Complications After Dogs Give Birth

Updated on May 29, 2019
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Adrienne is a certified dog trainer, former veterinary assistant, and the author of "Brain Training for Dogs."

What complications should you watch for after your dog gives birth?
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Post-Partum Complications in Dogs

If your dog just gave birth uneventfully, you may be giving a big sigh of relief, because you think the worst has passed. The puppies are suckling strongly, and mom eats, drinks, and takes care of the puppies as she should. Yet, your new mom and pups are not completely out of the woods yet.

Complications may occur hours or days after the pups' birth, and sometimes they happen rather quickly, leaving little time to intervene. You have to continue to observe the mom and pups, and care for them after delivery.

Below are some developments you may observe, while watching the mom and pups, that may or may not be signs of a complication.

What is normal and what is abnormal after a dog gives birth? If you notice something that is abnormal, even if it is not listed here, do not hesitate to call your vet.

Mother Dog Is Not Going Potty

What is normal?: Some mother dogs are so overwhelmed they seem to forget to drink or go out to potty as needed. If your dog is too worried to go outside to potty, you can help her in different ways.

One way is to avoid crowding the area by inviting people over to see the puppies. As exciting as it is to see a litter of newborn pups, keep the whelping area quiet for the first days. Too much stress, too many noises, or too much interference may cause your new mom to be too worried to leave the pups alone, especially if she is a first-time mom.

What can you do?: You can try to entice her to come outside to potty, but if this does not work, you may put potty pads indoors near the pups so she can relieve herself while keeping an eye on her litter. Using a DAP diffuser may also help relieve the initial stress she may be feeling.

Mother Dog Is Not Eating

What is normal?: While your new mom is very busy and tired the first few hours after giving birth, she should start eating soon to recoup her energy and help the pups grow. Keep in mind that if she ate the placentas, she might not be hungry for some time.

As a rule of thumb, expect your new mother dog to eat within 24 hours of the birth of the last puppy, explains veterinarian Dawn Ruben in an article for Petplace. Your dog should be very hungry by this time and should be expected to eat a lot.

Your new mother dog can be allowed to splurge and eat as much as she wants. Make sure you keep that food bowl full of a high-energy puppy food, growth food, or lactation food recommended by your vet. Ideally, you should have been feeding her food like this in the last few weeks of pregnancy, having switched over to it gradually. Keep food and water near the mother so she will eat and drink without worrying about leaving her pups out of sight.

What is abnormal?: If the mother dog is not hungry within 24 hours of delivering the last pup, this may be a problem. This may, indeed, be the first sign indicating an after-birth complication.

Mother Dog Is Panting

What is normal?: During the first day after giving birth, panting is normal, because the mother dog is exhausted, and all the puppies crawling over her may cause her to feel overheated. The puppy's nails on her tummy may also cause her pain. Not to mention that the pups' suckling stimulates the mother dog's uterus to contract, which may cause panting as well, explains veterinarian Jon Rappaport.

What is abnormal?: If the panting continues, it is worth investigating, as it may be a sign of an after-birth complication. Panting may be caused by a fever due to an infection, or it may be the first sign of eclampsia. So if the panting lasts for a while and is accompanied by other symptoms—or if her rectal temperature is over 103.58°F—she should see the vet.

Mother Dog Has a Discharge

What is normal?: For up to three weeks after giving birth, it is normal for the mother dog to have a vaginal discharge known as lochia. The discharge is dark greenish, brownish, or blackish in color and should not have a foul odor.

What is abnormal?: Should the discharge increase, rather than decrease—or if it has a foul odor—it is best to have the dog seen. This may be a sign of an infection (see "metritis" below).

Also, according to veterinarian Bari Spielman, a continuous watery and/or bloody discharge may be indicative of the placental sites not receding. Placental sites should normally shrink after delivery and return to normal size, a process known as "involution." If they don't, it's called "uterine subinvolution." The bloody discharge may persist up to 16 weeks and may resolve on its own, but in severe cases may cause a dog to become anemic.

