How to Help Your Dog Give Birth

Things you can do to assist and signs of complications

Sixty three days have passed since your dog has been bred and you think the big day has come. Your dam has reported the typical rectal temperature drop of 99.0 or lower. She has also lost her appetite, appears restless and has started the nesting behavior; basically looking for a good spot to give birth. You kindly remind her of the nice whelping box you have so carefully created for her comfort and the comfort of her babies.

Most births luckily are uneventful. Nature takes its course and your dam and puppies will likely be just fine. Many times no human intervention is necessary, however, staying besides your dam will be helpful. By staying near by you will be available there to assist her should she need help and you will be able to recognize promptly signs of something going wrong. Remember also to keep your vet's number handy should you need to ask any questions or alert your vet that you are bringing your dog in as an emergency.

Signs of a Normal Delivery

The dam will have involuntary contractions that may last from 6 to 12 hours. These contractions may cause your dog to appear restless but this is a normal process. Later the contractions will be more forceful, your dog will appear anxious and may even pant and vomit. She may also repeatedly lick her vulva. But nothing worrisome, this is still considered normal.

The dam may then start straining or may lay down pushing. Shortly, you may see a bag showing out from her vagina. This is the water bag, in some cases this bag ruptures before the puppy is actually born. When this happens, a typical straw colored fluid will be secreted.

After the water bag breaks the puppy should follow. Most puppies are born in a diving position. Dark green fluid may be passed after the puppy exits the birth canal.

Mommy at this point will take care of cleaning up, she will remove the fetal membranes and the secretions from the puppy's nose and mouth allowing the pup to breath freely.

Finally, the umbilical cord is bitten off.

The dam may now expel the placenta. This takes place after each puppy is born. Some dams may ingest the placenta. This is an old instinct to remove any evidence of birth that may attract predators.

The next puppy should appear usually from 15 minutes to 2 hours later. You should see first signs of straining resume within 5-30 minutes after the precedent puppy.

Once done, the dam may exhibit a bloody or dark green discharge for the first few days following birth.

Things you Can do to Assist:

  • You can disinfect the umbilical cord with iodine, this will prevent infection. Should the umbilical cord be still bleeding you may want to clamp it or tie it with thread to stop the bleeding.
  • You can help remove the amniotic sac from around a puppy should your dam be still busy with another pup. Simply tear the sac open and remove. Do this within 30 seconds after birth. This will allow the puppy to breath.
  • You may help remove the secretions from the nose and mouth with a cotton swab or with a special suction device or you may turn the puppy gently upside down supporting his head and allowing the secretions to drop out with gravity.
  • You can rub the pup shortly after birth with a soft towel after the secretions are cleaned off. This mimics the mom's licking.
  • You may want to remove some of the placentas if your dam is ingesting too many. In excess they may cause diarrhea.
  • You may want to count the placentas after the birthing process is done. There should be one per pup. Should you miss and you know the dam has not eaten it you will need your vet to give an oxytocin injection to help her expel it.
  • You may want to place the pups while the dam gives birth in a nice warm box, so they will stay warm and the dam avoids accidentally laying on them as she continues to give birth.
  • You may place the pups near the nipples to start feeding during the interval between births.
  • You may lubricate the birth canal with K-Y jelly should she seem like having difficulty delivering a puppy. The pup may be stuck in the birth canal.
  • You may help deliver the puppy by gently gripping the puppy's skin behind his neck with a cloth. You may also rotate the pup one way and then the other to help the puppy be expelled.

Signs of an Abnormal Delivery

There are various signs that may indicate trouble. A physical blockage takes place when a puppy is too large or it is positioned incorrectly, such as rump first. A mom may also have a narrow birth canal, a tumor or a fractured pelvis that makes delivery difficult..

Call Your Vet if Your Dog is:

  • Straining actively for about 30-60 minutes without a puppy may indicate this sort of problem. A veterinary may be needed to correct the position or perform a C section.'
  • Refraining from producing puppies within an hour, yet you know she has more inside suggesting uterine inertia.
  • Expelling a purulent or bloody vaginal discharge suggesting a hemorrhage or uterine rupture
  • Expelling a dark green fluid BEFORE the first puppy is born suggesting premature placental separation
  • Exhibiting muscle weakness, tremors, spasms, muscle rigidity or seizures suggesting eclampsia
  • Exhibiting signs of shock, pale gums, severe abdominal pain, drop in temperature suggesting uterine torsion

Most births go pretty smoothly. Many times an owner concerned about their dog having puppies for the the first time, will wake up in the morning only to find mommy with her newborn puppies in the whelping box doing just fine. Usually it is best not to intervene, so to allow the puppies and mom to bond together. However, in cases where mom appears to be struggling, a little help will not hurt.

Being prepared and knowing what suggests trouble, is almost like going halfway through the process, the rest then is left to your dam and the miracle of birth provided by nature..

A shiba Inu giving birth to healthy puppies!

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Emi 7 years ago

thank you that really helped me. very clear

Bexie 7 years ago

Thanks kim so worriedim breeding my chi-weiner with a male chiwhuahua shes not pregent yet but i was just concerned of what would heppenso thanks so much for the info

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alexadry 7 years ago from USA Author

you are welcome, best wishes!

louise 7 years ago

i breed my staffiture-bull terrier in 2008,your info and vid was clear and very helpful and i can happiley say she had 5 big healthey boys.

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alexadry 7 years ago from USA Author

Happy to hear that, congrats and best wishes to the new mom!

Kris 7 years ago

I think its very important to be present, especially with first-timers and small breeds. Have a hot water bottle, clean towels, small scissors and dental floss handy. A baby syringe is also a good call.

Even as I write, my pug, Melé, is whelping her second litter. She has taken 5 hours between the first and second pup, but was up for me "walking her around the house" in order to induce labor a bit more. Although she took the membranes off the first one by herself, she didn´t with the second: tearing open the sack, putting the puppy upside down so the secretions drained and rubbing vigorously with a towel to dry until the puppy cried worked perfectly. I lost the first one in the last litter because I didn´t get downstairs in time and swore "never again".

Again, with pugs, I find it necessary to help the puppy get on the nipple initially... All bitches and pups should be examined within 24 hours by a vet.

Good luck to everyone!

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alexadry 7 years ago from USA Author

Very helpful tips, thank you!

Lynn 7 years ago

Thank you very much this has helped me.. my boxer is getting ready for birth and this helped a lot!

Kathy Marquez 7 years ago

Very helpful thank you so much ......

Jessica 7 years ago

I really enjoy your information. I sadly lost my female dacshund due to her becoming septic ( thats what the vet thought)and all three of her pups. I have since then gotten a female pom-chi who bred with my chihuahua. She is only a week into her pregnancy and I am scared. I called and set up for an abort but after reading this I think I might go ahead and allow her to have pups just this one time.

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alexadry 7 years ago from USA Author

Please make sure you have homes for them, there are already too many over filled shelters! I generally am against breeding dogs unless done from reputable breeders. You can read more about this below:

Best wishes!

