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Complications After Dogs Give Birth

Adrienne is a certified dog trainer and former veterinarian assistant who partners with some of the best veterinarians worldwide.

This guide will help you understand what common behaviors are normal after your dog gives birth and what conditions require immediate veterinary attention.

This guide will help you understand what common behaviors are normal after your dog gives birth and what conditions require immediate veterinary attention.

What Is Considered Normal After a Dog Gives Birth?

If your dog just gave birth uneventfully, you may be breathing 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.

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 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.

What complications should you watch for after your dog gives birth?

What complications should you watch for after your dog gives birth?

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. 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.

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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 an 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 a 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 an 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

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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?

Question: 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.

Answer: 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.

Question: My dog just delivered a dead pup. What should I give her to avoid any complications?

Answer: Unfortunately, stillborn puppies are always a possibility, especially when the mother is whelping for the very first time. If your dog seems fine, then it's important that she stays focused and quiet so that she can focus on delivering the rest of the litter. If she acts restless and is panting, most likely, there are more pups on the way.

Keep an eye on her, and hopefully, she will soon have more puppies on the way, however, if things seem to be stalling (like 1 hour and a half pass and no signs of puppies or she's actively straining to deliver a puppy for more than 20-25 minutes ), call your vet.

It may be possible the next puppy is lodged, or the contractions aren't strong enough (and your dog may need meds for uterine inertia or an emergency c-section).or that she is done whelping. For this reason, it helps a whole lot getting an x-ray before whelping so that one can know what to expect next.

Many wonder about what to do with the dead puppy. It might help to have her go outside and remove the puppy while out and replace it with a stuffed animal if she was particularly clingy to it. Some breeders wipe the stuffed animal with some birthing fluid to make it more easily accepted by the "mother."

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: Why does my dog who has just given birth, refuse to eat her food?

Answer: If she just recently gave birth, she may be too busy attending to her puppies. She may also be a bit nervous if she is a protective mother. Make sure she is in a quiet stress-free area and that you don't allow too much commotion. It is not a good time to allow visitors.

Also, consider that if she was allowed to eat the puppy's afterbirth (placentas), she might not be hungry.

Of course, feeling ill may also be a cause. Make sure her body temperature is normal (101.5 degrees). See your vet if she has a fever or if she has a discharge that is smelly and pus-like, or if her mammary glands seem red and hot.

Question: Why do female dogs vomit during labor?

Answer: The strain of pushing is likely what makes them vomit just as it happens in pregnant women giving birth.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: Our dog has a large hernia-like plug from her vagina. What do we do?

Answer: You may be looking at a prolapse. In these cases, you are better off seeing the vet considering that the prolapsed tissue can quickly become devitalized and hard to place back into its correct position the more time that goes by. While you are on the way, try to keep the tissue lubricated with some sterile KY jelly to prevent it from drying out.

Question: My Chihuahua just had puppies about two weeks ago, and now her breasts are hot, hard, and enlarged. What's going on with my dog?

Answer: It sounds like mastitis, an infection of breast tissue. This can happen when the pups nurse and use their teeth or nails. Please take your dog to your vet.

Question: My husky gave birth yesterday. She ate two meals since but refuses to eat today and she is restless. It was her first time and she only had one pup. Is it possible that there is another still in her?

Answer: This is certainly a possibility and the main reason why x-rays are often recommended prior to whelping so to know how many pups mother dog is expecting and why post-whelp visits come handy to ensure mother dog is fine and the pups are free of congenital defects and can be sexed. Signs of a retained pup, in general, include restlessness, actively straining, lethargy, loss of appetite, lack of interest in the pups. If you suspect a retained pup, consult with your vet. An x-ray can provide information and the best course of action.

Question: My Cocker Spaniel had seven puppies four days ago and she has started to throw up quite a bit. Should I be worried?

Answer: She should be checked out by a vet. There are many things that can cause vomiting in a dog shortly after whelping. Diet changes, eating food too fast are some less worrisome causes, while the most serious ones include uterine infections and a conditon known as eclampsia.

Question: It’s been three weeks since my dog gave birth within the first three she ate normally, but today she refuses to eat, keeps on vomiting and small stains of blood can be seen in her poop, and we are under quarantine so we can’t take her to the vet. What is my dog's sickness, and how can we help her?