If your dog develops any of the abnormal signs above, do not hesitate to have her seen by a vet.

Here are three of the more common post-partum complications in dogs.

Post-Partum Complications in Dogs

  • Metritis: Metritis is infection of the uterus. This infection may be caused by a retained placenta, retained fetuses, birthing complications, or the use of instruments for a surgical procedure. Generally, this condition occurs within the first week after giving birth. Symptoms include fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, fetid vaginal discharge, dehydration, fast heart rate, panting, vomiting, and diarrhea. The mother dog will need to be on antibiotics, and the puppies may need to be hand-fed during this time with a replacement formula such as Ebsilac. In severe cases, the mother dog may become septic quickly, requiring hospitalization.
  • Eclampsia: Eclampsia, or milk fever, is the depletion of calcium in mother dogs. It is most common in small dogs with large litters, during the first three weeks after giving birth. Symptoms include stiff gait, trouble standing normally, restlessness, pacing, fever, panting, muscle spasms, seizures, and lack of interest in the puppies. This condition can be life-threatening if not treated in time. Treatment consists of replenishing calcium levels. The puppies will need to be hand-fed. (Note: Supplementing with calcium during pregnancy will not help; it may actually predispose the mother dog to this condition.)
  • Mastitis: Mastitis is infection of the mother dog's mammary glands. The mother's nipples may appear hot, red, and inflamed. The condition could be triggered by the scratching of the puppy's nails against the mammary glands. Symptoms include fever, pain upon nursing, withdrawing from the pups, pups not growing, and pups crying. The puppies will need to be hand-fed.

Preventing Complications After Your Dog's Birth

Complications after your dog has given birth can be serious and scary. This is why prenatal care is important. Responsible breeders know this all too well. One of the most useful things you can do is have your vet determine how many puppies your dog is expecting. This way, you know exactly how many puppies and placentas should come out, and you will know right away if a puppy is stuck or a placenta has been retained.

Also, your new mom and puppies should see a vet within 24 or 48 hours after giving birth. This way, your vet can make certain no placentas or dead puppies were retained. If placentas are not expelled in a timely manner they may cause infection of the uterus (metritis). An oxytocin injection may be necessary. Oxytocin is a hormone naturally produced by the dog's hypothalamus, which stimulates the uterus to contract and expel its contents.

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

  • It's been 3 days since my dog gave birth and she's bleeding right now and her legs are shaking and also she's breathing heavily. Is this normal?

    These can be signs of potential eclampsia. Eclampsia takes place when there is low blood calcium. Some of the signs of eclampsia include restlessness, disorientation, excessive panting, whining, difficulty walking, muscle tremors or twitching, fever and rapid or heavy breathing. Best to see the vet to play it safe as eclampsia can be life threatening. All dogs after whelping should have a post-whelping vet exam, in any case, to make sure all is going well.

  • My Dachshund had four puppies four days ago. All is well now, but every time she eats, she throws up 30 minutes later. She also strains when she poops. Should I worry about the vomiting?

    Yes, I would be concerned and would consult with a vet about this to play it safe. There are many things that can go wrong after giving birth.

  • My chihuahua gave birth a week ago to a litter of three. Last night she had a fever, shaking and all. Should I be worried? It’s her first litter.

    While mother dogs are known for developing a mild fever generally 24-36 hours after whelping, a fever developing a week later may be suggestive of something that warrants investigation by a vet.

    A primary concern is some type of infection going on like metritis (an infection in her uterus) caused by a retained fetus or retained placenta. Another possibility is milk fever which is known for causing shaking and fever and other signs in small breeds who are nursing. This would be considered a medical emergency. Her symptoms warrant a vet visit to play it safe.

  • My dog gave birth six days ago. All was well, but today she's been peeing in the house. This is not like her. Should I go to the vet?

