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What is Eclampsia?

Eclampsia (also referred to as milk fever and hypocalcemia) refers to a drop in calcium levels of the blood in nursing mother dogs. This is caused when the parathyroid gland (the gland responsible for controlling calcium levels) is not active enough. It most commonly occurs one to five weeks after giving birth, which is a peak in the lactation cycle. In some cases, eclampsia can occur during birth, giving way to possible complications. Eclampsia is such a problem in nursing mothers because the body is unable to keep up with the calcium being taken from the mother’s body to provide for the young. This condition is more commonly seen when there is a large litter. It is also more likely in small breeds, specifically affecting English setters, Italian Spinone, Chihuahuas, Miniature Pinschers, Shih-Tzus, miniature poodles, and Mexican hairless dogs, though the can condition can develop for any dog.

Eclampsia is a condition in nursing mothers where calcium levels in the bloodstream drop. While eclampsia is most common after giving birth, it can also occur before birth and while giving birth. Eclampsia is caused when there is more calcium being taken through the lactation process than the mother has in her body and is receiving through her diet. This is typically caused by poor diet and large litters. Some symptoms include tremors, weakness, hyperthermia, and others, up to and including death. Eclampsia is treated by IV administration of calcium; symptoms may require separate treatment as well.

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Symptoms of Eclampsia in Dogs

Eclampsia is an emergency condition and animals that exhibit symptoms should be relieved from nursing, and the vet contacted immediately. Symptoms vary depending on the severity of the condition.

  • Tremors
  • Weakness
  • Puerperal Tetany – a form of paralysis associated with eclampsia in which the dog has stiff limbs and struggles to stand or walk
  • Panting
  • Restlessness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Changes in the way they move
  • Changes in behavior
  • Salivation
  • Sensitivity
  • Confusion
  • Hyperthermia – increased body temperature
  • Seizures, which can lead to cerebral edema (swelling of the brain caused by excess fluid)
  • Tachycardia – an abnormally rapid heart rate
  • Polyuria – excessive urination
  • Polydipsia – excessive thirst
  • Vomiting
  • Coma
  • Death
Types

While eclampsia normally occurs after the dog has given birth, it is possible for the condition to develop at different stages in the pregnancy:

  • Prepartum - Symptoms of eclampsia may begin to appear before birthing occurs. Mild eclampsia may reduce the effectiveness of myometrial contractions, which in turn induces uterine contractions.
  • Parturition - It is possible for symptoms of eclampsia to appear during the actual birthing process. If the eclampsia is mild in severity, it may slow the labor’s progression without exhibiting any other symptoms.
  • Postpartum - Postpartum eclampsia is most common in the first five weeks after birth, when lactation is at its peak. This is because the mother’s body is unable to keep up with the calcium it is providing to the offspring.

Causes of Eclampsia in Dogs

Eclampsia is most common in smaller breeds of dogs and instances where there is a large litter, or the puppies are larger. Eclampsia is ultimately caused by the mother giving out more calcium through the lactation cycle than she has in her body. Possible reasons to this calcium deficit include:

  • Loss of calcium from the mother’s body into the milk used to nurse the young
  • Insufficient calcium quantities in the diet
  • Greater demands for lactation caused by larger puppies or a large litter, especially if the mother is smaller in size

Diagnosis of Eclampsia in Dogs

Any historical data that you can provide your veterinarian leading up to the onset of the symptoms can aid in diagnosis. In addition to listening to the insight you have to offer, your veterinarian will likely look at the following to come to a conclusion:

  • Physical exam
  • Serum chemistry profile
  • Test of pretreatment total serum calcium concentration, which is verified by a blood test. If your dog has a concentration less than 7 mg/dL, an eclampsia diagnosis can be confirmed.
  • Electrocardiogram

Your veterinarian will also want to rule out other conditions that could cause symptoms similar to eclampsia. These include:

  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), conditions caused by poisons/toxins, and neurological disorders that may cause seizures
  • Metritis (inflamed uterine wall) and mastitis (inflamed mammary gland), which may cause irritability and increased body temperature
  • Hypoparathyroidism (deficit of parathyroid hormone in the blood), in instances where there are small amounts of serum PTH

