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What is Retained Afterbirth?

The placenta is the organ that connects the developing puppies to the mother during her pregnancy. Generally, this is expelled shortly after the pup during the third stage of the birthing process. In certain circumstances, the placenta may not get expelled, which can cause infection within the uterus which can quickly become toxic. This condition is seen most often in dogs with difficulties during birth, in the birthing of large litters, and in toy breeds, and should be addressed as speedily as possible to prevent further damage to the mother or the nursing pups.

The failure of a mother dog to pass all or part of one or more placentas, also known as afterbirth, during the birthing process.

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Symptoms of Retained Afterbirth in Dogs

The most telling sign that there is still placenta retained in the mother is the presence of greenish or dark discharge from the vaginal canal that continues for 24 hours or more after giving birth. Unlike the normal discharges that occur during birth, the discharge from a retained placenta may have an unpleasant odor. Other symptoms may include:

  • Depression
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Neglect of Offspring

Causes of Retained Afterbirth in Dogs

Cases of retained afterbirth are uncommon in dogs. The most common conditions that would lead to retained afterbirth would be difficulties experienced during labor or a particularly large litter. As the mother dog instinctively eats the afterbirth while caring for new puppies, it may become difficult to keep track of the how many placentas were expelled, especially under stressful circumstances. Toy breeds seem to be somewhat predisposed to retaining placentas.

Diagnosis of Retained Afterbirth in Dogs

In order to make a proper diagnosis your veterinarian will start by asking for a full history of your dog’s symptoms as well as give your dog a physical evaluation. He/she will palpitate the abdominal area, paying close attention to any lumps or masses that are palpable as well as examine the vaginal opening and the birth canal. Fatigue, muscle tremors, and other signs of physical distress will also be noted and an ultrasound or X-ray will be ordered to see if there is any retained fetal or placental tissue in the uterus. Blood tests and tests on the vaginal discharge will also be indicated to ensure that any infections are caught and treated in a timely manner. Retained fetal or placental tissue can lead to metritis, a bacterial infection of the uterus. In some cases, the ultrasound or x-ray will miss the tissue and exploratory surgery is required to get a definitive diagnosis.

Treatment of Retained Afterbirth in Dogs

More often than not the treatment of otherwise healthy canines will be minimal. An injection of oxytocin or prostaglandin is often given to cause uterine contractions. This is to facilitate the ejection of the remaining afterbirth that has been trapped in the uterus. If this treatment is unsuccessful or if there is a uterine infection the surgical removal of the tissue will be required. An ovariohysterectomy may be recommended at this point to avoid future complications, particularly if additional breedings are not planned. This surgery excises both the uterus and the ovaries. Any infections remaining will be treated aggressively with antibiotics, and the full measure of their antibiotic medication should be given to prevent relapse. If the infection is advanced when you contact your veterinarian your pet may be admitted to the veterinary hospital for stabilization via IV fluids and supportive care.

Recovery of Retained Afterbirth in Dogs

As long as the mother receives timely medical intervention the prognosis for retained afterbirth is good for both the overall quality of life and for future fertility. If an infection has occurred, it is essential to make certain that your pet completes the full measure of their antibiotic medication to help prevent any relapse.  Once your dog and her pups are able to come home keep them in a clean and quiet area of the home. Carefully monitor the behavior of both the adult dog and her pups for signs of pain, lethargy or unusual aggression, which may indicate that an infection has materialized.  Keep any surgical sites clean and dry and monitor them for bleeding or oozing. Make certain that the mother has plenty of ready access to highly nutritional food and clean water as producing milk takes a lot of water and a lot of energy.

Retained Afterbirth Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Dana
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression
Poor Appetite
Shaking

Hi my dog just gave birth on August 31,2016 las night she had an attack that I don't really know what was going on with her , after she was calmed he started shaking and vomiting and she has a green discharge from her vagina what this means

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Please take Dana to your Veterinarian or if it is out of hours, an Emergency Veterinarian. Retained afterbirth usually presents with green vaginal discharge, fever, vomiting and other signs (depending on severity). This is a time critical condition, so please don’t delay in visiting your Veterinarian as Dana may need to be admitted if critical (dehydration etc…), and may require an ovariohysterectomy if medical treatment is unsuccessful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog just had 13 puppies , one of them came out without a placenta. I'm worried of my dog because she has none stop panting. She sleeping a bit but she breathes really bad. I don't have money to take her the vet. What can I do to help her ? I'm really scared what can happen to her or her puppies.

