Adrienne is a certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, former veterinarian assistant, and author of Brain Training for Dogs.
In this article, you will find...
- Information about the first postpartum visit to the vet.
- The normal things and behavior you'll notice after your dog gives birth.
- The abnormal signs of infection or distress you'll need to look out for.
Do You Have to Take the Mother Dog and Puppies to the Vet?
If a dog gives birth uneventfully, most dog owners think the worst is over. But sometimes, even if the mother is nursing and the puppies look healthy, not all the troubles are over. There are several things that may go wrong after a mother dog gives birth to a litter of pups.
A veterinarian visit 24 hours post-whelping is not merely to determine the sex of the puppies or something fancy breeders do, it is a very important visit that helps rule out some potentially life-threatening complications and determines if the puppies are healthy.
What happens during this wellness exam? Below, we will examine this in detail and also evaluate some disorders that may affect the mother dog as she proceeds in nursing and taking care of the pups.
What Happens During a Mother Dog Wellness Exam?
A post-partum examination within 24 hours of whelping is very important for the health of the litter and new mom. A new mother dog may retain one or more placentas, large amounts of blood and fluid, or even puppies in her uterus. If not expelled immediately, the mother dog is at risk for serious life-threatening infections. To prevent this, veterinarians will palpate the mother dog's abdomen and may recommend an injection of oxytocin, which will cause uterine contractions to help her expel any retained materials and also help let down her milk. (Read Signs of Retained Placenta in Mother Dogs for additional information.)
The mother dog and puppies are also evaluated, and the sex of the puppies are determined and recorded in the chart. The veterinarian will likely provide advice for when to de-worm and vaccinate the puppies. Other important topics such as diet and general care can also be addressed.
What Is Normal for a Dog After Giving Birth?
There are several things that may go wrong after giving birth, but what is normal and what is abnormal? We will look over some of the normal behaviors. Since owners know their dogs best, if something appears out of norm and causes concern, it's a good idea to go to the vet.
- Mild Diarrhea
According to Beth J. Finder (breeder, exhibitor, and author of Breeding a Litter), the ingestion of placenta may cause the new mom to have diarrhea. Stress may also be a contributing factor. However, the soft stools should subside after a few days. About one to two teaspoonfuls of pure plain canned pumpkin (not the pie mix) can help firm up the stools.
- Loss of Appetite
It is also quite normal for mother dog to refuse food after giving birth. Exhausted, with lots of pups to tend to, eating may be the last thing on mom's mind. In an article for Petplace, veterinarian Dawn Ruben explains that the mom should resume eating 24 hours after giving birth to the last pup. Fresh water should be available at all times.
Giving birth can be very tiresome and mom may be exhausted. Add the heat generated from having all those pups piled around her and you have the perfect recipe for one hot, tired dog. Heating blankets, pads, and warm bottle waters may contribute as well.
Dr. Jon Rappaport explains that panting after giving birth may also be due to the dog's uterus contracting during the first two weeks after labor. Therefore, if the panting is just every now and then and not heavy, if the mother dog's rectal temperature does not suggest a fever, and if mother and pups are feeding and acting normal, then panting can be considered normal. But still, read the signs of trouble below as a precaution!
After giving birth, expect mother dog to have a brown/black/dark green discharge known as ''lochia'' for a few days. According to veterinarian Bari Spielman, this dark green/black discharge is a normal finding shortly after whelping. According to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, lochia should be green shortly after whelping and then turn rust-colored about 48 hours postpartum. This discharge should not have any odor and the mother dog should not show signs of illness. Still, read the signs of trouble below for safety's sake!
Panting and Tremors? Might Be Eclampsia.
What is Abnormal in a Dog After Giving Birth?
As mentioned, many things can go wrong after giving birth, making mom very sick. Knowledge is ultimately power, and knowing the signs of trouble is key. Below are the signs, symptoms, and conditions that can create havoc in mother and litter.
