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Our Australian shepherd has had several successful litters with no problems. She is 68 days from the first time we saw them tie together. She is eating and drinking and peeing and pooping. Very active. Panting for several days but is normally an outside dog & is inside. Seems uncomfortable but not distressed. She is also huge with puppies inside. Should I be freaking out? I AM!!!! What are the possible holdups and should I be worried? No discharge or foul smells either. She is not licking her privates more than usual. Is inertia a possibility?

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the Australian Shepherd?

Not that I am aware of. We have a great vet. He is closed until Monday. I hate to bother him. She seems fine. Just a long time from when we first saw them tie on September 18th.

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Hi, Dr Sheree here to answer your question.

The date of whelping is usually from the day of ovulation. Breeding can occur prior to ovulation. As long as she is comfortable, not discharge ( especially green or bloody) and she is not contracting or pushing as in labor.

I usually recommend taking her temperature rectally 2 times daily. It will be lower in the mornings. two readings below 100 degrees F means she is within 24 hours of whelping.

How many breedings?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
We keep them together so I am not sure how many times they bred. She began whelping at 5am and has eleven so far. Whew! Thanks for letting me know they can breed prior to ovulation. I was unaware of that. I thought they would not breed until she was “ready”. Thanks for your response.

Congratulations! Wow!

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Sure will. Thanks.

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