Treatment of Eclampsia in Dogs

  • IV calcium treatment will begin immediately (this must be done slowly to avoid toxicity). After 15 to 20 minutes, rapid improvement in symptoms typically occurs, as well as almost immediate relaxation of the muscles.
  • Monitoring of heart rate during calcium administration by means of auscultation (listening with a stethoscope) or electrocardiogram so that any bradycardia (slow heart activity) or arrhythmias (irregular heart beat) are caught.
  • Anti-seizure drugs, in some dogs
  • Treatment for cerebral edema increased body temperature, and low blood sugar will be completed if these symptoms are present. In cases where cerebral edema occurs, it is possible that the dog will be unresponsive after treatment for eclampsia has concluded.

Recovery of Eclampsia in Dogs

Post-treatment recovery and management is dependent on the severity of the condition and other symptoms present. The affected mother should not nurse her puppies for 12 to 24 hours after treatment. During this time, the offspring should be provided a milk substitute or other appropriate nutritional replacements. If the offspring are old enough to be weaned, they should be.

If the mother returns to nursing and muscle spasms or other symptoms return, the litter should no longer nurse from the mother. If they are under four weeks, they will need to be provided milk supplements or other appropriate nutritional replacements. If the litter is over four weeks, they are able to be weaned from the mother. The dog will be provided oral calcium supplements for the remainder of the lactation cycle. Other therapies for improvement and maintenance include oral vitamin D and calcium supplementation, which will take 1-4 days to show any change. Postpartum eclampsia is likely to recur with future pregnancies though the following preventative steps can be taken: nutritionally balanced and appropriate diet through pregnancy and lactation, feeding and watering as often as desired during lactation, supplementing lactation with milk replacer early on and solid food after 3 to 4 weeks.

Eclampsia Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

trigger
Rat Terrier
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody stool

my dog had four puppies 5 weeks ago. yesterday she started acting lethargic and vomiting with very loose stools and wont eat. this morning she is the same except has very bloody loose stools. vomiting foam and still wont eat.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst within five to six days after whelping can be a typical time for eclampsia, it seems that Trigger isn’t suffering from it (symptoms don’t fit); from your description it seems more likely that Trigger has a severe infection which is causing some gastrointestinal distress. You should have your Veterinarian examine her to determine the cause and to direct treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bindi
Shihpoo
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Stumbling

Our dog Bindi had puppies almost two weeks ago. Today my husband went to go let her out and she was panting, and unable to walk properly. We gave her water with sugar in it, and I gave her some cheese and yogurt. Within a half hour she was back to normal. Running around and jumping on the couch. I had given her puppies to our other nursing female dog for a few hours to monitor her. She does not have a temperature as of right now. It’s been around 100. I did give her back her puppies because she was VERY upset. I have been monitoring her closey and feeding her as much as possible and giving her a ton of water. It’s been about 16 hours now since this occurred. My question is, would eclampsia symptoms come and go like this without vet intervention? Should she still be seen by the vet? Should I just monitor her closely? What else should I look for?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Typically cases of eclampsia require veterinary treatment and wouldn’t resolve as quickly as it started; I would keep a close eye on Bindi for now and if she shows any other symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian for a blood test. Ensure that she is hydrated and that she is eating a diet suitable for a lactating female. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Chihuahua
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tired
Laboured breathing

Daisy was treated for eclampsia early Thursday, luckily she responded well to the treatment and was sent home with calcium supplements. Now today she seems really tired and her breathing looks odd. Should I take her back to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The breathing and tiredness may be just due to the pain post whelping, but given the eclampsia diagnosis it may be best to have her calcium levels checked and a quick check by her Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Doll
Pomeranian
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Feeling very tired