- Milk Fever/Eclampsia/Hypocalcemia
These are different names to describe the same condition, one caused by a depletion of calcium manifested during the first three weeks of nursing. It is often seen in small breed dogs with large litters. The main symptoms are restlessness, lack of interest in pups, a stiff gait, trouble standing, muscle spasms, fever, panting, rapid breathing, and seizures. Eclampsia can be life-threatening if not treated promptly with calcium (given intravenously). The puppies will need to be fed a milk replacement product such as Ebsilac.
This is an inflammation of the uterus caused by a variety of reasons. If instruments were used to help the dog deliver, they may have caused an infection. If there are retained placentas or fetuses, these may be causing sepsis. The symptoms to look for are fever, dehydration, lethargy, decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, fast heart rate, panting, and a purulent, fetid reddish to chocolate brown vaginal discharge. The puppies may suffer from ingesting toxins passed in the milk, so they should therefore be hand-fed. Antibiotics are needed to treat this condition.
This is an infection of the mammary glands in which one or more of the glands appears hot, red, and inflamed. The condition might be caused by puppies scratching the teats with their nails, or the nursing may cause pain in the mom. Fever, pain, off-colored milk, mother neglecting the pups, and pups crying and failing to thrive may be signs. Antibiotics and warm compresses are the cure. Pups may need to hand-fed if there is an abscess or gangrene.
Disclaimer: If your dog gave birth and is exhibiting signs of illness, go to your veterinarian promptly for a thorough hands-on examination and assessment. By reading this article, you are accepting full responsibility for your actions or lack thereof.
For Further Reading
- Using Leftover, Human, or Online Antibiotics on Dogs
More and more pet owners are trying to treat their dogs at home using leftover antibiotics or online antibiotics from questionable sources. Learn if such practice is safe.
- All about Dog Pregnancy
After your beloved dog has been matched with a handsome stud and successfully bred, the 63 day countdown has begun.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Questions & Answers
Question: Why is a dog green after giving birth?
Answer: I assume you are seeing green discharge from your dog after giving birth? Has your dog finished giving birth? If so, this can be a normal finding after delivery that can generally be seen for about two days after whelping. However, see your vet should your dog develop discharge with abnormal odor, in large quantity and/or your dog has loss of appetite, fever, and lethargy. These can be indicative of a retained placenta.
If this green discharge is seen during birth, it's usually indicative of separation of the placenta and there should be a puppy born soon in the next hour. If a puppy is not born soon, this can be a sign of fetal stress and the dog should potentially see a vet for a c-section.
Question: My dog gave birth recently, is it normal for her to have diarrhea 4 days after she gave birth?
Answer: Diarrhea after a dog gives birth is not unusual. According to veterinarian Dr. Kara this can be due to hormones that induce parturition which trigger hyper motility. The stress of pregnancy may also cause changes in the bacteria population in the gut which also can cause diarrhea. On top of this, dogs who eat the puppy's placentas may get diarrhea too due to dietary changes. Please see your vet if the diarrhea worsens and persists. Your dog may need a course of meds to get better.
Question: My dog had two puppies but delivered only one huge placenta is that normal?
Answer: Normally, each puppy has their own placenta, but there is an exception in the case of twins which are relatively rare and happens when there is splitting of the fertilized egg in the uterus. Much more commonly, a missing placenta is due to mother dog eating it up before dog owners notice it or the placenta being retained (not expulsed as it should be) In any doubt, your best bet is to see your vet. You vet give your dog a shot to clean her out if there is a retained placenta.
Question: Is it normal for a dog to have blood in her stool twenty-four to forty-eight hours after giving birth to her puppies?
Answer: This can be a result of digestive upset from eating the placentas, presence of parasites or dietary indiscretion. It should warrant a vet visit to determine the underlying cause. Bringing a stool sample along would also be helpful.
Question: Why does a mother dog vomit for young to eat?