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CC
Pit bull
Two Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Increased discharged after whelping

Our Pit Bull gave birth last Sunday to a litter of Nine puppies. Her labor was around seven hours start to finish and to me it seemed like a fairly smooth and non- complicated process. I believe all puppies were delivered with their placentas but it all happened so fast I didn’t really pay attention like I probably should have given it was not expected for her to have them that night. She has been spotting normally just reddish color blood since having them but this morning the discharge has increased to a more mucus like consistency and slightly thicker but still the red to dark reddish blood. Doesn’t have any smell at all. Since about the second day of having the puppies after feeding them the dog gets out of the welping area and just lays on the bed next to the box but she has never really slept with the puppies after nursing them . So that’s not really a changed behavior she’s always done that . Her milk color is good and nipples nice and soft to the touch and not too firm. Puppies are eating ok . Dog doesn’t seem to have a fever or anything and she is eating and drinking just fine. I’ve pushed on her stomach and felt around and she doesn’t act like anything hurts or bothers her either. So is this just a normal stage of afterbirth discharge? Should I just monitor it for change in color or if a smell develops ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some brownish or bloody discharge may occur after whelping; the problem is if it is large quantities of blood, foul odour, white/yellow discharge, fever or other worrying symptoms. Keep an eye on CC for the time being but if the bleeding doesn’t stop or there are any other concerns don’t hesitate to visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lola
Standard Poodle
1 1/2
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

White gray discharge

My dog whelped 4 days ago and all seems great with her and the puppies except today her discharge is more white or gray and thick kind of like snot . Her temp is normal she's eating and drinking and going potty and is very attentive.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Discharge from the vagina is normal after whelping, but this discharge should be dark red or brown; white or gray isn’t usual and may indicate some infection, a visit to your Veterinarian to check Lola over as white or gray discharge isn’t typical given the recent whelping. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bailey
Labrador Retriever
Six Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fever

I have a Chocolate lab that had her 3rd litter 8 days ago to 5 pups and still born pups. She had a greenish black discharge for 24-48 hours that turned brick red for 2-3 days now if a lighter red but still dark red and mucus like discharge. At day 7 her muzzle became swollen and she ran a 105 fever. I took her to the emergency vet and while there her fever came down to 103.5. I took her home and took her temp every 30 minutes and her fever still reduce down the whole day to 101.5. Next day day 8 she looked as though she was having contractions and running again a 105 temp so took my dog to local vet he did an xray to make sure no pup again took her home and her fever again did same thing reducing throughout the day down to 102. She has a pretty good appetite and is taking good care of the pups and really do not want to put her on antibotics if not absolutely necessary. Dogs with fevers do they go up and down and if so is that more a sign of a viral infection or dog flu verses a bacteria infection.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It certainly sounds like Bailey has a bacterial infection, an intermittent or undulating fever is characteristic of a few different infections; a sample should be taken for culture and sensitivity testing to determine the best course of treatment instead of just trying different types of antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cassie
Golden Retriever
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lose of Appetite
Mild fever constantly
Panting

How common is ongoing panting 2 days after birth? She has a mild fever but no smell to discharge. She did pass a black clot after 24 hours. Pups are 3 days old, she continues to have green discharge, her appetite is declining, i give her 2 Tums a day for calicium boost. She had 6 pups then took a long time having the last one. She had pushed twice in the next hour but nothing more came out. Is it possible to have retained a placenta with no foul smell?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A green discharge (lochia) for some time (weeks) after whelping is normal and the panting may be due to pain or discomfort post whelping. There is always the possibility of complications after whelping with retention of membranes, pups or the introduction of an infection into the reproductive tract. If you have concerns, visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bell
Chiweenie
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog gave birth yesterday around 5:30 pm, everything went just fine, she birthed 5 pups and only one didn't make it. Ever since then she hasn't stop panting for once, it seems like it usually happens when she's nursing, the panting gets pretty sever at times and she whines a bit here and there as well, I'm afraid that there might be something wrong cause it doesn't seem normal, I wanna know if I should take her to the vet or not and if I do, do I need to bring the pups also

