How Can I Tell If My Dog Has Had A Miscarriage Or If The Puppies Have Died Inside An Will It Hurt Her?


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Joe McHugh answered
If your dog is in the very early stages of her pregnancy, there is a very good chance that you will never know whether she has had a miscarriage or not, because, in the same way as humans, her body will simply discard the embryos.

If she is further into her pregnancy and starts to miscarry, her actions will be same as if she were giving birth; the only difference will be that unfortunately, the pups will not be alive. There is still a chance that you will not be aware that this has happened if you are not present, because she may eat the dead pups. This may sound disgusting, but we cannot judge animals by human standards; it will be her way of dealing with the situation.

If this happens, you will realise that she is no longer pregnant because her pregnant bulge will disappear. She may also show signs of depression, or actual physical illness. If she does, you need to take her to the vet because she may still have some placenta, or a pup still inside her, which could lead to septicaemia and is very serious.

If the pups have died inside her she will start to show some symptoms of this; either she will go into labour naturally, and have still-births, or she will become ill. Any sign of illness, which can include vomiting, diarrhoea, dehydration, a vaginal discharge that could be bloody or have pus in it; needs to be checked by a vet sooner rather than later for the same reasons that were mentioned above.

As with humans, there are many reasons why a dog can have a miscarriage or still birth.
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Dogs can have miscarriage and still birth. Most common signs of miscarriage in dogs are

   1. No whelping even after due dates
   2. Decrease in abdominal size
   3. Vomiting
   4. Diarrhea
   5. Depression
   6. Bloody or pus containing vaginal discharge
   7. Fever
   8. Dehydration

Miscarriage in dogs can be due to

   1. Infectious diseases
   2. Pyometra
   3. Cancer
   4. Trauma
   5. Uterine defects
   6. Fetal abnormalities
   7. Hormonal imbalance
   8. Side effects of some medicines
   9. Difficulties in deliveries

So, if your dog show any of the above symptoms then miscarriage is suspected that can be confirmed by vet.
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Melinda Otter
Melinda Otter commented
My dog is 3 weeks pregnant and I noticed her licking her vagina. When I looked at it there was very very little of clear slimy stuff. Dose this mean she miscarried?
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Anonymous answered
You can tell by getting your two fingers and pressing her belly is you here something bounding then its alive and yes the died baby will hurt her.
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Anonymous answered
You have not written in your question about the gestation in your dog? It means how many days or weeks she has been pregnant? If she is about to have full term that can be of 58-69 days then discharge can be sign of labor. If so, then you should note signs of labor that are
  1. No eating
  2. Reduced rectal temperature below 100
  3. Agitation
  4. Pacing and restlessness
If gestation in your dog is less than 8 weeks then any discharge at this time can be signs of miscarriage. Other signs of miscarriage in dogs can be
  1. Loss of appetite
  2. Vomiting
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Reduced abdominal size
  5. Depression
  6. Dehydration
  7. Fever
  8. Discharge with blood or pus

In such a case, visit a vet.
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Anonymous answered
This is completely normal! In fact she will have this all the way through her pregnancy, except at birth there will be a green discharge meaning whelping is within 4 hours! Congrats! (sources:) My dog is pregnant.
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Anonymous answered
Our french bulldog is leaking clear stuff too and is about 40 days pregnant.  No smells or anything so no infection.  Glad to hear it is normal.  She is due in about 3 more weeks.
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Muhammad Nadeem answered
All dogs including chihuahua can have miscarriage which can be due to cancer, trauma, uterine defects, hormonal imbalance, infectious disease, fetal abnormalities and pyometra.  Signs of miscarriage in dogs are
  1. Depression
  2. loss of appetite
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Vomiting
  5. Dehydration
  6. Fever
  7. Discharge from genitalia
  8. Decrease in abdominal size
  9. Absence of delivery on due dates
These signs can be due to miscarriage. Confirmation is done by by visit a vet.
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Anonymous answered
Miscarriage is termination of pregnancy before full term. Its signs in dogs are

  1. Decreased abdominal size,
  2. Anorexia
  3. Vomiting
  4. Diarrhea
  5. Depression,
  6. Fever
  7. Dehydration
  8. Bloody or pus like vaginal discharge
  9. Absence of delivery at full term.

Reasons of miscarriage in dogs can be
  1. Infectious diseases including pyometra
  2. Cancer
  3. Traumatic injury
  4. Defects in uterus
  5. Fetal defects
  6. Hormonal imbalance
  7. Side effects of some medicines
  8. Dystocia.
So, any vaginal discharge during pregnancy in dogs other than at the time of delivery is not normal. You should contact your local vet immediately.
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Anonymous answered
My dog is around 36 days pregnant, she keeps getting clear discharge from her vulva and is quite breathless and big is this normal??
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Anonymous answered
I think my dog is 36days pregnant and she is leaking discharge, have I got the days wrong is she due any time soon.

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