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MagicStarER 7 years ago from Western Kentucky

Another great informative article - I've seen lots of animals giving birth, but this really added some good facts! Thanks so much - now I'll know if my little Annie needs extra help in a month or so when she has her babies.

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MagicStarER 7 years ago from Western Kentucky

Well, the big day draws near! Annie is now dripping colostrum since this morning - I am not absolutely sure, but I am guessing this means puppies coming within the next 48 hours? I am ready! :) I came back to re-read this so I could make sure I would remember any of the trouble signs. Thanks very much for this article!

Laurissa 7 years ago

Hi tnx for the vid. Im so scared, i got a pug crossed with a miniature dobberman and she is about to give birth any day now, the thing that worries me is that i see no milk yet.. she has the stuff coming out the vagina and started pushing last nite, she doesn't have much of an appetite either and she is extremely hot, her water didn't brake as of yet... im scared

laurissa 7 years ago

i have a question: as u know my dog is due any day now but doesn't have milk ... what should i do? i know i should hand feed them with the dog/puppy replacement milk but is there anything i can do to for her to produce milk herself?

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alexadry 7 years ago from USA Author

Unfortunately there is nothing you can do to allow her to produce milk as this is a hormonal process. However, the good news is that not all dogs produce milk prior to birth. Some of them will only start producing milk right after giving birth. So I wold keep the milk replacement handy just in case, and use a wait and see approach.

laurissa 7 years ago

Thanks! i will be sure to remember that. i guess i can get the milk replacement at a vet?

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alexadry 7 years ago from USA Author

Milk replacement can be found at vet offices or large retail pet stores. Ebsilac is a popular one. I hope though that they will be able to get milk the natural way as colostrum is fundamental for a good headstart in life. You can read about the importance of colostrum here;

laurissa 7 years ago

Thank u,i read the attached link and found it very interesting... I will go have a look at the vet or retail pet stores to get some of that milk replacement just in case my dog doesnt have milk after giving birth.... im just scared she gives birth before i have a chance to get the milk... i mean i cant give the pups normal cow milk as that will make them sick or even die right? and i propbably have to get a few baby bottles just in case right?

laurissa 7 years ago

lol sorry i wanted to ask, is there a special type of bottle to get the pups or will a normal baby bottle be fine?

laurissa 7 years ago

I found this on some website: ''Cow's milk is good, it's complete, it contains the same things as dog milk. It's not quite as good as dog's milk, however, because it's too dilute. Cow's milk is 1/2 as concentrated as dog milk. So, all we have to do is go to the store and buy evaporated milk. Nothing could be simpler; comes in a can, easy to store and have on hand, useful for other purposes. We use the evaporated cow's milk, in the slow flow nipple (no modifications to the nipple, we want it to go in slowly, and to require some exercise from the puppy to make it work). We add a dollop of Karo syrup for energy and palatability, warm slightly, and that's it; it's perfect.''


laurissa 7 years ago

Im proud to announce that i have an additional 8 members added to the family. My dog gave birth last nite, she had 3 pups within 20 min, the the rest just came after that. Im extremely tired as i was awake the whole night with the new puppies crying. :)

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alexadry 7 years ago from USA Author

Sorry I got to this late. I was unable to check on the comments lately. Congratulations! I hope there was no need for the milk replacement. Wow 8 are a handful! They are in great hands! Best of wishes!

Oh here is a link about milk replacement just in case:

laurissa 7 years ago

hi! thank u. im so happy that everything went well with the birth and these 8 are a handful. She got a lot of milk now but 2 of the teet's are not ''working'' . I bought the milko-pup replacement at the vet yesterday just in case ... but they seem to be very happy. All of them looks exactly like pugs with the flat faces, there is 4 girls and 4 boys.

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ClairRayRH 7 years ago from America

Wow! Some amazing footage you captured - thanks for sharing!

shannon 7 years ago

My pomeranian is about to have her first litter in a couple weeks. We have a vet appointment tomorrow just to make sure everything is okay. My biggest concern is that My husband and I both work during the day. I'm concerned that she may give birth while we are gone and may run into problems. Would it be wise to have her boarded or do you think she maybe okay at home?

I'm probably over reacting I have just heard horror stories about small breeds having issues with their first litter's. Is there any truth to that?

Any advise would be much appreciated! Thank you.

eddie 7 years ago

that was cute thanks

laurissa 7 years ago

hi shannon, i have a pug crossed with a miniature dobberman which is a small breed as both a pug and miniature dobbermans are small breeds. My dog had 8 puppies, yes 8 and all of them is alive and healthy. they are 2 weeks old now. I was scared at first to as i thought she might have problems giving birth but everything went extremely well.

Some dogs may encounter problems at birth but i think the vet would be able to tell u the positions of the pups and whether or not it would be advisable to have a c-sec done if the dog has some kind of problem or anything like that.

I hope that everything goes well with her and the pups when the time comes.

Greg  7 years ago

Just about to stud our 5yr old chow chow and a bit nervous about it all, just one thing i noticed from above,,, was under the impression that cows milk was a big no no?


Amy Williams 6 years ago

My chihuahua Bella is having one litter, she is three years old she will be four in february, she is healthy and seems fine right now, there are four little puppies on Xray, the father is 5 pounds she is 8 pounds. we are not selling but giving them to very special people, the parents were special and we really wanted one litter from them and now we will fix them so they cannot have more after this but I am feeling so guilty. I have rescued animals my whole life and always spay and neuter and did this for my daughters and now i am freaking out because I am reading the mom could loose her life and i am so scared and feel so sad and guilty. I hope she will have a healthy birth, she is panting and she is due and her temperature is 97 degrees. We have all of the props suggested, rags , hot water and scissors and suction plug. She is in a big box with dry towels nesting like crazy right now and I am terrified please give some advice that is helpful.

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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

Amy, while there are risks, the good news is that most births are uneventful. Worrying too much will only make your dog feel your apprehension and will get stressed. Something you do not want her to be on this very important day. Being anxious will not do any good.

It sounds like from your description that she is nearing birth, her temperature drop is typical. Watch some youtube videos of dog births so to know what to expect and keep your vet's number handy just in case. Very likely if trouble arises you will have some time to act if you know warning signs of trouble. Try to relax, but stay nearby in case of trouble.

Sending you virtual best wishes your way!

elai 6 years ago

my mini pincher is pregnant but still no milk its her 60 days now and she going to give birth now??

elai 6 years ago

temperature is 100.04 she going to give birth now??

