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There are three stages to labor. During the first stage the cervix dilates and contractions begin. Your female will be uncomfortable, restless, pace and pant. This lasts 6-18 hours. During the second part of labor, your female's contractions begin in ernest. Her water breaks and puppies are delivered usually after 10-30 minutes of pushing. All puppies are born during this stage. The third stage of labor is after all pups have been delivered and is when a dog still has small contractions to expell fluids and/or placentas from the uterus.
You can read more about this here: http://www.2ndchance.info/caninelaborstages.htm
A dog's gestational period (pregnancy) is approximately 63 days from first breeding. One way of knowing when your dog with have her puppies is to take her temperature twice daily at the same time each day as her due date gets close. Keep a record of this.
A dog's normal temperature is between 101-102.5F degrees. Her temperature may rise and fall during this time, but once her temperature falls below 99 degrees, she should go into labor in the next 24 hours. The temperature drop is due to a reduction in serum progesterone levels and signals that the dog will start labor within 24 hours.
You can read about this at:http://www.labbies.com/reproduction1.htm
You may also notice her breasts swelling during this last week of pregnancy and some milk leakage. Dogs will usually become restless and increase their digging and nesting behavior during the last week. You will notice an increase in her panting as well as a mucous discharge. You may also notice some abdominal contractions or rippling as her time grows closer. Do not be surprised if your dog is very restless and vomits as few times during this last week.
Once your dog's temperature has dropped, please do not leave her alone in case of complications. As she enters actual labor you should be able to see her contractions and most dogs will begin looking at their hindquarters. An increase of licking of the genitals is normal before and during labor. Be sure and have an emergency Vet's phone number readily available just in case of an emergency during the birthing of the puppies.
Here is an excellent site about whelping. http://www.k9web.com/dog-faqs/medical/whelping.html
Some other signs that my dogs always seem to exhibit are lack of appetite, frequent urination and frequent small, runny bowel movements in the day before labor starts. Frequently my dogs will start looking at their rears when the first real contractions start.
I hope you find this information helpful..
Let's hope not. Puppies born before 59 days seldom make it. If you know she mated for the first time 51 days ago, then you have probably at least 10 more days to go. If you lay her on her side and feel between her rib and hind leg about half way up between the breasts and back, can you feel puppies moving around?
You should be able to the last week of pregnancy. A day or two before delivery, they will not be as active. I have only had one female out of about 15 that would still eat the day before delivery and she would have vomiting that whole day because she kept eating. Since your dog is still eating, I think she is just uncomfortable because she is getting big and the puppies are pushing against her bladder and she probably has worms at this point since pregnancy triggers worm eggs to hatch to ensure worm survival.
Go ahead and get a good themometer and take her temperature and you'll probably find she is about 101 or 100F. You'll want to take it twice a day at the same time each day so you don't miss the drop in temperature. She should be nesting now which is digging around in a dark place or scratching and looking for a good place to whelp in, so if there is some area you want her to whelp at, you should start preparing now.
You're welcome. Let me know how it turns out. I'm not due to have pups for another few months and I do miss them.
You have me excited as well. Do not press accept because you have already done so.
I hope I feel better soon, too! since it hasn't dropped yet, it probably won't be today. She is getting real close though. Her actions along with her temperature show that she should deliver in the next couple of days. It seems to me that they deliver at the most inconvenient time. Try taking her temperature only a few times a day. The temperature does remail low for at least 12 hours, so you won't miss the drop. She should be due on Tuesday. Try and relax and have everything ready for her. You should probably catch up on as much sleep as you can so it doesn't hit you too hard staying up all night when she delivers. Even if she manages to deliver during the day, first time puppies tend to keep owners up the first few nights worrying about them.
I usually see a reduction in puppy movement the day before delivery. I always assume it is the beginning of labor and the urterine horns are contracting leaving little space for the pups to move.
Trembling can indicate pain and may indicate contractions are starting. Remember that she will have some contractions before the start of hard labor. I hope you've already read the whole whelping page so you are prepared.
