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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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I need help my dog had one puppy she been fine all day nd

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I need help my dog had one puppy she been fine all day nd now she's stared back,bleeding is that normal
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

Hi JaCustomer,

My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

It is perfectly normal for a dog to bleed after whelping. Bleeding can last up to 5 weeks though often it stops earlier. It starts out bright red and gradually fades to a brown, light tan or pink until it stops completely. If your dog was eating and drinking and caring for the pup, most likely she was done delivering. If she was not eating and drinking, etc, then she may have a puppy stuck. If there is any possibility that there are still puppies waiting to be born, then she needs to be seen by your vet. The average size litter for a pit bull is 4 to 10 so a single pup litter would not be normal.

If your dog had one pup and then more than an hour or so went by before having another or she gushed blood or fluid and no pup or afterbirth was seen, then that might indicate a stuck pup. This would be considered a difficult labor. You can read about these below.

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/dystocia-difficult-birth-in-dogs/page1.aspx

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1628&articleid=899

I would plan on having her seen this morning at your vet to be on the safe side given her breed and a single pup. Here is a site on whelping and will be helpful as it goes over raising pups as well.

http://www.k9web.com/dog-faqs/medical/whelping.html

I hope this information is helpful to you. 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 . If you do find this helpful, please take this opportunity to rate my answer.

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

Hi JaCustomer,

My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

It is perfectly normal for a dog to bleed after whelping. Bleeding can last up to 5 weeks though often it stops earlier. It starts out bright red and gradually fades to a brown, light tan or pink until it stops completely. If your dog was eating and drinking and caring for the pup, most likely she was done delivering. If she was not eating and drinking, etc, then she may have a puppy stuck. If there is any possibility that there are still puppies waiting to be born, then she needs to be seen by your vet. The average size litter for a pit bull is 4 to 10 so a single pup litter would not be normal.

If your dog had one pup and then more than an hour or so went by before having another or she gushed blood or fluid and no pup or afterbirth was seen, then that might indicate a stuck pup. This would be considered a difficult labor. You can read about these below.

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/dystocia-difficult-birth-in-dogs/page1.aspx

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1628&articleid=899

I would plan on having her seen this morning at your vet to be on the safe side given her breed and a single pup. Here is a site on whelping and will be helpful as it goes over raising pups as well.

http://www.k9web.com/dog-faqs/medical/whelping.html

I hope this information is helpful to you. 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 . If you do find this helpful, please take this opportunity to rate my answer.