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Signs of Retained Placenta in Mother Dogs

Updated on February 12, 2016

Among one of the complications that may affect the bitch after giving birth is the issue of retained placentas.

What Is the Placenta?

The placenta plays a vital role during pregnancy, connecting the puppies to the mother's uterine wall. It is thanks to the placenta that the puppies are supplied with oxygen and food and that their waste products are disposed of.

What Happens to It Normally?

When puppies are born, the placenta is no longer needed, and it is expelled from the mother's body. Generally, this occurs within 15 minutes from the time each puppy is delivered.

Each puppy should have one placenta, so it is important to count the numbers of placentas to ensure none of them stay inside.

Why They Are Retained

Cases of retained placentas are quite uncommon in dogs, however there appears to be a predisposition in toy breeds. Generally, it is mostly seen in large litters and sometimes in difficult deliveries.

Difficulty in Counting Them

The main issue is that it may be difficult for the breeders to count the placentas, because mother dogs instinctively will ingest them after they are expelled. It is believed that the placentas will provide the mother with extra energy that will help her go through the first days of nursing the pups. This is why some dogs develop soft stools for a few days after birth.

Retained placentas have the potential to cause uterine infections and toxicity. A dog exhibiting signs of illness or one that has not expelled all the placentas should be seen by a vet.

Symptoms

Normally after birth, the mother will develop a greenish-black discharge that will gradually become an odorless reddish-brown within 48 hours.

The main symptoms suggesting a retained placenta are:

  • Development of green, fetid vaginal discharge for more than 24 hours after giving birth
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Sometimes a retained placenta may be felt as an abdominal mass

Diagnosis

To diagnose your dog, the vet might palpate the uterus to feel for abdominal masses, conduct blood tests to see if there is sign of infection, or do an ultrasound.

Treatment

Treatment is only necessary if the dog is ill. Generally, it consists of an injection of oxytocin, a special medication that causes contraction of the uterus which will help the mother expel the retained placenta.

If there is an infection of the uterus, (metritis) a spay surgery may be recommended.

Take your dog to the vet to be advised on how to proceed.

Prevention

While there is no way of preventing retained placentas in dogs, owners must keep a close eye on the placentas being expelled after each puppy is born and should watch the bitch carefully for possibly ingesting them.

While it may be difficult to keep count of the placentas in very large litters, it is certainly worth the effort for priceless piece of mind.

Note: All dogs should see the vet 24 hours after giving birth regardless of symptoms. This article does not replace the advice of a professional veterinarian.

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      diann 3 weeks ago

      My Chihuahua gave birth to 7 puppies two days ago and 4 were very thin and 2/3 the size of the others. The momma I had noticed placed those 4 puppies off to the side and by the 2 day she had placed them completely out of the bed and whined till I found them. My point is her glands are very engorged,red, and her belly is swollen alone with her stools being dark and she is bleeding. I know the bleeding ect is part of giving birth I am just afraid that the other 3 will not make it.

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      Misty 7 weeks ago

      My dog just had her puppies 3days ago. Not sure why there is a smell now coming from there area. I know she ate 1placenta but had 6pups? What should I do?

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      Maurie 2 months ago

      Hello,My miniature dashound gave birth 3 days ago ,with 5 pup's, now she is waking me up to go outside an has a big explosion of bloody diarrhea/ almost like water an sounds like there's gas with it if ya know what I mean an she is doing it every2-3 hours ,She is acting normal,She did eat all afterbirth also. Everything is fine but the bloody diarrhea?

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      Jesse 2 months ago

      My dog has had 11 pups there is a leaking pinkish red leaking from her is this normal

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      Mar 2 months ago

      Steph,

      you need to take your dog to the vet- the toxins in the blood will kill your dog and her milk with not be any good. It is like a blood poison when babies and placentas are left inside, they start to rot.

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      Becky 2 months ago

      My anatolian sheppard just had 7 puppies 4 days ago, there is still slimy discharge coming out, not a lot, but it's still there, is this normal?

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      Steph 3 months ago

      My dog gave birth to 6 puppies Friday night 4/14 then she delivered another one Saturday morning puppy had past away then she gave birth again Monday morning 4/17 she don't have an appetite, I have been giving her Pedialyte to hydrate her I'm still worried

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      Briana 4 months ago

      My pitbull just had 6 puppies Monday night. She ended up delivering two more yesterday, Wednesday, both dead by the time they exited her womb. I can feel something in her stomach, I'm not sure if it's a retained placenta or another puppy that may have already passed. She is very skinny, has no appetite, walks very slowly, doesn't really respond, over salivating, and won't even drink water now. What can I do? I don't have money to take her to the vet at the moment, but I'm worried.

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      Briana 4 months ago

      My pitbull just gave birth to 6 puppies two days ago, Monday (3/6/17). Today I noticed she is over salivating, and she threw up. It's the first time I am noticing this, but I'm worried. Is this normal after birth?

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      rob 6 months ago

      the day after my yorkie gave birth to only one puppy she has started acting like she is having another one but it has been hours and she cant seem to get anything out and i dont have any money for the vet what can i do

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      andrea saracco 10 months ago

      My american bulldog boxer was in labor. One sac came out and hours later no puppie. The ve to did what they could but never could get one out. Now the want to put her to sleep. I brought her home and shes laying her pushing, fighting for her life. Is there Anything i can give her to gdt the puppiesbout. I live for my dog Prima, i cant imagine life without her.

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      lizette 11 months ago

      hi my pug who is 3 years old had puppies 2 days ago about 2 oclock in the morning by the time we noticed she had 4 and they were dead already, then two more came out and we helped her with the other 2 and we broke the bag for her and those two survived .. this is her second litter and the first time she did the same thing if we are not there to brake the bag they die ?? so is this normal or is it an issue that she has because with out help her pppies die

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      lyka 14 months ago

      my dog always slip and the bad thing is her tummy was the first part too hit the floor. How would i knoww if her puppies is still alive? thanks

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 15 months ago from USA

      Please give a call to your vet or emergency vet to play it safe.

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      Courtney 15 months ago

      Hey my Maltipoo just had 4 puppies and they are great. It looked like my dog popped a bag of water but nothing's come out. She looks like she's still having contractions but nothings happening. What should I do?

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      Joana O. 21 months ago

      This morning I found one of my Chihuahuas baby dead on the floor, placenta still attached a lot of blood on that area. Did my dog had a hard time taking it of it died ? Or did she kill it? I then see my dog pushing but 30 min have passed and no other puppy. There was a greenish stuff near her with some of the food I fed her the day before.

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      Barbara 22 months ago

      I have a puppy that just gave birth she ate all the placenta but her sac is still inside her i want to know if it will come out on its own or should i see the vet in the morning

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      Lisaallen1 2 years ago

      hi there, i have a yorkie who gave birth to one puppy 5 days ago, both mum and baby are doing well, i took them both to the vets a few days ago for a check up and whilst there i mentioned that the mother has a fishy smell coming from her, the vet looked and said she could see some puss down below but to keep an eye on it and if it hasn't improved by next week then to take her back, im not sure about leaving it that long, she seems well otherwise is not lethargic and is feeding her baby well. but this vet also advised me to supplement with bottle feeding the puppy as she said her mum only had two teats at the back which had milk. the puppy is plumpand seems really healthy and is always feeding and content, but as asked i tried to bottle feed my puppy and it didn't go well. personally i think i was being forced to overfeed it. so instead ive been keeping an eye on the puppys weight each day with the view that if she stops gaining weight then i'll step in and bottle feed, at the vets on wednesday the puppy was 278g and today she is 338g so she is gaining steadily. But im worried about this fishy smell with the mother honey. should i take her to a different vet or do as she says and wait until next week. i saw the placenta come out and she eat it. also a blood test was done at the vet to check her calcium levels and that was fine. advice would be much appreciated thankyou

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      Mark 2 years ago

      Eli and Tracey, would you leave a woman die of birth complications and not take her to the doctor? How would you feel if you were giving birth and nobody helped you? These are living animals, not giving vet attention is neglect. Why is your dog having puppies in the first place if you cannot afford a vet? Please take your dogs to a vet, and if you have no money, find it, do a garage sale, ask family for help, get a loan, but don't let your poor dogs die of birth complications!

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      Eli 2 years ago

      my dog had puppy's something is stuck I have tryed to get it out and I can't I can't afford a vet

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      Tracey 2 years ago

      My schnouzer just had pups Thursday,today she has a greenish discharge from her vagina and I swear I can still feel another puppy in her belly she is eating fine going out to pee and poo very good momma is this normal or is it vet time concerned and vet will not be in till Tuesday

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      It's hard to say. It could be she has eaten the placentas and these have caused digestive upset. It could be the first signs of a problem. I would watch her closely and see the vet if the vomiting continues or other symptoms appear.

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      Amber 2 years ago

      My pit just gave birth last night so unplanned and everything went well no problem but tonight after eating abt 3 he's later she has thrown up twice is this normal she is drinking and eating and using the bathroom and very attentive to puppies should I be worried first time for her and me

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      It's hard to tell as this can be a fluke, something environmental and possibly genetic , so to really know the answer your would have to carefully evaluate what could have gone wrong. Was she fed a good diet? Was she tested for brucellosis? was she stressed? was she seen by the vet before breeding? any exposure to chemicals? vaccines, medications?

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      Dani 2 years ago

      My Yorkie had two puppies last night. First one was born with no sack and not alive. She did pas the placenta. The second one delivered normal with the placenta but it's intestines were outside of its stomach. It did not survive. Is it okay to breed her again? Will she have more deformed puppies?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      This doesn't sound normal, best to see the vet and play it safe.

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      Felicia 2 years ago

      My Boston Terrier had her first pup lat night at 10 pm... she continued till about 7 am by then she had 4 perfect pups... she went to sleep woke up i fed her took her out side... cleaned her up.. come back in she went back to her pups and 8 hrs later she had another one......! i was just shocked no signs of labor nothing just all the sudden out pops a head! After she had this pup.. an hr later she starts pushing again off and on.. i called the vet he said its normal for them to have there last pup 8 hrs apart or more.. that she is prolly just trying to deliver her after birth / Placentas anyhoo it's been 8 hrs since the last pup and she is still pushing here and there.. do i have a big concern should i take her to the Emergency Animal hospital? Any help would be appreciated.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      I see, I imagine your vet is already closed. I am not a vet so cannot make recommendations, but here is what a vet tech recommended for somebody in a similar situation http://www.justanswer.com/pet-dog/8e21v-chihuahua-...

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      Sheila Cero 2 years ago from Concord, North Carolina

      Im aware that she will have to go but Im more concerned over to take her to an emergency clinic tonight or wait to see her vet in the am

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      All new moms benefit from a post-whelp check-up and wellness exam to ensure there are no placentas or other pups still inside.

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      Sheila Cero 2 years ago from Concord, North Carolina

      My boxer mix gave birth to a pup at 5 this morning but as of 5 this evening still hasn't giving birth to any other pups. She is attending the pup and drinking water. She has had several bowel movements. As of the past hour she has been bleeding fairly heavy(dark red blood, clotty). She has looked like she was contracting a couple times without any luck. I cant feel any other masses either. I'm not sure if I should take her in or hold off and wait. She is her happy go lucky self still. Thanks for any help-

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      I would have her see the vet since she does sound sick and needs to feel well to properly take care of her puppies.