One thing that can occur, though it is not a common occurance before puppies are born, is eclampsia. Symptoms would be muscle weakness, muscle spasms, tremors or seizures, limb paralyses. Calcium supplements, Tums, cottage cheese or goat's milk may help, but it might not reverse the symptoms quickly enough if it is eclampsia..
Here is a site with more information on this.
I think it is probably just a part of labor but have to mention the other since there is a slight possibility. You'll notice a lot of panting and trembling when she is delivering the pups. The trembling is due to the pain of whelping. The drop in temperature sure sounds like it may go below 99 tonight.
It is very much ok to take her for a walk. I usually spend quite a lot of time walking my girls the day before delivery and even the day of delivery. Take along a towel just in case and if at night, take a flashlight as well. Some dogs won't push inside and the first pup ends up being born outside in the grass. The towel can make carrying it inside easier while keeping it warm.
She should go into labor within the next 24 hours. I'm going to have to try and stay up or at least check in all night long to see if you have puppies.
Most females will not tolerate other dogs around her once she starts into labor and will even attack them if they get too close to the puppies, so you might want to keep her in the area you have set aside for her to deliver in and keep him in a seperate place like the kid's room.
You sound like me. I sleep on a couch next to the whelping area when I have a dog whose temperature has dropped. Even then I don't get much sleep. You get some sleep.
I was going over everything i've mentioned to you and noticed that I didn't tell you what you can do if mom's cleaning the pup off doesn't get the pup breathing. So if a puppy has just been born and doesn't start breathing on its own with mom licking and cleaning everything off, you want to take your bulb syringe and clear the fluid out of the mouth. Holding the puppy firmly head down you will want to briskly rub the puppy vigorously with a clean dry towel. This sometimes stimulates the puppy into breathing.
If the puppy does not start breathing, you can perform mouth to nose to get them breathing again as well. Hold the mouth closed and breathe gently into its nose. Do not blow hard and then rub the puppy briskly and pat the back.
Here is a site that discusses the technique for a dog, the techniques are similar. http://www.dog-toy.co.uk/dogarticles/?article=485
I've probably overloaded you with information, but if something does go wrong, at least you will have an idea of what to do in advance.
It is normal for the temperature to go back up. I believe it stays below 99F for at least 12 hours or so which is why we take the temperature twice a day. Most dogs do prefer whelping at night and some will not push in the house as it can seem to them like their bladder is full. Is she still eating or has she pretty much stopped? Has she been wanting to defecate a lot? Perhaps it is a little on the loose side? Those are things my dogs do before delivering.
Sounds like the start to me. The puppies moving down press on the bladder making the dog think they have to urinate, but of course, there is nothing to come out. Keep an eye on her. With some dogs you can actually see the stomach contract upward like when humans suck in their guts. Other dogs, you can't see the contractions just the dog panting a bit harder or trembling.
Since it is raining, I would leave her in unless you feel she really needs to go. You don't want her coat wet or a pup to get chilled in the rain. If there is a break in the rain, give her a quick walk remembering to take a towel.
Don't worry. It is not time to worry. The temperature will go up and down. What drives me crazy is when it goes from 100F to 99.2 then up to 100.6 and down to 99.5 then up again and doesn't drop below 99F. But if you have multiple temperatures below 99F, then you are looking at puppies real soon. She seems to be doing good right now. This is probably the hardest part because of the waiting. Just let her be and comfort her. I usually am massaging my females and rubbing their belly and even stroking their faces. It give me something to do and keeps the girls calm when they are restless. I sometimes can feel contractions this way as well. My first litter, my female did not yelp. My other females all yelp with the first pup. That pup is stretching the birth canal and the dog isn't quite sure what is going on either. I think it is partly that the pain is unexpected rather than severe and they give the yelp and then they are so busy licking and smelling the new pup that they forgot all about it.
