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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Our dog had her first pup about 1 AM, then labor stopped,

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our dog had her first pup about 1 AM, then labor stopped, then another 4 came about 4am... Im worried.. this is only her second liter and she was huge.. there should be more... how do i know if some are stuck? how could i help her? She is aout 4 days early
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

In most cases, her having delivered 5 pups already should preclude dystocia (difficult birth) - "getting stuck" as you mentioned. You can't help her but if X-rays or ultrasound revealed an abnormally large pup unlikely to be delivered normally, a caesarian would be performed. If more than 3 hours pass between pups without active contractions, such imaging as mentioned above is indicated. Without it we're all in the dark. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
That's why i am here to see if there are any tactics that can be employed from a more "hands on' prospective... I am looking for a "home remedy".. if you will... something i can do to see if the vet trip is really vital, or if i am being overly cautious.I called a vet, i actually called many.. i really cannot afford the price tag at this time (most ranging upwards of $2,000... I will take her if i must, but i am trying to "troubleshoot" before absorbing that expense.. for lack of a better explanation...Does that make better sense? Im sorry, I am a bit of a novice and doing my best to help her.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

I understand, but unfortunately when it comes to home remedies for delivery difficulties there 't'aint none but it doesn't sound as if she's in trouble and as I mentioned already having delivered 5 pups suggests that she isn't likely to get in trouble. There might not be any left in her. Five good-sized pups are enough to cause that "huge" look. You're welcome to return to our conversation at your convenience for me to comment as her delivery continues. I may leave my computer for a few hours today but I'm usually chained to it by evil gnomes.