Answer: The symptoms you are describing sound concerning and warrant a vet visit. I think you should give a call to your vet to help her and her puppies who depend on her. There can be many things affecting her, but only diagnostic tests can really give you an idea of what may be going on. I know that the coronavirus is scary and a lockdown seems to imply we should never leave the house, but you are allowed to leave the house to take your dog to the veterinarian even during a lock-down considering that veterinarians (especially emergency veterinarians) are an essential service. If your veterinarian is closed, you can take your dog to the nearest 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital. Make sure to adhere to several measures once out such as social distancing and make sure to wash your hands and not touch your face.

Question: My dog gave birth to 8 pups 6 days ago. Three pups didn't survive, they died one after another 24 hours apart. Five pups are doing better now. But, now my dog is having a fever. She is not showing interest in food. We also found that her RBC count and hemoglobin count is less. So we got an iron infusion done yesterday. How do I help my dog to recover?

Answer: It sounds like your vet has run a complete red blood count and the red blood cells and hemoglobin were found to be low. It sounds like she is anemic and now running a fever, but it would be important to know why and whether it's related to haven given birth so to make sure she is receiving te best care. I would give the vet who prescribed the iron infusion a call and provide an update, about her fever and now acting not interested in food. This sounds concerning and she has pups to take care of which can also take a toll.

Question: I am planning on adopting a puppy (mutt) whose mother was ten-years-old. Are there any medical problems that I should anticipate?

Answer: I cannot think of any potential problems in a puppy from having a mom of that age, other than possible health problems related to genetics (congenital conditions). Those can be present in puppies born from dogs of any age. Ask the breeder if the mom was good with the pups and reared them normally without any particular problems.

Question: Why does my dog want to eat a lot of food a week after having puppies?

Answer: Whelping and nursing takes a great toll on the dog's body.

Question: One of my puppies is quite a bit smaller than the rest. Should I bottle feed her?

Answer: You may have a "runt of the litter." You may need to intervene if this puppy is nursing, having difficulties with accessing the mother, or if it appears weaker than the others. You may also need to bottle feed if the puppy is struggling. You can feed with a puppy bottle using puppy milk replacer. Avoid human formulas.

If the puppy has a hard time latching onto the bottle, you can try to rub some honey on its gums in hopes of spiking her glucose, and increasing her energy so that a few minutes later she'll hopefully have a stronger suckling reflex.

Question: My dog only had one pup is that normal?

Answer: It is not totally uncommon, but often there may be more than one. Dogs who give birth the first time, may rest some hours before giving birth to the rest. This is why it's important to have x-rays done before whelping, that way you know exactly how many puppies to expect. If you know for instance there are 6 puppies, if only one is born, you know your dog should be taken to the vet as there's a problem.

Question: My dog is pooping a lot, but not when we take her on walks, only in the house. She’s constantly pooping everywhere but she wasn’t like this before she gave birth. Before she gave birth she wouldn’t have an accident inside the house and now it’s just too much? Is this because she gave birth?

Answer: If this is a new behavior occurring after giving birth, it may be a good idea to visit the vet to make sure everything is OK. The frequency of pooping and the amount of accidents you describe sounds like something must be going on. Perhaps she has a bout of colitis or perhaps she doesn't want to leave the puppies alone and she's mildly stressed. Many mother dogs ingest the puppy's placentas and this can cause their stools to be soft and trigger some accidents. If that's the case the pooping should subside, but certainly, see the vet make sure there's nothing else going on.

Question: What would cause my Doberman, who gave birth 12 days, to keep moving her puppies out of her whelping box to other areas?

Answer: Most likely mother dog feels for some reason that the whelping box area is not safe or is too congested with objects, people, too many noises, etc. This behavior is reminiscent of ta dog's evolutionary past and it's meant to keep her pups out of danger from other wild animals. You can try to move the whelping box to a quieter more private spot.

Question: The mother beagle started throwing up after meals about five weeks after giving birth. Any idea what could be causing this?

Answer: Best to have her checked out by a vet. The vomiting may or may not be connected with the fact she gave birth five weeks ago. There are so many differentials for vomiting in dogs.

Question: My dog is breathing funny when feeding her puppies. It sounds like she is snoring, but it also seems like she can’t breathe. Is this normal?

Answer: I find this to be odd behavior. If she breathes this way only while nursing, perhaps she has some discomfort. Maybe the puppies' nails are hurting her, or she has an inflamed nipple. A vet visit may be insightful. If you notice this breathing at other times, it may be worth having her checked out by a vet in case something is affecting her nasal passages.