Medication Used

Calci+

Hello doctor.i am from India. The weather here is extremely hot and humid. My daughter Doll,a 1year and 5 month old pomeranian dog has some health issues.she gave birth to 5 puppies out of which 4 survived and one died after 3 days.four of them are now healthy and good.but for 3 to 4 days Doll felt very tired and might have a bit of breast pain.but i am not sure about the pain as she sometimes react to touch sometime not.but she is feeling very tired and become far more lathergic than usual.she is a very playfull doggy.and running and walking too fast even on her last days of pregnancy.but now she moving normally but slowly than usual,running sometimes but very less than usual.although she took enough food and showing interest to any food as she usually did.stool is normal.urinating 2 to 4 times a day and took normal water.slept normally.taking rest most if the time but also very attentive to her puppies.i am very much woorried about her health.is there any symptom mathches to that of eclampsia symptoms?how long the eclampsia symptoms or these disease lasrs for?is it normal for a 1 month old pom mother to get tired easily?please help me.and i gave her a medicine named calci+ prescribed by my doc.please help me doc i dont understand what to do.my daughter is my life.please suggest what should i do for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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While eclampsia occurs around the fourth or fifth week after birth, it doesn’t seem to be eclampsia from your description; mastitis or other similar condition may be more likely, I would recommend you return to your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the underlying cause and have a blood test to check calcium levels as well as blood counts etc… as well as to receive the correct treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mimi
Maltipoo
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Mimi gave birth to 2pups Monday. I took her to my vet because 2 1/2 hours passed and I knew she still had a pup inside. Bet gave her oxytocin shot, she had 1more pup. Next morning temp 105.8, shaking and unsteady standing. Back to vet, given IV fluid in back. Immediately little more energy. Today temp still up, 104.8. Vet gave her Clavamox q12 hours. Temp still up. Vet said she may have a urinary tract infection. I don't know

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Infections after whelping are not uncommon and may cause fever especially in cases of a complicated birth, see how Mimi goes with the antibiotics and fluid therapy and return to your Veterinarian if there is no improvement or the symptoms get worse. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lulu
pitbull
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bright red blood coming from vagina
Losing weight
Blood in feces
Diarrhea
Vomiting

My dog LuLu gave birth to 10 puppies about 4 1/2 weeks ago. She's been having very loose stools for the past week or so and has only vomited once. I feed her around 3 times a day and she is losing weight instead of gaining any. She drinks water constantly. I've noticed when she goes to the bathroom, afterwards she'll have bright red blood coming from her vagina. Please help me figure out what's wrong.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bleeding for a few weeks after whelping is normal, the other symptoms are not. The loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea and loss of weight are all concerning; it is possible that Lulu has an infection causing these symptoms, I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian to have Lulu checked over to make sure that all pups and membranes came out and to determine a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello Doctor.Turner, I adopted from a female pit bull. her name is Gracie from someone who over breed her ever since she had been able too be bred. she was very skinny when i got her about 1 yr ago. i have been getting her bulked up back to great size,weight ,strength & health. also redirecting her training from fighting dog to very loving well adjusted house dog. she has not had any issues since i have had her health wise. she is not spayed as of yet. so she still is going into heat & cycles that all seemed normal.up until two days ago. she started acting very odd. panting and winning.she wants me to massage and rug her belly teats and lower back constantly. i have noticed this time that her teat's are extremely extra swollen.they are burning hot when i feel them, her ears & head are also very hot. i am concerned she is running a high temp. along with an infection. so i am giving her 2 aspirins 2 times a day. she is whining nonstop and panting. which has brought me to the conclusion that she is in pain too.i do not think she is pregnant however she has not been breed and i keep a close eye on her.she is thirsty and hungry at times but not at other times witch is odd cause she can eat 24/7 if you allowed her too..( she is craving sugary type snack when she will eat something) her personality/behaviors are off also which tells me that her mental state is being affected... maybe bye mastitis infection or something of this sort??? i think i need to take her to the vet asap. what do you think? she wont leave my side at all. its like she is not thinking straight. i gave her pain meds. now so she finally is sleeping some. while i typed this too you. waiting to here your response. thank you so very much. Kimberlynn .M. Windsor