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whelping is a painful process for a female and is usually done unassisted on their own, the panting is most likely related to her being in pain which should decrease over time; if you notice that there is a foul smelling discharge, she is pushing, you suspect there is a retained pup/membrane or any other concerns you should visit your Veterinarian. It wouldn’t be necessary to take the pups unless you have concerns about them as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Poppy
Cockapoo
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cockapoo had 5pups yesterday morning, she has a bloody brown discharge and is panting a lot, she is eating and drinking and been for wee and poo when will bleeding stop,

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bleeding and a brown discharge after whelping may occur for weeks afterwards, it is important that the discharge doesn’t have a foul odour; panting after whelping is normal and may occur off and on for a week or so after whelping. Just keep an eye on Poppy and visit your Veterinarian if the discharge starts to smell, she has a fever or you have any other concerns. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rolo
Boxer
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My dog just gave birth. WE thought she was done at number 6 2 hours later she had number 7. NOW she has a greenish discharge 2 hours later. I'M worried because we missed the last puppy being born and think there could be a placenta. She almost didn't pass one from number 3. When should the discharge go away if not caused by a placenta? Also is green after delivery normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Green discharge is normal after whelping and as long as there is no foul smell, will clear up a few days following birth. The placenta is usually passed after each puppy is delivered, but it may take an hour or so, especially after the last one. If the green discharge continues past three days, develops a foul smell, Rolo develops a fever or any other symptoms present themselves, visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

 

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Buffy
Shih tzu
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not eating her dog foo

My shih tzu gave birth to one puppy during the night while i slep and this is her first litter. I am not clear on the labor and or placenta consumption. Three days hav passed and she is attentive, eating having bowel movement but refusing to eat her dog food, but will consume her treats or human food. Also, i noticed a foul smell once on day two but it has disappered. Is any of this worrysome?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes when a dog whelps they will eat the placenta so you cannot be sure if it was consumed or retained. Usually loss of appetite and foul smells are worrisome and I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian if the symptoms persist. Try to encourage her to eat with some wet food as this can be more appetizing if she normally eats kibbles, human food should be given with caution as many human foods can cause poisoning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks Net/Vet! The ground food is a great idea.

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lola
Lhasa Apso
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

diarrea

my Lhasa apso gave birth to a puppy at 11.30pm on sunday night and not long after it passed away then at 4.45am Monday morning she gave birth to her second puppy there both doing perfectly fine lola the mum has had diarrea for a few days is this normal

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Some dogs do have diarrhea for a little bit after having puppies, but they can also have parasites or intestinal infections. Since she just had puppies, it would be a good idea to have her examined by your veterinarian and make sure the diarrhea isn't something that needs to be treated, as it seems to have been going on for more than a couple of days. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Bambi
Chihuahua
3yrs
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Panting

Hello, my chihuahua had 4 pups today. Her last one was at 3pm it is now 1:15am & I think there's one in her still. Do I wait to see if she delivers on her own or do I need to take her to the vet? She is relaxed feeding the pups only light panting off & on. (First litter)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you suspect that Bambi has a retained pup, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to see if there is a pup and to have it removed since the likelihood of the pup surviving is low and we don’t want to pup Bambi at risk. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
ShihTzu
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Mild shaking ,
Mild shaking , lump on lower abdome

Medication Used

na

My shihtzu gave birth two days ago to just one puppy real easy quick birth I'm positive that the placenta came out, didn't strain or pant or push after that immediatley went pee , poop, and has been eating and drinking today I noticed there's a about a 2 inch oblong lump on her lower abdomen is this normal, and is it normal for her to have only one puppy she's had 2 and 3 on other litters.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is not uncommon for a dog to have just one pup which can be confusing when you’re expecting two, three or more pups; if you didn’t see the placenta it may be a case that she ate it before you saw it. However, if you are seeing lumps or are generally concerned you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine if there are any retained pups as I cannot give you any assurances that she was expecting only one pup. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Loba
Siberian Husky
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

anxiety
whimpering

Loba gave birth late last night to five puppies. This is her first litter, but I noticed that she is acting far more anxious than our other husky did after birth. She wines and licks at herself but I don’t know what more to do. She allows me to stroke her head but she then curls up into a ball and won’t allow me to touch her abdomen or check her private area for the color of leakage.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Each dog may be a little different after whelping, without examining Loba I cannot say whether or not there is anything unusual about her; keep a close eye on her and make sure that she is nursing the puppies. If you are unable to check her or you are generally concerned you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side as I cannot give you any assurances. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Shih Tzu
9 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy panting, dry nose
heavy panting