    There are chances she may have a urinary tract infection. Please have her checked by a vet. You can ask your vet over the phone if you can bring in a urine sample to be checked without taking her in if you have a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship.

  • My dog gave birth 2 days ago and now she suddenly started whimpering and pacing and she is digging a hole and trying to put her puppies there. Why?

    It could likely be that she is looking for a suitable place to act as her "maternity den." Evaluate what she has at the moment and determine whether it's hot or too cold or not comfy enough or in an area that is too crowded/noisy for her comfort. Does she have a whelping box?

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      Cess 

      10 days ago

      My dog gave birth 2 days ago she is a cross breed of shit tcu and beagle ,with 9 pups , how should I know if there is An unborn puppy in her tummy? Right now she is hot and digging in her cage

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      Jorge palacio 

      11 days ago

      My chocolate lab gave birth 3 days ago, she deliver a dead puppy 40 hours after she gave birth to her first puppies. Now she seems very stress and every time the puppies cry she cries as well. She keep walking around the house like desperate. She doesn’t have fever, diarrhea or vomiting and also the fluid she discharge doesn’t have any smell. Her crying and walking around is normal?

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      Cindy Edwards 

      2 weeks ago

      My dog just gave birth three days ago and now acts like she can't get enough to eat. We have doubled her food but she still acts like she is starving.

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      Janene 

      2 weeks ago

      My chihuahua just gave birth 3 days ago and she seem to be wanting to go to the bathroom (pooping, like diarrhea) every 1 to 2hrs Should I be concerned?? ( this is her first litter )

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      Sandra 

      5 weeks ago

      My chihuahua just had her first litter. She is going crazy trying to bury the 2 puppies in the dog bed. She hasnt tried to feed them or anything. Its only been a few minutes and this is the first time I have seen puppies being born. Is this behavior normal?

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      gill 

      6 weeks ago

      hi my dog had 2 pups 2 weeks ago and mum has stopped eating and vomiting these past 2 days, she has tried some chicken but is still vomiting no diarrhoea seems quite miserable still feeding pups and they are doing well. she doesn't have a fever. still drinking.

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      Pauletta 

      6 weeks ago

      My dog had puppies five days ago and She is throwing up white mucus what could be wrong

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      Tam 

      7 weeks ago

      Hi my lab had 9 puppies 3 days ago. Every thing seem fine but she keeps having contractions it looks like it hurts. Is this normal

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      Adrienne Farricelli 

      8 weeks ago

      Kadee, growling after giving birth is pretty normal. Mother dog now has powerful hormones that evoke protective behaviors. Please keep your other dog away so that mother dog doesn't feel stressed. She may get better once the hormones levels are no longer at peak levels, but still, don't let the other dog interfere with her motherly duties, especially the first weeks where she needs to keep them warm and do her work full time.

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      Adrienne Farricelli 

      8 weeks ago

      Sometimes, a messy BM after giving birth is due to mother dog eating the placentas, but report to your vet if she is lethargic and/or not interested in eating.

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      Kadee 

      8 weeks ago

      My boxer pit mix gave birth three days ago and I am wondering why she is showing her teeth and acting like she is going to bite my other female dog that has been around longer then what my boxer/pit, will she get over it and be like she used to or will she continue to be mean from now on ???

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      Debra Johansen 

      2 months ago

      My cocker spaniel gave birth two and half days ago. She won’t leave her pups, but I have taken her out to use bathroom. She pees and has had a messy bm. However, she was eating now she does not want to it seems. Should I be concerned?

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      Porscha 

      2 months ago

      My dog had puppies about 4 days ago but now she wont eat and cant walk straight. She is drinking water though anyone have any ideas what may be going in

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      Karmen Stdickland 

      2 months ago

      My german sheoherd gave birth over a week ago. She is a great mom and the puppies are strong and healthy. This morning she jumped on my bed and started panting heavily. I turn r d the fan on and her ears arent warm. She deems to just want lots of love. What could be wrong? Is ot vet time?