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      Jpage 2 years ago

      My dachshund gave birth on Thanksgiving to four pups... Since she has been depressed acting and not feeling well.. she has lost weight and passes a thick light pink substance from her vagina.. I have been feeding her an egg once day.. giving her calcium and Pedialyte to make sure she stays hydrated..

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      That temperature is very high! Please have her see the vet.

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      jess ie heidler 2 years ago

      My four year old lab whelped 14 pups 7 days ago. Whelping went fine with no complcations. Pups are all doing great and mom was to.but this afternoon she started acting strange very restless not eating but drinking very good. Also looks like her stomach is contracting. I cked her temp and its 106.8. She has been acting completley norml up to this point.

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      Nat 2 years ago

      to the first comment how many is 5+3 = 8 not 6

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Because of her age, I would definitively have a vet check her and the litter to ensure things are proceeding normally. Are you sure the blood was coming from the stool? The bloody stool is not normal for new moms. It can be due to having eaten the placentas, dietary changes, parasites. Bringing along a stool sample for your vet is helpful.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Erin, sounds like something is not right, to be on the safe side, you would need to have her see the vet, there could be a retained fetus or placenta and a possible beginning of a womb infection,which isn't uncommon when dogs give birth to stillborn, only your vet can really help.

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      erin 2 years ago

      My dog gave birth about 8 hours ago the last 4 was stillborn now she is lethargic and won't eat no fever what could be wrong?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Anytime new foods or supplements are added, there are chances of an upset tummy, however, have her seen if this continues or she develops other symptoms, I hope she gets better soon!

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      Brittany B 2 years ago

      Hello, my Bea-Tzu dam had a litter on Saturday. All are fine and well. They came quickly and I counted all 5 placentas out of mom. After her whelping, she's been eating and drinking fine. I did follow up with our vet 24 hours after she was finished. All pups healthy, mom healthy too. I've doubled her eating and even been giving mom a milk supplement for lactacting dogs. I've followed the directions, 2 scoops for her body weight every 3-4 hour. Vet said this was a very good idea and would help her keep up her weight and the necessary nutrients for her as well. However, today, not even a week after having pups, she's been throwing up. She's eating some and drinking as well. She's still doing her job as a mom. Could she just have an upset stomach? She is srill doing the bedding, which I know can be normal at this time. I've taken all precautions. Please, any information would help.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Take her to vet, only him can determine what is going on and give her an oxytocin shot in case there are retained placentas.

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      Romchelyn1 2 years ago

      Hi I hope you can help,my cocker spaniel whelped 5 healthy puppies tonight and I'm no novice but I'm SURE I can feel more babies...

      At one very short point she was contracting but not pushing (would have been 6th) and it all stopped..she's now leaking green discharge very dark green...all placentas but one came out,is it possible what I'm feeling could be just a swollen uterus or a retained placenta? Or worse a dead puppy? She seems relaxed and content with her babies...thank you in advance

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      A vet visit is in order if she seems to have a fever and is weak at this point. Best wishes.

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      chote 2 years ago

      My shytzu had 3 puppys but they where dead when they came out she cleaned them i gave her time whit her and then i took them away from her now shes uncomfirtable due to the milk she produced how can i help her.she feel hot and seems weak.she eats and drinks water.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Dani, I no longer work for the veterinary section of Just Answer if that's what you mean.

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      dani 2 years ago

      are you still answering questions?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      It's a good practice and a sign of a responsible breeder to have them seen so mother dog can be checked for any signs of trouble. When I worked for the vet, many great breeders had their dam seen within the first 48 hours. During this exam, mom is checked to see if she delivered all the pups and doesn't have retained placentas. Puppies are checked for for cleft palates, the vet listens to their hearts, and makes sure there is good milk supply. Many things can go wrong in the first 48 hours and it's a good idea making sure all is going well.

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      ashley 2 years ago

      Alexandry that is not always true that they need to be seen my shih tzu gave birth to 6 pups Wednesday and her vet said just watch for signs of fever etc and if puppy acting funny. Other than that they do not need to be seen until 6 weeks for shots and sexing.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      All new pups and mom should always see a vet 24 hours after whelping to ensure everything is fine. This is highly recommended to anyone who breeds dogs. Normally dogs who have whelped have viaginal discharge that may vary in color, generally, if the discharge doesn't have a foul smell and mom looks fine, it shouldn't be an issue, but see your vet to ensure all is well.

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      Crystal 2 years ago

      My dog just had 3 puppies but in the last push she threw some green liquid , is that normal ?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Is she a young? Some young mothers at times aren't mature enough to raise a litter properly.

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      charlene 2 years ago

      My staffy gave birth on 31st july when her pups crawl out of bed she wont pick them up she will stay in her bed or she will start digging in her bed is this normal she had 8 pups

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      marybeth 3 years ago

      I have a 2 year old boxer. She gave birth to 1 puppy at 830 this morning. Around 9 this evening I went to check on her and she had another puppy but unfortunately it was dead. She is panting heavily again. It's if normal for her to wait so many hours in between puppies? I just moved to a new town and haven't found a vet yet.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      What did the vets recommend doing that it is turning out so costly? Are they talking about c-sections? All new mother dogs and pups should see a vet 24 hours post whelping for a wellness check-up and to determine if there are any issues. Money should be put aside for possibly c-section/complications. This is the bare minimum that needs done when breeding dogs. Please find a way to see your vet is there's a complication.

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      Michelle 3 years ago

      My yorkie-pom delivered 2 pups yesterday and one passed last night. ...its been about 24 hours and she is still pushing accationally. I called a few vets and the expense is more than I can do at this time. Any advice on what I can do or try ?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      She may still have other pups, were there any more?

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      Tony 3 years ago

      My dog went into labor around 1:00PM-1:30. She gave birth to 6 so far. the last pup was born around 4:55PM, but she is still panting and blood is still coming out.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      I would have them all checked out first. Also because your dogs could bring diseases as well to the pups and the pups are very vulnerable at this age. They also should all be vaccinated against parvo and distemper and complete the series. This is why breeders are strict and want all people visiting their home to take off their shoes.

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      Marcia 3 years ago

      I have a friend whos dog had nine pups. They all seemed fine for six weeks . Momma dog stopped producing milk and died a week later. The litter was of nine pups. Only five of them have made it so far. They have not been vet checked. Is it safe to bring a few of the pups to my home with my other dogs

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      It's normal for a new mother dog to want to cater to her puppies the most in these first days when they are vulnerable. However, she should not be acting lethargic. You are offering high value foods which she should be tempted to eat, but I am concerned about these symptoms you are describing. She might have eaten the after births the first, and this may have kept her full the first day, but no sure why she's acting lethargic and her temperature is so high. I think she should be seen by another vet. When the pups are sleeping, try rubbing on her gums a little bit of warmed up dog food just so she gets a taste of it. Chances are, once she tastes it she may want some more.

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      Dimitria Karydas 3 years ago

      My yorkie gave birth thursday morning, and friday i took her to the vet for a check up. Her calcium levels were good and he gave her a shot of Oxycotin to help clean out her uterus. She had a fever of 105 at the clinic but no underlying reasons were found. So, I've been instructed to give her baths to help cool her down. It works but her appetite is just gone, she drink sufficient water but seems just so lethargic. She goes to potty and drink water then heads straight for her den. I'm worried about her. She's so small and I'm scared she won't produce enough milk. Any advice? Milk, raw egg yolk, boiled chicken, cheese, and wet dog food have not been appealing to her at all :( Thank you.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      I would have checked out just to play it safe. It could be sign of an infection.

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      thyatt61 3 years ago

      My pit bull terrier had puppies a week ago, i dont think she has any of these symptoms but she does has a really foul odor, what could it be?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Hello, it would be best to have your dog see a vet. All new mother dogs and pups should see a vet in the first 24 hours to check for retained placentas and a wellness exam. The temperature 39.5 is 103.1 which is a fever and that would explain the panting.

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      Thes. A 3 years ago

      Hi my shih tzu just gave birth 2 days ago and shes having a hard panting and her temperature is 39. 5 is that normal?

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      Brittany M 3 years ago

      Thanks for the suggestion. I sent them a request to join the group!

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      Marilyn 3 years ago

      Hello Brittany, I stumbled n your post as I have a dog who just whelped and was learning about signs of trouble. If you vet is uncertain, it means there is really no way to know for sure. I would recommend you to join the Facebook group "dog breeding and whelping guidance" and ask there as there are thousands of experienced breeders there who perhaps were in your same situation.

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      Brittany M 3 years ago

      Hi,

      My 7 yr old Beagle/Bluetick, Maddie, had puppies 4 days ago. I couldn't account for 2 placentas, she stopped eating and had a 105 to 106 fever. I took her to the vet and he told me there was no way to know if she retained a placenta and she looked healthy. Her temp was 103.4 when he took it. Yesterday she hadn't improved so I took her to a different vet. He diagnosed her with a severe case of pyometra due to retained placenta. He said her white blood cell count had dropped low which he took to be a sign of toxicity. He said the best chance to save her was a spay surgery. She came home last night and is taking 500 mg of cephalexin twice a day and trammel for pain 3x a day. She seems to be getting better. My question is..... After the spay surgery, can she continue to produce milk? The puppies have been nursing almost constantly since they were born. They take only short nap breaks of 15 to 2o minutes. I've attempted to squeeze her nipples and am sometimes able to see milk. The puppies nurse pretty aggressively and make little growling noises but don't really cry. I attempted to bottle feed when she was in surgery with no success. Is it possible for her to continue to feed the pups after she has been spayed? My vet was uncertain. Could the stress of the illness and surgery have temporarily reduced her production? She only eaten small amounts of food since becoming I'll but seems to be getting her appetite back slowly. Is there a way to increase her production? I read on a breeder site that a teaspoon of dark beer with boost lactation. Is that true? Could a shot of oxytocin help? Could my other dog be stimulated to start producing milk by suckling or an injection? I also am worried about the pups being too hot or cold. I have the air conditioner set on 74 and a heat lamp directed at the floor about two feet in front of their bed- not pointed at them. Occasionally one will sleep with a mouth open when on their side or back. Is this normal? Does it mean they are too hot or sick?

      Thank you for your help. I am a very edgy dog mom after what happened to my Maddie, and I'm not willing to trust the exclusive opinion of a vet any longer. Sites like this really help out.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      According to Vet Cross "After whelping the vaginal discharge appears dark green due to pigment for up to 12 hours. This then becomes red or reddish-brown and after a few weeks only random spotting should be seen." Source: http://www.vetcross.com.au/whelping.-frequently-as...

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      robbie 3 years ago

      I have a year and 8 month old press that just had 8 pups. One was born without an anus and died. The others are healthy and nursing well and mother seems to be fine. She has been leaking a reddish brown ooze for three days though. Is this normal? Should she be checked? As I said, she seems fine.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Feeling depressed is never normal in any dogs, so please see your vet for this. On top of that if your dog's belly is swollen you have an additional reason to see the vet. Pyometra is always a risk with intact female dogs.

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      Emma 3 years ago

      Hello I have a bullmastiff who gave birth to puppies 7months ago everything went well but her tummy is still hanging and very swollen ? She seems very depressed is there anything I can do or is there anything wrong plz help getting worried :/ Emma

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Please have her see a vet, doesn't sound normal. All dams should see a vet the first 24-48 hours after whelping. Yours is showing unusual symptoms so even more reason to see the vet.