My Shitzu had her first litter yesterday. She had a total of 7 puppies! I watched her give birth and saw all but the last 3 placentas come out. The fifth puppy was still attached to the cord and the placenta inside of her when she had the sixth puppy. She got the the umbilical cordS off the fifth and sixth puppy off at the same time and pushed out the seventh, but the placentas were still inside. I’m not sure if they have came out after. I watched her for about an hour and still didn’t see them. Today is a little over 24 hrs and she is panting heavily during feeding. She is eating and using restroom but I’m getting a little worried because she seems so tired while feeding. The vet is not open for 3 more days and I’m worried that they are still inside of her and she is sick.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot tell if Bella still has any retained placentas or not and if she passed them you’ll be surprised how quickly a mother can eat them; the panting may be considered normal after whelping since Bella will be feeling some discomfort for a week or more afterwards. If you’re concerned, see smelly discharge or Bella becomes sick you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian regardless of distance or cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruru
pitbull
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sometimes tremors (not all the time
Small amount of discharge

My dog Ruru gave birth on June 1st, so 5 days ago. She lost all but one of her pups. She has had a hard time feeding the pup because he’s so small and her nipples are gigantic so I do bottle feedings every hour and a half to two hours with weigh ins every time. If he was born weighing 9.7oz and now is up to 10.4, is that a okay amount? Today I noticed a tiny amount of green discharge. I didn’t smell it but was just a smear on my jeans from her sitting on my lap. I don’t see anything when I look at her vagina, it looks normal and doesn’t have a strange odor coming from it. She is taking care of her pup all besides not being able to feed him but she sits on my lap the entire time I feed him. I express her milk every other feeding and feed it to the pup. She has seen the vet, who didn’t seem overly concerned. She has no fever (100.3), she’s going to the bathroom and eating as well. But she is shaking, like whole body shakes. It could be her nerves because she seems very worried about her pup but at the same time. I’m really worried about her because with all the still born pups I was so overwhelmed and stressed I completely forgot to count the placentas. Sorry if this is all over the place, with getting up every hour and a half to feed the pup I haven’t had enough sleep to think clearly and make sense. Thank you so much in advance for your help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Ruru is eating and drinking and doing well otherwise, she may be fine. A small amount of discharge is very normal after having puppies. If she stops eating, seems depressed, is vomiting or having diarrhea, then I think you have cause for concern.

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Dakota
German Shepherd
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My dog had 8 puppies last one being born at 3 am. She just had another one that was still born and it is 8 pm. What should I be worried about and what should I do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A stillborn pup isn’t unusual during whelping especially if 17 hours have passed, if pups and placenta have come out and Dakota is not pushing or straining, she may be done. There is always the concern that there may be another retained pup and without palpating the abdomen I cannot know if there is one present or not. Keep an eye on Dakota, but if you are concerned you should visit your Veterinarian especially to check her over since one pup was whelped long after the others. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buffy
Shih Tzu
3 Days
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Panting
Brown/ green smelly Discharge

My buffy gave birth to 6 pups this evening. She finished at 8pm. As I was assisting her with the 6th pup, the placenta didn't came out and the umbilical cord was already removed. She hasn't bit it nor I have manually cut it. She started licking her vigina after that but did not noticed if ahe already ate the placenta. I was trying to touch her belly to see if there's any more puppies and I am sure there is still quite a lump in there.it also changes position sometimes. There were no contractions or strains since then. Im not aure if this is a puppy or placenta that I am feeling from her belly. it's now 5am and she seems relaxed but panting still no signs of contraction. She's nursing the pups but there's some brownish green discharge and quite smells.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us today about Buffy. It is good that you are paying such close attention to these details, and I hope the puppies are all doing well! It is possible that she could have a retained pup, or a retained placenta. Lochia, or the afterbirth discharge, is normally green colored and a little foul odored, so that may not be abnormal. If the placenta did not pass with the pup, she may pass that placenta uneventfully. If she does have a placenta or a puppy that does not pass, however, she could become quite ill. If she is eating and drinking, and nursing normally, and acting bright and happy, you may be fine to monitor her and take her to your veterinarian if she looks like she is having any problems. If she stops eating, seems depressed, continues past 2-3 days with the lochia, or is vomiting or having diarrhea, she should be seen as soon as possible. If you want to be cautious, it would not be a bad idea to take her to your veterinarian and have x-rays taken to determine if there is still a puppy that has not passed. I hope that she does well.

