Posted 23 February 2004 - 09:16 AM
Posted 23 February 2004 - 09:22 AM
I dont know if you have seen puppies born but they are born in their sacks that the mum rips open, it is important to make sure there is no gunk around the puppies mouth or in its lungs, the mum should by instinct have a fairly good idea of what she is doing, try not to get in her way unless she is having problems.
From my personal experience I would prefer for a vet to deliver the pups but having said that dogs have puppies on their own all the time and do fine
Posted 23 February 2004 - 03:26 PM
The main stages of labour you need to worry about are:
First Stage - lasts for about 6-12hours and is evident by restless behaviour/panting or may be missed by you entirely; your bitch may even vomit but this is normal and all you can do is sit back and make sure she has room enough to pace or lie down or do whatever it is that she wants to do. Providing enough water is also important at this stage.
Second Stage - Lasts for about 2-6hours in dogs (up to 24 in cats!!) and is where there are external contractions leading to the physical expulsion of the puppies (ie: birth).
If your bitch does not lick away the placenta +/- mucus from the puppy's mouth and face (ensure that you allow her a minute or two for her to do this herself) then intervene by cutting the 'sac' around the puppy and rubbing it with a clean towel to stimulate the breathing centres.
Expect one pup every 45 to 60 mins with 10 to 15 mins of hard straining. She may not strain for up to 4hrs in between pups - this is normal, so don't worry.
Time to call the vet if:
1. She is straining for more than an hour
2. Takes longer than a 4hr 'break' from stage 2 labour
3. There is up to an hour of hard straining but there is no pup to show for it
4. >4hrs pass between pups when you know that there are more in there
5. She is in obvious extreme pain that strikes you as abnormal
6. >70days gestation
It is also worthwhile to remember that you should notify your vet now that you are expecting the puppies (if they don't already know) so that they are aware that they could be called on for a caesarean if required in the next week or so. There are many anaesthetic considerations that make caesarean surgeries quite complicated. Also remember to call if you are on your way to the vet clinic and she has the puppy so that your vet isn't left waiting around after having woken up and prepared the clinic in the middle of the night and no-one ever arrives! This is quite common since when bitches are moved they tend to pop out the next puppy.
Anyway, hope this helps. What breed is your dog? Is this her maiden litter or is it only your first?!
Posted 24 February 2004 - 10:15 AM
This time I KNOW she's pregnant and want to make sure everything goes ok.
Thanks very much for all your assistance and advice, it is greatly appreciated.
Posted 24 February 2004 - 02:21 PM
Good luck with it all - would love to hear how it all goes.
Posted 25 February 2004 - 06:18 PM
Posted 26 February 2004 - 01:10 AM
Married 2004 - 2006 then seperated
Getting married again in 2010! (To the right person for the right reasons this time!)
Proud mum to two gorgeous children!
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