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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

Milk at times, will not be there until the dog has whelped, it is always a good idea to keep on hand some KMR, milk replacement just in case there is a shortage. Typically when the temperature drops under 100, more typically,below 99 degrees, the dog will give birth within 24 hours. However, just as in humans, each pregnancy may be different, so keep a watchful eye on her if she is nearing 60-65 days of pregnancy. Best wishes!

coral 6 years ago

you shouldn't allow dogs to give birth on the couch, they can fall through the cushions and suffocate, no one else allow your dogs to give birth on the couch, it can be very dangerous, no matter how much your dog likes the couch!!!

denzelkay89 6 years ago

thanks that really helps a lot because we don't know what to do with our new adoption that is pregnant. she is a pure breed beagle and we just got her like 2 days ago and we know she is pregnant but we don't know when is she going to give birth so it is really thankful of u sharing those video because i realy don't know what top do!

Casey 6 years ago

Hi we have a dog who is going to give birth anytime now and she started to leak milk everywere yesterday, all down her legs and through her bed and then today she has a clear vaginal discharge, I was just wondering what you could suggest as a time frame for birth to happen

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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

I think the best way is to take her temperature, a rectal temperature drop of 99.0 or lower may often mean birth within 24 hours However, if what you see is a fluid resembling the white of eggs this is a sign of impending pregnancy because this is the mucus plug that used to fill the cervix. So puppies should follow very shortly, good luck!

sarah 6 years ago

My pug is due too have pups in 11 days she is very restless and is not eating much she also has greenish brown fluid coming out not to sure what it means but its got me very nervous I have never had this happen before

denice 6 years ago

I have my daughters pom she is about 2yrs old and is going to have her second liter, however the first one was by c secion, I really feel like because she weights only 3 and 1/2 pds the vet just won'ted to do this.. the male is about 2pds. she is not as big this time and i asked the vet if she could have them granted he has not looked at her and he said it's not uncommon for dogs to have them after a c section.. will i be okay very nervious

Monique 6 years ago

Hi I have a 4.5 pound chihuahua x maltese and she is due to whelp in 4weeks. I have done some research and am taking the week off work that she is due so I can be there for her. The father is a chi x but he is very fine boned and quite skinny. This pregnancy was a mistake as she is only 10 months and I am totally freaking out. I have taken her to the vet to get checked and they say she is having two pups. Do you think that because she is young she may need help? I want to be there for her and I'm trying my best to find all the information I can but you seem like you know your stuff and I would really like some advise. Thanks heaps - sorry about going on, just want the best for my baby

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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

Each pregnancy in dogs as in people can be quite different. The disadvantage of having a young dog have puppies is that sometimes they do not have sufficient maternal instinct as a more mature dog. But this varies from dog to dog. I would keep a close eye on her, and perhaps keep some milk replacement on hand in case she does not feel like nursing. The good thing is that you will be around just in case. Best of wishes!

Monique 6 years ago

Thanks heaps! I just hope nothing goes wrong for my wee girl as this wasn't her fault. I have found a good website with really helpful info plus all the stuff on your site. Also one more question - where abouts would I buy iodine from?

Thanks =D

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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

Iodine can be found in most pharmacies, for some reason, it is always hiding somewhere but it is should be near the first aid supplies. If in trouble just ask, I have found it anywhere near bandages and hydrogen peroxide.

Georgia 6 years ago

Thank-you for all your advice we are thinking about breeding our staffy :) :)

alejandro 6 years ago

Hi, my 2 year old pitbull its about that time but she hasn't eaten since yesterday you think its getting close to that time?

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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

A loss of interest in food can be a sign she is close, did you get her rectal temperature? normally it is between 100.5 to 102.5, if it has dropped to 99 degrees then she may be giving birth within 12-24 hours. She should also appear a bit restless, looking for a place to give birth. If however, she is acting lethargic I would suggest consulting with a vet. Best wishes!

Caroline 6 years ago

This video was so helpful! My Shiba is pregnant and 4 years old. I took her to the vet today and she has 4 maybe 5 puppies inside! She should be delivering any week now! Your's looks so much like my little Tomo it's unreal. I had been worried about what to expect on the day and it helps so much to actually see a birth on video! I'm anxiously awaiting my little 'grandkids'! Wish me luck! : )

Dominique 6 years ago

what do i do if my dog gave birth yesterday and more baby's are sick and we called dozens of vet's and most are closed and i don't want her to die!?! what do i do?!?!?!?!

anonymous 6 years ago

I do not know..... I am very sorry... try to feed them formula milk in a bottle.... keep checking the vet, too....

liza 6 years ago

Hi. Can my shiba inu still breed at 9 ys. old? She has not given birth yet. I just want to know if it's still possible. thnx.

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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

In my opinion that is too old. Just as it is harder and more risky on women as they get older to have babies the same thing applies for dogs too. There are more chances for complications and pregnancy takes a bigger toll on the body of an older dog. I think the cut off age should be 5-6 years, maybe-maybe 7 in really healthy dogs and breeds that live longer.

Zoe Burns 6 years ago

hi my dog has just had puppies and evrytime i go near her she growls at me i am worried she will bite me i do not know why she is doing this she never has growled at me before what do you think i should do i want to help i am worried she won't let me in there she has just had them today

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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

This is called maternal aggression, it is quite normal. Some dogs show it some dogs do not. After giving birth a special "bonding hormone," called oxytocin causes the mom and puppies to bond. Give her some time, keep her in a quiet place, after the first few days this form of aggression should slowly dissipate. If you must check on them for very important reasons, lure the mother away with a treat or handle them when mother dog is eating her meal and safely away.

It helps to try to desensitize her with your presence. Try to get a chair and sit at a distance from where she does not growl. Just sit there quietly. She should notice you are not a threat to her. Then gradually move closer but always stay at a safe distance. You can try tossing some kibble towards her so she associates you with something good happening. Be very very careful though, you are right, she may bite if she feels the need to.

However,personally I would not force things. Soon as said, this form of aggression should wean away, usually within one week. Here is a helpful link, best wishes, and congrats!

Crystal 6 years ago

hello my yorkie has passed a thick clear fluid i have estimated her to give birth within the next week does this mean impending labor soon

kayley :-) 6 years ago

hi my mini foxie is 2 yrs old and is pregs to a staffy x cattle dog ! i haven't had enough money to go to vet to see what i should do and how to make sure she survives! can u help? and how can i tell how many puppies are there? im just scared cuz he is a larger dog then her???

Amber 6 years ago

We have a 6 pound papillon that was bred with a 8 pound papillon she is due in a couple weeks, i worry about the babies being too big for her to pass. Should i worry or do you think she will be fine?

sotheara 6 years ago

ummm my dog is scratching the floors and the clothes i laid out but a few months past no birth :(

sweetnfun26 6 years ago


My Hound dog is giving birth right now, she has had one puppy in three hours.. very healthy, This is her first pregnancy is it normal for it too take this long between births? I called the local vet and they say she should have at minumium five- seven puppies due to her size and breed? should i worry yet or just wait a little longer?