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Ella
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
4
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding from vulva

My bitch had puppies 4 days about but is still passing blood from vulva is this normal today she gone off her food but she does not have a temperature

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bleeding and other discharge may occur for a few days after whelping and can be normal; we usually only get concerned if days turn to weeks, large quantities of blood or foul smelling discharge. Usual discharge post whelping shouldn’t be fresh bright blood red discharge, but more of a dark greenish discharge with dark blood; however, there is a condition called subinvolution of placental sites (especially when it is the first litter) where repair of the uterus is disrupted, leading to bloody discharge that lasts for weeks. Since she has lost her appetite, it may be best to have her checked over by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Khaos
Pitbull mix
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation
Head Shaking
No appetite
Weakness
Over Salivating
temperature

My pitbull mix gave birth to 6 puppies Monday night, then delivered two more yesterday, Wednesday, but they were both stillborn. Today she's over salivating, is constipated, has no appetite, won't even drink water, her body temperature feels very hot, when she walks it seems as if it hurts her, her head began shaking, and she seems to begin pushing at random times. What's wrong? What can I do to help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Two things may be wrong: 1) retained foetus or membranes causing an infection and the subsequent symptoms; 2) low circulating calcium levels due to nursing causing eclampsia. In both scenarios, it is something that you cannot treat at home and would need to visit your Veterinarian for to confirm the diagnosis and to start aggressive treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna-mae
Black Lab and Pit
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

No contactions
Pushing

Medication Used

None

This is lunas un planned first litter I had an appointment to get her spayed. She just had her last puppy at 11:41 pm and I watched her eat the placenta of each. She is not whining and is still caring for her offspring. She had 7 pups all survived. Everytime the pups feed or she cleans her genitals she pushes. I'm at a loss because I watched her eat the placentas because she had to be right against me when she gave birth. I even tried to see if she had a pup inside and nothing was there. What is going on? She is happy using the bathroom caring for her babies eating a small amount drinking plenty just panting which is normal. No discharge that is abnormal and no smell. I'm at a loss!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pushing after whelping is usually indicative of a retained placenta; however it isn’t unusual for there to be another pup which cannot be felt if it is in the pelvic canal (Labrador / Pit mixes don’t have small abdomens). It would be best to visit your Veterinarian to have a check to make sure there isn’t a pup left stuck or any other problems. Oxytocin (the hormone produced to contract the uterus) may still be present causing her to push; but a visit to your Veterinarian is best. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fiona
Pitbull mix
18 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Long dark string

My dog Fiona had her first litter last night to 8 healthy pups this was unplanned n he just got fixed today but she’s feeding them cleaning them they all came out butt first she eating n drinking a lot panting a little hard still I believe all placenta came out but when she just peed she had a long dark kinda string hanging from her is this normal she has no temp acts normal I don’t see any discharge but she does clean her self a lot n the puppies she really won’t leave the pups just enough time to go to the bathroom n right back

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It sounds like everything is normal at this point for Fiona. There is a normal discharge after the puppies are born, and it can go on for a few days. As long as she is eating and drinking well, and seems bright and comfortable and is nursing the puppies, she should be fine.

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Bean
Chihuahua
3
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

My dog gave birth to 2 pups last Friday Nov 3rd, both the pups didn't make it. She seems to be doing okay, she's eating, playing and acting normal. However, there is a slight dark green discharge still and I'm concerned. She has an appointment Monday for her check up, but I'm wondering if maybe I should take her sooner?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some green discharge after whelping may be considered normal as long as it isn’t foul smelling, Bean doesn’t have a fever or is showing any sign of distress. If there is a foul smell or fever, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination earlier as retained membranes or a retained pup may put Bean’s life at risk. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shannon
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy, howling, insecurity

I have a two year old king Charles cavalier that gave birth to two beautiful puppies night before last. Two hours after her last pup, I gave her just a couple drops of Oxytocin, cause all labor signs had stopped and I was suspicious she still had another pup inside. Nothing came out, so I was satisfied. Must be she only had two. Now on day two, she is acting very lethargic and howling off and on. She loves her puppies, is eating and drinking well, but I'm worrying that she may truly have another puppy inside. No discharge to speak of. Would u take her in for an xray just to be safe?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally I recommend that any expecting mother (dog and cat mainly) but examined by a Veterinarian to determine the number of pups or kittens present; this can be done in smaller animals by palpation alone (if not too fat) or with ultrasound or x-ray. If you have concerns that Shannon may have another pup inside you should visit your Veterinarian immediately for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My female Yorker gave birth almost two weeks ago. She’s been eating normally and drinking water. The pups are growing nicely. This morning I’ve noticed the mother shaking uncontrollably in the front legs. Is this normal or should I be worried?