Hello and thank-you for this page. My boxer is due any day. On Sat I noticed she was very stiff and all 4 limbs were swollen she had a difficult time getting up to go outside and was walking very slow. She also had a lot of pale yellow discharge from her eyes. I took her to the vet for a full blood panel and he said she is very anemic and the red blood cells are producing at a very high rate. He suspects a bacterial infection. He put her on clavamox 2 times a day and metacam every 24 hours for the inflammation. She seems more comfortable and she is moving better now but she is still swollen although it looks as if the swelling has gone down a little. She does not have a fever her tmp is running between 99 and 101.5 I check it twice a day. She is eating fine and her gums are bright pink. I called him today and he said if no babies by Sat, we will do an xray. Is there a chance it could be eclampsia? Is there anything else it may be? I am still very worried abut her.

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freya
miniature poodle
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

tremors, behavoiral changes
tremors,

Hi
i live in mexico, i have a toy poodle and she is a year old she gave birth to 6 puppies and one died so a total of 5 survied, she gave birth on the 1 of march of 2018 i gave the puppies in adoption at 2 months of age at the end of april everything was fine until now one month later, she seems to have mood swings like she is so sweet and all of sudden she will snap with my male dog and shes not like that with me just out of the blue, or if shes on the bed and my other dogs want to go to bed to shell growl at them, and she used to be unseparable to me when sleeping now she gets a corner and i noticed a very small tremor on her back leg but super small, which went away and she starting to bite things when she was never like that, she still plays. also noticed that when i pick her up she kinda makes a push noise and will start to shake like if shes scared and will get up and jump down and hide. i was wondering if she needs calcium. i noticed that when she walks early in the morning one of her hips will jump to the side and than back to normal. what i noticed most and been paying attention to is her drastic behavior.
help. i took her to the vet and he said she need calcium and gave me tablets but didnt say much. and ive been doing my research hoping its not eclampsia

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since Freya is not nursing her pups anymore, it is very unlikely that she has a calcium deficiency. It is more likely that she is having hormone changes, and spaying her may be the best thing to return her behavior to normal. Alternatively, you can work with a trainer to see what her triggers are and how you can stop this behavior. I hope that all goes well for her.

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shiishii
Shih Tzu
2 Days
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

limb weakness upper limb jerking

my baby is a shitzhu about 2 yrs old. she just gave birth to 7 puppies. today morning i saw her near the door with all spilled water on her limb that she tried to drink. i noticed that she cant stand up.her upper limbs are shaking/jerking. her nose was so dry and tongue is dry and out. shes hardly breathing. im confused.. she not even drinking water even Giving it by syringe. im not sure if she had the jerking first that caused her weakness then plus the hypothermia coz of water spilled all over her with ac on.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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ShiShi may be having a problem with her calcium, and she needs to see a veterinarian right away. They will be able to do any testing that she needs and get her treatment so that she is okay. You can take the puppies with her in a little basket when you go.

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gigo
Labrador Retriever
6 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

death
weak hind legs
Seizures
unable to breath

Medication Used

antibiotic

this is mine second question.earlier as you said a dead pup was retrieved 2 days ago and gigo was recovering really well .she took orally some electrolytes and water. took her antibiotic through muscle . she was fine only her hind leg was weak but she was able to move upper part of our body. she was sitting in the sunshine and then was not able to breath and as human in asthama attack. she pooped and then wagged her tail for the last time. this happened christmas morning but the before night she was fine. just wanted to know the reason for this.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I am so sorry for your loss, that is very sad. I wish that I could give you a better answer, but without more information, I don't know why this happened to her. If she was quite ill from the effects of having a dead puppy that was retained, she may have developed an infection in her heart or lungs that affected her quickly, but without more information, I'm not sure. I am so sorry for your loss.

