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We have a 9 year old golden retriever that has never been

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We have a 9 year old golden retriever that has never been fixed but has never been pregnant, now she appears pregnant and we saw her locked up with another dog in January, she is starting to go under our deck and won't come out. We have now fixed her a nice cozy spot in the corner of the house. Today she is shaking and nervous, how can we tell if she is very close and how can we help her?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I have a great guide for you to whelping that can help answer many more questions than I can provide. CLICK HERE for a link

The biggest key to the possibility of her whelping puppies in the next 12 hours is her temperature rectally. If her temperature falls below 98 then this is going to indicate she is close to giving birth. She will want to be in a safe area and why she maybe going under your deck. Often an enclosed high sided area such as a plastic children's swimming pool with lots of blankets can be something readily available. You want the room dimly lit and quiet for her.

If she is pushing and has a puppy but then nothing for a while yet still pushing this becomes an emergency that you need to seek a veterinary er because she may have a puppy in her birth canal that is stuck and without knowing how many to expect it would be time to consider a veterinary er if she pushes for more than an hour without success

The page I have attached can be a great guide through this process but the primary indicator that is consistent it is time is the temperature drop

I hope this gives you a starting point but please let me know how else I can assist you both today

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
We think she is only at 58 weeks, should we be alarmed?
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

The length of the pregnancy is based on when she came into estrus not when she locked with a male. Although 63 days is the average just as with people they can be a little earlier or a little later as a normal variable.