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Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping to help you with your pet today. Since I can’t physically exam your pet, I may need to respond with several follow up questions so I can best help you. Remember there is no limit on how many questions you can ask to in order to clarify any information I have provided regarding your pet. I just have a few initial questions to ask to gather some more information if you don’t mind? Is this her first litter? Are you noticing any discharge from her vulva?
Okay thanks for the additional information. How is the first puppy doing? Usually you want the puppies to be delivered no longer than 4 hours apart. It seems like it has been about 5 hours by now. I would say if she hasn't delivered another puppy within the hour you may want to have her check out just to make sure the puppies are viable and she is not having any other issues
There have been occasions where I have seen puppies been delivered farther apart but most are delivered between a 2-4 hour period. I usually recommend having an ultrasound performed to see if the puppies are still viable and if they are then she may just need some help delivering them. Usually that involves giving a medication called oxytocin which can help stimulate birth
Is she trying to have abdominal contractions at the time?
The other alternative is for them to give oxytocin to see if they can stimulate a contraction to help her birth the other puppies
But they would want to make sure the puppies were viable first
I would try to leave her with her puppy as needs the milk as long as you can otherwise you have to bottle feed the puppy if you feel it's in danger