Answer: A mother dog vomiting (actually, it's regurgitating to be precise) for her young to eat is an instinctive behavior dating back to when dogs were in the wild. Pups would lick mother's dog lips, and that would elicit vomiting. As puppies were being weaned, this was a way to introduce them to soft foods, as there was no way for the mother dog to bring a large animal carcass to the den. It's was the ancestral, natural version of the gruel/mush dog breeders feed pups as they are being weaned in modern times.
Question: Is it normal for a female dog to chase her tail after having puppies?
Answer: I would not consider this normal. She should be catering to her pups nursing them and licking them and keeping them warm. It sounds like there may be something bothering her perhaps something going on in her rear end. A vet visit should help sort this out.
gene on August 28, 2020:
good day. My dog just had 5 puppies and now. is it normal for her to have a black liquidy stool?
Nelson Mandella on August 20, 2020:
My dog gave birth but after 3 weeks she cant walk again , what can i do to help her ?
Kate on August 19, 2020:
My dog is discharging black after five days of giving birth but the discharge is just a very small stain and it's not a lot. And sometimes she doesn't want to breastfeed her puppies but she's fine, is it normal if a six days old puppy having a runny nose?
Barbara Brock on August 16, 2020:
My dog gave birth 2beeeksvago and now she has the worse case of diareha ive ever seen. She hasnt eaten anything out of the normal. She went twice in the last hour and its terrible. I live alone and dont drive. What can i do?
Brenda on August 11, 2020:
My chihuahua gave birth a month ago and she has started to spot again. She does not have a temp or any other signs of illness. Do I need to be worried. Should I take her to the vet?
Rebecca on August 08, 2020:
My dog give birth 4 days ago she is happy in herself and as still been eating but today she is not want to eat and has been sick for the past to days and has deareaha seens giving birth is this normal or should I take her to the vets it's her first litter thankyou
Ali Hafez on June 10, 2020:
my dog gave birth 1 month ago but she still discharging blood
Ella on June 07, 2020:
Is it normal my shitzu dog nextday of giving birth she has still red blood spotting in her bed. Thanks!
Lissamarrie on February 18, 2020:
My Dog gave birth 4 puppies two days ago but today she started throwing up is this normal .. or should i bring her to the vet its her first time having puppies
Nami on December 22, 2019:
My dog gave birth 2days back but she is discharging blood, it’s not much
email@example.com on December 17, 2019:
Is it normal after 8 days of dog giving birth she is still bleeding?
Jacob on December 16, 2019:
My dogg gave birth 7 weekes ago she can not walk seems to be numb from middle of back on will she ever walk again or use her rear legs? Sad.
Jackie on November 23, 2019:
My dog gave birth to 11 pups 2 days ago she now has alot of red discharge and a hard lump in 1 of her nipples any advice would be great.
Tan on October 31, 2019:
My dog developed discharge with abnormal odor, in large quantity and has loss of appetite after a month of delivery, is this normal ?
Missy on October 23, 2019:
My dog gave birth 6 weeks ago to her pups. We are slowly transitioning them to puppy food. But every time they nurse on the mamma dog she throws up as soon as they latch. Any idea of what this could be.
Anusha on October 21, 2019:
My pomeriyan gave birth one day ago, but after 24 hrs, she has been panting a lot and lost appetite. We showed her to vet and got her a saline and calcium. The vet has recommended vitacal gold junior- 5 ml day/ night after meal and restricted breast feeding. However, she has not stopped painting. Kindly request any suggestions.
David on October 06, 2019:
Dog gave birth 3 weeks ago and her stool has a green tent to it. Also smells awful and is somewhat diarrhea looking is this normal?
T on October 06, 2019:
Is it normal for my dog to still be discharging bright red 3 weeks after birth? She seems like herself and is really good with her pups. She eats and drinks all the time but is really skinny and discharging bright red?
