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How to Help Your Dog Give Birth

Updated on February 5, 2016

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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      Trish McDilda 5 weeks ago

      My Shih Tzu has been in labor for 24 hours but had no sign if the mucus plug. What should we do

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 weeks ago from USA

      An empty kiddie plastic swimming pool might work well if mother dog is accepting of the new spot. If not, she might just move them to another spot. The only issue though if she's OK with it is that a professional whelping box should have rails so mother dog doesn't end up accidentally smashing/suffocating the pups. A swimming pool lacks these rails.

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      Tischa 6 weeks ago

      Is it okay to help mother move puppies to nesting location like a swimming pool in same room so she has more room to give birth to rest of litter. She is already nursing 4 puppies and i believe she is going to have more. Just want to make her more comfortable and help puppies have better accesss to her nipples

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      Marissa 2 months ago

      Can anyone help me my pregnant dog wont let me take her temp. thru her rectual is there any other way to check it.

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      Shelby Merritt m 2 months ago

      my female is very restless and has a discharge i cant tell if she is in labor or not

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      Mercede 2 months ago

      This is very helpful for me. My bluenose staffordshire bull terriers bred even though i was not wanting to breed them. My female is 10 months old and i was afraid of complications with her being so young. This helps me to know when and if the vet is necessary and what to look for. Thank you

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      Arlene 3 months ago

      I need help my pit had a puppies that she could not have I helped her get it out it was dead can she have the rest of the puppies

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      Mariska 3 months ago

      My dog gave birth to seven pups now she is still shaking and pushing and has a green discharge is anything wrong she is still licking vagina too

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      Sissy 4 months ago

      My dog gave birth to a dead puppy this morning. Tonight she is whelping and appears to be in labor showing signs of contractions. Is it possible she may give birth to other puppies?

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      Kristy 6 months ago

      Part of the water bag. I assume is a lil way out of the dog but no more has happened for 45 min. Should I be worried

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      anne 7 months ago

      this is the best

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      Dynasty freeman 8 months ago

      My female pitbull just had 3 puppies its been 12 hours an i think shes getting ready to have more. Is this normal

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      mike 9 months ago

      Great info about sitting around and waiting for these pups to be born.

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      Joe-lene 10 months ago

      Very helpful because my jack russell has been having many miscarriages one time only one puppy survived but after I left home I found the puppy dead laying under the mother. I want to help my dog so her puppies will survive this time

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      Imran Butt 11 months ago

      My female is 62 days in pregnancy. she was finding the place for birth before 3 days ago but bitch belly showing like empty. but she didnt dilever yet.

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      Abc 11 months 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 14 months ago from USA

      GTA, 60 to 63 days is average pregnancy.

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      Gta 16 months ago

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

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      frank luku 16 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..?

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      Sherie 16 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

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      Dena Magiera 17 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.

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      cheyenne 19 months ago

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

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 21 months ago from USA

      This requires a vet visit, please see the vet.

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      Alfred 21 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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      tiffan y 2 years 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.

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      Cassie leal 2 years 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 ?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

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

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      Helen amos 2 years 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Blanca Rios 2 years 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      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.

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      maKayla 2 years 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      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?

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      Beth 2 years 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      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.

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      emily 2 years 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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      Emily 2 years 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!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      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?

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      Bree 2 years 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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      Miriam 2 years 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.

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      chaitanya 2 years 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.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      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:

      http://www.papillonclub.org/gen_emergency_C-sectio...

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      Theresa Dyess 2 years 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 times..lol 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      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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      Misty 2 years 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Renee Naidoo 2 years 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      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?

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      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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

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

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      Ruby S. 3 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      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. https://hubpages.com/animals/How-to-Get-a-Free-Vet...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      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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      Julie 3 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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      Peta 3 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?

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      Chantelle 3 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.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

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

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      brenda 3 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 ..one stillborn and one faded..please advise..other 7 perfectly fine and cute peekaboo/poms. Add Your Comment...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

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

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      Darcy 5 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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      Hanna 5 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.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      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

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      cathy 5 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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      Dwallace 5 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

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      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.

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      nicole 5 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      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?

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      Moxie's mom 5 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      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.

      https://hubpages.com/animals/Should-You-Breed-Your...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      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:

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Dog-Health-Common-Comp...

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      Helena D 5 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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      arrah 5 years ago

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

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      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.

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      wayne 5 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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      iona 5 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 :)

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      rebecca drane 5 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!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

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

      http://www.lowchensaustralia.com/breeding/eclampsi...

      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?

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      marilyn53 5 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      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

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      Mirella 5 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      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.''

      http://chowananimalhospital.vetsuite.com/Templates...

      This website depicts a slightly different procedure:

      http://www.vetinfo.com/preparing-dog-delivery.html...

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      billie 5 years ago

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

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      coco 5 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

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      Virat 6 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

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      Virat 6 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

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      debbiebaby 6 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

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      Leeza 6 years ago

      Her temp is 37'0 c is that normal

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      Leeza 6 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

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      Jaimie 6 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? :)

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      Lancelot 6 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.

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      wendy brown 6 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?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      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!

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      Jaimie 6 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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      Jaimie 6 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.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      This article goes over all the discharges pregnant dogs may have: http://www.ehow.com/info_8745979_dog-whelp-mucous....

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      kat 6 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.

      thanks.

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      Angie 6 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 didn't want her to get pregnant but it happened . Shuld I be worried or will she be fine ?? She is pomeranian and chihuahua .

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      Shelley 6 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

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      Sabrina 6 years ago

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