Question: Our Rottweiler gave birth but all the puppies die. After that, we can see her depression and her loss of appetite. We really need your help any comment will do, we cannot bring her to vet since there's a quarantine in our community. There's a yellow-green discharge in her eyes and her skin sags as she lost so much weight. This happened after giving birth to the puppies. What do you think happened to her?

Answer: So sorry for your losses. Because she is not eating, losing weight, and having discharge from eyes and has lost weight, I would suggest having her see the vet. While many communities are in quarantine, taking a dog to the vet is considered a necessity in most places, especially when a dog is showing concerning signs and is not going just for a routine check-up or vaccines. Please give your vet a call and ask about what options you have. With the quarantine, there are some vets that come to homes (mobile vets) or others accept clients in their hospitals, but there are some rules to follow (social distance, wearing masks and gloves, using hand sanitizer etc.). While it's true that mother dogs can get depressed after losing their litter, your dog sounds ill.

Question: My mini Chihuahua gave birth by C-section a week and one day ago. She is eating very little, but still eating. Today I could feel her bones. What do I do?

Answer: She sounds emaciated, it's not normal for a dog who recently gave birth to waste away like this. If she is eating very little, it sounds like she's not taking in enough calories to support lactation (milk production). When this happens, they will metabolize fat and muscle to get the calories leading to them becoming skin and bones. A vet visit is in order if she is eating very little. It is very important that she eats.

Question: My chihuahua gave birth this morning, all went well, 3 pups fine and feeding. Mum has been to the toilet and is eating and drinking. Just started now to grunt when shes breathing? Anything to worry about? Not seeing the vet as were in lockdown with the coronavirus.

Answer: This is hard to say. It's certainly good that she is eating and drinking and taking care of the puppies. I would be worried whether she may still have to give birth or whether she is breathing hard and grunting due to the presence of pain or a fever. It might be insightful taking her rectal temperature to make sure she's not running a fever. If her temp is over 103 ( normal is 100.5-102.5) or the heavy breathing continues, I would suggest getting her into a vet right away ( take the pups with you). Please note that although we are in lock down, bringing a dog to a vet in most places is considered a necessity, especially for emergency cases. Give your vet a call and ask whether they are open regularly. Wear a mask and gloves and practice social distancing if you need to go.

Question: Is it normal for my pug to vomit up mucus 4 days after giving birth?

Answer: This is tricky. In general, vomiting is not very unusual for a dog (or human) giving birth. Since you mention though that this is 4 days after giving birth, there may be chances that this may suggestive of problems. Things to watch for after dogs give birth are eclampsia (low blood calcium levels), metritis and mastitis. A vet visit may be in order to see what is going on with your dam.

Question: It's been a week since my dog gave birth to her pups, and she is going to the bathroom a lot. Is that normal, or should I be concerned?

Answer: No, I wouldn't consider it "normal.''

If your dog is peeing a lot, there are chances she is suffering from a urinary tract infection or some other complication (is she drinking a lot? maybe she has a fever?).

If she is pooping a lot, that may be caused by parasites or perhaps a dietary indiscretion (new diet?) or from eating the pup's placentas. After giving birth, a dog's immune system may also be lowered which makes them more prone to opportunistic bacteria. Certainly, this warrants a call to your vet.

Question: My pug had five pups via c-Section almost 4 weeks ago. The last few days she has a raised temperature after feeding them and her stools have become really soft. Should I take my dog in for another checkup?

Answer: Unless, you have changed her diet recently or she ate something new, really soft stools/diarrhea in mother dogs is something you may want to report to the vet, especially if it appears to be persisting. Has she been de-wormed? Sometimes, after the stress of giving birth, encysted parasites can be activated which can lead to diarrhea post-partum. You should have a stool sample checked by your vet to exclude this possibility. The raised temperature may or may not be a problem depending on how raised it is. A slight elevation may be normal due to being in an enclosed area with padding and being covered with a litter of warm bodies, but anything over 102.7 should be investigated by a vet.


Sumanta Chakraborty on September 06, 2020:

My dog,a labrador gave birth 5days ago to 4 litters . None of the pups have survived,the first 3 died and the mother itself killed the fourth one.

From the fifth day she is having convulsions ,shivering and eating in very small quantities.

