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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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Experience:  Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 18+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist
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My name is ***** *****. Thought my German Shepard was at

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Hi, my name is ***** *****. Thought my German Shepard was at least 10 days away from having puppies but maybe earlier
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: Yes, breathing heavier than normal,she is sleeping now.occured on or about February 13
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 6 months ago.
Hi JaCustomer, My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. I've been breeding for over 20 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today. A dog’s gestational period (pregnancy) is approximately 63 days from breeding so about 2 months so a good estimation would be April 15 or so. 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: Now it is ot unusual at all for a female to start breathing heavier as she enters the last week or so of pregnancy. A large litter of pups puts physical stress on the body so females often pant a lot during the last week of pregnancy. So her breathing alone is not a good indicator that she is close to labor. She'll even start to dig at flooring and find unusual places to possibly use to whelp in. Be sure you do not let her outside on her own or you may find her under a shed, or porch or even a car as her time gets closer. Let me give you some information on labor as well. 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: During her last week you should also notice her breasts swelling 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. 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 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 positively so I am compensated for my time.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 6 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Jane Lefler

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