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      jasmin 3 years ago

      Hello I have a pomeranian and she had one puppy and she ate the plusinta bt its been 2 days and she cuts and shakes a lot what dose that mean

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      I am sorry to hear that, you should have your dog see the vet to ensure there are no retained placentas or dead pups in her.

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      cye 3 years ago

      My lab dog is giving birth w/prmature pup because it is only 2mos exactly is their possibilities that the other pup is alive.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      If it has been 8 hours since the last pup then if there is really another pup it could die if it does not come out soon. Another possibility is she has a retained placenta which can get infected. Your best bet is to have her see the vet who will likely administer a "clean out" oxytocin shot and perhaps give antibiotics. I hope she feels better soon, kind regards!

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      stacy 3 years ago

      I have a lab mix and sunday she deliverd het first pup and it was born dead and the second one the same way and it was born monday after noon and she acts like theres more what shoud i do

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      You should see the vet right away as this can be a prolapsed uterus/vagina. The dog may have trouble urinating and the more time goes by the more tissue damage. Another possibility is that what you are seeing is the after birth, in that case your dog may need an oxytocin shot to get her to contract and push it out. But don't take my words for this, I am not a vet. and only your vet can tell you what is really going on. Please see the vet as assistance is likely needed and all dogs who have whelped should see a vet after whelping to make sure all is OK, even if you don't see signs of problems. Best wishes.

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      stephanie 3 years ago

      Hi, my black lab mix just had puppies 3 days ago. Didn't even know she was pregnant. Delivered 8 pups and when I went out to check on her she has a big red sized looking sac on her behind. She's still friendly and doesn't act like she is in pain. Is this something to worry about??what is it??

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Does the discharge have a foul odor? Has the vomiting continued? Here are some vet's thoughts on this:

      http://www.justanswer.com/dog-health/569ky-dog-gav...

      http://www.justanswer.com/pet-dog/1oodg-dog-went-l...

      http://www.justanswer.com/dog-health/22dgw-vaginal...

      All new moms and pups should be seen by a vet 24-48 after birth to rule out retained pups and placentas. Best wishes!

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      Jg 3 years ago

      Hi. My wennie dog gave birth to a stillborn pup she only had one pup. She vommited a dark green very smelly liquid and she is discharging a black green liquid. She walks around fine. Can anyone assist me with info on what's going on and what to do??

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Shaking can be a sign of pain, but it also can be a sign of a fever. Since you mention she also seems not to be feeling well, she should be checked out by a vet. She may be having symptoms of metritis:

      http://www.petplace.com/dogs/metritis-in-dogs/page...

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      courtney 3 years ago

      Hello,

      My grandparents lab had puppies 9 days ago, 11 but 3 didn't make it. tonight she started shaking as if she was cold and now she is passing blood clots. Could this be a placenta that was never passed? She also isn't herself, she's not eating like she usually does.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      I think you should see your vet for this. Have you changed her diet? Normally, you'll see a bit of short lived diarrhea after whelping from eating the placentas, but vomiting should be checked out, especially if you didn't change her diet recently. Best wishes!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Mari, your message didn't come through as it was marked as spam, not sure why. I hope by now she has seen the vet. Sometimes a bit of pancake syrup rubbed on the gums can perk weak dogs up, but I really think she needs to see the vet as soon as possible as this doesn't sound normal at all. It's normal for a new mom to be stressed and not be interested in food at first as she wants to take care of her pups, but you mention she is skinny, refusing food, looks weak very thin and has vomited. If she already saw the vet, did he figure out what's wrong? I hope all checked fine and that she's feeling better best wishes!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Sometimes some pups are born without it because as they are being pushed, the amniotic sac ruptures. These puppies can still survive at times, if you stimulate them to breath.

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      Ericka 4 years ago

      Why would a pup be born without a water sack or be inside the placenta

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      Mari 4 years ago

      Hi my 18 month old boxer just had her first litter of puppies about 24 hrs ago (not planned). She had 12 puppies, 2 were stillborn, the other ten are doing great. Shes feeding them and cleaning them shes being a great mom. I have an appointment for all of them on Monday just to make sure all is good. Shes starting to concern me though, she looks very very skinny i don't know if that's is normal after having such a big litter. She was also looking a little weak yesturday, she would get up and walk around for a little and then go back to her puppies, i figured she was just exhausted after being in labor for almost 15 hours. We couldn't get her to eat anything except a hotdog winnie (her favorite), she threw up awhile after though so I'm not sure if the food we gave her made her sick or if it was from her eating all the placentas. Today she hasn't eaten at all, just drinks water, and still looking weak and very thin. We went ahead and got her some vitamins until the vet checks her out to see if that would help a little. She is still caring for her puppies but I'm starting to worry a lot for her.

      Is there anything else we can do to help her? Thank you in advance.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Looks like she is looking for a better, safer place. In nature, mother dogs whelped and raised pups in a den, which was an underground burrow, that was quiet, dark, and peaceful.Try to find her a spot where she can get the privacy she craves. You can try using a plug-in DAP diffuser to calm her. As she gets used to having the pups, she should get better. Right now there are strong hormones at play that make her protective of them.

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      Ashley Hunt 4 years ago

      My dog is 5 this is her second litter. She gave birth to 7 pupps 3 days ago and everything went fine and she is a good mum in regards to feeding and cleaning them. She has a whelping box but she constantly scratches at the vet bed and seems to get very agitated, jumping in and out digging on our bed also. She bought the puppies onto our bed last night because thats where she sleeps and feels safe i assume. But is there anything i can do to calm her? Stick the vet bed down so it doesn't get ruffled and cover the puppies? Any help would be much appreciated we've had 2 rough nights so far with very little sleep!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Greetings,according to veterinarian Ron Hines "It is normal for the dog to have a vaginal discharge following birthing. This discharge normally has rusty reddish or greenish brown appearance. I become concerned when the discharge is pus-like or has a strong odor. This can also be a sign of retained placenta and uterine infection (metritis). Normal cleansing of the uterus can last as long as eight weeks." Source:http://www.2ndchance.info/caninelaborstages.htm

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      linda 4 years ago

      Hi my yorkshire terrier had pups friday morning 5 all doing well.My bitch seems to be doing well she's eating and drinking well.Shes loosing dark reddish colour is this normal.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      It could be your dog had put some weight on when she was pregnant and now you are seeing that, or it may be something else that needs a vet's attention. It's a good sign that she is doing fine. By now, she would have been very sick. If she is still eating, drinking and eating normally and her temperature is normal, I don't think this warrants an emergency visit for now unless you are dealing with something serious such as bloat or ascites, but I think this is definitively something worthy of being seen, just to rule out other medical causes and play it safe.

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      Bonita 4 years ago

      I'm not sure about my mother chihuahua. She gave birth to 5 puppies 3 1/2 weeks ago. One by one the puppies died, even after consulting a vet, bottle feeding, syringe feeding, giving them pedialyte, etc - everything the vet said to do. We have one puppy left, very healthy and big. (This was the mothers 2nd litter - the 1st litter was 5 puppies, all healthy). Momma is eating and drinking well, moving around, very maternal, but I do have a concern. She's still a little bony but putting the weight back on and not dehydrated. However, her stomach is still a little bloated and feels hard to the touch. If she still had a puppy or placenta inside, wouldn't she not be doing well - especially since it's been almost 4 weeks since the birth? Is this normal, something I should watch, or take her in immediately? I'm unsure because she doesn't seem to be feeling bad.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Sounds like the water sac, you should have had the pups coming out shortly afterward, I hope by now you are blessed with a nice litter of pups! have your vet's number handy just in case, best wishes!

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      Ashley 4 years ago

      Okay my tiny chihuhua is in labor and she has something hanging that is brown that looks like a mucus bubble. I have never done this before and I am scared.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Generally, it's a problem if the greenish fluid (lochia) is fetid and the dog is showing other symptoms. So you'll need to keep an eye on her. According to veterinarian Margaret V. Root Kustritz, "The mother may have a green to red-brown vulvar discharge for up to three weeks after whelping. This is normal, and is of no concern as long as it is not foul-smelling and the animal seems fine otherwise. You should continue to monitor the temperature of the mother for several weeks after whelping, at least once a day." http://www.tc.umn.edu/~rootk001/whelping.htm

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      nely42782 4 years ago

      No he didn't give her a shot. She has no other symptoms, she is in great spirits, eating well and she seems fine. The fluid doesn't smell.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Greetings, did the vet give her an oxytocin injection (clean-out shot?) Does she have any other symptoms? Does the fluid have any foul odor?

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      nely42782 4 years ago

      Couple questions.....my Bichon had pups early June 1st and is still passing greenish fluid. She is also passing a little tissue and I'm not certain this is normal. Do you know, can you set my mind at ease? We were just at the vet and didn't get any answers, in fact he didn't take time to even speak with me. Needless to say I won't be going back to him so I am turning to you for help. Thanks.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Hello Roxii,

      thanks for the update. It's great to hear that mom and pups are doing much better!

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      Roxii 4 years ago

      Hello there Alexadry

      How are you?

      We were very lucky and caught the Mastitis extremely early and Im glad to say that with the course of anti-biotics and our helping her drain that particular teat and the cold compresses, the Mastitis has cleared....although we will be keeping an ever vigilant eye on her. The pups will be 3 weeks old this weekend and all have eyes & ears open and are now starting to interact with us.

      The Vet recommended allowing the pups to continue suckling as it was only the one duct from that particular teat and the pups would help to keep it drained. Im pleased to say the pups done extremely well and haven't looked back at all.

      Thanks again and have a wonderful day!! 8-)

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Hello Roxii, your vet is ultimately the best person to answer this question. He should be able to tell you based on the type of antibiotic she is taking. Did he make any recommendations?

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      Roxii 4 years ago

      Hi Alexadry

      Things have taken a bad turn - Mumma Dog has a mild case of mastits...she ate her breakfast early this morning and then about 3 hours later, she threw it all back up, was extremely depressed, hunched over, her gums felt quite cool to touch and not at all well. I rushed her to our Vets, who found that on one of her nipples, just one duct was infected. Her temp was only slightly elevated, but the Vet said not high enough to cause concern. She was given an antibiotic injection and starts tablets (Amoxycillan/Clavulanic Acid) tomorrow morning.

      I was told to express the teat up to every 2 hours to help stop any build up and to apply a cold flannel that has been put in freezer for pain relief.

      Her pups are now 9 days old and she is still willing to nurse them and shows no discomfort when they are feeding from her. Its an extremely anxious time for us at the moment, I have some puppy milk replacer and teats and bottles just in case we have to hand feed them.....The Vet said she should clear up within about 36 hours if all goes well.

      The pups are still feeding from that teat, only one of the ducts are discoloured on that teat, the rest of the ducts on that particular teat are flowing lovely and white. In your opinion, will this affect the health of our pups and what should I look out for?

      The pups weigh in at around 1200 grams and Mum weighs 47.5 kilograms. The Vet was very impressed with her glossy coat and the fact that her condition is so well as she has retained a lot of her muscle and weight so far.