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      Adrienne Farricelli 

      2 months ago

      Aracelicee,your dog is doing very poorly with all those symptoms. You should have your dog seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

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      Joanna 

      2 months ago

      So my dog just gave birth three days ago she isn't showing any signs of fever or anything like that. But she smells idk if its cause i haven't bathed her and she has had discharge as well.

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      Aracelicee 

      3 months ago

      Hi everyome,

      My dog gave birth to 11 puppies on August 15, 2019 two weeks ago) and so far all the pups are still alive. However momma isnt doing good. She started with loss of appetite, she has been way busy paying more attention to the pups. (She really is a good mom) She started eating a combo of wet and dry food with minimal water. She has become super skinny to the point where you can see her ribs. She has been throwing up for the past two days (but still continues to eat food, even her own vomit) and now is having diarrhea. She also has bloody discharge and is panting heavy. Could this be meitris? She is an outside dog and im 97% sure this is her first litter. Help!!

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      Jordan 

      3 months ago

      My dog had 5 my pups 4 days ago, at first wasn’t really interested in feeding and was being slighty snappy w/ them and growling but now she is calm and licks and loves them hasn’t snapped at all only did that for the first night after birth, but now she keeps pacing and looking for something and won’t go lay back down with her pups she go check on them but won’t stay with them she seems distracted but I don’t know by what. She’s willing to go lay with them though if I’m sitting there with her , she’s been very attached me even more so then she was already since giving birth also because I did help her and sat with her for the entire process to make her feel calm.

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      Adrienne Farricelli 

      3 months ago

      Wayne, She may still have pups or she is done and may be expelling the last material. It is hard to say and why it's so important to have x-rays done so to know how many pups to expect. Please consult with your vet.

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      Adrienne Farricelli 

      3 months ago

      Leia, it sounds like your dog may be looking for a "nesting area" basically a den area to give birth. Dogs do this by looking for secluded places such as closets or under beds and may rip things apart to make such area.

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      Wayne 

      3 months ago

      Our female Staffie gave birth to 3 pups 2 days ago..now i see it seems like she is still having contractions and a dark green discharge...It also seems that there are pups left inside her as she still looks pregnant..What should i do...or is this normal..

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      Leia 

      3 months ago

      So my dog gave birth almost a week ago and now she started hiding under the bed and going into the closet. She also started scratching the floor and bitting stuff. Is there something I should be worried about?

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      Melissa 

      4 months ago

      My dog gave birth 2 days ago and it seems like she's having contractions what is wrong

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      Amber Nicole 

      4 months ago

      My pit bull had 5 puppies one week and one day ago, she is and has been the most loving and best behaved dog until one day ago no one has been surrounding her and giving her stress we leave her be and let her take care of her pups, suddenly she has became the stereotypical pit bull having but someone when they came out of the bathroom and she was in the bedroom down the hall with her pups. She’s also been puking having

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      Amber Nicole 

      4 months ago

      My pit bull had 5 puppies one week and one day ago, she is and has been the most loving and best behaved dog until one day ago no one has been surrounding her and giving her stress we leave her be and let her take care of her pups, suddenly she has became the stereotypical pit bull having bit someone when they came out of the bathroom and she was in the bedroom down the hall with her pups. She’s also been puking having diarrhea and a light pink discharge with big chunks of mucus that just hang between her legs, I plan on calling the vet because she has a slight bulge in her belly thinking she might have a deceased pup still in there or something more serious going on. Any thoughts? She’s been eating and drinking plenty but refused to eat for 3 days after giving birth

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      Zulmira melo 

      4 months ago

      My border collie gave birth to 8 pups today her last pup was born 8 hours ago but she is restless and keep getting contractions and pushing but nothing comes out

      I am in country town and vets dont open till 8am and now is only 9:30 pm

      Any ideas why she is like this

      Any ideas

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      Flora Velasco 

      4 months ago

      My dog gave birth today and is refusing to feed her litter. What should I do?

