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My name is***** and I am sorry to hear that Little Mamma had stillborn pups tonight.
Can you cup your hand around her belly and squeeze very firmly? If it is at all hard or painful or you feel a swelling in there, then she likely has more puppies in her. If her abdomen is soft and there are no masses in her abdomen, her uterus is hopefully empty.
The problem in this situation is that if she has more fetuses, they are likely dead at this point as well. Dogs don't usually deliver dead feti and retain the healthy ones until full term pregnancy. They will retain the dead ones until the end of the pregnancy and deliver all the feti together.
If she has retained feti, the best option is for her to be examined tonight or first thing in the morning. The vet can use an ultrasound machine to see if they still have heart beats before deciding on treatments.
Does this help? What other questions do you have?
Sleeping after delivery is normal.
Were you able to palpate her abdomen to see if you feel any more feti in there?
Did you offer any food or water? Did she take it?
Okay. That is really good information. Thanks.
I would strongly consider taking her to the ER tonight. If that isn't possible, you need to take her in the morning. If there are dead feti still in there, she could develop a severe infection in her uterus that could kill her in a matter of days.
Yes, there is a chance they are still alive. The best way to determine this is with ultrasound. If they are, your vet can prescribe safe antibiotics to prevent a uterus infection while she carries them to term. If they are not alive, then your vet can give oxytocin to help her deliver them.
I am getting ready to log off soon. I will check in tomorrow to see how your Little Mamma is doing.
Do you have any more questions tonight?
How is Little Mamma this morning? Did she pass any more fetal membranes or feti? Is she eating and drinking okay?
How is Little Mamma doing tonight? I have been worried about her today and hope she is okay. Please send an update.