Lilia on June 29, 2019:
My dog had baby’s 5 days ago but she got fat again like if she preagant
Sam Shepards from Europe on May 31, 2019:
These things always make me a little uneasy. I know of some breeders when they have some well-trained certified or championship dogs that want to breed with them as much as possible. Mostly people who breed for part or their whole income and really want to push it to the maximum. I understand wanting to breed with intelligent and powerful bloodlines for sports, but having that many litters isn't healthy for mother I think. If you go buy a puppy, please also have a look at the mother, just to see if she's healthy and happy and ask how many times she's already bred.
Jackie101 on April 08, 2019:
Ok so its been 4 weeks now and i was wondering if it is normal that my dog has red eyes for the past 3 days . i thought it was because the puppies have teeth and she crys now when she gives them milk and she doesnt want to feed them anymore she just crys right next to them. Anything would help before i call my vet tomorrow when they're open??
Girl on February 04, 2019:
My dog just gave birth to one puppy but the puppy has t started to drink from the mother is tat ok
maribel on December 21, 2018:
is frequent urination still common couple weeks later after giving birth?
Tatsha on November 02, 2018:
How come my dog is panting fast still after two days
albert on September 08, 2018:
dog discharge after giving birth black
last puppy at about 10 am yeaster day
it has slod dun
wokji on August 28, 2018:
my dog littered a week ago, but she has been vomiting since this morning. what could be the problem?
Taniah on August 06, 2018:
What to do or think if my dog is pooping black slimy poop after labor
Chihuahua/ Shih tzu
Leeann on June 03, 2018:
What does it mean if my Herman Shepherd keeps taking one of her puppy’s to a hole in the yard ? And pushes her away? What do I do is she going to hurt her ? They were born June 21st so they are about a week and a half old
Charlene Fipps on March 08, 2018:
HI, We jus got a new (angel) dog from a man who has passed away from Cancer now,the angel we received has brown spots on her privates,So what r these?
Julez on November 23, 2017:
My Billie had 6 pups only 4 survived when she is with the pups she seems exhausted n depressed but she attends them. When she goes out to bathroom she seems happy then when she come back inside back to head down n depressed. Should I b worried
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on November 23, 2017:
Crystal I hop your dog is feeling better. Eclampsia is a serious condition and you should have her checked out by the vet.
Crystal on November 19, 2017:
My Chihuahua began showing signs of eclampsia this morning. She gave birth Oct 26th. I'm now bottle feeding the pups. I have a dog pro biotic that I gave her I gave her Gatorade with a very small amount of asperine I started giving her puppies milk in surrindge and she had a bowl of whole milk. Her symptoms have stopped. Ima try to get her to get in the morning when they open but my question is will the symptoms come back . I'm scared to go to sleep.
Lissette on November 13, 2017:
My doggy gave birth to 2 puppies Yesterday evening but today she is still crying unease and chasing her tail would u guys know WHY???
salman on September 29, 2017:
Puppies everytime die in 3 three days .problem in mother milk .medicien for milk pls give me name of medincen
Ms natalie malone on June 23, 2017:
Hi my dog gave birth 13 days ago and she is breting fast i dont no why i am abit worried.
temilade on June 13, 2017:
my dog gave birth to 3 puppy's three days ago and now she's discharging blood clo
Karyn on June 12, 2017:
My Swiss Shepherd Had a litter of 10 during Sunday(its now early Monday) She acting out nesting behavior, /frantically digging in different places. Is this normal?
gillian Lynch on May 20, 2017:
my shih Tzu had 4 pups 3days ago and hasn't been to the toilet since I don't know what to do .she wont leave the pups to go out
barry on May 11, 2017:
my springer bitch had pups tree yaers ago & her belly & teats are still hung down. can you help me cure this.
Tammy on May 08, 2017:
Today is Monday and my pit had pups on Friday. She has not ate much since and looks extremely skinny and still turns her nose up to a fresh bowl of food...we give a vitamin daily. What should I do!?