Why is she having all this? Is it something to worry about?

Jhuztine Lee on September 02, 2020:

Hi, My dog gave birth 1week.ago, but the I've noticed that she always Digging and Whimpering every night, Anxiety, was one of her unexplained behavior. I am.worried. may I know the reason why?

Jyoti saraswati on August 28, 2020:

Hi my dog gave birth a week ago and now has a rash covering her boobs and tail causing hair loss and inflammation. Is this common? is there anything a can do to help her?

April Wehrly on August 25, 2020:

My pit had three puppies and after four he she seems to have more but is having a hard time she keeps wanting to go outside

Divine favour on August 25, 2020:

My rottweiler gave birth 3 days ago to two pupsbut just this morning she started panting and nesting, she just gave birth to another pup should i be worried there should be more coming

Anthony todd on August 16, 2020:

My dog just gave birth and she cannot P or poop and is throwing up constantly is this normal?

Anthony Todd on August 16, 2020:

So my dog had 5 puppys yesterday and she trys to go out to pee but nothing is coming out. Now she is panting really bad. Is this normal.

Joan Retiro on August 15, 2020:

Our dog (unknown breed)gave birth to 5 pups. All pups are alive. Now, she is still panting and became choosy with food. She keeps digging and hiding in dark places or inside the cabinet, or under the chair (as if looking for something) . Is this normal?

She was able to poop and pee. Drinks a lot of water. Thank you.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 13, 2020:

When we breed our dogs, it is very important that we follow up with our vets to make sure there are no problems. When I worked for a vet, we had a strong client/veterinary relationship with breeders who brought their litters and mom for check-ups shortly after whelping (giving birth).

This is even more important if we do notice problems after mother dog whelps. Only a vet can diagnose and treat problems seen after a mother dog whelps. I know there may be accidental breeding, and I know many owners are low on funds, but this is the most responsible and safe thing to do and we owe it to our dogs since some complications after giving birth can be quite serious.

For those struggling with finances, there is Care Credit which upon approval can lend money to dog owners with no interest for I think up to six months. We offered this option to our clients who were struggling and this often has saved a dog's life.

Sarah Sadiq on August 12, 2020:

My dog Laika gave birth to a litter of 7 puppies 48 days ago . All puppies died except 1 pup .My dog is digging a lot also she is having a lot of hairfall (She barely has hair on her body).And she is throwing up after half an hour of having breakfast .

Selena on August 12, 2020:

Hi, my dog just had a puppy today. She has been extremely needy. She will cry immediately if I walk away from her. She doesn’t have any interest in her puppy. She did eat but I believe the placenta she ate made her throw up. She retained a placenta a few hours after whelping. I helped her pass it by feathering. She doesn’t feel like herself. What might be causing these issues ?

Joel on August 11, 2020:

My labrador retriever has given birth to 2 youngones afterthat she has not taken any food till today its been 7 days now,wt should i do .i alreday met a dr. But there is no change

kori kline on August 05, 2020:

my dog is about 10 years old and had her first litter on sunday, one of her puppies died yesterday and since then she hasnt had an appetite or wanted to drink, when i got her to drink and eat she throws it up and appears really bony and she almost falls when shes walks to go outside.

Tryca on August 03, 2020:

My Shih tzu is giving birth about 4 days ago. And she refuse to eat and have a vaginal discharge with a foul smell. She's always digging, crying and panting. Is it normal? What should i do?

Leilani Wierzbicki on August 02, 2020:

My yung chiuahua gave birth two days ago. Shes eating but not alot. She keeps hiding her food. Now today she looks like shes having trouple pooping. When she does its loose and dark it looks like it has dark blood in it as well. What should i do to help her. My funds are very limited but ill spend everything i have to help her. I know vets are pricey so anything to help me help her would be great. Please i am scared

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on July 25, 2020:

Anytime mother dog appears to act not normal, a vet visit (or at least a call to ask whether the dog should be seen) is important for proper diagnosis and treatment. Breeding dogs takes lots of dedication and care (not to mention it can be costly!) and vet care is imperative when things don't seem right. All breeders should keep in touch with their vets after mother dogs have whelped. Vets develop strong relationships with dedicated breeders and are more than willing to help out. Having a strong Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship, or VCPR for short can turn very helpful in cases as such.

