Bathe your mama dog at least 2–5 days after giving birth, and keep her away from the puppies as brief as possible. The temperature of the water should be about 101 degrees F (38 degrees C), but don't let her soak for more than 10 minutes at a time.
Dog baths are not as easy as you might think! There are several things that you need to consider before you start bathing your dog. First, make sure that you have cleaned her area prior to washing her down. Use a soft brush or even your finger to get rid of any dead hair or dirt that may be in her fur. You also need to make sure that there is no soap or other chemicals present in her environment before you begin washing her down. Finally, make sure that the tub you use has enough room for you to sit upright while holding her during her bath.
Start by pouring in about an inch of hot water and adding some type of fragrance, such as baby shampoo, if your dog tends to smell. If you can find it, use warm water instead; it will help open up any tight spots that could trap odors. Then, using a gentle hand, wash her body starting with her head and neck and working your way down.
After all of the puppies have been delivered, washed, and fed, it is time for mom to relax. Provide little amounts of water on a regular basis. Most new mothers do not want to eat right away, so be patient with her. Let her sleep as long as she wants to sleep before waking her up so that she can nurse the pups.
If you are able to get your mother to drink more than just a few tablespoons of water during this period then she will be much better off eating and drinking more. However, most mothers do not need extra water. They usually do fine with only a few small cups each day.
All in all, paying attention to your dog's needs after she gives birth is very important because without proper care, she could die. Make sure to offer her water when she asks for it and don't make any decisions about what role she should play during this time if you want to keep both yourself and your pup safe and healthy.
You might be tempted to give your furry new mom a good lather right away, but you should wait a few days. She can take a bath while nursing; however, giving her a bath soon after delivery is not advised. The hormones that are released into the bloodstream during labor and delivery will cause her skin to rebound from being wet too quickly.
There are several ways you can help your momma dog feel comfortable again after giving birth. You should start by providing her with lots of love and attention. Play with her, walk with her, and don't be afraid to show her affection by licking her face or giving her a belly rub.
If you see that she needs to go out for a walk, then do it with her. This will help her exercise her muscles and get some fresh air. If possible, find a place where they can both relieve themselves so you aren't having to hold it for them.
Momma dogs need to eat too. Make sure that they have access to water and that there are no poisonous chemicals in the water. Then offer them food that is high in protein and fat. Chicken breasts and whole wheat pasta are excellent choices. Avoid giving your momma dog anything hot until she has had time to recover from giving birth. She should also avoid alcohol and any products containing xylene or other toxic chemicals.