characteristic that may be good for those with allergies.

To find out more information about these specific breeds, see if there’s a local cat show you can attend where you can observe them. Many cat breed clubs hold shows highlighting individual breeds.

Visit Your Local Animal Shelter

Once you feel that your allergies are under control, consider adoption. Here’s how to navigate a trip to your local animal shelter or a cat adoption event.

  • Dress in comfortable, casual clothes.
  • Remember to take any allergy medications beforehand.
  • Prepare to spend an hour or so at the shelter or event.
  • Take a few cats, one at a time, into a private room, if available, and spend some time with each one.

It’s often been said that cats usually chose their humans, so let a cat’s actions guide you in your choice. You may need to visit the shelter several times before you find the cat that fits your lifestyle.

Make sure your home is completely prepared for a new pet. Once you have made your choice, talk to the personnel, tell them about your allergies, and ask if the cat may be returned, as a last resort, if your allergies are aggravated once you bring the pet home. As a last tip, try to restrict your new cat from going into your bedroom so you can sleep free of even the faintest of allergy symptoms.

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