Makenna on April 11, 2017:
My Pitbull had puppies 8days ago and she has a brown discharge and a little diarrhea. Is it normal? Should I take her to the vet? Those are the only 2 things wrong. Ive been feeding her white rice and hamburger to help with diarrhea and its not severe.
Pika on March 21, 2017:
My dog just gave birth to puppies about a day and a half ago she's really skinny refusing to eat or drink wont feed the puppies just hides what should I do
punk on March 13, 2017:
my dog has lost it appetite after birth to 5 pups we treated her with the dose that we got but there is no improvment what should i do
kristi elizabeth collins on March 07, 2017:
my dog had puppies 7 days ago and now has a feaver what could be rong with her she is panting heavy and got a fever I took her to the vet they gave her a shot and antobotic is she going to be ok how log does it take for the moxicilin to work to brack her fever I gave her one dose of it and have to give her a nother one tonight I need help nowing what it takes the antobotic to work so I no if it is working
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 24, 2017:
Care credit is an option. .Garages sales, online fundraisers...
Kay on February 21, 2017:
What do you do if you don't have money to take you dog to the vet? Are there other options
Colleen on December 23, 2016:
My pit gave birth to a litter of 10. It's about a day or two after she gave birth and she keeps shaking and im worried. I don't have the money to take her to the vet what do I do?
Tara on November 14, 2016:
My akita gave birth to a litter of 8 puppies 6 days ago she is losing discharge and have noticed it's bloody like small clots she in herself apart from not producing much milk o am feeding the puppies on puppy milk as well as them feeding on mums teats my main concern is it normal to lose bits of blood still
vicki on November 05, 2016:
Hi I have a husky and she just had puppies like two weeks ago but she became vary attached at me follows me every were and she looks very depressed is that normal
ann sellar on September 01, 2016:
my bichon frise crossed laphaso gave birth to 7 pups..they are 4wks old and now shes losing a brown discharge that does smell a little..shes feeding and caring for her pups. thanks ann sellar
annie on April 06, 2016:
my sons 3yr dog gave birth 7 weeks ago she and the puppies have been wormed and for the past 3 weeks she is getting thinner and eating anything eg-material plastic,and in the food buckets as well.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 20, 2016:
I would suggest consulting with a vet for this.
leigh on March 18, 2016:
it has been 48 hours since my chihuahua gave birth to 5 puppies. she is going diarrhea and blood is in every stool. change her diet and now it is soft stool but still has blood. What does this mean? the puppies are eating about every 30 to 45 minutes and the mother is exhausted should i be substituting with formula?
terry franzwa on October 30, 2015:
well first for me first for her
my 3 year old golden retriver had her first litter of puppies 48 hours ago the 9th one was born. reading the articals here everthing seemed to be normal. what i am not finding is this amalmost exactly 48 hoursfrom last puppy born moms stool was in the tub thank god she doesnt go on floor anyways it was full of blood has been al day diaherrea. but its been outside not noticing and blood but this time at 3 45 am lots of blood.
she has been eating somewhat and drinking little not near as much as prior to having puppies. but does drink some .
my biggest question is the blood 2 days later is this ok normal expected.
we live over 2 hours fromnearest vet service so hope to find answers on here
thanks so much
Pam Ismail on October 27, 2015:
vrry educational answeredall my questions. Thsnk you.
Cindy smith on October 25, 2015:
I have a olde English bulldog she had her pups not sure if she's done some were born with no sack which I helped pups are doin well but she's still panting some I'm not sure if she still has one in her she's got out and drank some water but her entire backside is green she's really panting I figure she's done but the panting worries me
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 03, 2015:
Perhaps from dietary changes? Cleaning up the pups may be givs her soft stool? Could be she doesn't feel safe leaving the pups alone and going in the yard? Many possibilities.
