I Think My Dog Is In Labour, But I'm Not Sure, How Do You Tell?


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Anonymous answered
Normally a dog's temperature will be around 38 Degree Celsius, and a dog in labor will have a temperature of 37 degrees or lower. Since your dog's temperature is lower then that, you can expect labor to start within 24 hours.

She is hiding under beds to provide herself with a secure and quiet place to have puppies in, if possible, let her hide and provide her with a crate filled with old rags so she can be comfortable in it. Make sure she has access to water.

Labor will last from 6-8 hours, after which each puppy will be born with approximately one hour between them. They are covered in membrane, and the mother will clean this up herself, but if she doesn't then you need to clean the puppies for her.

After she is finished, provide her with a nutrient rich foods and water so she can regain her energy. If she does not start eating food after labor is finished then take her to the vet as she could have some placenta stuck in her uterus and this will need to be removed.

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Natalie Boors answered
My dog was panting, whining, feeling restless, turning circles, and scratching the rug. She felt so uncomfortable..and I was too. Here's a more detailed article on the signs.
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huang ruo answered
5 or 6 days before labor,there will be milk out.
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KR- myopinions answered
You know when they tied, have done your standard prenatal care (if an accident this can help with due date along with all the other reasons it's done), know when to begin taking temperature and when it drops to around 98 (provided you haven't called the vet since you went longer and your girl reached day 67 or 68) there should be pups (hard labor) within 24 hours of the temperature drop and if not you call the vet or if a c-section breed or you know your going to need one by prenatal visuals you call your vet around the temperature drop. Colostrum usually comes in about a week until right at whelp but most often a day or two before the temperature drop and the actual milk comes in 3 or 4 days after whelp. If the pups are free whelped (non c-section) the dam is examined 24 hours after to be sure there are no complications (hemorrhage, rupture, torsion, prolapse ect.) and retained placenta's or pups (can be sooner if fewer whelped than shown on prenatal visuals) to cause deadly infection. She may also need or benefit from an injection to help her clean out faster (also to prevent infection). The veterinarian will usually go over the next steps and more common danger signs and problems for the nursing stage at that time.  

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