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      Kacie 

      4 months ago

      My chiweenie gave birth to three puppies around 10:30am. Around 4pm she pooped some black stuff. Is this normal? I know they have discharge but I don’t know about poop like that

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      shay sullivan 

      4 months ago

      i have a jack russell/ Wiener dog, she have birth on the 13th of July and she woke me up several time last night (the 14/15th) wining, i got up to check on her many times and nothing seems to be wrong. It’s day time now and she still whining off and on, what do i need to do? it’s not consistent it’s every 15 mins to 30 mins. need help asap!!

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      Suzan 

      4 months ago

      I have an american eskimo.. She had just one pup and it was still born on thursday. Now she acts restless, aggressive, shivers and keeps hiding. She also whines some times and keeps scratching the couch. What could be wrong with her???

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      Sherry 

      4 months ago

      My shippoo give birth two days ago till now she’s not eating anything. And she ate 3 placentas . She’s nursing her pups well though. But stools colors ( first it was black, next yellow, green and now brown) is normal?

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      Takelia 

      5 months ago

      My Pitbull gave birth last weekend. But she isn't eating and is still bleeding, what should I do?

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      Clarissa 

      5 months ago

      My Husky gave birth on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning she had 5 pups. its now Saturday and she is trying to hide in a corner or under the bed and drawing the towels up under her, like when she went into labor. Should I be worried?

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      Stephanie 

      5 months ago

      If a dog gives birth and then almost 2 days later is nesting and acting like she’s looking for a place to whelp again but isn’t panting or showing any signs of labor, is this normal?

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      Harish 

      5 months ago

      My lab gave birth before 30 days now rashes appeared on her it is normal or abnormal pls reply me

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      Robelyn Licuanan 

      5 months ago

      My Dog given birth of seven yesterday, after she had epistaxis or nosebleed, Is that normal?

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      Maria Galeana 

      5 months ago

      My chihuahua just gave birth about 3 days ago and she's having problems going to the bathroom she's constipated what can I give her to help her go to the bathroom

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      Crystal gill 

      5 months ago

      My dog went into labor the night before and all day yestureday, this is her first litter of puppies. She had a total of 10 puppies but 4 of them died. Today she seemed fine but then she started to whine and pase back and she tried to go in my daughters room and hide under her bed. Should i be worried?

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      Julie Cole 

      5 months ago

      Hi My Dachshund gave birth 6 weeks ago. And it seems she is depressed or really tired and i am wandering if this is normal.

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      Adrienne Farricelli 

      6 months ago

      It is good that she is eating and drinking and acting normal. It's always a good practice for breeders to have mother dogs and the pups seen for a post-whelping evaluation.

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      Crystal 

      6 months ago

      Why is my female dog bleeding from her private after 6 weeks of giving birth

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      Meg 

      6 months ago

      Hi , im so worried about my first time mom dog she give birth to a 6 puppies 5 days from now, her poop is unusual and has a foul odor , a color black liquid,. Dont know what am i supposed to do.. hope u can lend me a help..

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      Rikshita 

      6 months ago

      My dog gave birth 3puppies on 22/5/2019..but one of the puppy is not well.. She is not drinking milk.. Her body is getting cool.. And also doing toilet.. Pls give me what what should i do...

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      STAR 

      6 months ago

      My Maltese Dog gave birth to 4 puppies.After 3 days,She's bleeding from her vagina.What should I do?

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      Jennifer Ardrey 

      7 months ago

      Our dog had 3 puppies Thursday morning and when she didnt have any more we thought she was done.... She is obsessed with balls and Thursday afternoon she brought me the ball wanting to play fetch acting completely normal.... we woke up Friday morning and she had 3 more pups added to the mix.... we thought for sure thats it when she didnt have any more but its noon on Saturday and she just had another one.... shes acting completely fine... shes eating and drinking and even wants to play occasionally... is this normal? Or do i need to take her to an emergency vet this weekend?