Danaa' 6 years ago

OMG, This Reallyy Helped. Now my dog, gave birth to 4 puppies(: thanks so much. I was searching all night until, ya I found ur article! Thanks you so much. I wish u good luck, and kisses! Thanks! :D


Tayla 6 years ago

Thank You! I am looking forward to getting a Shiba Inu and breeding it too. And Danaa, if you can't handle the puppies, you can always find them new loving homes. Sweetnfun, maybe you should wait awhile. If one of your newborn puppies are dying, try doing these things:

Do mouth-to-mouth

Rub a towel on the puppy

Try giving puppy lots of it's Mother's milk, but try not to give it too much, or it will have better chances of dying.


---- Tayla

leo 6 years ago

my lab is now pregnant...and your article is a great help...

many thanks

MLG 6 years ago

Hi. Your iformation is brilliant. My border collie is 22 months old and pregnant. The dog was considerably larger than her but a border collie. I was just wondering the chance of a fatality to the mother. She is a much loved pet and if anything happene to her it would be awful. Also the average size of litter for her? She's quite small but quite bulky. Ha. Thank you!

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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

Worse case scenario I can imagine if he was considerably bigger is a C- section. You will know if this is needed if your dog has difficulty birthing, this is why all breeders should keep handy their vet's phone number. Average litter size of Borders are between 4-8 pups with an average of 6. Best wishes!

Janene 5 years ago


I have a pug and she gave birth to a healthy pup by but its 02:22pm now and she still hasn't had anymore. Should i be worried? She hasn't had any contractions like before the one pup????

Amber 5 years ago

your info was very helpful my sisters boy got ahold of her girl and shes cloes to her due date and we were looking everything up to make sure we knew what to do in every case

thank you

Patty 5 years ago

Hi I am desperate for advice. My pomi/Chihuahua is having problems and I need adive on what to do. She started this afternoon and it is now 3:22am and she still hasn't had her pups. I have tried to help I did all the things I have read. from taking her outside and making her walk a lil even giving her milk . I have rubbed her tummy and even pressed down and pushed towards her bottom. I did something even more and hope I haven't cause a problem doin so. I scrubbed my hands and then used some germ-x on my hand ,then wet my had and took my middle finger and placed it inside her private part to feel if there was a pup nearby the opening. She hardly pushes and when I press upwards inside of her she pushes a small amount and stops.

I started doing that when the 12 hours hit and still nothing . What do I do? I have no way to get to the vet and no phone. I also am broke money wise so taking her to the vet is also a problem there as well. I have birthed many pups as a midwife and never had this problem. Is this worse than I think? If so is there ANYTHING I can do to help her at least get one pups out ? I am sure if I can get one out she will be able to get the others out.

She is also around 15 now. She belonged to my mother and she asked me to take care of the dog when she died. I have had her all this time and never intended to get her pregnant. I came home from work one day and they told me that a dog had hitched with her. Please help me I am so desperate. I don't want to loose her. Thanks for taking time to read this. I will wait for some one .Please ohh please help me.

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

At 15 she is way too old to give birth.. it sounds like she is having trouble.. she may need a c-section she may even die if you do not seek treatment ASAP... please call your emergency vet, there is hardly anything you can do at home at this point..

Lana 5 years ago

My Boston dolly is due to whelp any second, her temp dropped from between 100 and 101.5 to 98.3, she has stayed at that temp now for over 24 hours :( I am pulling my hair out waiting, although she is not really showing any other symptoms. She has been sleeping a lot but she is perky when she is awake. She vomited a few hours ago and she looks like she is sorta in pain but she just sleeps and I don't see contractions :( This is her second litter and the first one went off without a hitch leaving us with three pups, but she is much larger this time :/ Its 2:30 am so I hope they are not to big or my bill will be. Any advice plz

Lana 5 years ago

Well she has not had them yet but she shows all the signs of an inpending whelp so I am not so concerned. phew :) I do have a question though, pertaining to the first stage of labor. Are dogs like people in the since that the second go around should be easier and maybe quicker, provided everything is positioned right in the uterus? Or is sleep not in my future for the 3rd day :( Her temp went from 100.5 to 98.3 noticed on the 3rd at 8pm. It is now the 5th at 1pm and she just starting showing all signs about 3 hours ago of the first stage of labor. So should I chance some rest... desicions desicions. Gosh do we people love our pets! I imagine hopfully she will have whelped by the time I get my response but I would like to know if this type of randomness always to be expected should I breed her again. Also because I have never heard this question answered.. How big does the dams cervix dilate for a 20lb Boston? ty

Laurie loo 5 years ago

Hi :-)

My Pointer is 60 days today, the clear fluid (like egg white) came out of her vulva this morning at 6 am, ongoing all morning, she is in her whelping box panting and very uncomfortable, she keeps changing position etc. It is now 3.15pm but no contractions or pushing as yet? When should I expect things to start happening? I have called the vet to let them know but in your experience and opinion when should we expect our new arrivals? Many thanks x

Laurie loo 5 years ago

Just to say that soon after I posted the question, things started happening fairly quickly and she had 7 pups within two hours. x

Jack 5 years ago

My dog has just given birth to one puppy but no more after that she still looks fat. So how do I know for sure or help her get the other puppies out? Do I need to take her to the vet?

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

She may have uterine inertia, it is best to call your vet and have her seen.

Becaa 5 years ago

My dog has found a secure spot to give birth unfortunatly She has chosen under the house ... Any way we can convince her of another area


Alandra :) 5 years ago

Hi! I have a 9 yr old female Papillon and a 3 yr old male Shih Tzu and i was wondering if 9 is too old to breed my Papillon...

Alandra :) 5 years ago

I was just wanting to know if she will have problems or even die i really don't want that to happen because i have had her since i was 6 and she was about 1 went we got he so yer. well there is nothing we can do now because they have already mated....would love to hear from any one :)

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Yes, nine years old is too much risky at this point and I do not see why you would want to breed her with a different breed if she is purebred. Responsible and reputable breeders do not usually consider breeding a female dog after age 5 and the age 6 or 7 in toy breeds. Of course, this applies to female dogs that have bred at least once or twice successfully and are champion titled dogs.

Jane Dale-Beaumont 5 years ago

Hi, my staff is 1 year old, the stud dog came to meet us with the owner for me to check his paperwork and see if the dogs liked each other, they did very much and were tied before we could prevent it, my staff was in her second heat, but not quite 1 year old,today she is acting a little odd,wanting to be hand fed (she is spoilt)some long stringy off white liquid came from her today,it is now day 58, is the birth imminent ? when do i worm her? , your advice to others has been excellent.

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

The best way to determine if birth is imminent is by taking a rectal temperature and seeing a relevant temperature drop to 99 degrees or lower. This suggests birth is less than 24 hours away. Generally, pregnant dogs should be wormed from day 40 of pregnancy to 2 days post-birth. Panacur is one of the safest broad spectrum dewormers out there. I think you are a bit late now since if she has roundworms the larvae are likely already circulating and will be passed to the pups through the milk. At this point perhaps your best bet is to have the pups dewormed when they see the vet for their first wellness exam,usually by 2-3 weeks of age. You can read more about this here:

Best wishes!

