My Dog Gave Birth To A Still Born Puppy A Week Ago, Now All She Does Is Whine When Will She Stop Whining Its Realy Driving Me Insane?


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KR- myopinions Profile
KR- myopinions answered
First question would be that you did your post whelp exam and are certain that was the only pup and she isn't now in danger from the others decaying or anything and there were no other complications? She'll whine if she's in pain and/or not feeling well too and if she is still producing milk so keep an eye out for infection there as well. If you hadn't done that then that's your fist priority.
Unfortunately you just have to wait it out and could take a little while for the hormones to disperse. When they have pups there are certain hormones released so right now her body is literally telling her there are things she should be doing and that she isn't is probably making her anxious. Try to keep her occupied and engaged and play with her a lot. You can also discuss spaying her with your vet since you are on notice her individual mothering behaviors aren't to your liking. She is just as likely to display the same or similar behaviors with actual pups and may be so overzealous that she needs constant supervision with the pups. Good Luck.
Anonymous Profile
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If you were a mother who had a stillborn baby do you think you would get over it right away? Dogs know when they have lost one of their's the mothering instinct. Try giving her a stuffed animal to dote on..this may calm her down. It's going to take a lot of time before she stops looking for the pup. Have's not her fault.
Kassandra Crissinger Profile
Sometimes not all of the litter makes it all the way through pregnancy. It's kind of like when someone carries multiple babies, say triplets, and two of them get all the nutrients and the third gets little of anything. That malnutrition leads to death, and the other two continue on to birth. It doesn't happen that often. It is a sad thing when it does, but it is not usually anything that anyone did, just the body didn't properly divide everything equally to all babies.
helen baillie-gutteridge Profile
Remove the dead puppy and dispose of it hygienically.  In the wild the mother would probably eat it herself.  The reason being to avoid giving any infection to the other pups.  I hope any other puppies are OK.  A stillborn puppy is not unusual - sometimes it just takes too long for one to be born, or it has something wrong with it that causes it to die before birth.  It is sad, but that is why nature lets some animals have several young at once.
John Profile
John answered
Take the dog to the vet a.s.a.p.....just watched a court case on this where the breeder let the dog lay their and deliver a litter of dead pups in a court case and the judge said he could be charged with criminal neglect/animal cruelty by knowingly letting the dog my suggestion is either call a vet and let them give you a quick response over the phone on how to handle it or take the dog to the vet .
helen baillie-gutteridge Profile
It is not that uncommon for a puppy to be stillborn. If a pup dies early in the pregnancy, the mother's body can reabsorb it, and you would never know she lost one. How do we know this happens, then? Because we can now ultrasound bitches at a certain stage of pregnancy and count the foetuses. Comparing this to the number of pups born may show that one or more has been absorbed.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Basically the puppy needs its mama
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Anonymous commented
The puppy died, its the mother who is still whining, i was wondering how long the whining would last!!!
Stacie Collins Campbell Profile

I'm sorry about your dog, she may have the same problem as mine

My dog gave birth to a still born last night  & has mastitis now. She's on antibiotics, but in so much pain. Any ideas on what will help her?