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      Nour 

      7 months ago

      My mother dog was isolated from the father dog because she was beating him up right before she gave birth, when can i put them back together ,it's been almost 40 days since they were isolated?

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      Makaylee 

      7 months ago

      My dog gave birth about three weeks ago and is super skinny. We feed her and feed her and all she does is throw up.

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      Jhamelle Ilagan 

      7 months ago

      Uhm my dog gave birth to 4 puppies for about 5 days now. My new mother dog is hot and eat a little and drink a little. We need to syringe water for her to drink. What happened to her?

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      Brenda 

      7 months ago

      My dog had her first litter on the 13 she hasnt been wanting to eat drinks fluids and has diarrhea

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      Rebecca 

      7 months ago

      My yorkie gave birth 7 weeks ago and every now and then spots when she pees then it goes away for days and happen 3 to 4 days later. Should she still spot?

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      Sara 

      8 months ago

      Hey my mum's dog had 5 pups other day she's fine doing well but I just went out side with her and when he had a pee some like clearish redish goo followed her wee I'm just wondering if this is normal

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      Kaitlynn 

      8 months ago

      My 11 month old lab just birthed 11 puppies but only 3 have survived. It’s been 4 days and mom still will not drink water. The remaining puppies seem to be doing fine but mom has lost a lot of weight. She will only drink puppy milk and will not eat her hard food only soft foods.

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      WILLIAM GRICE 

      8 months ago

      My Doberman is 2 year old and had her first set of pups 9 of them.Came home today and mother Doberman had eat couple of her back breast off.I'm talking her own body and nothing left but her nipples.Why?

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      Timski@hotmail.com 

      8 months ago

      My dog gave birth early Monday and now she is lethargic and there is a strong bad smell. She has had a black discharge and not sure if she passed all placenta. She is a 1 year old yorkie and had 5 puppie. I am worried she may be sick from what is left inside her— what can I do?

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      Lori 

      8 months ago

      My dog had 10 puppies 3 weeks ago and she is down to skin and bones, she is eating okay, I"m really concerned

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      Christopher Thomas 

      8 months ago

      My bully just gave birth to puppies, and now since that, for some reason my dog keeps on squatting like she needs to pee, yet n nothing happens. Why is she doing this?

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      Viridiana 

      8 months ago

      Hi my pitbull had a litter of 11 dogs one was born dead it has been 4 days after she gave birth and she is bleeding from her vagina not a lot is it normal? Also she is so skinny i could see her spine and ribs . I am also concerned that she is not eating very much she is only eating treats, eggs and meat, chicken and drinking lots of water but no interest in her dog food like she usually would. My dog is walking and getting up but slowly.

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      Mary 

      8 months ago

      My dog Yorkie gave birth about 2 hours ago and she was vomiting and pooping black greenish flemg . She doesn’t want to eat . She walking a little funny and she not showing any interest to the pups. Is this normal?

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      Renee 

      9 months ago

      My dog gave birth yesterday and today she is making snorting noises when she lays down and her breathing is a little heavy

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      Some one who is scared 

      9 months ago

      My dog gabe birth 6 weeks ago and is loosing patches and patches of fur on her hine end and i dont know what is going on, should i take her to the vet!?

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      May 

      9 months ago

      My dog gave birthday about a month ago and now all of a sudden she's cold, not standing, not reacting, not eating or trying to eat, or showing interest in her puppies? What could be causing these symptoms?

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      Coco 

      9 months ago

      My dog just had puppies.its been 24 and I see her weak..can’t even hold her self up..should I take her to the vet or wait..she ate a lil so idk wat to do..

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      Anne de Bruyn 

      9 months ago

      Please can some one advise me my dog has withdrawn from her pups and her stomach is fever hot all the time, i have started feeding them manually they are four weeks and she stays extremely hot

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      Olivia 

      9 months ago

      My dog gave birth a week ago but today she feels a little cold. Her temperature is 99.9 degrees. She is also still nesting a little. Other than that pups are great and she is very tentative to them. Should i be concerned with her temp being 99.9?