      Thanks again 8-)

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Roxii, thanks a bunch for the update! I forgot to give you the link to my article on "why is my dog panting after giving birth' for future reference!

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Why-is-my-Dog-Panting-...

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      Roxii 4 years ago

      Hi alexadry,

      Thank you so much for the link and the advice - I got back in touch with my Vet who said that what she is going through was quite normal after the 2 x oxytocin injections, but just to keep an eye on her.

      Im pleased to say, that the panting has subsided a lot and it turns out she was just being overheated in the whelping box and the uterus contracting as you said.

      Mumma Dog & 9 babies are doing well and the pups are gaining weight and have nice big rounded tummies 8-) They are all feeding extremely well and their FurMummy is taking wonderful care of them. Today is Day 5.

      I've been checking her nipples on a daily basis and wipe them down with a clean cloth and warm water after she has been outside. She has such a lot of milk. So far, all is well with them.

      Thanks again and have a wonderful day! 8-)

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Have you checked her rectal temperature? Is the room too hot? The panting is often seen a few days after birth as the uterus contracts, and often the fact that all the pups are on top of her cause her to feel quite hot. If they scratch her nipples, it may be painful too and cause panting and stress. If you notice any other problem or if this continues – consult with your veterinarian. Get acquainted with the symptoms of eclampsia. All new mother dogs should be checked by a vet the first 24 hours post whelping. This helps as the vet may check for retained placentas and give an oxytocin shot. Here's a reference link:

      http://www.petplace.com/dogs/is-panting-a-couple-d

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      Roxii 4 years ago

      My Rottweiler gave birth to 9 healthy puppies 3 days ago...They are doing well. The bitch was taken to the Vets the same day she finished whelping for a thorough check-up, she had a Calcium Injection, Oxytocin Injection and Ultrasounds as she had retained placenta and an unborn pup, which was expelled but unfortunately died shortly after...She was given another dose of oxytocin to expel the placenta which she passed the next morning. The Vet redone the Ultrasound to ensure she had nothing else left inside. All was clear. She was put on a course of 400mg Amoxcyllin as a precautionary measure to ensure no infection. My concern is that she is still panting quite heavily and drinking quite a lot as well. Is this normal?

      She gets out of the box and goes potty break, she wags her tail and appears quite happy. She is still eating and adores her 'babies'. She is quite happy nursing and taking care of them all. Its just this scary heavy breathing/panting/snoring noise she makes when they are feeding from her.

      I dont know if Im just being overly concerned and worrying for no reason.

      She is 3 1/2 years old and is a first (and last) time Mum. I have her on 4 quality feeds a day. She has Advance Puppy Growth - All breed, plus premium raw meat, raw chicken carcass & Natural Yogurt twice daily as well as fresh water readily available 24/7.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      If you're concerned about retained pups/retained placentas, the only way to know for sure is by seeing the vet and having x-rays/ultrasound done and possibly giving oxytocin, which is usually given though within the first 48 hours. It's good she is doing well so far, but continue keeping an eye on her as some dogs may show signs of trouble even after a few days.

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      Chris Hodge 4 years ago

      My pug gave birth to a still born, two days ago she is acting normal as far as physically, but she wimpers and looks for him. She does still have a little discharge but no smell. No fever and is eating and like I said normal in every other way. When can I stop worrying so much..

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      To know for sure if there are any more or retained placentas you'll need to see the vet. It's highly recommended to have dam and pups see the vet post whelping. Depending on the vet's findings, an oxytocin injection may be needed. Best wishes!

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      robyn 4 years ago

      my husky went into labor on march 5 and had her first puppy at 10:50 that night it was still born then around 6am on the 6th she had another one who was alive but was having problems breathing then around 11:30am on the 6th she had another one who also was alive but was having problems breathing they wouldn't feed and they both past away later that evening we tried everything the vet said to do then the mornig of the 7th we woke up to find another puppy but he is doing wonderful is this normal and how do i know if there is anymore in there

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      I'm happy to hear she's doing better; thanks for the update! Keep in touch with the vets as needed, I hope she gets better and that the ice storm is soon over, best wishes!

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      Natosha 4 years ago

      She is really doing great atm. Im going to continue with the yogart. :)

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      Natosha 4 years ago

      I spoke to 4 different vets around me. All said different things. I spoke to the one closest to me last night and he said she sounds find that her contractions were from the pups feeding and to keep a close eye on her? She is still contracting but at the same time still taking good care of her pups and eating and drinking and going out side ect. She isn't sluggish or seem sick? She does seem to be getting tired. The vet asked me to give her yogart or tums? I went out and got her some yogart today and she ate it hopefully this helps. I dont really see what yogart will do for her? I know that if does need calcium supplements that they can have problems but isn't that with feeding there pups? The pups seem to eat fine and she is producing milk. Maybe the vet is right and she isn't producing enough? She doesn't have any foul smells from her but she does have bloody discharge which is normal I know. Just how much though? I know the contractions are causing her to bleed more than normal and I checked her with a glove and couldn't feel any puppies or placenta. She has no lumps in her stomach. One of the vets I talked to said it is very odd that if she had an infection from a remaining pup or placenta that she shouldn't eat or drink. Which she has been doing both. I'm really worried about her but the vet seemed to think she will be fine and this gives me no comfort. The roads here are very bad with this ice storm that we have gotten. Not safe to be on the roads. If she does not eat and drink I will have to chance it anyways and take her. :(

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Hello Natosha, that's sounds quite an unusual scenario. Have you taken her rectal temperature? Ideally, dam and pups should have seen the vet in the first 24 hours for their wellness exam, this would have helped determine if there were any retained puppies/placentas. Does she have any foul smelling pus? While your dog is still eating/drinking, those contractions don't sound normal at all. While dogs go through involution where the uterus gradually contracts and resumes its normal size for several weeks, the contractions you describe sound very odd. What did the vets tell you? Didn't they tell you to bring her in? I would really see the vet for this to be safe. Keep me updated on how she does. Best wishes!

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      Natosha 4 years ago

      My dog gave birth to six puppies 5 days ago. She seemed fine been feeding them well and eats atleast 3 times to her own normal amount. Today after taking her out to use the bathroom and bringing her in and changing her bedding, she lays down and lets the puppies eat. During this she starts contracting and pushing around everything 30 sec. I would guess. She is having a lot of discharge and she is pushing more now than she did during labour 5 days ago? I called a few vets and got some advice but I'm still confused all the information I have found on the internet doesn't say anything about a dog have strong contractions 5 days after whelping. Her labour went good and everything has been great since until today. All the puppies are doing great and even the mother is still eating and drinking? Which isn't normal if a dog has an infection right? What could this be more puppies I cant feel any?

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      Crystal 4 years ago

      I do remember her chewing at the umbilical cord and a rather stringy looking substance in her mouth when she was delivering the puppies so she very well could have. I have contacted my vet and am seeing when I can get her in.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Could she have eaten the placentas? Some dogs are quick eating them. Please note that ideally new mother dogs/litter should see a vet 24 hours post-whelp just to make sure all is normal.

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      Crystal 4 years ago

      My pit bull just had puppies, it moved along so fast i would look away for a second and the puppy would be out and the umbilical clipped, i only saw 4 placents and 6 puppies, i have felt her and there doesn't seem to be anything left in,

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      I am happy to hear things are looking better. Good to hear you have a vet open 24 hours just in case. In my neck of the woods, there is none in town, which means we must travel one hour away for the emergency vets. Hoping the best!

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      Jewel 4 years ago

      Hi. Thanks for the reply. I think I just needed someone else's opinion to help ease my mind.

      She already has a postpartum appt for next Wed. for her and the puppies, I just didn't have the extra $200+ whatever oxytocin would be...our vet specializes in Brachycephalic dogs, so he charges an arm & a leg!

      The discharge is slightly lighter in color today and still has no odor. Also, the panting is getting less frequent. She seems to be OK - I think I'm just overly nervous given the circumstances. If anything changes though, our vet office is open 24 hours and I can always put it on a credit card. I'd rather have a bill to pay then lose a dog. :)

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      About the afterbirth, keep an eye on it, the color and smell:

      http://www.justanswer.com/dog-health/4s518-dog-aft...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Greetings, I am not a vet, but thought you may appreciate this post in the website below that is from a vet and that may answer your question about the panting. Since you mention her temperature is normal and that she is not panting as much outside and acting pretty normal otherwise, I am assuming it's not a sign of trouble, but here is the vet's reply to a similar situation :

      http://www.petplace.com/dogs/is-panting-a-couple-d...

      Of course, the only way to know for sure of there is still a retained placenta is to have the vet see her. All mother dogs should see a vet within 24-48 after giving birth as necessary post-partum care. Since funds are low, there is not much you can do than continue to monitor and watch for signs of retained placenta hoping none of them surface. I hope this helps, my very best wishes and kind regards.

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      Jewel 4 years ago

      My Pug delivered 8 healthy puppies on Wednesday. There was a placenta with each of the first six, however when the last two were born they came out with their membrane sacs already ruptured and no placentas were passed. I massaged her abdomen as instructed by my vet, but it didn't seem to have an affect. She has been panting heavily since giving birth, but is eating & drinking well and caring for her pups. I am not sure if the heavy panting is due to the fact that she's a Pug, and can't deal with heat very well - I have a heating pad under the whelping box and a space heater in the room to keep the puppies warm...She seems to stop panting when I bring her outside to potty, so I'm not sure what's going on. I've been monitoring her temp and she is not running a fever.

      Last night approximately 24 hours after giving birth to the last pup she passed a placenta. I saw it half sticking out of her, so I grasped it with a towel and pulled it the rest of the way out and disposed of it. I am not sure if there is another one or she could have passed it when I wasn't in the room and possibly eaten it.

      She was not really passing any vaginal discharge at all until today, Friday, and now it is a dark green/almost black and thick & gooey, but it has no odor. I've had to wipe her down to clean her up several times. Her last litter was 2 years ago, and I don't recall the discharge being so thick at first - but I also wasn't as concerned and paying as close of attention that time because she passed a placenta with each pup that time.

      She is still panting while nursing - but otherwise acting well and eating & drinking and being very attentive to her puppies.

      My vet wants to charge me over $200 just to walk through the door of his office so he can examine her and assess if she needs a shot of oxytocin. It's Christmastime and I'm short on funds, husband doesn't get paid again until Wednesday. So I'm really not sure what to make of the situation. I'm 8 months pregnant myself so I could possibly be a worry wart and am looking too much into what is going on with her. The puppies are all doing well and putting on weight, she seems to be producing milk like she should and is generally happy.

      Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      All you can do at this point is keep an eye on her for any symptoms. Watch for elevated temperature over 103 degrees, the presence of a green, fetid vulvar discharge, fever, loss of appetite and listlessness. Usually, an abdominal ultrasound is necessary to determine the presence of retained placentas. At the first signs of problems please see your vet promptly, best wishes! Here is a reference link:http://www.petplace.com/dogs/retained-placenta/pag...

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      Chrismiss1 4 years ago

      My sister said with both babies were born she had to cut the cord because mama was in distress she was having a hard time chewing it free, and no afterbirth? I don't understand why the oxytocin wouldn't work either?? How long before she develops the metritis? we have been taking her temp and she is at 101/102.. when do we know we are out of the woods? the vet didn't seem to concerned when we called him to tell him the oxtocin didn't work. Should we get an exray? would the afterbirth show up? Please let me know I really love this dog...thanks

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      If they are not passed she could develop an infection known as 'metritis". You need to watch her temperature closely and other signs of infection such as panting, rapid breathing. Are you absolutely sure they were not passed? Some dogs eat therm quickly right after delivery.