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Leary
Pekingnese
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I started my dog on calcium after she had her puppies as her vet recommend we didn't have enough money to leave her there for a while her heavy panting stopped and now she doing it again should I be worried she's still on calcium

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Your question doesn’t give any indication of time frames for reference, panting within the first week or so after whelping may be just normal; but panting may be a result of pain or another cause. If Leary is otherwise eating, drinking, defecating, urinating, nursing and moving I wouldn’t be too concerned; but you should check in with your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mimi
Chihuahua
3-4 years of age
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting and diarrhea

I have a nursing mother with two puppies that I am fostering from local shelter. Mom started this afternoon vomiting and diarrhea. No change in diet. Puppies are 4 1/2 weeks old to 5 weeks. Momma is a chihuahua approx 5-6 pounds. I am worried about hypocalcemia as I had another foster momma with it years ago. Mom seems ok now but I took up her food and just have water available tonight. Anything else I should do? I will contact shelter vet tomorrow.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Symptoms of eclampsia are more specific towards tremors, limb rigidity, restlessness, behavioural changes and other similar symptoms; she is at the right period in nursing for eclampsia, but you should definitely have her checked over by a Veterinarian at the shelter to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Doll
Pomeranian
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Feeling very tired

Medication Used

Calci+

Hello doctor.i am from India. The weather here is extremely hot and humid. My daughter Doll,a 1year and 5 month old pomeranian dog has some health issues.she gave birth to 5 puppies out of which 4 survived and one died after 3 days.four of them are now healthy and good.but for 3 to 4 days Doll felt very tired and might have a bit of breast pain.but i am not sure about the pain as she sometimes react to touch sometime not.but she is feeling very tired and become far more lathergic than usual.she is a very playfull doggy.and running and walking too fast even on her last days of pregnancy.but now she moving normally but slowly than usual,running sometimes but very less than usual.although she took enough food and showing interest to any food as she usually did.stool is normal.urinating 2 to 4 times a day and took normal water.slept normally.taking rest most if the time but also very attentive to her puppies.i am very much woorried about her health.is there any symptom mathches to that of eclampsia symptoms?how long the eclampsia symptoms or these disease lasrs for?is it normal for a 1 month old pom mother to get tired easily?please help me.and i gave her a medicine named calci+ prescribed by my doc.please help me doc i dont understand what to do.my daughter is my life.please suggest what should i do for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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While eclampsia occurs around the fourth or fifth week after birth, it doesn’t seem to be eclampsia from your description; mastitis or other similar condition may be more likely, I would recommend you return to your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the underlying cause and have a blood test to check calcium levels as well as blood counts etc… as well as to receive the correct treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bean
Chihuahua
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Sweating
Panting
stiffness

My dog gave birth to six 6 puppies a week ago. She is now sweating and panting and can't walk. Her legs feel stiff. It was all sudden and unexpected.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Bean has low blood calcium levels which may cause these symptoms or there may be a uterine infection. In both cases, a visit to your Veterinarian would be required for stabilisation (fluids and calcium) and identification of the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Arizona ( female )
Pomeranian Mix
10 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Restless
Confusion
Panting
Face Itchiness
Increased thirst
Diarrhea

Medication Used

I haven't given her any medication.

My 10 month old Pomeranian Mix has just given birth to 5 puppies about a week ago today. I know a lot of complications come with a young pregnancy. But despite being a puppy herself, she is surprisingly taking care of them well, she stays with them, feeds them, and tends to them. Unfortunately, I am afraid she has been showing signs of Milk Fever. She is drinking more water than usual, has occasionally had diarrhea, has been kinda restless, face itchiness, and some panting. I don't know how to tell if she has shown any other symptoms. Am I just overreacting or does my puppy have Milk Fever? Will she die ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Arizona I can't diagnose whether she has milk fever, but your veterinarian will be able to do a couple of tests to find out what her calcium levels are, and if she has a problem or not. Her signs are fairly vague, and could be an indication of many other things, so it would be best to have her seen and diagnosed. I hope that she does well.

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Daisy
Labrador
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Panting

Hi, I have a Labrador who is near 5 days post whelping. She has a litter of 9 very health (so far) pups. Since giving birth we have fed her up to 5 times a day and are supplementing her food with liver and kidneys. Since having the pups she has taken to panting occasionally. Not all the time but maybe for an hour at a time and then she stops. Otherwise she is eating well, going to the toilet regularly (with diahoria) but is generally happy and even looked to go for a short walk this evening. Should I be concerned or am I just over worrying? Thanks

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Daisy, I can't say for sure if she is okay, but she sounds like she is having perfectly normal behavior. IF her diarrhea doesn't resolve, or she seems to be having more respiratory distress, she should see her veterinarian for an exam, as they can look at her and determine if she is okay. I hope that everything goes well for her and the puppies!

