Andrealle,.Thanks for the additional information. I'm going to go over labor in dogs first. 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 earnest. 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 expel fluids and/or placentas from the uterus.
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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. I would start doing this now as her time appears to be very close.
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Usually during the last week of pregnancy you will see some milk leakage, increase in digging at her bedding and the mucousy discharge. You also start feeling the puppies move around. So from all the things you told me, she is in her last week of pregnancy. 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.
Some other signs that my dogs always seem to exhibit the day before labor are lack of appetite, frequent urination and frequent small, runny bowel movements. Many first time mom's will yelp with the first pup as well. Frequently my dogs will start looking at their rears when the first real contractions start.
I think you will likely see pups this weekend. I hope this information is helpful to you and you are satisfied with my response. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have .
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