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      Chrismiss1 4 years ago

      I am very concerned, my sisters yorkie had two puppies, one at 9:30 pm then another at 4:30 am the next morning however she never expelled any of the placentas? We took her to the vet and he gave her a shot of oxytocin and still nothing?? she is eating, peeing, has had two bowl movements and does not show signs of illness. What happens if she doesn't pass them???

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      There must be a vet, please do a search this dog needs to be seen. If you give me zip code I may do a search and find one nearby. Best wishes!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Dee, this sounds like something that needs re-evaluated by your vet, for sure not normal.

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      Alex 4 years ago

      Hi. My dog gave birth yesterday around 6 PM to 1 pup but unfortunately it died. Now she's being really quiet and doesn't want to be around anybody. Her lower stomach feels soft and still looks a little big. We didn't know that she was pregnant and don't have a vet to take her to. what do i do?

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      dee 4 years ago

      hi,my pug went into labour thursday night we were in emergency vets early hours friday one of the pups got stuck. the vet got this out and gave her oxytocin to help she gave birth to 7 pups and 5 of those sadly were dead 2 survived. she gave birth to her last pup 9am friday morning .i have noticed now that she is shivering or shaking just vomited and like she is pushing again is this the uterus contracting still or she got an infection she has like a yellowish discharge and is a bit unsettled .they said they did an exray at that time only 2 pups were in her those last two are out , any advice would be greatfull thanks

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Mother dog and pups should ideally be examined within 48 hours after whelping. This to ensure there are no retained placentas. Nipples generally stay large until the dog finishes nursing. If your pitbull had puppies several times before, they may never resume normal size and stay enlarged.However, if this looks abnormal, and her nipples are red, swollen and painful, you may want to have her see a vet to exclude mastitits. Puppies often start getting their sharp baby teeth which can hurt the mother which is a natural process that causes mother dog to refuse to nurse so to encourage the weaning process (eating other food than meat). However, even a tiny little crack in a teat may cause an infection. I would have her see a vet also because she seems to not be gaining weight. Are you feeding her puppy food? When nursing she should be eating two to three times more than normal. Best wishes!

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      Bryan 4 years ago

      My pitbull had her first liter of pups 8 , Oct.6 they're all active my concerns are for her she's lost a lot of weight and her nipples seem to have gotten bigger. Will she gain weight soon and will her nipples return to normal? How soon can I have her examined? Also, how soon can I put flee spray or flee collars on the puppies? Thanks for your help!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Hard to say, and this is why vets recommend a vet visit 24-48 hours after birth. This way they can determine if there are more pups inside and the presence of retained placentas. The vet may decide to give a shot of oxytocin to clean the new mom out. Due to your dog's age, I think a vet visit is warranted.

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      Tammy 4 years ago

      My lab is 10 years old and we did not know that she was pregnant. Saturday at 4:00 she had her first puppy, then the second one at 5:30. She seemed like she was done not panting just laying, she even ate and drank. When we woke up sunday morning at 4:30 am she had one still born. When I got up at 7:30 pm. she had another still born and one living. Around 9:30 am she went out and passed dark green and blood She has not had any signs all day since this morning. It is now 8:00 p.m and she just delivered another still born. do you think she is done?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      For a start, I would take her temperature, here is a guide:https://pethelpful.com/dogs/How-to-Take-your-Dogs-... so you can determine if there is a fever.. There are so many possibilities with the signs you are seeing that it is impossible to determine what is wrong. Only a vet can run tests and assess the situation.

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      Mia 4 years ago

      .I have a Maltese, about 4 years old, who last month had her first litter of puppies. She is a good mother but lately she isn't herself. She blinks rapidly, and twitches when there is movement around her, her belly is very warm. Is she okay? In the arctic, no access to vet and phone service is down. Help!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Sounds like your new mom got a bit spoiled with the home-made diet and now does not want to switch back to her regular kibble, this is a common problem. It's as if you were catered lobster and steak every day and then offered a bowl of ramen noodles, lol! The digging is probably nesting instinct; in the wild mother dogs dig a den for their pups so she may be trying to find a better place for her pups. You will know if the supply of milk is finishing the pups will be crying and restless, best wishes and congrats!

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      Soren 4 years ago

      WE just had a surprise when our Toy Fox Terrier gave birth to two wonderful babies. It was a surprise because we did not kno she was pregnant. My wife picked her up on the street (lost dog). We took her to the vet as she looked sick and the vet took a bunch of blood tests and told us she had anemia and that she should have a lot of food and some antibiotics. She got bigger fast (3 weeks) and we thought she just grew because of the food. 4 days ago we woke up to two babies crying in the sofa.

      Both mother and babies seems to do excellent. One thing that we are wondering though it that on and off she start digging like crazy in the box.. how come? Q2: how do we know if she keep creating enough milk? As said the babies eat well (they are big after 4 days already) and sleep about 1-2 hours after each meal..

      Q3: the mother will not eat her dry food now, only "home made" food, liver, chicken and other goodies (which becomes a little tough)..

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      All new moms and pups should always see the vet 24 hours after birth. This is to make sure there are no puppies or retained placentas inside. There is no way to tell if there is still a pup or a placenta other than by a vet. This is something all breeders should do regardless if there are any concerns or not, I wished I could help more but this is something only a vet can determine, best wishes.

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      xena's mommy 4 years ago

      I I have a dog that had a litter of 10 pups. 4 of which I had to pull out. The last puppy was 12 hours ago. My question is she's still.pushing occasionally only dark fluid. I cannot feel s pup anywhere around the birth canal. everything else seems normal. She goes potty drinks and is attentive to the pups. Should I be concerned.she is s larger dog and this is her second litter. Her first went quick and smooth

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Best to see the vet for this, always see a vet 24 hours post whelping , best wishes!

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      Lauren 4 years ago

      My dog had 2 puppies yesterday and she is feeding great but not wanting her food... She's drinking water great but tonight she has started pooping white clear diarrhea and is starting to pant some not all the time but here and there we are going to the vet in the morning I just need a little piece of mind!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Did she eat the placentas? this may cause diarrhea but since you mention there is blood in it, I would give the vet a call just to be safe, best wishes!

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      marty 4 years ago

      My American Eskimo gave birth to 2 Healthy pups 48 hours ago and seems to be fine but has a bad case of diarrhea with blood. She seems to be fine, playing, eating and drinking. What could be wrong with her??

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Sorry for the sad outcome. A vet check is always in order after a dog gives birth, regardless if the pups were alive or not. Since she has had complications, it is even more important to rule out any other dead puppies or retained placentas. Whimpering and crying could be because she is looking for the pups if you removed them. I have seen mother dog carry a dead pup in their mouth and whining for hours if the dead pup was removed.

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      amanda 4 years ago

      my minpin gave birth two days ago she had four the first two were brech. when it got to pushing there heads out i had to help her. for fifteen hours pup three was stuck in her birth canel than pup four came out one minute latter . all of them were born dead. she seems real sad and wempers a lot she wont let me put her down at all and when i do she crys. i am kinda worried about her what can i do ? and is this normal ?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      This does not seem normal nor related to the fact she had pups. I would have her seen as there are several causes for this. It could be a bleeding ulcer in the stomach, some trauma to the digestive tract, an injury to the mouth,exposure to mouse poison or other potential causes for bleeding in the digestive tract.

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      Mike 5 years ago

      My lab had 8 pups ten days ago she is still bleeding. Which seems to be normal. But spit up a bit of blood today. I'm kinda worried. Is this common

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Is this out of the blue bleeding, or has she been occasionally spotting since she gave birth? I would have her seen by a vet just to play it safe and rule out pyometra, even though this is more common in older dogs. It could also be a urinary tract infection. It seems way too early for her to be going in heat again. However, consider that at times, post-delivery bleeding can persist up to 12 weeks after a litter is born. If you see bleeding for longer than that sub-involuted placental sites may be suspected. Also, since you just find blood on the floor it could also be coming from somewhere else. Try to wipe her vaginal area every now and then with a wet white cloth to see if you collect any blood from there. Best wishes!

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      Wendy 5 years ago

      My cross bread who is 9 months now gave birth to 8 pups 7 weeks ago everything was fine mum and pups doing well. This was very unplanned but I noticed tonight some dark red blood on the floor. What could this be? Has she gone back into season she doesn't feed the pups anymore.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Generally, after giving birth you should expect a good amount of discharge. The discharge is generally brown/greenish/black and may last for up to 3 weeks gradually fading. This discharge should not have a foul smell. If the bleeding is increasing rather then decreasing I would have it checked out by the vet. For now, keep an eye on her gums; they should normally be a nice bubble gum pink. The uterus during this time is still continuing to contract as the inner lining is in the process of repairing itself. Problems occur when the the uterus becomes infected, causing the discharge to increase and become foul-smelling. With an infected uterus you would also see elevated temperature, lethargy and a loss of appetite. If she is acting fine over all, I wouldn't be too concerned at the moment but I would keep an eye on her just in case or if you rather take a better safe than sorry approach just have her seen as a precautionary measure. Metritis which is the infection of the uterus can take place quickly with sepsis happening at times just overnight. Also, at times uterine subinvolution may cause a bloody discharge for several weeks which may lead to anemia. My best wishes!

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      Britt 5 years ago

      Hi. My dog just had for pups three days ago. Today she started to bleed a but worse than before. It's the same color as when she is in heat but it looks like she is trying to push something out too and it just sucks back up inside her. My husband called our vet about the bleeding before we noticed this and they said everything sounded normal but this doesn't seem normal to me and our very is closed until the morning. Just wondering if anyone could help me ease my mind until I can get her to the doc. Oh and she is eating and drinking fine, feeding her pups and everything. When she is outside she runs and plays like she always has but when I seen that come out of her it really scared me.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Sorry, I was away from my computer for a few days. How is she doing now? An other signs of illness?

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      Pam 5 years ago

      My boxer dog gave birth to 8 puppies two days ago. she went to the bathroom yesterday evening and hasn't gotten up since. should I be worried or is this normal for her to be laying like this? her firs litter she had 11 puppies and everyone said this second litter would be more and she got bigger this time but she had less.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      She may be nearing birth. One of the best ways is to take the rectal temperature and looks for a temperature drop. Read through late signs in this article: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Signs-of-Pregnancy-in-...

      Here is a helpful guide once the contractions get started:

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/How-to-help-your-dog-g... best wishes!

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      rachel 5 years ago

      My friends female pitbull was bred in april. She has large boobs which milk comes out of when gentley touched. She has a discharge coming out no smell or anything its very thick kinda like a mucus plug. Doesn't want to eat or drink and just lays around. She was panting very hard now is clam is this labor

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Ali, I am very sorry but I cannot give any advice on this since this is something only a vet can address. Because so many things can go wrong during pregnancy and giving birth, I always recommend pet owners to keep their vet's number available when the dog is giving birth or an emergency veterinary hospital open 24 hours. Unfortunately, things like this happen and it is best to be prepared. I would call the emergency vets about this to play it safe. You should have one open 24 hours nearby as most towns/cities do.