Tammy on July 24, 2020:

My french bull dog had her puppy’s 1 week ago and tonight she’s actin very weird trying to bite/nibble me if I touch the puppy’s when she was fine before crying witch she has never done panting a lot she’s also got a lot of blood coming out her still and digging holes and pushing the puppy’s away after dodging the bed up she also looks really sad not really interested in the puppy’s as much but still feeds them there belly’s r fulll

Shayna on July 23, 2020:

My dog just had puppies yesterday, she had three babies the last I believe was still

Born. We tried eveything we could and it didn’t make it. So she has two puppies. Her two last closest to her bottom are enlarged. Swollen, warm to touch. She has on and off been panting and seems a little restless. She still has been nursing fine and taking care of her pups, drinking water, going to the bathroom. She has diarrhea. She was eating just fine hasn’t wanted her food in a few hours but has ate some chicken. I’m sacred if it’s normal or something is wrong. It is late at night for a vet and The inky emergency vet is in another town.

shan albert malong on July 20, 2020:

its been a day since my dog gave birth, she vomits once in a while and she doesnt feed her puppies. what can i do?

Kassybri on July 13, 2020:

my dog had her first litter of puppies 2days ago. She panting alot she won't eat im not sure if this is normal? . She also gets one puppy and carries it around in her mouth then takes it back ? why is she doing this ? (She stays inside).

Christina Engle on July 07, 2020:

My great Dane had puppies on july 2 she had 5 one passed away it was small and not eating. On the 4th she had one more puppy is this normal.

Matt on July 03, 2020:

Have a blue meral and great pyrenesse mix and she 2 days ago she gave birth too still born pups she now pants often and has blood on her hind legs looks thin other than that she eats drinks and goes out side to potty she doesnt seem to be to far off from just being tired is does this seem normal

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on June 23, 2020:

Hi Angelica, it can happen that mother dog may stop eating for a day or so immediately after whelping. This can be due to her being very busy, but it's somewhat odd that she ate and now won't eat. It's always a good idea to give the vet a call for specific recommendations. Your vet may ask you take her temperature to make sure she's not running a fever.

Angelica Andujo on June 20, 2020:

Our Chihuahua gave birth yesterday morning, by the afternoon was eating. the last time she ate was around 9 last night she has refused to eat at all today but she does not seem like she is in any pain or stress since she goes to the bathroom and everything else is normal she just wont eat is this normal?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on June 15, 2020:

Please note, all complications after a dog giving birth needs to be assessed by a veterinarian. If mother dog is acting sick or something doesn't seem right, please have your dog see your vet at the earliest convenience.

Tpi on June 13, 2020:

My dog doesnt feel like eating ...her baby are about 2weeks old... I guess she is exhausted by breast feeding .please help

Amanda on June 13, 2020:

My dog had puppies too weeks ago she was all good at first but this past 3 days she won’t eat I even made bacon , she won’t eat and when she drinks water she will vomit it right after , this is her first time having puppies and she had a litter of 6 puppies she does go outside this past week she also been having Diarrhea, is there anything I can do I ,

Becky on June 04, 2020:

my doberman female dog gave birth 1 and a half months ago and she is not eating well plus growing lean

Lily on June 01, 2020:

Hi, my dog gave birth 4 days ago. After 1 day she Stop eating and throw up.

We toke here to the vat and he spaying her.

It’s been 3 days and she still throw up and he Doesn’t know why. He also open her Stomach and didn’t sow anything. She still in the clinic. I’m afraid she will die. What it can be? She don’t eat and very week.

Sydnee Camille Reese on May 27, 2020:

My dog has been throwing up for 2 weeks once or twice a day what should I do

Sherri Costanza on May 26, 2020:

My Chesapeake is about 5 yrs old. Gave Birth April 1st....8 pups. It is May 26th, she is thinning fur around her neck and seriously seems overwhelmed at times.... should we still be giving her pre-natal vitamins? Do canines go through PP as women do and "shed" like when our hair falls out when PP?! Her belly is quite warm, though all pups are on solid kibble they still will try to nurse, she does tolerate it at times but mostly does not... I've kept her nipps clean and applied bag balm (we use it on cows) a few times when she was teeth and claw scraped...

Junella C. Delago on May 26, 2020:

My chuahua gave birth is now having black poos about several times ion a day. Is this normal? Wahat should I do? Thank you.

