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#1 lily

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Posted 23 February 2004 - 09:16 AM

Hi guys. I expect that in about a week I will be doing the above. I was just wondering however, if anyone had particular hints from personal experience they might like to offer. I have the main idea of what I am looking for, what I am doing, and when to call the vet. Any additional advice would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Posted 23 February 2004 - 09:22 AM

Jess's first litter was delivered by the vet and her 2nd litter by ceasar but it was a long time ago and I am very hazy now!! I do remember the vet saying that the mother should eat the afterbirth of 2 maybe 3 puppies but no more as it will make her very sick.

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 smile.gif
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#3 dichelobacter

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Posted 23 February 2004 - 03:26 PM

Hi there!
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?!

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#4 lily

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Posted 24 February 2004 - 10:15 AM

This is her second, but only my first actually knowing she's having puppies. Last time she was showing signs and the likes, but just wasn't getting very big. Even the vet thought she was having a phantom, but one night we went to go out and there's Abbey (my King Charles Cavalier Spaniel) with one little girl pup in the laundry. She was already clean, breathing, cord chewed off, everything by the time we saw her, and there was no evidence anywhere to be seen of the birth! So Abbey did all that on her own.

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.

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Posted 24 February 2004 - 02:21 PM

Great to hear that you definitely know about the pregnancy this time! Do you know how many pups are in there?
Good luck with it all - would love to hear how it all goes.

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Posted 25 February 2004 - 06:18 PM

No, I haven't got much of a clue as to how many there are. I know there's more than one!

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Posted 26 February 2004 - 01:10 AM

All 3 times my dog had puppies, she had them while I was at work, so she did everything herself, even kept them all together in the backyard while i wasnt there. They know what to do, and it may be best to leave them to do it on their own and only interfere if you really have to! like if she is laying on one of them afterwards, or if she isnt getting the sack off in time. But I honestly dont think you will have a problem at all!

Good Luck

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