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      Ali 5 years ago

      I have labrador female she has given birth to a dead puppy 4 hours ago including placenta but a few hours ago she has discharged a huge amount of blood type liquid and some solid pieces of reddish brown color and since than she is trying to get something out m worried please help me out no vet available until thursday wat shud i do?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Paul t, happy your puppy is doing better. Small breed puppies are prone to hypoglycemia. It helps to rub some pancake syrup on the gums when this happens.

      Perditra, if mom and pup are doing OK, you do not need to have them undergo an emergency visit unless there is something concerning. Ideally, they should see the vet within 24 hours, but due to your circumstance, I do not think you need to have them see immediately if they look like they are doing fine, best wishes and congrats to the new mom!

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      Perditra 5 years ago

      Hi my chihuahua had a puppy at 6am this morning she had 2 scans before the birth so knew there was only one pup and also saw the vet 3 times in the last 2 weeks before she gave birth on day 68 from her mating today is Saturday and the vet doesn't open till Monday she and the pup are doing fine she ate the placenta and has been for a quick drink then straight back to pup she is nearly 2yrs old my question is will it be ok to wait till Monday and see my vet or should I take her to the emergency vet ? I know I should take her to the vets within 24 hours but There doesn't seem to be a problem at the moment and the vet isn't local so would cost around £60 in a ttaxi there and back and then an emergency consultation fee i know this soundsl like I'm being tight but would not hesitate if she was showing any signs of illness my local vet is a £4 taxi fare Please advice

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      paul t 5 years ago

      I've took her to vet.she said rI have took her to vet.right away hight away that was low sugar,gave her some sugar based supplement.I was really scared because my lil baby was simply forceless she wasn't in pain but she wasn't herself.now she's back to normal playing and running endlessly.thanks God.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Doesn't sound normal. Would get this puppy checked out just to be safe. Best wishes!

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      paul t 5 years ago

      Hello alexadry.my 7 week old yorkie female. its always been healthy hyper-playfull.today suddenly she started doing somethig like coughing o panting hard,then I picked her up and she looked so weak and disoriented its been like half an hour she eats and tries to play she runs but some times she goes so lethargic and can't move properly,her eyes like looking to nowhere. She is in No pain she breaths okay.she just got some milk from mom and she's sleeping. Before that she was playing so hard with her mom and dad. Is it something like a seizure about being too excited and exhausted? is this common?thanks a lot.

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      Monica 5 years ago

      So if a puppy is born without the placenta, there is no need to cut the umbilical cord, right?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Sounds like mastitis, read more about this here:

      http://www.petplace.com/dogs/mastitis-in-dogs/page...

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      Dawn 5 years ago

      Hi my shihtzu dog had puppy's seven weeks ago and has now stop feeding them her boobs are so big and going hard is this normal

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      No, the stomach should not be still large, all dogs should see the vet within 24 hours of giving birth regardless, please see your vet to make sure all is OK, best wishes.

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      shelly 5 years ago

      Hi advice greatly appreciated please, my bichon started giving birth tues night even though she wasn't due for another 5 days, 1st pup died 9 hours later with another 4 being born dead, finally she gave birth to another 2 which are doing ok the last being born 24 hrs ago, all the pups were born without sacks, she has a lot of green discharge but it eating and drinking, only thing is her stomach is still large and fairly hard to the touch, is this normal?

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      Hannah58 5 years ago

      Hello, my chihuahua gave birth 5 days ago (March 26th) to 5 puppies (4 boys one girl). All of which are very healthy and happy and growing beautifully. I only saw one placenta come out, everyone says i missed the other 4, which could be possible?! I took her to the vets on monday and the vet felt her and said she can't really feel anything abnormal, but said if she starts moping around, not eating etc, bring her in and i will give her antibiotics and some oxytocin. She is eating, and is absolutely fine (im still watching her to make sure she is ok). My question is if there is a retained placenta, and if she doesn't get an infection, will it stay up there? Will it come out on her next season? How does it work? i have tried researching this, but can't seem to find the answer. Also, not that i'm planning it, but would she be able to get pregnant again? (if there was a retained placenta and no infection). Thanks

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Ashley, thank you for the update! happy to hear she is starting to recover! best wishes!

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      ashley lincoln 5 years ago

      we took her to the vet and it was a infection he gave her 2 shots then gave her pills that we have to give her for the next 10 days but she is starting to act a lot better

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I have been away from my desk due to work but generally this is not a good sign. This discharge can be due to be a puppy's placenta separating from the uterine wall and at times this occurs when the puppy is already dead. Please consult with your vet if you dog notice anything unusual. best wishes

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      maria 5 years ago

      my seven year old chug had 3 puppys a few days ago...how ever only 1 survived...she was doing well the first few days but today she seems very weak and not wanting to eat or drink anything.....any advice??? by the way one puppy was breached and the other was a still born.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Great to hear Melissa, happy to hear all is proceeding well.

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      karrie 5 years ago

      hi my dam is soon due but now she is leaking black liquid, she is behaving normally and doesn't seem to notice that she is leaking black stuff, when i touch her tummy, i can feel the puppies moving, is this normal?

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      melissa 5 years ago

      i actually took her to the vet yesterday and both the mother and the puppies are doing amazing. it looks as if her milk is coming in now. But just as a backup I brought formula replacement and i hope everything is going to be ok now.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Yes, she should see the vet, at 10 years old pregnancy can be tough on dogs. She should not be acting that way, best wishes.

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      ashley lincoln 5 years ago

      My fathers 10 year old shih tzu had 2 puppys 3 days ago one lived for 3 days but the other one died soon as it came out but now she is not wanting to eat or drink water,She has a lot of mucous coming out,Shes just not acting right,should we take her to the vet? (we didn't know our male had got her we was on vaction when it happen)

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Is she nursing them every two hours? can it be the area is too hot? isthis her first litter, and was she bred on her first heat? Some dogs bred too young are not mature enough to raise a litter of pups.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      And the mom is being fed puppy food?Are the puppies sleeping all together on top of each other? If so, that is a sign of being cold. If they tend to crawl away and lie on their own, they may be too hot. It helps to see if the pups are gaining any weight each day using a digital scale. Check if the pups are well hydrated; ig you pinch the skin on neck and back it should spring back quickly. If you still believe the amount of milk is inadequate consult with your vet. Here is a helpful article:http://www.royalcanin.us/library/lactation-in-dogs... and another one

      http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/dog-care-ne... and another one, best wishes:

      http://www.chelsea-collies.com/newborn.html

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      Samantha 5 years ago

      Hey I'm maltese just had a litter of 4 a few days ago. in the beginning she use to stay with them all the time. Now i find that she stays outside the box rather than in. When they cry she goes to them. But normally she likes to go and play else where. Is that normal?

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      dana 5 years ago

      they are trying to nurse. it is usually all the pups. they will suckle for a little bit and then stop and then go back again. i clean her nipples once a day to fend off infection and i inspect to see if her milk is coming in. which is the case and everything seems fine. the whelping box temperature is always around 70-75 degrees. and they are always fine during the day. they nurse every 2-3 hours. i make sure if she doesn't always stimulate their bowels. i assist when needed. it only around 10 pm at night the crying begins. and around 6 am they return to normal.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Is the temperature falling at night? are they trying to nurse? s the mom getting up to eat and they are left alone? is it only one puppy or all puppies? try to observe them and let me know if you find a pattern. generally, when pups are nursed every 2-3 hours during the day, they should for most the most time sleep. If it's constant crying something is wrong.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      generally when a mom rejects pups is because she may sense there is something wrong with them. Yes, you can bottle feed them and allow mom to clean if she is willing, otherwise you may need to wipe them with a wet cloth to stimilate their bowel movements.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Lack of milk is known as agalactia. If she is not producing enough milk you may need to start feeding some of them. You will need a good milk replacer to feed them which can be purchased in pet stores. There is really nothing that will increase production other than feeding a good puppy diet that you can do at home. Your vet may decide if an injection of oxytoxin may help. There are some prescription meds that may help, but you really need to figure out why she is not producing enough milk. Is she stressed? too hot? are the pups suckling enough to stimulate milk let-down?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Jerry, a dark green to black discharge is often may persist for several days after birth and the traces of discharge may persist for up to 3 weeks. If this is a month already I would consult with your vet to just make sure everything is ok.

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      dana 5 years ago

      My newborn puppies only cry at night? is there a reason for this.

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      anna 5 years ago

      my shih tzu gave birth to 5 puppies 2 days ago and is very attentive to them but she keeps pushing 2 of the pups out and they are getting cold and skinny i have been bottle feeding the 2 pups every 2 hours and they also had fluid injections under the skin yesterday unfortunatly 1 didn't make it. My concern is now all but 1 of the pups are very lethargic and unable to feed off mum. i cannot afford anymore vet visits being a single mum of 3 should i continue bottle feeding all pups and then return them to mum after every feed so she can still clean and nurture them?

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      melissa 5 years ago

      My Shih Tzu maltese just gave birth to 3 pups 3 days ago and I'm concerned that she isn't supply enough milk to them. Reason being is that when i squeeze her nipple no milk comes out. She is eating fine and going to the bathroom normally. She is very active as well. The only concern is making sure the puppies are getting enough milk for their growth. i am feeding her puppy food and she has plenty of water on hand. Her nipples look full, they are just not spilling milk when i stimulate them and the puppies sometimes whine when they are nursing. is something more that i can give her to enable her to produce more milk?

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      jerry 5 years ago

      My miniture dashound had 6 pups in her first litter and a month later she is still spotting and dark mucusy discharge what could be causing this?

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      rhian 5 years ago

      Thanks ye she's going fine now must just be 1 of those things.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      It is not that uncommon for a dog not to go for the first hours after giving birth. The dog may be concerned about the pups. If she is not straining or appears uncomfortable I would not be overly concerned but I would keep an eye on her. Best wishes!

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      rhian 5 years ago

      My huskamute has just had 6 pups all healthy and everything going well my concern is that the mother hasn't gone 2 the toilet since she started having them at half 2 in the afternoon she had the last 1 at midnight i've let her out but nothin she doesn't like leaving her pups i've spoke 2 the vet and they say i should bring her in if she hasn't been in a few hours. What do you think this could be is it normal i tried googling it and found sum1 had the same problem with there cat and posted but a few hours later she went 2 use the toilet so everything was fine with her hoping its the same case with my bitch. She has been drinking a lot of water so kinda wonder where its goin i know its going 2 make more milk and replace the bloodloss etc. after birth but thought there wud ave been something by now

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Any time a dog presents symptoms as such I worry about eclampsia: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/eclampsia-in-dogs/pag... Please see the vet just to make sure. Best wishes!

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      Claudia 5 years ago

      My stray chihuahua had four puppies a week ago today, everything was fine until a couple of minutes ago, she started shaking uncontrollably and couldn't walk properly. She was fine after a few minutes, but it really frightened me. I will take her to the vet tomorrow, but was that a possible seizure?

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      Aman 5 years ago

      Hello dear, Thanks for the quick response. Actually this morning she didn't had fever and she ate well and the vaginal discharge is of maroon red colour not pink which she had yesterday. She is active than yesterday. So I guess I should wait going to a vet and keep an eye on her. The only thing which i'm afraid of going to a vet is that I cant have her on antibiotics while she is nursing.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Take her to vet, this is all I can say. She should be eating and she not have had a fever. There are many things that could be wrong, please have her seen, best wishes!