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gidget
minature schnauzer
5 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

her temp last nite was 101

My 5 year old mini schnauzer gave birth to 3 pups about 3 weeks ago this is her 2nd litter the 1st litter was 6 pups and unfortunately these were back to back pregnancy. 4 days ago we found her lying on her side painting shivering vomiting and stiff legged got her too the emergency vet hospital and she was treated for eclampsia was given calcium through iv and is doing fine except the fact that no matter where we try to hide her pups from her she knows where they are and she is going crazy trying to get to them. the vet told us that she cant feed them that they have to be bottle feed which er are doing . If i let her in with them if she has a oneze on so they cant nurse is this ok or will it continue to make her lactate ? wont she dry up if the milk is not surpressed. or is this just a bad idea ? mentally shes going crazy

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A onesie is a good idea so that the pups cannot nurse and that Gidget can calm down, however if the pups try to nurse and stimulate the glands it may be an issue. You should try to keep them separate and Gidget will soon adapt to the separation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Isabella
Giant Schnauzer
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Panting
Loss of Appetite

My six-year-old gave birth March 24, 2018 within 24 hours she had 14 pups. The last one doa. Then within the next 24 hours lost three more pups. Within 36 hours I have lost a total of five pups. Took the letter and mama to Vet to get tails docked and a card and an examination. The remaining five are in good condition the vet said and thriving very well. But have no explanation why I lost five? This is her fifth litter and in the past maybe one or no more than two that I’ve lost from maybe two litters.
Could it possibly be that she is getting edit age where she needs to stop ? I only breed her once a year .
And at what age is the best age to stop breeding ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry about the loss of your pups. Dogs do reach an age where it isn't a good idea to breed them anymore, and for each dog it is different. Giant Schnauzers are giant breed dogs, as you know, and 6 is an older Giant Schnauzer, for sure. It may be best to consider no more breeding for her. I hope that everything goes well for her.

Stop breeding!!!!!!

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Kissie
shi tzu
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

The last time my shi tzu has had a large litter of 7. I was told by my vet to give her over the counter human calsium. My vet will not talk to me right now he is to busy. I am asking, should I increase the dose? We are at 300mg once a day.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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During gestation, calcium supplementation is generally considered to be contraindicated (but there is a lot of debate about this in the Veterinary world); if Kissie has a large litter I still wouldn’t increase the dose above 300mg unless there are specific symptoms of eclampsia especially if she has just whelped. I would consult with your Veterinarian when they are available but don’t increase dosage if there are no symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/metabolic-disorders/disorders-of-calcium-metabolism/puerperal-hypocalcemia-in-small-animals http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/practical-matters-do-not-institute-calcium-supplementation-during-canine-pregnancy

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Bunso
Askal Philippine Dog
5 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

anorexia
Fever

Medication Used

multivitamins, iron, calcium, CoAmoxiclav

Hi doc! Im getting worried because my dog recently gave birth to 6 puppies. When she was 5 days postpartum she had fever, anorexia, limping and a 10 sec seizure episode. we brought her to a vet and blood test showed hypocalcemia, anemia, elevated liver enzymes and severe thrombocytopenia. they gave her calcium supp, antibiotics (CoAmox), and multivitamis. We are also advised that she should stop breastfeeding. Now, my dog is 8 days postpartum. She still has fever and anorexia. I noticed during the birth of one puppy, it's placenta was cut, and i didnt notice if the placenta came out. As of now, abdomen is non tender, vaginal discharge now is minimal reddish brown in color. HEr CBC showed normal WBC count (day 5 postpartum) As of now, she is on multivitamins, iron, calcium, liver conditioner and CoAmoxiclav day 3 what do you think is her problem and your suggestions doc? She had history of transvenereal vaginal tumor and a prior history of seizure when she was a bout 2 years old. hoping for your response doc. thank you very much!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Post partum eclampsia is treated by symptomatically treating the low blood calcium (intravenous calcium and weaning the puppies) and the seizures; other conditions like uterine infections are treated with antibiotics. During this time it is important to give Bunso supportive and symptomatic therapy to stabilise her and afterwards I would recommend spaying her to prevent future pregnancies or complications (pyometra) in the future. Regular monitoring is important to ensure that Bunso is stabilised. Eclampsia is a dangerous condition which is life threatening if not treated promptly; it seems like Bunso has received the correct initial treatment and further treatment will depend on her response. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Golden Retreiver
2 years old
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not drinking water
Lost of apeti
Does not want to move
Panting