Mine have always started having pups within 24 hours of the temperature drop. Of course, I was only taking it twice a day. I think she should be having them tonight. Now we have had people that used old thermometers that were off and not accurate and thus the pups aren't born within the 24 hour range. That has happened a couple of times in the past 5 years with clients of mine. But your dog's due date is tomorrow and she has stopped eating her normal food and has the frequent urination signs that all point toward tonight. I wouldn't wait up. I would try and take a nap when ever I could. Dogs tend to like going into labor at the most inconvenient time. I had one go into labor during karate class. Try relaxing and resting a bit.
I'll be waiting.
It doesn't mean she is not in labor. It's her first litter so she may eat a little to keep her stomach from being too empty. Her temperature will flucuate. It is really hard to know for sure. I've been breeding for over 16 years now and once in a while one will throw me and I'll be waiting a whole day just to go to sleep and wake up with a pup already born. Over the internet, it is an even harder call.
Remember that dogs have been having pups without our help for a long time and most likely she will do the same. I'm sorry but I can't recall her breed.. Some small breeds do have more difficult births than larger breeds.
How cool. Blue tick hounds are fabulous dogs. My ex-neighbor had one and she was beautiful. A bit high energy for me, but a wonderful girl. Try and be patient.
She has to have them soon. Even though the thermometer is new, it might be off. Or maybe it isn't far enough in the rectum (should be about an inch) to register the correct temperature. I'm not sure why she hasn't. If you can, just go to sleep. Though knowing dogs that is when she'll have them. You do need to sleep.
She may have to eat a little to keep her strength up. I've never had a dog's temperature drop without having pups arrive on time. She is on day 62 today.
I think you are probably taking it right. You are supposed to have the tip in about an inch. If it is the regular type, then it needs to be left in place for a full minute. If using digital ones, you need to wait for the indicator which is usually a beep or a light. The temperature drop is a well documented indicator but of course every dog like people are different. She obviously is not in distress and isn't "pushing" so it isn't a case of her having a difficult delivery. All I can recommend at this point is to be patient and monitor her.
While I'm not there, I feel much the same as you do. She is baffling me as well. We've had other clients state their dog didn't go into labor within 24 hours, but they have always been cases where the thermometer was old or they were not leaving it in long enough. I'll be here for you when she starts though. I've been checking every few hours every night.
If she is ok with him there, then it is fine. You will want to remove him. She may attack him and sometimes males are not good around newborn pups. My males are good, but I always wait until the pups are older to let him around them with mom there. It isn't cause he's there. She can't really stop labor. She might not push, but she would still be having contractions.
Dogs can have lower temperatures for other reasons, but usually those are things like she was cold for an extended period of time or illness. You can read about it here:
Since it is well past 24 hours after the temperature drop, you might want to contact your vet just for a check. He's likely to ask you some questions about her behavior, temperature, eating, etc to determine whether he wants to see her or not.
From your description, she doesn't seem to be in distress. I'm going to give you the sites that discuss this, but at this point, having her checked would be the only course of action I can suggest. Most vets will not induce labor until a dog is a week overdue. Still, if your vet may decide to give a shot of oxytocin to kick start labor. Here are the sites I mentioned before.
Let me know.
I thought that was what he would say, but to be responsible, I had to have you call him. At least he didn't have you come in to tell you that which is good. I've got carpool to skating tonight around 5-7pm. It is 2.:51 my time. So if you don't get a response during those times that is why.
Yep. Keep her moving.. It certainly won't hurt.
Sorry I was outside fixing one of my pens. Remember what I told you about the most inconvenient time. I had one that was close and then her temp dropped in the morning but I had karate class, so I took her with me. Sure enough that was when she started. She has to have them soon.
She is not a little dog and blue tick hounds don't normally have whelping problems, so if your bed is close, I'd go ahead and take a nap. Maybe your partner can keep an ear out while sleep for a bit. The panting might indicate contractions. If it does, it will take a while for them to get closer together.
Thanks. I'm probably not going to answer too many other customers tonight, so I can be here if you need me.
What you are going to want to look for now is if she has a sudden urge to go outside. My dogs have signals to let me know they need to go out. One comes and knocks the door with her head. So if she suddenly has an urge than might mean a pup is pretty far down.
Right before one is born you'll see her turn her head and look at her rear. At that point, you should get ready.