Renee Anderson on May 25, 2020:

Our Border Collie gave birth to 9 pups almost a week ago and she is not eating or coming out of where her puppies are she is not hardly eating anything she did get out and drank some water her back is bowed up she is very skinny. she has not cleaned her self very well. Puppies all are very content. I have mixed can dog food with her dry dog food she doesn't act very interested.

America Perez on May 23, 2020:

Hey, I wanted to know why my dogs stomach is kinda hard and big after she gave birth basically 2 months ago? Very worried.

Jamie on May 18, 2020:

I have a shih tzu dog and she gave birth 11 days ago. After a week of giving birth, she was so active and eats a lot. But now, she suddenly vomits and doesn't have energy, and sometimes we still have to force her to feed her puppies. I don't know what's wrong with her. I'm worried. Is it okay that we give her a lot of food and a milk twice a day? How often should a mother dog be feed a day?

Rachel Hodge on May 12, 2020:

My dog had puppies;14 of them and it has been a week since. She has a rash covering the underside of her body and isn't interested in eating. With so many puppies and her being a first mom I think it's way to much for her and she might die from not eating.... What should I do?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 12, 2020:

Jeanne, a nasty smelling discharge may be a sign of an infection. I would have her see the vet to play it safe.

Jeanne on May 09, 2020:

I rescued my dog 1 week ago, but she had stillborn puppies 3 weeks ago. Now she has discharge and it has a very nasty odor...

Paul martin on May 01, 2020:

My dog had 4puppies 4weeks ago and her belly is swollen she had an ultra soynd there r no puppies in her what could be wrong

Jamie Potts on April 14, 2020:

My dog delivered her pups 2 days ago. After delivering and many hours went by we had her go out to potty and she had a dead puppy come out. She then had another dead puppy. She delivered 11 healthy pups the 2 that were born dead after long hours of delivering her pups made 13... her stomach seems to have a large ball size hard spot in her stomach. You can easily see and feel. She is bleeding as well. Is this normal or is there something wrong? It’s been 3 days after delivery .

Jessica on April 14, 2020:

My dog just had six pups and its been several hours but shes still straining like shes trying to push another one out and is panting heavy should i be worried

Lisa Johnson on April 07, 2020:

Our Boston terrier gave birth today by c section & appears to be rejecting her puppies. She’s keep moving away from them, has very little interest in them? Do you have any advice? Please help. Thanks

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 07, 2020:

Hi Kaylee, the onset of any unusual behaviors in dogs after giving birth warrant a vet visit to play it safe. Please give your vet a call.

Kaylee greathouse on April 06, 2020:

My dog had puppies a week ago today. We noticed today that she is breathing harder then usual when she sleeping and is making a weird noise

Jordan on March 22, 2020:

My rootwieler had 13 pups last week she keeps yelping now and again for o reason and also a few of the puppies are starting to beome unwell

Poulami Sarkar Dey on March 20, 2020:

My female Doberman giving birth three puppies 18th march.. But today see all things are scratches many times is it normal? Please help.

Tyler King on March 11, 2020:

My chiwauau gave birth to 6 puppies 3 days ago pee smells strong should i be worried?

Cha on February 25, 2020:

My chihuahua gave birth to 7pups 2days ago. Now she is not eating and drinking water as well as her take home meds from vet. What should I do?

Elma on February 24, 2020:

My dog have 8 pups on the feb 23 at around 1045 am she had another one on 24 in the am but she still pushing is that normal she drinking water and all ready poo

nancy pratt on February 24, 2020:

my name is nancy pratt i have a female black lab that gave birth about 4 weeks ago the puppies are perfectly normal but the mother has lost alot of weight and she is always hungry what can i do

Sharon on February 16, 2020:

My dog gave birth 4 weeks 3 days ago. Shes been fine eating and drinking loads. Stopped bleeding, but noticed today after her passing urine, she had what looked like some dead blood discharge. Is this normal.

