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My Dog Has Milk When Will She Give Birth?

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Tiffany Profile
Tiffany answered
Usually about a week after lactation. Dogs have a gestation period of 57-63 days. If you have counted you'd known about the exact day. If shes small she may have problems. Any dog can potentially have trouble delivering. So keep close eye on her. Have her a spot n a quiet room. Without a lot of traffic in and out.she may or may not allow you to witness or help, usually the 1 person they trust the most should be with her. For comfort and help
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Milk development can occur days to even a few weeks prior to giving birth. It is not a reliable indicator of when labor will begin. Start taking your dog's temperature daily--when it drops below 99 degrees Fahrenheit labor should begin within 24 hours. Gestation (pregnancy) lasts 63-66 days in the dog--it helps to know the breeding date. Also some dogs will experience pseudopregnancy (false pregnancy) and develop milk. You may want your veterinarian to confirm your dog's pregnancy to rule out pseudopregnancy.
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On average 2-10 days after milk develops
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KR- myopinions answered
Their milk comes in 3 or 4 days after whelp. Colostrum is produced first. A false pregnancy/thyroid/hormone and other issues can also cause lactation.
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.
The earliest any pup can be placed is 8 weeks, having been started on their shots and dewormings and recent vet check. This is for health, socialization and behavioral purposes and many breeds and most breeders keep them beyond the 8 week minimum. This is for health, socialization and behavioral purposes, they learn some things like the meaning of no (from Dam), pack placement and bite inhibition through interaction with the family unit and some isn't even usually starting until 7 to 8 weeks of age (like bite inhibition) and many breeds are recommended a minimum of 12 weeks. Most good breeders keep their pups beyond the 8 week minimum though breed can factor.
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shamar shamar answered
Congrats you do will maybe due in the next hours or a few days this is a sign that birth is near.that's what happened to my dog.
KR- myopinions Profile
KR- myopinions answered
The colostrum usually appears a day or two before but can be about a week right up until at birth. The actual milk doesn't come in until day 3 or 4.  The way you actually know a dog is entering labor is by taking their temperature. When she drops to around 98 (if it's a standard c-section breed this is when you call your vet so they know it's soon and the surgery can be arranged a little better or if there were indications of possible problems on the visuals but not enough that you guys thought the whelp should be done under their supervision) active labor should start soon and if it's been 24 hours past the temp. Drop and there's no pups call your vet.  The number of pups should match at least that of your ultrasound or x-ray and there should be a placenta per pup. She can eat a few but too many (don't know how many pups) can give her the run's. They should be checked out 24 hours or so after whelp to be sure thing's went okay and there's nothing retained to cause infection. Any question's, concern's problem's, just call your vet.  Here's some links for you so that when the big day comes you know that thing's are proceeding normally and can relax or when there may be a problem. Good Luck.

http://drnelsonsveterinaryblog.com/2009/01/01/canine-labor--when-to-call-the-vet.aspx www.dogchannel.com www.justanswer.com www.dogbreedinfo.com www.learntobreed.com www.marvistavet.com www.marvistavet.com www.dogfoodanalysis.com
Kady Profile
Kady answered
When my dog had pups her milk came 2 days before she gave birth. My vet had told me that it can be anywhere from 2 to 6 days before giving birth. Hope this helps, birthing in dogs is a wonderful experience!!!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
My dog is the same. She starting leaking milk 3 days ago and now 2day she is nesting and off her food in fact she is nesting behind the sofa. Has your dog had her babies yet.

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