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      aman 5 years ago

      My 2 and a half years old bitch just had a litter a week ago. This is her second litter. A couple of days after birth, she had a mucous discharge. Just yesterday I saw a good amount of bloody mucous discharge which at one time was just hanging from vagina , almost a foot long then today too she has the discharge with her vagina and surrounding area wet with it.She had fever for 2 days, a day after giving birth which wenT by itself after lasting for 2 days. She was eating well till now. today she isn't eating at all but she is moving around. PLS HELP. If I give her medicine then her milk wouldn't be healthy for pups. I dont know what to do PLS PLS HELP.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for the update, I am glad to hear things got better!

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      Cherry 5 years ago

      Thanks for your suggestion, shortly after I started feeding her the chicken & rice she stopped straining, she is even starting to eat her regular dog food again.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Vaginal blood discharge can be present for about 3-4 weeks after giving birth. It doesn't hurt to have a urinalysis done just to rule out a urinary infection. http://www.justanswer.com/pet/18gbh-long-does-dog-...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I wished I could have given you a more thorough answer, but I feel like it is best to see a vet sooner in cases as such as there may be chances she may have something retained, better be safe than sorry, best wishes.

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      faye 5 years ago

      Hi, she is only straining when she needs to go out... the rest of the time she is attentive but calm. She has always been an oddball. I was hoping for a more indepth answer instead of take her to the vet, as i said we are doing, they dont think there is an emergency at present. But thank you for your time, i have changed her appointment to a cancellation for today. I will let you know how she is xx

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      By now, after she passed a stool, the behavior should have stopped. Is she still straining? If so, I think it wouldn't hurt to find a vet with an opening tomorrow just to play it safe. Ideally, dogs should see a vet within 24 hours of giving birth because it is easier to notice problems and take care of them early rather than later.

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      Hero 5 years ago

      Its 21th day now since my Maltese first litter of 6 puppies she still have blood spot this morning on her urine. And found discharged something sticky on her vagina. I already check her with the vet and was induce a week ago. Is it normal? The vet said it is normal. She lost her appetite i only feed her feeding bottle and keep hydrated. I rushed her to the clinic yesterday coz of 39.9 body heat but the vet said it is MILK FEVER. She was given a CALCIUM Shot and relieved. How long does the blood spot & discharge stops? please help... Do i need to go for another vet for 2nd opinion? Please send me feedback its my first dog and i dont know what to do. kaindly email me @ simpleng_hero@yahoo.com. Help me to save my dog.

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      faye 5 years ago

      Hi Our springer had her litter over 24 hours, I watched and cared and resuscitated a lot of her pups, unfortunately we lost one of the litter of 9. After 12 hours the dark green liquid died back to a brown/red. During the whelping there was a small, its not foul just a lingering smell a bit like raw meat, it still seems to be hanging around, we gave her a bath of the back end only as she had made one heck of a mess but the discharge she has smells the same. We watched all of her placentas come out apart from the last which she was tugging at an umbilical cord for a while. Please bare in mind here that a vet appointment has been made for tuesday (this is the earliest they had unless an emergency arises) we are not a backyard breeder, just new to the scene :) my question is this and it sounds a bit weird..... She keeps straining like she is having a contraction (without the muscle movement in her uterus) we thought that it could be a retained pup or placenta, but have checked her birth canal and palpitated her abdomin and there doesn't seem to be anything there, I even feathered her internally causing her to push a few times and nothing just discharge, THEN I let her out to the toilet (with torch as its dark) and low and behold she passed a faeces, could she be getting confused after the feeling of having the pups?? Temp normal, eating and drinking ok when she can tear herself away from the pups, looking a little gaunt, gums nice and pink, very settled, nursing her pups and fussing over them all of the time... Am I just panicking? Or do you think this could be an emergency.... I trained as a vet for 2 years in 1998 but left as I could not bare to put animals to sleep after we had a litter of puppies come in to the surgery that all had complications. Im also hoping this question can help out some other people.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      If she has been having diarrhea and now she is straining, it could a case of tenesmus which develops with colitis. Read if the below description sounds familiar:

      http://www.vetbase.co.uk/information/colitis-expla...

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      Cherry 5 years ago

      Hi my chihuahua had 4 puppies 1&1/2 weeks ago,everything seemed fine but last couple days she has slight runny brown stools & is straining when trying to go to bathroom & she will sometimes scoot,can you tell me why she is straining? Everything looks normal.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Great! you are an awesome owner and I want to thank you for following up. Glad to hear your new family is ok. best wishes AND CONGRATS!

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      paul t 5 years ago

      Hello alexadry and all readers. My dog had just one female puppy.thanx to your advice I ran to vet. He touched her tummy all around and said 95% sure no more pups or anything inside. Put an oxytocin shot,gave me vitamins and said it was just a one puppy litter due to young age of mom and dad probably.thanx god the newborn is doing great as well as the mom and dad.thanks alexadry.the best website and very nice response from you. Thanks a lot blessings and every body hopefully doing great with their puppies. Thanx thanx thanx...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Nine months old is very young for a Maltese to be having puppies and this may make her not a perfect mom and may explain why she gets distressed when her puppies cry. Did you take her temperature? make sure there is no fever. Temperature should be 101-102 or a just tad little bit higher after whelping. Diarrhea pretty normal after ingesting placentas.I do feel though that this panting warrants further investigation to be safe. I do not like the fact that she is still straining, please give your vet a call. Here are more tips:

      http://www.justanswer.com/pet-dog/0i6hx-dog-gave-b...

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      Bonnie 5 years ago

      Hello Alexadry, please help! I have a very young 9 month old maltese and she gave birth to 4 beautiful and healthy puppies. However, it has been three days and she appears to still be panting and breathing very quickly intermittently. Her discharge looks normal, red-brownish, but it smells slightly of fish. Also, I still see her straining and nesting, and she becomes distressed when her puppies cry. She's also having diarrhea, which should be fine considering she had eaten her placenta. She has been good, feeding her puppies and cuddling with them, but sometimes she leaves them and sleeps in her crate and sometimes jumps on my bed to lay with me. I brought her to the vet 12 hours after giving birth to her last pup, and the vet said that she should be fine, although he did not give her a shot of oxytocin. Should I be worried? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Did she ingest any of the placentas-the after birth? some dogs get an upset tummy after eating them. Normal rectal temperatures in dogs range between 100*F-102.5* here is a helpful hub:https://pethelpful.com/dogs/How-to-Take-your-Dogs-... however, since you are seeing blood in the stools I would recommend a vet visit; all new moms should have it within 24 hours of giving birth.

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      Bellasmomma 5 years ago

      Please help my dog had four puppies three days ago. She seems to be doing fine just feeding pups a lot. However she started having really soft stool and now im noticing blood in her stool is this normal. you say check her temperature what should it be at. Please help definitely do not want to over look something if its wrong. I know the placenta came out on the last pup but not sure of the others she cleaned up so quickly.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Your're welcome! Best wishes!

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      paul t 5 years ago

      Thnx a lot on my way to vet's clinic. ;)

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Sometimes small and toy breeds give birth to only one puppy, but to err on the side of caution have her seen by a vet. All new moms and newborn pups should see the vet in the first 24 hours since if anything remains insideit could cause an infection. Should there be dead puppies there would be no contractions. The vet would give her a clean out shot just to be on the safe side. Best wishes and congrasts!

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      paul t 5 years ago

      hello.my 1 year 4 mos. yorkie-silky,delivered one beautiful female about 21 hours ago,she cut the cord herself,she was chewing for long time i think the placenta.then I've been just observing there's no more contractions or pushing or panting or restlessness.she walks around so relaxed she cleans her baby almos all the time she sleeps,she licks me.should I be worry there's no more. Pupppies coming? Should I let her be? And it was just a single puppy litter? Thanks.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Your chihuahua should see the vet. All dogs should be seen within 24 hours of giving birth. It is not unusual for dog to have a vaginal discharge for up to 2 weeks after giving birth but it should not be foul. A foul smell may be caused by a fetus, infection, and premature separation of placentas. Have her seen to rule out any problems.

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      lucy 5 years ago

      my chihuahua gave birth last night to one puppy which sadly didn't make it, she didn't have the easiest of births and the puppy was breech and stck for a while. my chihuahua seems very depressed as i imagined she would going through all that and having nothing at the end of it but im abit worried as i keep smelling a bad smell coming from her could this be another puppy inside still? she didn't have anymore contractions or try to push anymore after the first

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      It is hard to say, only a vet can tell, this is why a vet visit after giving birth is recommended so to rule out any retained placentas and pups.

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      melissa 5 years ago

      My pitbull had only two pups. Is this normal? She is doing great! I saw both placentas but she still looks big. It

      s only been 12 hours ,can she still have more

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Regardless of having problems or not all moms and pups should be seen within 24 hours by a vet. This to ensure the wellness of all and check in any placentas remain in the uterus. An injection to reduce the size of the uterus may also be given to prevent infections and other complications. You should keep an eye on her rectal temperature, should not be over 103.5.

      So I would suggest her being seen. This is what reputable breeders do. best wishes.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      All dogs should be seen by a vet after having pups so to ensure all placentas have been expelled and there are no puppies. best wishes

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      aj 5 years ago

      My yorkie had 3 pups at 11:45 til about 2am the first one died.The others two came about 30mins apart. she has been straining for about an hour.It felt like there is something still in there. my yorkie is small

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      This is why vet appointments are so important 24 hours post-birth, only a vet can determine if there are retained pups or retained placentas. I recommend a vet visit regardless if your dog looks like she is ok or not.

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      Lita 5 years ago

      My min pin just birthed 3 pups, all seem healthy and she seems good too, but a couple of times in the last few hours I've heard her straining. Will she birth every pup or is there a possiblity there could be another in there that just isn't coming out?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      This sounds unusual. Generally, behaviors as such are seen in young mom bred on their first heat. How old is she? It could also be she is looking for another place to nest, but I find it odd she cries and goes under the bed when the pups cry. Let's see if some experienced dog breeder can chime in.

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      Worried 5 years ago

      My dog had 6 puppies 3 days ago. She is eating drinking and taking care of her pups fine . Except when they cry she cries then hides under neath my bed and digs on my rug. Then goes and takes care of pups when they fall asleep, shell go back and dig.anyone expierenced this and should I be concerned?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      All dogs should be seen by a vet 24 hours post whelping regardless if there were complications or not. So your best bet is to have her seen by a vet so they can check if there are any retained placentas or other problems. Best wishes!

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      Officer 5 years ago

      Now, she seems to have stop giving birth and resting. 12 hours had

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      Officer 5 years ago

      Hello, if this site's still working can you give me an advice? My dog just gave birth last night around 11:30pm but the first born puppy was dead. N

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Generally it is good practice for breeders to take mom and litter to vet 24 hours post whelping. This excludes retained placentas and helps assess the health of litter and mom, so yes, it should be a must regardless if there is a retained placenta or not.