Lazarus lo on October 01, 2015:
Hi. My female rat terrier had 6 pups and the pups seem fine. They seem to be feeding all the time. It's just that my bitch is vomiting her food and is two days after birth. Should I be worried
carissa on September 28, 2015:
We have a rednose pit German Shepard she gave birth seven weeks ago this is,her second litter both litters she has pooped in the house constantly she is house broken and this seems to only occur after the pups are born and until they have been adopted out. Just curious as to why.
Jessica on August 22, 2015:
Hello my chipoo gave birth last night we went to vet all checked out but she has moved away from her 1 and only pup twice today, her two lower nipples are swollen and hard one went down after I milked it a little and also fed pup on that teat, but the other lower nipple is still swollen and hardish... Now I noticed she moved away from pup for the second time are these bad signs for something? She's been licking and cuddling a lot with pup but now after all day of doing that she's moved away on the other side of the whelping pool, he did just start crying and now she's back with him I'm such a worrier its her first liter my first owned my first dog pregnancy my first new born pup and dog mommy
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 03, 2015:
While it's not surprising for a mother dog not to eat the first day after giving birth due to being too occupied taking care of the pups, I find it concerning she is not eating 5 days after birth. While your vet wasn't concerned when you took her to the vet not too long ago, I would assume if you would tell the same vet she's not eating he would tell you to bring her in. However, perhaps time to change vet?
Jeffery on August 02, 2015:
My two year old Shih tzu gave birth 5 days ago. She has been nursing with no issues, she still is drinking a decent amount of water but is shying away from food. She did eat 3 handfuls of puppy chow last night, then even late at night I gave her about 8 little tiny treats when I took her out to use bathroom. He does walk on her own, just looks a little weak. Today, she has not eaten any puppy chow, I have given her two meat treats and she ate it and then refused it again later. We are cooking her Chicken with broth and going to mix it in with the puppy chow to see what she does.
We already took her to Vet and even stressed that we believed that one out of the 7 births resulted in a placenta not being discharged. The Vet did not seem concerned about it and even to the point where they kind of brushed off my concerns.
Drew on June 07, 2015:
Hey there my healthy 5 year old chihuahua mutt gave birth to her second litter of 3 pups on the 26th Friday night. Everything went smoothly except for that with her last pup the sac and placenta kind of got sucked back in when I broke the sack off the pup. The pups are all seemingly healthy and nursing well. The mother has been eating and drinking okay. Sometimes a little less, sometimes she'll eat more.
Tonight I noticed a dark kind of thick (not pasty) but kind of runny discharge from her vagina, she managed to clean herself before I could get something to wipe it off with. I didn't smell anything but I'm worried about the color because it was kind of black or a very dark dark shade of some other color, I couldn't tell. Her discharge yesterday was just a dark forest green sort of color. Do you think this is the placenta causing her trouble if it's still in there?
I called a vet and he told me what signs to watch out for like loss of appetite, not caring for pups, tiredness, vomitting. None of those seems to be happening. She did start whimpering and crying a little tonight and we can't seem to find out why which leads me to believe maybe she's in pain. I plan on calling the vet again but I couldn't wait until morning. He previously told me also that theres a chance she could have already expelled the placenta and ate it without us knowing within a few seconds.
Ashley on May 24, 2015:
My Pitt bull have birth yesterday she seems very uncomfortable she is breathing heavily and panting heavily she is eating and using the bathroom. Feeding and train g care of pups. Should I be alarmed by the panting and heavily breathing?
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 23, 2015:
The best way to know is having the vet check her out. All new mother dogs benefit from a wellness check the first 48 hours of giving birth. Generally,when there are infections you would notice a change in behavior and symptoms will appear. Checking the rectal temperature can indicate fevers associated with infections. Hard to say when a dog would be clear of any infections as sometimes they may linger for some time, but most likely you would notice a problem if you're supervising a lot.
justine on May 21, 2015:
Hi My dog is a blue tick healer / mcnab 3 years old. She gave birth to her second litter of pups 4 days ago. Was just wondering when she will be clear of any infections. She seems fine. Very attentive to her pups, and is eating and drinking.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 17, 2015:
This may be helpful for you, https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Why-is-my-Dog-Panting-...
