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My Bernese Mountain dog, 16 months old, just gave birth to 7…

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My Bernese Mountain dog, 16 months old, just gave birth to 7 pups, 1 was stillborn. We have 6 healthy pups, she is very attentive, feeds, grooms and keeps them warm. She has started whining a lot. She isn't feverish, her boobs are all good, no redness, I have washed and cleaned her. She is just overly whining. Is it just for attention? She seems to stop when we sit by her and pet, talk and love on her. Just wondering if this is normal? This is her first litter.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. What is the dog's name?

Bella

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Bella?

Not that I can think of. She is not a very good sleeper. She still get up once a night to pee and has since we got her. She is eating, drinking, peeing and pooping.

Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Heath Wilkerson,
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Hi, Dr. W here. Congratulations! That's very exciting :) What you're seeing can be normal post-partum behavior. The hormones have all changed so much with the pregnancy and the recent birthing process. It can be overwhelming especially for a first-time mother. It's good that she has you there to comfort her during this confusing time. Good job!

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