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1) Did Elsie have any diagnostics to determine how many puppies you should expect? 2) We're not on the same time zone. Can you tell me how many hours it's been since the last pup was birthed?3) Is this her first litter? 4) If not, how many puppies did she produce with her last litter?
It is possible for mom to take a break in delivering her young, but we would be concerned by the 2 hour mark if she had not continued labor. The catch here is that we don't know how many babies to be expecting, so she may or may not be finished. The safest approach if the panting continues and contractions don't begin within the next 15 minutes (with her producing young within 30 minutes following) would be an examination by a veterinarian. An x-ray of her abdomen will tell the vet if she has any young remaining and will permit them to assist her if she is having difficulty with delivery. In some cases, a c-section may be needed to retrieve the young if the mother is unable to produce them naturally. Hopefully since the mother has already produced 5 babies she will be fully able to produce any others if she's still in labor.Make sure to check the ambient temperature in the room where she's delivering to ensure it's not too warm. A temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit/23 degrees Celsius is ideal.As well, if the panting persists your vet may also wish to check bloodwork on her to insure her calcium levels have not dropped into a critical range. Typically this happens within a few days to a few weeks following delivery, but it's worth mentioning anyhow so you're aware of what steps to take should the panting not resolve.
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