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Hi this is Dr Hill. Yes it is very normal for them to lay down when they are close to delivering. Usually you will be able to see contractions which look like a tightening of her abdomen and holding her breath for a few seconds.
signs that the birthing process is not going normally and that she needs to be taken to a veterinarian are: active labor with contractions and pushing for longer than 90 minutes without delivering a puppy, longer than a 4 hour wait in between puppies without contractions, puppy that is stuck and only partially out and part of the placenta sticking out of vulva with no puppy delivery within about 30 minutes. Feel free to ask additional questions. Take care.
I would expect them to. Best to keep an eye on her but stay out of her space. Is this her first litter? Do you know how many puppies?
Yes this question will stay open for a while and will help you the best I can. take care.
Well I will work with you to get Katie through this.
I will be on and off the computer over the next several hours, but will try to keep a close eye on messages from you.
Your welcome. Let me know how Katie does with the delivery please.
Make sure she has a comfortable spot, food (she may not eat) and water. It may be a long night. Do you know when she was bred?
Any progress with her delivery?
I know. I get a little frustrated when they can't speak. It is all in the body language. Is she still having contractions?
I hope this shows up as a hot link. good article of Called birthing puppies on Veterinarypartner.com
I am likely going to bed soon. Will check in with you in the morning if that is okay.
YEAH!!! Drink some coffee. Talk to you in the morning.
Good morning. How is Katie? Any new additions?
bummer. What stage is she in? It can take up to 36 hours after initial signs. Did you get any sleep?
So she needs more time. Hopefully you don't have to work this weekend. Nurses have crazy hours. I will be off and online over the course of the day. I would love to know how she is doing. take care.