Jane Dale-Beaumont 5 years ago

Thanks for prompt reply, in your opinion, was my dog too young to have mated,? she is very healthy, has been wormed regularly,and frontline for fleas etc, still no pups, but her appetite has waned, still leaking little amounts of the white liquid, i don't have a thermometer,so will let nature take its course.

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

The second heat is fine, even though some like to wait for the third or at 15 months old. However this varies depending on the breed and how mature the dog is over all.

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

A little bit of clear discharge towards the end of pregnancy is generally normally just the cervical cap leaking. However if it starts to be more then just a dribble, turns out having an odor,or becomes a colored discharge, you should see your vet. Best wishes!

Jane Dale-Beaumont 5 years ago

48 hours ago she had 2 girls then last a boy bottom first, all look lovely and healthy, mum is eating, popping out for the toilet, and occasionally patrolling the entire house and front and back gardens, her back 2 teats appeared swollen, they were hot to touch, i have been putting the pups to these 2 teats to feed and they are looking better, she appears quite rough with them,sitting on them and flicking them around, ,thanks for your advice.

Julie 5 years ago

My Boxer is panting away as I write she has been for 12 hours now, I have contacted my vet twice today first to inform him that labour has started and then to update him, I took her to see him two days ago and he seemed concerned that she had no milk as I said this is her second litter and she didn't have any till she whelped with the last litter should I be concerned this time that she as none ?

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

In some dogs indeed milk will flow only once they give birth. If this has happened before with her, very likely the same will happen this time. It is more of a wait and see thing at this time.

julie 5 years ago

Hiya thanks for reply, my baby had her pups during the night and the milk was there.

Julie 5 years ago

Thanks she whelped and the milk was there.

julie 5 years ago

my female Chihuahua is pregnant from a male Chihuahua that is some what bigger. she is an apple head and he is a raindeer head chihuahua . the body leanth r about the same its just his legs are longer. should i worry about the babies being too big for her to pass. or do you think she will be fine?

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

The numbers of Chihuahua needing C-sections is pretty high due to the anatomy of the heads and the narrow hips. Generally, 2 out of 10 may need a C-section so make sure you are there for her and have the vet's number ready, just in case...

valentin 5 years ago

omg thank you sooo much i didn't know my dog was this close to havin pups again THANKS!!!!!

Laura 5 years ago

My dog is due any day and I have noticed that she keeps licking her vulva is that a sign of labor

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

That very likely could be, every dog experiences labor differently just as pregnancy is different for women, the best way to determine is by taking her rectal temperature and look for a drop of 99.0 or lower, this means labor is less than 24 hours away, don't keep her alone during birth!

Memories1932 5 years ago

A good breeder should know all this stuff already. Anybody else should have their dogs spayed or neutered so they won't contribute to the pet over population problem.

Summer 5 years ago

Just with my experience & knowledge, if your dog is in labor for +8 hours, you should immediately call a vet if you are unexperienced and don't have vet training. Also, usually dogs are fine alone during birth- it's natural. But for dogs that are close to there owners (like most), they are more than likely going to want some assistance as some first timer dogs are unsure or don't know what to do during birth. To Memories1932, some people would rather seek their own sire for there dam as they wouldn't want an aggressive sire which usually leads to aggressive pups. Like my family, we picked out our cousins dog and bred our dog with him. There are different reasons for every situation of a pregnant dog, and 'accidents' happen. Some people just aren't comfortable with a dog abortion or spaying/neutering their dogs. (Deffenitly not trying to start anything, just educating further!)

david 5 years ago

i have a dog which has had 5 puppiesbut she keeps picking just one up andcarrying it about and if hes asleep she will wake it up it is a healhy pup as they have all been vet checked why is she doing this

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

This puppy may have some congenital problem that may not be noticeable, but that mother dog is aware about. The puppy may be chilled and she may be trying to warm it up moving it around to different places. The pup may be suffering from fading puppy syndrome, there are many hypothesis. But mother dogs often know best when a pup is not thriving as it is supposed to. Keep an eye on this fellow.You can read about this here;

Eve 5 years ago

My chihuahua is in labour right now as I write this, she is having purebred pups. And I am so nervous. Even tho this is not her first litter. I always get nervous. Is it true that after the first litter it goes a lot easier? Someone told me that. And I cant remember how long she was in her first stage of labour for her first litter. Cause She is panting and nesting for queit some time now, for a good 5 hours probably but she hasn't started pushing yet.. I am keeping an eye on her from a distance to watch her, as I notice when I go to her to see how things are doing, I think it bothers her and interupts her. How long can the first stage of labour take again? Cause as I said I cant remember her first litter but I think it might be me just worrying that is making it feel like forever.

Eve 5 years ago

She had her first pup at 830.. And she is so cute.

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Congrats on the first one, by now you should have the whole litter delivered and they should be sleeping or happily nursing. Generally the time of labor varies depending on how many puppies are being delivered. You shouldn't be concerned unless pups have not passed for longer than 4 hours or if your dog has been actively straining to deliver a pup longer than 30 minutes. Best wishes!

Eva 5 years ago

My dog is 55 days into her pregnancy. I keep checking her temp about four times a day yesterday around 12pm her temp read 98.7 but it went back up to 100 and now it's at her norm 99.8 she just had a lol tiny bit fluid out but no other symptoms is she ready anytime soon?

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

The temperature does fluctuate before giving birth. Generally it goes down and then spikes up before labor begins. Best wishes!

kb13733 5 years ago

I have a shiba inu who is almost 2 years old. It wasn't our intention to get her pregnant and everytime we had extra money to get one of our dogs fixed, something came up. Long story short, Shinka is now pregnant. Anyway I'm wondering how many puppies I can expect if my female is pure bred shiba inu and the male is a border collie/ red heeler mix? There was only one tie between the dogs.

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

This is hard to tell, especially since they are different breeds and the father is a mix. Generally, the average is 6 but you can have up to 12 at times! The best way to know exactly is to have the vet do an ultrasound.

Sabrina 5 years ago

If a dog ties with another dog, while shes on her period, is it for sure she will be pregnant?

Shelley 5 years ago

Hi this is my jack russells second litter, she had her first litter on the 63rd day. She is due today and there are no signs at all. She is just lying down all the time eating and drinking fine and no change in temp over the last 3 days. Any suggestions, thanks

Angie 5 years ago

My dog is only 11 months old and she will be 60 days pregnant on the 14th Im very worried about her since shes so young . We didnt want her to get pregnant but it happened . Shuld I be worried or will she be fine ?? She is pomeranian and chihuahua .

kat 5 years ago

Hi there,

I have two purebred and papered border collies and we are not even sure %100 that she is pregnant, but tonight we noticed a very very large puddle of clear liquid that smelt like raw eggs on the floor in the laundry. its since been approx 3 hours and other than licking herself a little bit she hasn't changed at all. we are not entirely possitive that this wasn't vomit but she hadn't had any eggs for a good 24 hours. Confused??? This would be her first litter and we have since separated her from our male and we have given her all of the things she would need if she was to give birth but i guess we will just have to wait and see if she wakes us in the middle of the night..... any comments would be appreciated.