Rhea Limboo on January 24, 2020:

It's been 1 month that my dog gave birth to 8puppies n sometimes c shivers n vomiting n get wounded in her breast because her baby scratched is tat the reason plz help me

Gypsies-mommy on December 24, 2019:

Hello my Chihuahua had 1 puppy, odd I know. Her labor to me seemed hard and long lasting, about 4-5 hours. She is eating, she has gone pee twice and poop but she pooped this morning after her first little episode. When she is alone she is crying, pacing and shaky I had to sleep on the floor next to her for her to stay calm. This was after I started to panic and woke my sister up out I’d do concern. We have been doing this since 3am, so about 7hours now. Please someone help me what is wrong??? She had a liter of 4 pups 2 years ago and ended up developing eclampsia. She was treated immediately and this pregnancy was a accident. I watched for her heat and i never saw one. I have been very adamant that I didn’t want her to have puppies

Dannii on December 14, 2019:

My lab had 3 puppies yesterday and had another one today which was dead is this common.

Calvin Charles on December 09, 2019:

hello, my name is Calvin Charles, I have 9 street dogs, 4 are small puppies and 1 females dogs and 3 male dogs, the female dogs had puppies few weeks ago, after giving birth its all normal after few days her stomach getting bigger, we are worried, I thought maybe she had another babies,and I was going to take her to the hospital when I was at work she died, its kinda my fault I didn't take care of her, I really want to know how is it possible, she didnt feed her puppies few days and she eat little bit and her behaviour was totally different can you please tell me what kind of infection she had

Dida Frances Dumalan on December 09, 2019:

My dog is bleeding and can't eat after giving birth. Sometimes she can't even open her eyes and walk. It's her first litter and all of her puppies died. Only one survived. The vet is also not sure what is wrong with her. I'm so worried that she might die. She's so skinny already.

Rebecca Lynn Valley on December 08, 2019:

I have a pitbull and black lab that just had babies on Nov 29 and they are doing great she was due on the 21 of this month and now the mother drinking a lot and peeing a lot and she has diarrhea is this normal

Rebecca on December 08, 2019:

My pitbull black lab had puppies November 29th. She was 3 weeks and 1 day early she was due on dec. 21 and they are still going now she has got diarrhea drinking a lot and peeing a lot is that normal for her to be doing that

Lisa Harris on December 04, 2019:

My dog has been acting fine eating bit has not use the restroom and i still feel a lump in her belly bit shes an old dog to and ahes feeding them aswell im just worried theres a puppy left in her how do u know there done

Jessica on December 01, 2019:

My brother in law dog give birth to 3 puppy Friday 11-29 she had trouble with the first pup and not the 2 pup but she had trouble with the third one that live but the other two was dead at birth and she not eating and when she drink water in 5 to 10 minutes she throw up and she not eating and she pooping bloody like stuff. Can someone tell me what going on. Please and thank you

Cess on November 28, 2019:

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

Jorge palacio on November 27, 2019:

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?

Cindy Edwards on November 24, 2019:

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.

Janene on November 19, 2019:

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 )

Sandra on November 02, 2019:

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?

gill on October 24, 2019:

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.

Pauletta on October 21, 2019:

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

Tam on October 13, 2019:

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

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 10, 2019:

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.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 10, 2019:

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.

Kadee on October 10, 2019:

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 ???

Debra Johansen on October 09, 2019:

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?

Porscha on September 19, 2019:

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

Karmen Stdickland on September 17, 2019:

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?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on September 14, 2019:

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

Joanna on September 10, 2019:

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.

Aracelicee on August 28, 2019:

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!!

Jordan on August 19, 2019:

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.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 19, 2019:

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.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 19, 2019:

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.

Wayne on August 19, 2019:

Our female Staffie gave birth to 3 pups 2 days 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..

Leia on August 15, 2019:

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?

Melissa on August 07, 2019:

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

Amber Nicole on July 28, 2019:

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

Amber Nicole on July 27, 2019:

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

Zulmira melo on July 25, 2019:

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

Flora Velasco on July 20, 2019:

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

Kacie on July 18, 2019:

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

shay sullivan on July 15, 2019:

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!!

Suzan on July 14, 2019:

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???

Sherry on July 11, 2019:

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?

Nena2019 on July 01, 2019:

My dog gave birth to a dead puppy almost 19 hours ago. It looks like she’s ready to give birth again, but nothing has happened. Should I wait? Also it took her 17 hours to quit licking and disregard her dead puppy. Recommendations?

Takelia on June 30, 2019:

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

Clarissa on June 29, 2019:

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?

Stephanie on June 29, 2019:

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?

Harish on June 23, 2019:

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

Robelyn Licuanan on June 23, 2019:

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

Maria Galeana on June 22, 2019:

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

Crystal gill on June 22, 2019:

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?

Julie Cole on June 19, 2019:

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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