My golden retriever gave birth to 9 puppies. The puppies are 3 weeks and a half. I starting to notice the my female dog is not drinking water or eating. She also does not want to get up and she is panting as well. I believe she has eclampsia. I heard that she needs calcium but not sure what to do and how much calcium I need to give her

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It certainly is around the right time for eclampsia to appear if it is going to; there are various symptoms but I would suggest visiting your Veterinarian for an examination and a blood test to determine whether there is a lack of calcium and whether she needs supplementation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/metabolic-disorders/disorders-of-calcium-metabolism/puerperal-hypocalcemia-in-small-animals

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Bruno
Labrador Retriever
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Problem walking

My dog is suffering from calcium deficiency and he now he is being treated and is better now. Just wanted to ask that he has problem in walking due to this so how much should he walk on a daily basis? Is it good for him to walk in morning and evening or should he take rest?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Bruno is now having trouble walking, you should have him evaluated by your Veterinarian since there are different bones and joints which may be affected leading to the change in gait. Without knowing which specific issues have been caused by the calcium deficiency and the severity I cannot give you any specific advice; you should return to your Veterinarian for a discussion on exercise based on this current gait. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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gigo
Labrador Retriever
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

death of litter
weak hind legs
fluid from vagina
Loss of Appetite
Loss of Balance
Shivering

my dog gave birth to a litter of 10 puppies and sadly within 3 days all of them died. now there is excess flow of some smelly fluid from her vagina. she is not able to walk properly with weak hind legs. she is not eating anything and not even interested for walks.she seems really depressed

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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From your description I am concerned that there is an infection or possibly a retained pup which is causing these symptoms for Gigo; this would be something to visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian about immediately especially before Christmas so that Gigo can receive antibiotics and supportive care (and to avoid any out of hours fees due to the long weekend and restricted hours of some Veterinarians during the festive season), this is not something to wait for tomorrow. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

yesterday a vet came and the dead pup has been retained. she is not able to eat anything and has become very weak. is it advisable to be on iv saline.

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kelly
Siberian Husky
20 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting blood

Medication Used

Home remedy

what seems to be the condition of my dog? her name is kelly, she is experiencing seizure-like condition., a week ago, her nose bleeds, and yesterday. she cant stand and doesnt eat at all., what should i do? she gave birth to 3 lovely puppies a month ago.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Apart from the nosebleed, the symptoms do fit with eclampsia and you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to confirm whether this is the case and to treat accordingly; Kelly is around the right time after whelping for eclampsia symptoms to present. I wouldn’t recommend supplementing her at home without confirming as this may lead to more serious symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Macie
Chihuahua
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sore tits
Antsy

Hi I'm getting a little worried. My dogs tits are swollen but her puppies are 7 weeks old so they don't really nurse anymore. She's still producing milk and I noticed yesterday that all of a sudden she's not wanting to jump up on the bed or the couch. She'll kind of prance around just looking at me wanting me to pick her up and put her on there. She hasn't presented any of the symptoms for eclampsia but I'm worried it may be the beginning. I don't know what to do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Eclampsia occurs in the first few days after whelping, from your description I would imagine that Macie has mastitis; you can help by applying a warm compress to the affected glands. Macie may require antibiotics so a visit to your Veterinarian would be required for an examination and prescription. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/mastitis

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