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      stella butcher 5 years ago

      hello my jack russel had pups yesterday first on at 6.20pm and then the other 2 at 3 in the morning and i only saw i planta come away after the second on do you think i need to take her to be checked at a vet please thank you stella

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      highjinx21 5 years ago from los angeles

      what do you do when you lost your job and cant pay for a vet ?my dam had 8 dead pupsout of sack i never had this happen before there was lots of blood she can stand and will eat some and drink a little but i fear the worst what can i do ?any help ?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      She should still see the vet regardless within 24 hours. All reputable breeders have mom and pups seen within 24-48 hours for a wellness exam and sexing of pups. Best wishes

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      drea 5 years ago

      Okay so my mini Schnauzer who I didn't know was even pregnant. Had just one puppy last night around 12:30. After the first baby she was in a lot of pain crying digging and draging her butt across the floor. Today is a new day. An she seems to be fine. It's now 5 pm an I called the vest they said give her 24 hours to see if she is going to give birth to another puppy. I'm not sure is she is stiltul pregnant. What should I do.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      A placenta is a good sign as you know it was not retained but was actually expelled. What about the other placentas? Did she eat them? Keep an eye on her and have see the vet if you notice any symptoms listed in the article. All reputable breeders should have their female dogs and litter see the vet within 24 hours of giving birth.

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      Keri 5 years ago

      It has been about 14 hours since my dog delivered her first litter. There were 11 pups in all and one died. I just found a placenta next to her back side. Should I be concerned?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      All dogs that give birth should be seen by a vet within 24 hours after giving birth. Your vet is the best source to determine if something has been retained. He/she will give a special medication that will help the uterus contract and release anything stuck in there. Best wishes!

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      Rosemary 5 years ago

      I'm worried about my Yorkie. She gave birth to one puppy and then the second one was a deformed puppy, one that was barely formed. She ate it...Right after that she had another clear sac with greenish fluid, but was not exspelled. Two hours later, the bitch just brock the sac and licked herself. Was this the placenta? Can another pup still be expected? She seems fine and is comforting the first born pup. What should I do now?

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      Aida 5 years ago

      Hi. My pekapoo(Mimzy) had puppies this morning she did a great job. I only seen one huge placenta it was the size of puppy. She completely ate it. She is drinking and eating. My only concern is that Mimzy hasn't went to the bathroom, she doesn't want to leave her pups at all. I'm also a little worried because she pants sometimes, but during her whelping she never panted. Should I be concerned?

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      Amber 5 years ago

      My shihtzu just had puppies last Tuesday night, first one died inside her and then four healthy ones, then her last one was born dead. I took her to the vet the next day for her check up and they gave her the shot to clean her out . They also gave her some antibiotic to be safe against any infection. The vet couldn't feel another puppy but wasn't 100% sure because her uterus was still swollen. He told me to look for signs if she may still have a pup in there. She is doing great and no signs but when I try to feel in her belly, it feels like I can feel something. I'm obviously not a vet so I don't know what to really feel for. My question is, would it be possible for her to still have a puppy in her but acting completely fine? Would the antibiotics hide any signs that she would normally show if this is the case? Im always worried because I stress about every little thing. My sister thinks she's fine, I don't know if I'm over thinking things. Thank you!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Sadies moma, it can take at times a couple of weeks for the bleeding to stop and should be tapering off to a pale pink or tan before disappearing entirely. Watch her and if anything appears unusual take her to the vet.

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      Sadies moma 5 years ago

      my stray rescue pit just had pups dec.19th,there were 9 total,2 still borns and 1 died the next day.but we have 6 very healthy big mouth crybaby pups but i am concerned about the after bleeding of moma,she seems fine,she is eating,taking good care of the babies and seems to be almost back to her normal goofy self. i know the bleeding is normal,just like in humans,but how much is too much and when should it slow down? it doesn't smell funny and i know all afterbirths were expelled,i counted as she gave birth to ea pup including the 2 still borns. is there anything i can give her to help slow it down,will a cool bath help any?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Kate, generally there can be a discharge for up to 3 weeks especially after giving birth to a large litter, but it would be worth it to have her see the vet just to make sure everything is going as planned. All dogs should be seen 24 hours after giving birth to make sure there are no retained placentas. In some cases, discharges may be due to a piece of tissue still inside that is causing the cervix not to close. Best wishes.

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      Kate 5 years ago

      Hi,

      I found your sight very useful! My dog had puppies 12 days ago and she is still bleeding, it is red and I would say almost clot like? She seems in good health and isn't really exhibiting any concerning signs otherwise. She eats about 3-4 times a day and is very attentive to the puppies, which are all very healthy and plump. I am slightly worried of the bleeding although it has slowed down slightly still concerns me. What are your thoughts on this?

      Thanks!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Joan, I think your dog should see the vet at this point. It does not sound normal at all. She really should have been switched to puppy food a while ago before giving birth, and switching food should always be done gradually over the course of 5-7 days.

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      JoAn 5 years ago

      My mini aussie had 7 healthy pups 8 days ago, she still has severe diahrea, wont eat or drink and if she does she throws it up 8 hours later totally undigested. shes lethargic and tries to hide outside for hours.she still feeds her babies. my vet said to feed her puppy food but that made the diahrea worse.I tried giving her yogurt like he said but I have to squirt it down her throat.She is very thin now. Im scared for her.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Rosie, at this point your best bet perhaps is to watch for any symptoms. I will provide you a helpful link with the symptoms to watch for:

      http://www.petplace.com/dogs/retained-placenta/pag...

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      Rosie 5 years ago

      My yorkie just had three beautiful puppies.last night I tried to keep an eye for the placenta but i did not see any but one. Should I be worried? I can say that she did not have amy other ones I just did not see any with the description u gave. This is the first time for me and I am worried...Please help

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      Sunday 5 years ago

      My Chorkie gave birth 5 days ago on Oct 27th, 2011.. She had 5 puppies, 2 of which passed away right after being born.. she ignored the other 3 pups for almost 24hours, then she started to nurse them.. she seemed like everything was ok, until today... Se didn't eat her dinner lastnight or drink her water.. today i have gotten her to eat and drink a little, but she stillhas that blackish vaginal discharge(kinda smelly) and doesn't seem to be producing milk... This pregnancy was totally unplanned, and I am on a VERY tight budget, am I going to lose my dog??? Are there any facilities out there that will help and let me keep my dog??? I live in Las Vegas, NV..

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      Mitra 5 years ago

      Thats good to hear I'm responding cuz my dog went thru the same thing nd my dog as well has slowed down with the panting..I was literally in tears cause my funds are not up to par right now..nd my dog is getting spayed asap as well..regardless of what my boyfriend wants lol.. I wish you luck

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      Lynn 5 years ago

      Update on our new mommy (boxer mix)

      Well, things seem to be much better today. Nothing has really changed except that her panting has slowed way down. One thing i have noticed tho is that her rib cage was spred to the point that from the back she looks like a cow, lol... This seems as tho it is starting to come back into place now that all the babies are out of the way. Perhaps the panting was caused from the pain of their displacment? Maybe... either way i am just glad its over for her. She will be spayed soon as nursing is over! (rather my son likes it or not) Never Again!!

      PS: Anyone wanna puppy? =)

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      Mitra 5 years ago

      That is exactly what is happening to my pitbull..very heavy panting with no signs of any fever etc..I'm really scared for her although she seems happy everything seems ok except that..can't wait for an answer..she will be going to the vet 2mrw if it continues assd I doubt if shes not hot cause its breezy at night nd she still pants heavily

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      Lynn 5 years ago

      Hello, my boxer mix had a large liter of 11 pups on Friday.(it is now sunday night) All seem to be doing very well and growing already! Mom gets up and goes out to take a break and even runs and plays. Is eating and drinking well and shows no signs of the other symptoms of retained placenta that i have seen listed on several websites. However, she is still panting heavily and this has me concerned. No fever, not withdrawn, no discharge, eating and drinking well. Just the non-stop panting. Is this sometihng anyone else out there has seen with theirs?

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      Mitra 5 years ago

      This is my first time on this site my pitbull jus had pups two days ago and keeps panting could she have a retained placenta? one pup came out without a sac nd one died an hour later do you think she will be ok. Should I

      rush her to the vet? P.s I

      did not want to breed her but it happened and I need advice

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      A retained placenta can cause problems and the dog can go downhill quickly. You would have to monitor your dog's temperature and observe for signs of systemic illness lethargy, loss of appetite, fever, fetid green discharge. I would have her seen by another vet today for safety sake, but if that is not possible you will have to keep a close eye on her and be ready to drive her to an emergency vet in the night should she get worse.

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      Susan 5 years ago

      Our Cacapoo gave birth on Monday, she has the symptoms you have listed and we feel she might have placentas retained in her. We plan to take her to the vet tomorrow, can she die if she does not get care right away?

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      Doods 5 years ago

      Our maltese gave birth to 4 puppies yesterday. If only i've learned about this post earlier i would have watched closely the placentas that came out. She seems fine except that she keeps on digging on our floor like how she did before she gave birth. Should i be worried?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I would have her seen by a vet. All dogs should be seen within 24 hours of giving birth with their litter to ensure all went smoothly and to ensure all pups are healthy.

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      Val 5 years ago

      My dog had 3 pups two days ago. Today she has a hard mass in her abdominal area. Could she still be carrying a puppy?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      At times, it could be missed since owners are often distracted by watching the pups, the mom may appear as if she is licking but instead is ingesting the placenta. I would watch her for any odd symptoms. Moms and pups anyhow should be seen by a vet 24 hours post-delivery just to ensure everything is ok.

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      Kristi 5 years ago

      My Dam just had 10 pups on saturday, pups are doing good except we lost one on day two she was small, my concern is people are talking about the placenta's and I don't recall seeing any would there be any way she ate it without us noticing though we watched?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      It is generally normal for a dog to have an unusual discharge for a couple of days after whelping, but this should reduce drastically as the days go by.. if she is panting too though (and not from the warm weather) I would have her checked to be on the safe side..

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      Jbrown 6 years ago

      Our dog gave birth 3 days ago and is starting to have a very thick, black vaginal discharge. Before wen saw the discharge she was panting. Could this be a placenta.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      I do not charge for answers, it sounds like perhaps you have visited one of my sponsors? If you have a question just type it here, and I will be happy to help you for free, obviously if I can help!

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      ana 6 years ago

      this is very rude, you make people think they can get help in assisting their pet in a rough time and then try to charge for an answer? for that i have the vet visit my home and pay them about the same thing and its hands on . not cool or helpful

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      Debbie 6 years ago

      I have an older long haired chihuaua.she had 4 babies this week and didn't have any problems..but her boobies are a little hard and she is listless and no appetite..since it's Sunday morn. we have to wait until tom. to take her to the vet..I just heard her chest sorta rattling..but no cough,or runny nose or dischage of any kind..no bad odor either..thanks for your help....Debbie

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      Hello, happy the article helped, keep monitoring though for signs of fever, loss of appetite and listlessness, there have been cases where symptoms have erupted six days later..

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      Don Friasc 6 years ago

      very informative. My Chow chow just gave birth to 6 wonderful and lovable puppies. 5 boys and 3 girls. I was kind of worried the past few days because during the delivery, I just only counted two placentas which came out my bitch.

      I was so thankful that none of the symptoms are in here for the past three days.

      She is very lovely to her babies.

      Thanks to this... I can now sleep well.. not worrying for the retained placentas again.

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