The following are various x-rays of pregnant dams about to whelp. Some are outlined with the pups positions to help you better understand how to spot the puppies.
This x-ray shows an example of why it is important to have radiographs taken of a pregnant dam. This dam only has two puppies inside of her and as a result the puppies have grown very large because of all of the extra room. This dam will need a c-section to get the puppies out. As soon as her temperature drops the vet will perform the procedure to ensure the safety of both the pups and the dam.
Six pups spotted
Two pups spotted
Courtesy of MistyTrails Havanese
Although this section is based on a whelping of an English Mastiff, it also contains good general whelping information on large-breed dogs. You can find more whelping information in the links above. The links below tell the story of Sassy, an English Mastiff. Sassy has a wonderful temperament. She loves humans and adores children. An all-around mild mannered, wonderful Mastiff, Sassy, however, is not the best mother toward her puppies. She is not rejecting them; she will nurse them when a human places them on her to feed, however she will not clean the pups or pay any attention to them. It is as if they are not her puppies. This litter is getting mom’s milk with major human interaction, manually giving each and every pup what they need. In return, the pups will be super socialized and will make remarkable pets, however the work involved is astounding. It takes one dedicated breeder to keep this situation healthy. Thankfully this litter has just that. Read the links below to get the full story. The pages within include a wealth of information that everyone can appreciate and benefit from.