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

  • 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?

  • 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 just delivered a dead pup. What should I give her to avoid any complications?

    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."

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    • alexadry profile imageAUTHOR

      Adrienne Farricelli 

      9 days ago

      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.

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      Tammy 

      10 days ago

      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

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      Shayna 

      11 days ago

      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.

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      shan albert malong 

      2 weeks ago

      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?

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      Kassybri 

      3 weeks ago

      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).

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      Christina Engle 

      3 weeks ago

      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.

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      Matt 

      4 weeks ago

      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

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      Adrienne Farricelli 

      6 weeks ago

      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.

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      Angelica Andujo 

      6 weeks ago

      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?

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      Adrienne Farricelli 

      7 weeks ago

      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.

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      Tpi 

      7 weeks ago

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

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      Amanda 

      7 weeks ago

      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 ,

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      Becky 

      2 months ago

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

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      Lily 

      2 months ago

      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.

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      Sydnee Camille Reese 

      2 months ago

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

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      Sherri Costanza 

      2 months ago

      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...

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      Junella C. Delago 

      2 months ago

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

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      Renee Anderson 

      2 months ago

      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.

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      America Perez 

      2 months ago

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

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      Jamie 

      2 months ago

      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?

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      Adrienne Farricelli 

      2 months ago

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

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      Jeanne 

      2 months ago

      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...

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      Jamie Potts 

      3 months ago

      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 .

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      Jessica 

      3 months ago

      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

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      Lisa Johnson 

      3 months ago

      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

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      Adrienne Farricelli 

      3 months ago

      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.

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      Kaylee greathouse 

      3 months ago

      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

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      Jordan 

      4 months ago

      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

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      Poulami Sarkar Dey 

      4 months ago

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

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      Tyler King 

      4 months ago

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

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      Cha 

      5 months ago

      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?

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      Elma 

      5 months ago

      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

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      nancy pratt 

      5 months ago

      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

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      Sharon 

      5 months ago

      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.

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      Rhea Limboo 

      6 months ago

      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

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      Dannii 

      7 months ago

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

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      Calvin Charles 

      7 months ago

      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

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      Dida Frances Dumalan 

      7 months ago

      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.

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      Rebecca 

      7 months ago

      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

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      Lisa Harris 

      8 months ago

      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

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      Jessica 

      8 months ago

      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

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      Cess 

      8 months 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 

      8 months 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 

      8 months 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 

      8 months 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 

      9 months 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 

      9 months 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 

      9 months ago

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

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      Tam 

      9 months 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 

      9 months 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 

      9 months 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 

      9 months 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 

      9 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 

      10 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 

      10 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 

      10 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 

      10 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      12 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 

      12 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 

      12 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 

      12 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 

      12 months ago

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

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      Kacie 

      12 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 

      12 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 

      12 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 

      12 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 

      13 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 

      13 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 

      13 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 

      13 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 

      13 months ago

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

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      Maria Galeana 

      13 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 

      13 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 

      13 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 

      14 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 

      14 months ago

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

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      Meg 

      14 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 

      14 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 

      14 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 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      16 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 

      16 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 

      16 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 

      16 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 

      16 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 

      16 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 

      16 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 

      16 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 

      17 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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