First time mother will probably not be quick, but there really is no way of telling for sure. They do like late nite deliveries and probably will take hours for all the pups to be born. I hope she goes tonight but that is going to make tomorrow's activities rough for all since you will be beat and worrying about newborns. Remember to write down the times so you know how long between pups. There will be a longer break between pups in the middle as one horn of the uterus has delivered all that horn's pup and the other side starts to deliver.
Yippee. you should have a pup very soon
Almost there. Try and keep her in the right area, but some do walk around at this point. She may sit to deliver or even lay down. Each dog is different.
That first one is the roughest as it opens up the canal. Remember that she might not push in the house. So you might want to take the towel outside and see if she will push there.
I hate hurry up and wait moments. I know for you it is worse.
I'm waiting.. patiently I think.
There is a pup most likely. Be patient. Another couple of pushes and you should see puppy.
Give her a minute or two to get it clean. It's all the licking and roughness and pulling that gets them breathing.
Ahh.. Be sure an monitor that. It should come out before another pup, With twins though the second pup can come first.
to continue lol
I try to get them to eat one afterbirth as it can help with labor. If you can get the pups nursing that will strengthen contractions but it sounds like she is doing great.
Awww.. I've found that for my girls there tends to be about the same amount of pups in each horn of the uterus. So if I have 4 pups delivered then an extra long break between them and then start with more pups, there will usually be about the same number. This is just my observation and not a rule. I've never really asked other breeders what there experience is, but I don't think my dogs are "special"
Hard question.. I usually "count" my pups before they are born and still are off by a couple at birth. Many people have an x-ray done to know for sure.
The breed tends to have large litters and 7-8 is a common litter size. I would guess 6 myself, but that is all that is "a guess".
Very normal. And short of forcing open their mouth and putting it on a nipple which I wouldn't do at this point, there really isn't much to do. I just make sure they are near one and let them root around till they find one.
Aren't they just so precious. .
The shaking probably is pain related. I'd offer her some water to see if she is thirsty. If you can convince her to leave the pups, see if she'll eliminate outside. It may help get her pushing again. .
Do you have people lined up for pups yet?
For my dogs, people tend to want boys, but I don't know about your breed.
Wow. No yelps and dad's helping. So good.
Rotties have big heads which might be why they yelp the first time.
It didn't work. I guess they were larger than the size limit. I'll find out tomorrow morning.
A good size litter. I'm glad everything is going well. Let me know if you need anything else.
The pups are beautiful and so are the parents. It was an experience and I saw how the pups are definitely going to be well socialized.
hi jane hope all is well i'm getting really wornder two days ago breeze stopped wanting to feed the pups , so i have been making her feed 2 at a time but clearly is not liking it
i was petting her this morning and realized that she has a bald spot on the top of her back where she can't reach, i notice the hair is comming off in chucks now there is a big bald spot , i'm not sure what to do , not let the pups feed?
tomorrow i can pick up pup milk supplement but still thats not until tomorrow any ideas?
The feeding part is normal since it is weaning time. You do need to pick up some puppy formula or goats milk (in supermarkets near condensed milk) and soak puppy food in it until it is very puffy. Offer this to the puppies 4-5 times a day. I usually offer them the food first and then let them finish with mom. This helps her empty the breast of any left over milk in the breast. Puppies usually wean pretty fast as the food is there for them where mom's milk is drying up.
Female dogs do blow their coat during and after delivery so there is a lot of hair loss. She really shouldn't have a bald spot, but it may be a combination of the hair loss from pregnancy and nursing and a hot spot from fleas. However, some dogs with a lowered immune system may develop non contagious demodectic mange as well. So I would recommend that you have her seen by your vet for a skin scraping to rule out mange.
I'm glad the puppies are doing good. it won't be long before they are driving you crazy. Once they are eating puppy food, mom will no longer clean up their feces and urine, so be prepared to constantly be cleaning their area. I usually put down about 50 layers of newspaper at a time and then I can just pull up layers as needed to keep the area clean.
Hope this helps