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how long do beagles stay in labor safely

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Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.
Hi Budracin,

From the time of bloody or blackish green discharge, there should be a puppy born within an hour or two at the most. If this doesn't occur and she is having contractions, she should be seen. If a mom is actively straining to deliver a puppy for more than 20-25 minutes, a vet should be consulted as well. And lastly, if it is longer than an hour or so and another puppy isn't born, this could indicate uterine inertia and she may need a shot of oxytocin to get her going again. Those are the guidelines. If a female had 10 puppies, conceivably it could take a little over 10 hours. I have one female rottie that does take 45-50 minutes between puppies and when she has 8-10, it is a long night and they always seem to go into labor at night. Most dogs however are 15-30 minutes between puppies, so it goes much quicker. Here is a site that you may find helpful.

I hope this information is helpful to you.