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my dogs labor starrted at 8 pm and she is not pushing. how

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my dogs labor starrted at 8 pm and she is not pushing. how do i stimulate her to push
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 7 years ago.

Can you take a rectal temp- what is it?
What do you mean she started? She's nesting, panting, restless?
Did you have a pre-natal exam done to see how many puppies she has?
Has she had any vaginal discharge that is green?
What day is she in her gestation?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

my hsuband said something black came out of her vagina and it had hair and feet but was not a fully formed puppy. black discharge. she looks like she has 4 puppies just guessing.

im at work talking to him on the phone

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 7 years ago.

Typically the rules about whelping are this:
1. If she goes more than 1 hour with intermittent pushing and no puppy, then it's time to get her seen and potentially have a c-section
2. If she goes more than 4 hours between puppies with no pushing, then it's time for a c-section or an oxytocin injection
3. If she has part of a puppy hanging out for more than 1 hour and is unable to get the rest out.

If she is no longer pushing but still stressed and this has been more than 4 hours (it looks like close to 8 now) then she really should get seen by an ER vet and get x-rays to see where the puppies are. An ultrasound is also helpful to look for fetal heart beats- if low heart rates or no heart rates then c-section is needed. If heart rates 180-220, then the pups are ok and oxytocin may be tried. If the puppies are all dead, then they won't send the signal to the uterus to contract and that may be the problem.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
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