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

This article goes over all the discharges pregnant dogs may have:

Jaimie 5 years ago

Thanks All that Info Really Helps but I hafve a Question. My dog Is Ready to have her Pups But her Stomach Is terribly Small. She has had 1 litter before.On the Last litter My dogs Stomach Got huge but This time It has increased at all.

Jaimie 5 years ago

Thanks All that Info Really Helps but I hafve a Question. My dog Is Ready to have her Pups But her Stomach Is terribly Small. She has had 1 litter before.On the Last litter My dogs Stomach Got huge but This time It has increased not at all.

Is she okay?

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Could be she is expecting a few compared to last time. Of course, if she is acting abnormally have her seen by a vet, best wishes!

wendy brown 5 years ago

I have got a black chihuahua and can have birth any day an her stomach is small, this is her first litter anwecan feel the pups but shes notvery big, o you have any advice?

Lancelot 5 years ago

Keep up the good work guys. We,as pet owners appreciate the knowledge that your'll share with us.

I have a Pitbull who is giving birth at this very moment and i must say,"reading through this page given me a few pointers that may come handy......

thanks you guys.

Jaimie 5 years ago

Thanks for the Info. Earlier Today I felt around In my dogs stomach And i felt two little Lumpy things. I guess those are soposobly Pups? :)

Leeza 5 years ago

Hi my staffy is 45 days and is not as big as she was the first time and she's not her self at all this has got me worried is it normal? She is eating ok and drinking water she sleeps a lot but when she's awake plays and puts her back legs out and moves back and forth on her stomach would that hurt the pups ? And is that y she's so small.The first time she had 4 Healthy pups and her stomach was very big. If you can help me please comment thanks Leeza xx

Leeza 5 years ago

Her temp is 37'0 c is that normal

debbiebaby 5 years ago

Hello My 6 yr old shihzu had 2 puppies yesterday, the 2nd one died. My question is I do not think she has enough milk. what do I do? Also I woke up this morning to her carrying the baby and she got on the sofa w/ her. I put them both back in their spot but I am afraid she is going to hurt her

Virat 5 years ago

Hi, my boxer is on 59th day there are no signs she is very play full and naughty though her stomach are swollen. On wat day can i expect her litter? Suggest me friends

Virat 5 years ago

N this is her first litter i don't think she wil be able to help her self. I have to be beside her. N more over she has reduced eating her food completely from past 15days she's not intrested in beef, mutton or royal canin n al wat can i do to help her

coco 4 years ago

i have a bulldog pitbull im worried about her giving birth they say bulldogs are prone to needing c section but the pit in her should help her be able to give birth naturelly

billie 4 years ago

if the mom cant chew the cord how far do you cut it ?

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

According to the link below ''. Tie off the umbilical cord about 1 inch from the belly wall using string, thread or dental floss. Cut the cord off on the other side of the tie.''

This website depicts a slightly different procedure:

Mirella 4 years ago

My dog is only 11 months old and she has given birth this morning. I'm very worried about her since shes so young . We didn't want her to get pregnant but it happened . Shuld I be worried or will she be fine ?? She is a German Sherpherd.

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

It is not recommended for dogs of this breed to be moms this early for several reasons. Only time will tell if she will be a good mom. Best wishes

marilyn53 4 years ago

my golden retriever had 9 puppies two weeks ago. I always help with the delivery . my question is last night she was panting like she was in labor and kept me up all night, panting licking my face and sitting on me. I took her temp to make sure she did not have an infection and it was normal. what could be wrong with her?

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Marilyn, I would have her checked to be safe, it could be a sign of hypocalcemia, you can read about it here:

Rebecca, that temperature seems quite low, generally a lower temperature is sign puppies are soon on their way, but it should not be that low, did you get an accurate reading?

rebecca drane 4 years ago

she had the puppies that night! crazy she was over a week early! she had a breached birth and had to go to the vets to have a Cesarean in the end, she was in a lot of pain the next day but she has percked up and is being a fantastic mum! thankyou for your help and information very handy and useful! thankyou form rebecca lou lou and the pups!

iona 4 years ago

thnax very much, this helped me a lot, i am a lt less worried now!!! i hope all went well with those puppies, i have a spoodle, and shes due to give birth soon, and the vid clearly stated that the whole process is not a stressfl as i first thought :)

wayne 4 years ago

when your dog has pupies and it comes out you must not help it to clean it knows want to do my dog sammy is going to have pupies

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

I agree, indeed I mentioned to do this only if the mom is too busy dealing with another puppy. Intervention though may be necessary if the pup is not removed by mom from the amniotic sac and the airways are clogged by secretions.

arrah 4 years ago

hello! do u have to force ur dachshund dog to eat vanilla ice cream when she is in the middle of labor?

Helena D 4 years ago

my rat terrier is going to give birth some time in may and she is about 3yrs old. During her last time having pups i was told she almost didn't make it. i don't know any reasons she could be having troubles. so if possible could someone tell me different reasons why?

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Helena D, if she had complications you should evaluate if it is worth it to let her have puppies again. This hub will help you determine possible complications after giving birth:

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Intelligence, your post was denied because it was offensive. There are better way to ethically debate and calling people names is not the best approach. I understand your point and that you are against people breeding dogs. This hub is for those who have already bred their dogs and need help. I did already write an article about why people should avoid breeding in the first place, you can post here if you wish and I will approve your comment if it is written in a socially acceptable manner.

Moxie's mom 4 years ago

My dam has given birth to 3 pups. She is expecting 6. Her last delivery was at 9:47pm, no contractions or other signs of difficulties. She is laying and nursing. I will be calling vet in 5 minutes, but was curious if this is normal?

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

I hope all went well, I am not sure about the timing as my post shows you posted this 14 hours ago when it was 947, how long between her contractions stopped, were there any difficulties?

nicole 4 years ago

hi my dog is 7 years old and i don't know if is going to live or not.... is she to old to have her puppies?????

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

It depends on a variety of factors, health, predisposition for complications, how large the litter is, etc. I would not say it is a death sentence, but most breeders would not breed over 5-6 because the risks for problems gets higher as the dog ages. Do all you can for her, have her see the vet now and ask your vet's opinion on her over all health condition, if the vet thinks she is in good shape to give birth, make sure you are there for her when time comes and take her to the vet as the first sign of trouble. best wishes.

Dwallace 4 years ago

i have just gotten a 10 month old toy yorkie from a lady who had lots of yorkies well to make a long story short shes pregnant and she lost her mucas plug a week ago and today she is leaking milk she was bred by a miniture yorkie how long will it be before she gives birth and how many can she be having? she is pretty big before birth she weighed about 3 pounds and the male weighed about 5 to 6 and a 1/2 pounds

cathy 4 years ago

hi my bichon is 67 days sinse she was mated she has been nesting for days and has had a little dischage but there is no sign of labour have you got any sugesions this is her 3rd litter and she is five years old.