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      Lupe 

      10 months ago

      My German Shepherd gave birth and releases an odor unbearable to everyone in the house.She also lets her puppies suck on her vagina, is quick to neglect them.what do I do?

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      Brook 

      10 months ago

      My toy poodle just gave birth but her puppy was dead :( she’s been panting & still nesting is this normal ?

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      Ilovemyfurbabies 

      10 months ago

      My Mini Chihuaha just had two puppies. She is still pushing as if she is trying to have another. She has ate , drank and used the potty after giving birth to the 2 . She also ate the afterbirth. Why would she still be baring down and pushing as if she was having more? Please help

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      Olivia 

      11 months ago

      My chihuahua just gave birth yesterday to 2 puppies but one died due to being deformed and her taking 6 hours to deliver but shes still panting, crying and scratching her bed.. My dog is about 14 or 15 years old.. And im scared something might be wrong. Ive been keeping an eye on her and monitoring her.. Is it normal for her to cry, pant and scratch her bed?

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      Deloris 

      11 months ago

      My mom gave birth 5 weeks ago, she's already waned her babies, her breast are knotty. Is she ok. Pups are being hand fed.

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      dave 

      11 months ago

      My Labrador can't walk after giving birth, I have to help her get up and walk, it seems like one hind leg is the problem

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      Henry 

      11 months ago

      My dog gave birth to 8 puppies(2died on birth though) got sick now after 2 months, wouldnt eat drink and cant be injected with iv, struggles a lot when we tried and tries to bite, it is very weak now, im afraid it might die, is there any thing i cut do to help her

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      Amanda 

      11 months ago

      Our dog give birth 2 days ago, we had to intervene to help her with first puppy as it was stuck and diddnt make it, she lost the 2nd one and the 3rd survived, but her bottom end is swollen like a balloon and red is this normal after a difficult birth

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      Jess 

      11 months ago

      My dog gave birth 3days ago, and now she's not eating well. And when i feed her she's vomiting. Is this normal?

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      Katherine 

      12 months ago

      What would cause the death of the puppies after birth

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      Richelle 

      12 months ago

      My Dog Is Giving Birth 3 weeks ago but now she have a high fever and she is shaking what should i do ?

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      Trish 

      12 months ago

      My chichia just had 5 pitbull puppies going on 3 weeks now. She breathes funny amd constantly whines

      She seems weak what do i need to do. She is also my service dog

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      Mary 

      12 months ago

      My cavalier (maiden) had three underweight pups, one born dead. Placenta out. She is not eating well. We have to hand feed her and have tried everything. She only has 2 small pups. Is she not needing as much or should we be worried? (she always was a picky eater)

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      Vanessa 

      12 months ago

      Hi. My chihuahua gave birth a week ago, last night she had a fever. She was shaking and all. Should I be worried?

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      Ida 

      12 months ago

      My dog had puppies a month ago.. And now she pees while walking and when she walks she will fall sometimes.. What could it be

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      Barbara 

      13 months ago

      My dog gave birth with 3 puppies 3 weeks ago n now her behind legs r dragging

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      Darla Brock 

      13 months ago

      My dog gave birth 4 days ago for the 1st time she is now pooping&peeing house even after going outside ,this is not normal for her .What could be wrong

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      Douglas mckinnis 

      15 months ago

      Cane corrso had puppies 4 months ago is never been the same and keeps losing weigh vet has done blood and tests but nothing anybody have a idea thanks

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      Tracey thureson 

      15 months ago

      Hi my shih tzu had 6 puppies 2 weeks ago and one is having trouble suckling. He finds it hard to find the title. I have been trying to bottle feed but he finds that hard to. It's like he is having trouble opening his mouth. Can you please help. Thanks

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      Marcia Gunston 

      17 months ago

      My 2 year old puppy gave birth to only 1 puppy just over 2 days ago but she won’t eat food is this normal

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      Mook 

      17 months ago

      Hi my dog gave birth to 2 puppys and it's all most 24 hour later but she still have more pup in her what do I do is this ok do I wait 48 hours I'm lost help

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      Imay Ann Celain O.Alejo 

      19 months ago

      Hi !My female dog has delivered her five puppies.im a little bit nervous because within four days she havent eaten and she always just drink a water when i feed my dog she always vomiting and its color is yellow ,is it normal?what should i ve do?