Natalie on May 17, 2015:
My dog gave birth two days ago and she has been panting since. Today is Sunday and I have just noticed some brown discharge. All pups are extremely healthy, I'm just worried about her. She has had puppies before and nothing like this happened. And advice?
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 14, 2015:
My advice is to see another vet. I can't see how your vet says all is OK when it's definitively not.
kelseymacdonald on May 14, 2015:
Hi my 3 yr old Boston terrier had 8 puppies 3 weeks ago and this is her first litter. She was doing great up until this week. she now has become extremely picky on her food. She will not eat hard or canned dog food. She's never liked treats. I've been giving her meat scraps and good meat but once she has a good cup full if that of pork and fat she will not touch it again. I've never ever seen a dog not eat table food before. I am very worried she has lost so much weight. And i do not want to lose her. I've been trying my hardest to get my puppies to drink milk and the "sloppy" stuff but they refuse. I've taken Fergie into the vet and they checked her over and they said she is ok. They weighted her at 3.2 kg temp was 38.5 °C they have done a blood test and found nothing wrong with anything. Today I've seen redish blown discharge coming from her. Should i be worried about that also? At night i now lock her in a separate kennel so her babies don't keep sucking her dry and takimg everything from her ive now been get up every other hr for them to have a quick little feeding. When she sleeps beside me at night she is breathing hevely and panting hevely also. Any kind of advice would be great. Thanks in advance.
Shai on May 06, 2015:
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 23, 2015:
Unfortunately, the only way to know for sure is having her see the vet.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 23, 2015:
Ashley, Only your vet can answer your questions pertaining the discharge and the likeliness of having a retained placenta , and it's definitively worth it to have a check up done if she's still not eating.
ashley on April 22, 2015:
if she doesn't have an appetite, what is the likelihood that it's due to a retained placenta?
ashley on April 22, 2015:
Hi, our border collie delivered her first litter of 12 puppies on April 19th (3.5 days ago). She ate bits of meat and a liquid blend of puppy food, eggshells and cheese with water yesterday, but is refusing everything today. Is it normal to not have an appetite this many days postpartum? Her discharge does have a slight odor, but perhaps it's just the stink of afterbirth on her fur around her vagina? I mean, would the odor be truly noticeable? I understand this could be a sign of a retained placenta, but how likely is that?
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 20, 2015:
Good to hear mom and pups seem to doing well health-wise. If she was mated too young sometimes dogs aren't ready for pregnancy. A dog goes in heat at 6 months, which is almost the equivalent of young teenager having kids. During this time, she should be attending to her pups as they're vulnerable. Praise her for being around the pups. Make sure she's not too hot when they're around her. Not much you can do if those motherly instincts aren't too strong. I know of some breeders who are forced to bottle-feed the pups or find a substitute mom.
brandy on April 20, 2015:
My weiner dog had four pups four days ago and having discharge that's a skinny texture. A little clear sometimes a little pink. She eats a lot and drinks a lot. Pups are doing great and so is the mommy. Other than the discharge I'm also worried about her always walks away from pups when they are asleep and walks around the yard. She's also trying to sleep with us. We keep telling her to go to babies and she does but I'm afraid she might walk off and leave them.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 18, 2015:
Penny, I would strongly recommend having your dog examined by a veterinarian
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 18, 2015:
I wouldn't give any medicine without knowing exactly what is going on. Even with an infection, the choice and correct dosage of antibiotics can be tricky. Additionally, antibiotics make it through the milk and that's not good for the pups. Best to see the vet.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 18, 2015:
The first few day after giving birth, mother dogs are extremely busy. If your pom ate the placentas, that could be an explanation for the reduced appetite, but you mention that she's also agitated which doesn't sound normal. it's also important that she eats and drinks to produce milk. Have you taken her temperature? Best to play it safe and see the vet.