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

It is abnormal to be a bit late, since it really depends on when she ovulated and became pregnant, rather than the actual day she mated. Did you take her rectal temperature? Once it falls below 99 degrees, she should go into labor in the next 24 hours.However, due to her age, I would play it safe and see a vet now; she may need an oxtocin injection to start the contractions. Best wishes

Hanna 4 years ago

We are hoping to get are dog prgent, we all redey have people with good Houses for the puppy's. I'm wondering if you have eney advice for me, it's my ferst time.

Darcy 4 years ago

I am getting a foster pit bull tomorrow who is very pregnant. We are not sure of the actual due date because she was a stray off the street but I am very excited to be taking her out of the shelter so she can have her pups in a home environment! Thank you for your advice in the article you have written and in all of the comments above! I'm hoping for an easy delivery for her and health pups!

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

what a great idea! the pups raised in a loving home get the best start in life! best wishes.

brenda 2 years ago

Hi, my 9yr old peekapoo is pregnant, I could tell by they way she smelled, I know it's weird but she had a sweet/vanilla smell, like warm milk her first litter two years ago., and loss of appetite and lethargy and now her belly is hard and nipples are hanging with a little of milk, I got her whelping box. but since she is much too old, I never let her out of my house only to use bathroom and walks w/leash, well I was out of town and my kids let her out and the gate open/now I just don't know when she is due and she does not let me take her temperature. I know she was spotting blood on the time before I went out of town around the 9th of June. I have no idea who the dog who mated w/ her is and i'm stressing out because she won't let me take her temp. This will be her second litter, she had nine puppies last time with no complications stillborn and one faded..please advise..other 7 perfectly fine and cute peekaboo/poms. Add Your Comment...

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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

See your vet and have him guide you through the pregnancy if that's the case. At 9 years old, pregnancy is risky.

Chantelle 2 years ago

Hi I tried to breed my Pom 66 days ago today. I had the stud for a weekend and they were 'at it' nonstop but never tied. If the mating was successful she would be 66 days pregnant but is showing no signs of labor. If she's not eating or having a walk she is sleeping. She's a little bit bigger but not much and is now producing a small amount of milk (for 2 days now). She's not a small breed of Pom she is bigger than most ive seen which maybe why she's not showing so much. She saw the vet at 6 weeks but the vet said it was too soon to feel any puppies if there is any there because they'd be too small. I just don't know if she's having a phantom pregnancy or if she'll be giving birth soon. Thank u in advance for any advice.

Peta 2 years ago

hi I have a 6 year old fox terrier x and I think she might be 3 to 4 weeks pregnant to our other dog which is a quite large staffy and I am very worried about her pups be to large, what should I do, and what is the chances that she will die give birth?

Julie 2 years ago

Hi, I'm a student and my parents don't have much money.... My dog (chihuahua) got pregnant and she's been on the first stage for 24 hours now ! She has this reddish blackish discharge. She has contractions and wanting to nest but no puppies came out and I don't want her to die but I really don't have money to take her to the vet ;( please please help me!

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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

Your vet is the best person to determine pregnancy. Please keep in mind that 1) a tie is not a guarantee for pregnancy, many dogs become pregnant without a tie and dogs who tie don't get pregnant. 2) you do not count the days of pregnancy from the day the dog mates, but from the day that ovulation takes place.

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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

See your vet, he will determine if they are too large and if a C-section is required. I hope you have saved money for possible complication and in case a C-section is needed!

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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

There's nothing anybody can do over the internet for birthing complications. Look for Banfield/VCA free vet exams to save money on the vet visit, but you will then have to pay for medications or any tests they run or procedures.

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raizhel 2 years ago

The first delivering birth of my dog had never been easy. So, it taught a lesson to me that I should bring my dog to vet when it is her delivering date. It may cost few money but I rest assure that her delivering birth is okay.

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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

If the vet is open when it happens, that's the perfect way to handle things. Kudos to you!

Merri 2 years ago

We took in a stray seems to be a min pin mix she is pregnant and I'm assuming close to her due date we have had her a couple of weeks vet checked.. She was obviously abused by her previous owners and now is spoiled rotten. I have made her a wheel ping box but she will not stay in it she follows me everywhere and wants to be right with me.. What should I do when active labor starts? Her temp is 99.4 now down Fromm 100.2 last night.

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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

As whelping nears, she should start looking for a place to give birth, maybe you can move it near you if that gives her comfort?

Renee Naidoo 24 months ago

I have a mini jack russell who just had five pups on the 1st Nov. I am worried because she don't like water to drink,she wants milk. Is it safe for pups if mum drinks milk and feeds them. Please help.

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alexadry 24 months ago from USA Author

Milk isn't really harmful per se, but can give diarrhea to some dogs, perhaps a safer way to re-hydrate her is adding some water to her kibble if she is eating normally. Also try ice cubes. She needs to drink enough to keep producing milk for her pups.

Misty 23 months ago

Our Rat terrier was in labor all night 10:30am she had a breached pup rushed her to the vet he pulled her out and gave her a shot said her uterus was small she has past several sacs empty and I know she has at least two more pups she has stopped labor but is leaking water it doesn't appear bloody. It is Thanksgiving weekend and we have yet to find a vet to help I am scared she is dying I don't have $600.00 plus to help her this is breaking my heart and dog is actually daughters boyfriends dog. I don't know what I can do. This is day 2.

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alexadry 23 months ago from USA Author

There's really not much you can do at home, please see an emergency vet in your area, they are open 24/7 even on holidays.

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Theresa Dyess 23 months ago from Blue Ridge, Virginia

I have an 8 yr old registered Papillon that I'm not sure if she has ever been bred before or not, who is currently pregnant. According to the people whom I rescued her from she was in heat and bred with a registered short haired chihuahua, and should be whelping her pups any time. I have been keeping a very close eye on her for the last 2 weeks as she has been producing milk and for the last week her teats have been engorged, until yesterday. As of yesterday her tummy also lost the tightness and has becom soft. At times we can feel the pup/pups but have not felt any movement from them for the last couple days. they have shifted quadrants of her abdomen, but we only feel hard lumps and no movements from them even if we try to stimulate them with gentle rubbing or palpatation. I am very worried as I really have no money for Vet services atm, but would like a bit of advise. could this be normal? I thought quite a few times this past week that she was showing signs of labor, but it never lead to anything as yet. Should I just give it a bit more time? She doesn't seem to be in any distress at all, but doesn't want to go outside to potty or eat very much for the last week. She has also decided that she "belongs" right beside me at all I have her a soft side kennel set up that I put her in a night, due to her trying to squeeze herself under our couches at times and I know that would be a BAD idea for a whelping place, nonetheless, how she has to squish herself to get under them.

