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Is the dog eating and drinking normally?
Has the dog eliminated?
Is she taking care of her puppy?
I didn't see the dog eating or drinking, but it has some extra food beside her and as the father dog tried to come eat from it the female protected the food~
I don't know if she's eliminated after having given birth unfortunately, I don't live with them so can't be sure.
She's taking very good care of the puppy as I saw. The puppy is eating normally and the mother keeps on licking the puppy often and stays beside it~
For a dog that size, I would expect more than just a single pup litter. Shepherds usually have more than that and the norm is between 5-10 pups. Several things may be happening. She may have had more puppies some where else and being a new mom abandoned them or she may have even ingested them. It does happen.
It is possible for a mother to not deliver all her pups. However, usually when a pup is retained, a dog does not act normal. They may appear restless, distressed, actively straining, lethargic, non-interested in their pups.
However, if a dog is eating, drinking, urinating, nursing her puppies, cleaning them and basically acting normal, she has most likely delivered all her puppies. Without really knowing these facts it is hard to tell. Even the most seasoned breeder doesn't always know if their dog is done though usually we have more than one pup.
If the owner feels there may still be puppies, then the owner should take her to the Vet to be sure. It's a good idea to take her and the pups in anyway for a post whelping checkup to ensure all placentas were delivered as well
Here is a site that goes over difficult deliveries and cases where pups get stuck and other problems with delivery..
I am sorry that I can't tell you for sure if she is done, but I would look around to ensure there are not other pups somewhere else unless the owner was with her the entire time preceding the delivery of this sole pup.
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Thank you for your fast response~
As I heard from the owner the dog had been chained to a tree outside like on many of the normal days and the caretaker had only found one puppy with the mom as he'd gone to take the dogs back in.
Supposedly he'd looked around carefully and hadn't found others.
Judging from the dogs behavior she's acting great as a mother and I don't think ingestion would've happened.
In a way I'm happy there's only one puppy, but thinking of the puppy's normal growth there's no other puppies close by to play with and relate to.
If I may ask an additional opinion for this case? Might the puppy grow to have some behavioral problems because it's a single pup?
I hope to get the owner to neuter her so no more puppies would be born later if they're not willing to spay the male which would be a good idea also in my opinion~
Thank you once more~
It is good to have received an answer from a professional!
Indeed something might have happened if there was other puppies since this was her very first delivery. I didn't know about such behavior being possible on dogs.
I'm hoping to visit the dogs again tomorrow to check on the situation.
Even if I'm not the owner I have a special bond with the mother and wish for everything to be fine with her~
I shall talk with the owners about the spaying and see the options. They have a local vet coming to check on the dogs at times and give injections and medication when needed.
Thank you for all your answers~ It was such a great coincidence I found this site and you to help me out :)