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Thank you for taking this dog in when she was abandoned. Do you know how long she has been pregnant? Can you take her temperature with a rectal thermometer? If she is going to whelp soon, her temp will be 100 or lower (normal is 101 to 102).
Is she eating? If you look at her gums, are they pink in color?
Hiding may be a sign she is going to have her puppies soon. I am worried about her having a discharge, and being lethargic. She is a small dog, and more likely could have problems whelping. If she continues to hide, not eat, and act lethargic she should be checked out to be sure she is not in trouble with the pregnancy. Any way of knowing how long she has been pregnant?
I am sorry but I can't make calls for the website; I can only answer questions here.
I understand she does not have the discharge now, but the fact that she had one concerns me.
If she is having contractions, she should have a puppy within 30 to 40 minutes. More than that is a sign she is in trouble, and may need medical assistance. She may only need some injections to strengthen her contractions, but if she goes more than 40 minutes after contractions have started without having a puppy, her contractions may weaken and not be able to push out the puppies on her own.
I hope she delivers the puppies soon, without difficulty. If she is 8 weeks pregnant, she has another week to go. Do you know if the male dog that got her pregnant was larger than she is?
Good he is the same size.
If she really is only 8 weeks pregnant, and is not having contractions, it may be too soon for the puppies. If her gums are pink, if her rectal temperature is over 100 but under 102, and if she will eat something then this is not an emergency. If she won't eat, if her gums are pale, if she has a fever or a temp below 100, she may be in need of medical attention.
I wish I could tell you more than that, but since I can't see and examine her, I can't be sure. I am always worried when a near full term pregnant dog won't eat and is hiding.
How is she today? Please let me know how she is, and if my answer was helpful.