Any advise or thoughts would be helpful and MOST appreciated ty in advance

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alexadry 23 months ago from USA Author

Do you know what day of pregnancy she's in at this moment? At the end of pregnancy is when movements should be more noticeable. Being 8 years old, there are higher risks that she may have problems whelping as the pelvic bones in older dogs start losing their elasticity. I would have her see a vet to play it safe.Deliveries can be also more difficult at this age if this is her first litter The vet may do an x-ray to check if the pups are OK and if mom may need a c-section. Breeding dogs unfortunately is expensive and risky, and there's not much that can be done at home to prevent and treat complications. This link may be helpful:

chaitanya 22 months ago

Hello !

I have a labrador dog female its age is 2 years. Crossing is done for that dog for only for one time .Does the dog give birth to puppy's again and again for every 4 months.

Miriam 22 months ago

No, dogs aren't bred again and again every 4 months. The heat cycle isn't that frequent in dogs. Responsible breeders breed only after dogs have obtained health clearances and usually every other heat or more. Time ago there was belief that female dogs had to be bred one time before being spayed, this myth had now been debunked. I would get her spayed.

Bree 22 months ago

This was helpful, my 6 year old black lab beagle is about to give birth. Some days we think she is going into labor, other days we just stop thinking that. We aren't sure when her and a dog we were dog sitting mated but I can no longer see my poor pup in pain I hope she goes into labor soon. Everytime I check the temp, its at 99.7 for the last week now/.

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alexadry 22 months ago from USA Author

I hope everything goes well for you. Make sure the thermometer is calibrated correctly and that it's inserted into the rectum for about an inch. I would recommend a a digital one that beeps when it's read to be read.If the reading is correct, you should have your dog see the vet to ensure everything is going well. Have you felt the pups moving these days?

Emily 22 months ago

Hi, weird bizarre scenario but here goes... I'm planning on buying a toy schnauzer from a breeder and her dog had the puppies this past Sunday. She said the certain puppy that we want had a complication. The puppy was half way out when the mother sat back down for some reason, due to this the puppy lost consciousness and didn't breathe for what the lady said was 15 minutes... Is there a possibility that this pup could have brain damage? Or any other problems? The cost of the dog itself is not cheap and I would like to know the risks before I fully invest my love and finances into the dog but also future medical and vet bills... Please help! I haven't found anything on this subject. I know it was a freak accident but I need some further understanding and I want to match whatever info I can get on the subject with what the breeder tells me. She said this has never happened to her before and she's never had to revive a puppy before. So this is new to both of us. Please help!

emily 21 months ago

Is it possibly for a newborn puppy to have brain damage?

I'm buying a this puppy from a breeder and she said that when the puppy was halfway out of momma, momma sat back down and then the puppy wasn't breathing for 15 minutes. Is there a possibility of brain damage? And if so, what would that mean for the puppyies future? The puppy is 3 days old now and the breeder said she's doing great and acting like a normal puppy would act, but it still has me wondering what the accident could mean for the puppys health in the future when its older...

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alexadry 21 months ago from USA Author

This is hard to say and seems like a tough situation. If this is a serious breeder, he/she should offer a health warranty, meaning that she/he will reimburse you and take the puppy back if you find any major health problems within a certain time frame. I have a feeling though that this is not a reputable breeder, for the simple reason that the term "toy" doesn't sound right. There are miniature, standard and giant schnauzers, the term toy or teacup is often suggestive of somebody breeding runts which are prone to a multitude of health problems....Please be careful.

Beth 21 months ago

I have a 10 month old Pom who is currently in labor, she is having contractions and will start to push for about 30 seconds and then stop for several minutes. I have been unable to find anything about this and was wondering if this is with in the realm of normal? Additional info: she was accidentally breed a week before her appointment to be spayed, the father is a 1.5 year old pug

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alexadry 21 months ago from USA Author

Hello there, sorry I have a dog business aside from writing so sometimes I do not check my comments too often. Things sounded pretty normal from your description, unless there was further trouble along the road.How did everything go?

maKayla 21 months ago

My dogs water broke last night and this morning still nothing she's acting like a normal fog running around?

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alexadry 21 months ago from USA Author

When the water breaks, you should see a puppy within one-two, no more than 3-4 hours. Does she have any contractions? At what day of pregnancy is she? What did the fluid look like? At this point,I would call your vet and have her checked out to see what's going on.

Blanca Rios 19 months ago

my chiguagua 3 days ago gave birth to puppies she had 2 girls but i still think she have more on her belly because every night she cry to much and she starts breathing really really fast like 2 breaths every second what ca i do to help her . i know my dog and i could tell the round ball inside her belly is another baby .

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alexadry 19 months ago from USA Author

You must see your vet, if there are any retained placentas or dead fetuses, this can cause a serious infection, Nothing you can really do at home if that's the case.

Helen amos 18 months ago

Hi my dog is 63 days pregnant today and was showing signs of first stages of labour yesterday. Restless, nesting, didn't eat, had discharge, so thought she was gonna have them last night or today. But all seems fine today and not showing any more signs is this normal?.

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alexadry 17 months ago from USA Author

Hello, sorry with the nice weather was away from my computer for some days, any luck yet with your dog having puppies?

Cassie leal 16 months ago

hi this morning my boxer had one puppy at 9 a.m and another at 11 a.m , is it possible she can have more later tonight or is that it . This is her first liter and She's only had two, so is that it ?

tiffan y 12 months ago

My dog had her first puppy at4:45 this morning. She has not had one since. Every now and again she contracts but its nothing consistant. What do i do.

Alfred 9 months ago

Hi my dog just give birth to one puppy but now its green all over and her eyes is big what is wrong

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alexadry 9 months ago from USA Author

This requires a vet visit, please see the vet.

cheyenne 7 months ago

what happens if one of the puppies can not make any sound

Dena Magiera 5 months ago

My dog I think is pregnant , she is breathing fast and it making g noises her mouth from time to time is open to breath , she has been very restless laying down doesn't want to move ate very lil I am worried. Is the breathing suppose to be like that ? She is a 6 yr old shihtzu.

Sherie 4 months ago

My dog Morgan was giving birth and got scared and sort of held it in its mouth trieing to find a place to hide but know there is only one and she hasn't had eny more yet what do I do please help I'm scared the rest will die inside the mom

frank luku 4 months ago

My boerboel is 18 months old and she mate on the 25th of may 2016 after two heats, which I purposely didn't mate her then. It is 21 days today and still not seeing any sign of pregnancy and she is very strong n restless,. I have placed her in a confined place where she won't be able to stretch' because most people told me that a stretching mom can loose her pups in the womb during the process of stretching; is this true? And when will it be appropriate to start feeding the litters with evaporated milk..?

Gta 4 months ago

My female is 60 days in pregnancy but she didn't get dilevery.

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alexadry 2 months ago from USA Author

GTA, 60 to 63 days is average pregnancy.

Abc 36 hours ago

My dog delivered two puppies but there are few more puppies in its uterus... I am worried what to do next... Is it dangerous to my pet

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