Cammie Babe Profile
Cammie Babe answered
Make sure the pup is gettin milk from the mom and that the mom is taking care and the pup MITE ..... Mose likely will stop then start agian lool..... I sent you a friends request!
Kate Liane Sudiacal Profile
What happens if my dog has trouble delivering her puppies? Although the majority of dogs will give birth without the need for assistance, problems can arise which require veterinary attention. It is important to closely monitor your pet during birthing and seek veterinary care if you have any concerns. How will I know that she is starting?When whelping is imminent the female often stops eating (although this is not always the case) and her rectal temperature often drops below 38.1oC (100oF). The female will often go into corners and start scratching to make her bed. If you see any of these signs, you may wish to contact your veterinarian since this is the first stage labor when the birth canal starts to dilate. This is followed by second stage labor when the female starts to forcibly contract her uterus. These contractions start gradually and increase in intensity, frequency and duration. If intense contractions have been occurring for 20 to 30 minutes without a puppy being delivered, it is important to contact your veterinarian. Other situations where veterinary help is needed include: 1.        A mother straining for 8-10 minutes with a puppy or fluid filled bubble stuck  in the birth canal2.        A female with a  body temperature of more than 39.5oC (103oF)3.        Bleeding from the vagina for more than ten minutes4.        A green discharge from the vagina without puppies being born Are puppies, like babies, sometimes born prematurely? Premature delivery does occur but it is not as common as thought. Often these so-called premature deliveries have been an error in mating dates or a miscalculation in gestation period (period of pregnancy). This is usually 63 days. How can I tell if the pups are premature? Truly premature puppies may be small, thin and have little or no hair. Survival is possible but they require an enormous amount of care and often have to be hand fed since they are unable to suckle. Sometimes they have to be fed by stomach tube (gavage feeding). If necessary, your veterinarian will show you how to do this. Mothers will often reject premature puppies and they soon die of hypothermia (low body temperature). Excessive heat (hyperthermia) can be just as harmful as hypothermia so the temperature of the puppy’s environment must be carefully controlled. Environmental temperature must be maintained at around 30oC (90oF) and the box must be large enough so that the puppies can move away from the heat source if necessary. The puppies must also be kept in a moist atmosphere if they are being raised away from the mother. The mother usually licks and cleans the puppies frequently. As a result, not only is the environment warm, it is also moist. You can provide a moist environment by placing warm, damp cloths in the box with them. How long will I have to hand raise premature puppies? Once the puppies are stronger and able to suckle, the mother will very often take over herself. It is very important to try and ensure they are fed her “first milk” which contains necessary antibodies to help prevent infection. If the puppies can suck we will show you how to hold them on to the mother’s teats. If this fails, we will advise you on milk replacement and proper puppy bottles. Although very rewarding if the puppies survive, hand raising puppies is extremely challenging and many puppies fail to survive. Are some of the puppies likely to be stillborn or die after birth? With animals that have multiple births, like dogs, it is not unusual for some of the offspring to either be born dead or to die shortly after birth. Sometimes a stillborn puppy will disrupt the birthing process resulting in dystocia or birthing complication. At other times the dead puppy may be born normally. Determining the cause of these neonatal deaths is often impossible without a full post mortem (autopsy), including bacteriological examination and submission of tissues to a histopathologist. Some causes of neonatal death can be prevented. It is important to consult with your veterinarian regarding any problems with your pet’s pregnancy or whelping.  I am told that with some breeds Caesarian sections are more common than a normal delivery. Is this true? Unfortunately in certain breeds there are strains and families that do seem to have increased risk of dystocia (difficult birth) resulting in the need for a Caesarian section. The timing of this is always difficult. If performed too late it can result in dead puppies and if embarked upon too early, it may have subjected the bitch to unnecessary surgery. It is a matter that always requires full and frank discussion between you and your veterinarian.
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If she is in distress you need to call your vet now. If she had a stillborn they are checked out 24 hours after whelp. Did you do your prenatal care and do you know the difference? If not call your vet now. It doesn't sound like you really know much about this so you should probably call your vet now. Good Luck.
Average gestation is 59 to 63 days from the first tie (calculator in first link below) though can be a little earlier around 57 (earlier may be a bit of concern for puppy development) or up to 68 (time to be concerned and are more likely to need assistance or c-section at that length and more so on smaller breeds and some will not wait until 68 depending on factors). Some of the standard prenatal care consists of things like confirmation by ultrasound or blood test earlier around 3 or 4 weeks to confirm and try and be sure she doesn't have something like pyometra and possibly STD if dogs weren't tested before breeding instead. It also helps with distinguishing a false pregnancy which has some of the complications of a real one and indicates the thyroid or hormones may be off and dogs who go through false pregnancy are usually recommended spayed for those reasons and their comfort.  
Towards the end of pregnancy you will do an x-ray or ultrasound. This is where we try to evaluate for likelihood of difficulty and c-section based on the pups themselves and things like their size and rate of growth leading to the whelp and how many and if she is likely to run into difficulty from exhaustion and things if not known you are doing a C before even breeding based on breed. Knowing how many if not exact is exciting but also gives you an idea of when she's done or if there is a pup left to decay and cause infection and even helps evaluate distress when she has stopped or seems to tired to continue or there is too long a period in between pups and you know there are more during a free whelp and things like that so is imperative and invaluable (and standard) when whelping. The second link is a quick run down of danger signs during whelp. Colostrum usually appears a week or so before or not until right at whelp but most often appears a day or two before the temperature drop. Colostrum is where the pups get the bulk of their antibodies from and is less in volume than milk which comes in day 3 or 4 after whelp. It is a good idea to begin taking temperature when the colostrum appears no matter how many days in if you weren’t before that.
During early labor the females temperature will drop to around 98. It is important to know when this occurs since if there are no pups within 24 hours of the temperature drop (active labor) there is likely a problem and the vet should be called (or if c-section breed that it is time to head in). If the pups are free whelped (non c-section) the dam is examined 24 hours after to be sure there are no complications (rupture, torsion, prolapse hemorrhage ect.) and retained placenta's or pups to cause deadly infection. She may need or benefit from an injection to help clean her out faster at that time (also to try and prevent infection). The veterinarian will usually go over the next steps and more common danger signs and problems (like mastitis and eclampsia) for the nursing stage at that time. Usually around 2 to 5 days the pups go in to the vet for a look over and to have dew claws removed and tails docked if that's done.

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