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      Vickie Anderson 

      20 months ago

      My dog is so weak from breast feeding and voting please help I don't know what to do....

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      Honney 

      20 months ago

      Hello! My two year old husky gave birth to 7 puppies 3 days ago....everything was fine she nurses fine she doesn't leave the pupies unless she needs to use the bathroom or wants food/water, but today she has been very unease, she won't stop crying and it looks like she has anxiety what can I do....is this normal should I worry??? I do know that they can react different specially being a first time mom can some one help???

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      Katherine 

      20 months ago

      Hi! My dog was acting strange. I think she has a disease that she cannot be pregnant because her puppies died. She will hug my legs and would act like a male dog having sex. What should I do? Please help me.

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      Steve 

      21 months ago

      Dog gave birth to five puppies most three weeks ago she said we panting out what's wrong

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      Dhana 

      21 months ago

      My germanshepered has 5 puppies and now its 20th day of born. In that two puppies back side left leg is in straight bone its unable to stand walk and move

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      Shy 

      21 months ago

      Hi! My dog scratched off one of her nipples a long time ago and it hasn't been a problem since it happened. Now she is nursing and her tite is full of milk, the milk can't come out due to the missing nipple. She's not showing any signs that it is bothering her but I would like to know if this is a problem that I should be worried about. Thank you!

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      Rietjie 

      21 months ago

      My dog gave birth to 5 pups, now after 4 and a half weeks her tummy is swollen very big. what can be the problem?

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      Adrienne Farricelli 

      21 months ago

      Jessica, yes, pups are teething and their teeth hurt mom's nipples, it's time for weaning, have you started introducing puppy mush?

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      Patricia 

      22 months ago

      My beagle dog had her second litter of puppies. They are almost 5 weeks old. She still won't go outside to poop or pee. We take her out 4 a day and she still does it. We have to clean the cage everyday. Don't know what else to do. Thank you.

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      Jessica 

      22 months ago

      Hi I have a moth Shepherd that has decided at now 5 weeks old that she doesn't want to nurse the pups is this normal?

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      Nichole 

      22 months ago

      My dog gave birth about a week and a half ago she had for puppies me she seems like she is worsening she loses her balance she is appearing weak and her nipples are really irritated looking should I be worried

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      Lori B 

      22 months ago

      My dog gave birth not quite 3 weeks ago. She's been having diarrhea for a week. I woke up this morning and she's weak, with my help I got her on her feet and went outside to pee. Yesterday she seemed fine, other than the diarrhea. The puppies are thriving, with no signs of any complications with the mother till this morning. I'm going to the pet store to get anitbiotics and milk replacement. Is there any other advice you can give?

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      Deya p 

      22 months ago

      Hey my dog gave birth last week , the pups are fine what worries me is the mom she was pooping fine till this week I notice she having restroom problems like her poo is looking watery. Is there anything I can do to help her for now till the weekend??

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      Ann 

      23 months ago

      My dog gave birth to 12 puppies, 1 died seven days ago. She was outside and on day three two of her puppies crawled out of the dog house, we thought she had put them out so we gave them to our other dog and she accepted them without hesitation. Anyway, seven out of the nine left with her crawled out of the dog house the next day, so I brought them into the house last night. The mamma dog doesn't want to go out and potty, any suggestions. I just put food in her kennel and she seemed to eat well, I'm just concerned about the potty situation. Any ideas?

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