Penny on April 18, 2015:
My dog gave birth to two pups ladt night now she is throwing up. What do I do?
donna on April 15, 2015:
My dog gave birth march 1 and she has been acting sluggish can i give her amoxicillin maybe she has an infection. She id eating and drinking good
Gerry on April 15, 2015:
My pom gave birth to 6 pups and 1still born its going on day 3 and she is acting aggitated. Wont eat drinks little. Is this normal?
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 13, 2015:
Did she see the vet or did you just stop by to pick up those foods/supplements? I would take her rectal temperature to see if there's any fever and report to the vet to discuss the weakness. If you saw the vet already he/she should be willing to answer any follow up questions you have.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 13, 2015:
Please see the vet, don't let her die! Apply for Care Credit, ask for some family or friends for a loan, do a garage sale, find a vet that takes payment plans.
wenesia on April 12, 2015:
My dobarman had 9 pups 3 days ago on day 1 4 pups died all the others look strong mom eat and drink after she gave birt I went to the vet got her special food and vitamin pouder but she is for some reason weak why would that be pleas help
Lacey on April 12, 2015:
Hi my dog gave birth 3 day's ago but she's always panting ,hot, her breathing is really bad it's very loud, she's not really sleeping or eating much I don't have money or a way to get her to a vet please help me I fear she may be dieing and I don't know what to do!.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 24, 2015:
If she's not acting normal, please see your vet!
bonnie on March 22, 2015:
My puppy had a dead baby this is first litter ever . She has a vaginal area out not in as normal dogs .vet didn't thonk she every get pregant ive had her three yrs this is firzt time pregant .she has dark red blood spotnot puddles or alit . She sits down spot of blood dark . Shes not acting abnormal . Friend said hers did same .
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 28, 2015:
Yes, seriously, and no, it's not for determining sex (even though most vets do it anyway), it's mainly to check for any retained placentas/fetuses and for a post-whelping wellness check. Vets will also check for cleft palates and other birth defects. Something a good breeder should do.
Teri on February 27, 2015:
Seriously? Going to the vet to determine the puppies sex? ...you probably should not be breeding dogs
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 19, 2015:
If she's caring for her pups, eating, drinking and defecating normally, there are chances things may be OK. However, I would keep an eye on her and take her temperature to make sure. Normal temperature is 99-102.5. I always recommend new moms to see a vet within 24 hours post whelping to ensure there are no retained placentas/ dead pups. Best wishes!
becky on February 19, 2015:
Hi my lab is 8yrs old she had a litter of 10 after the 10 she had lots of green stuff everywhere.
8 hrs later I took her to the toilet & she had another pup but it was dead & green
She is eating drinking & looking after the pups very well, 24hrs later her face steams really warm & there's no more green stuff just very little Brown discharge
Should I be worried , coz I rang the vet & they said she should be fine.
Paige on February 16, 2015:
Thank you so much for all of this helpful information. This article potentially saved my dog's life tonight :)
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 05, 2015:
Sorry, I work and not always able to go online and respond. If you are dealing with a complicated birth unfortunately not much you can do at home on your own. I hope she had her pups and you were able to see your vet.
joann on February 04, 2015:
My Pitt has given birth to only one puppy and bleeding but she has yet to have the other pupps and its been 3 hrs help please
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 29, 2015:
This is not abnormal. A reputable breeder I know had a waiting list for puppies and she ended up having just one. Are you sure she is done? Sometimes they take a break and more are soon on the way.
Jesse on January 29, 2015:
My Malinois gave birth to only two puppies. I am so disappointed. Please can you tell me why she gave birth to two puppies.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 24, 2015:
She needs to see a vet to make sure she doesn't have any other pups inside or a retained placenta.
Angela Ludwig on January 24, 2015:
My 3yr old blue pitbull just gave birth to 9 pups,but 2 didn't make it..but she is still getting up and seems like pushing or getting sick, is this normal?