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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My dog is due to have her 4th liter, her temp is 100. She

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My dog is due to have her 4th liter, her temp is 100. She has been barking (which she never does) & panting for over 24 hrs. She keeps hiding in closets. She keeps scratching the carpet but no pups yet. My vet is not in today. Should I be concerned about my dog?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Sharon, you're allowed to be concerned for her but having four previous litters without a problem is a very positive track record. She appears to be moving into stage 2 labor (active contractions) but if you're not seeing those contractions, she's not quite "there". I know that you're very experienced but I want to review with you what constitutes dystocia in our dogs:

1) If no puppy is born within 4 hours of her body temperature readjusting to normal (greater than 100F)

2) If active stage 2 labor lasts more than 1 hour without producing a pup

3) More than 3 hours pass between pups without active contractions

4) A black, green, or red discharge is present before any pups are born (indicating placental separation and fetal distress) or a pup is lodged in the birth canal.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.