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Layla
Lab mix
2 Years
Fair condition
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So I’m pretty sure Layla is finished giving birth. I can’t feel anymore puppies inside her. The last puppy was born about an hour and a half ago and she hasn’t strained or contracted since then and she is resting for the first time since puppy #1. The problem is that the placenta from the final puppy has not passed. She chewed through the umbilical cord and released the puppy before the placenta passed. It is still inside her and I can see the end of the umbilical cord sticking out. Should I be concerned? Will this pass on its own or should I take her in? And how long should I wait before taking her in?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The placenta usually passes within fifteen minutes of pup delivery although it may take longer if she is tired after whelping especially if the whelping was long or she had a large litter; discharge and pieces of placenta may still be expelled a day or so after whelping. If you don’t see any movement of the placenta within the next few hours I would suggest you visit your Veterinarian as medical management may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mom
Shih Tzu
4 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Retained placenta

4 weeks ago my Shih Tzu gave birth to 7 healthy puppies, 2 placentas did not pass. Mom is behaving normally, is an excellent mother, but still has redish/brown discharge (temp 100.9) should I be concerned?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A red/brown discharge may occur for a while after whelping, it is possible that the placentas passed and she ate them before you saw; typically if there was a retained placenta she would have a nasty infection and fever by now. Continue to monitor her for the time being, but visit your Veterinarian for an examination if the discharge doesn’t stop. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Panda
Pitbull terrior
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Depression

My dog gave birth to 11 puppies 3 weeks ago and she is still having pinkish, red discharge. She’s eating fine and doing everything she used to do before having puppies but she seems depressed and refuses to feed the puppies unless I’m sitting with her. The puppies are doing fine but I’m worried about panda because she didn’t start neglecting the puppies until they were around a week and a half old.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It isn't totally normal for Panda to be having a discharge 3 weeks after having puppies, and if she is still having the discharge and seems quieter than normal, it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian. They can look at her, Assess her vital signs, and see if there is any reason to think that she may have a problem. She may need medications or treatment. I hope that she is okay.

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Bella
Chihuahua Yorkie
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

sleeping

my chorkie just gave birth. 1st baby was stillborn 2nd was not in sac and instead of pushing, mom just kept chewing and pulling stuff out of her vulva. Is that OK? could she have just got the placenta out that way? Everything seems to be ok with her I just want to be sure

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The placenta is usually passed with contractions but a mother may just start chewing and pulling on it from the vulva; if Bella is otherwise well I wouldn’t be concerned but you need to be sure that there are no further pups or placenta. Keep an eye on her and if she starts pushing, gets a fever or smelly discharge visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog had complications giving birth today, a puppy was stuck and would not exit even after vets attempts. This eventually fixed, she has had 5 healthy puppies after being given oxytocin. She has had green discharge for a few hours, and is constantly cleaning her lady part. After being given oxytocin what is the likelihood that she has a retained pup and/or placentas??

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Stitch
Boston Terrier
8Yrs
Mild condition
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My dog had 3 puppies, which was an uneventful seemingly relaxed process. The last placenta did not come out with the last puppy as I could still see the umbilical cord attached. It's been 24HRS and the discharge is dark brown, no foul smell and regular temp. I don't see that cors near the opening of her vuvlva. Is it possible she can expell tiny bits of the placenta over time?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A dark brown discharge may occur after whelping and can be normal, it may be possible that the last placenta came out and Stitch ate it before you had chance to see it. Keep a close eye on her for different colour discharge, foul smelling discharge or fever; if anything changes for the worst, visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Esme
Yorkshire Terrier
2 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Green discharge

My Yorkie gave birth early Saturday morning. She had a litter of 6. The cords kept breaking before the placentas could come out. I believe she retained one. She had dark green discharge, I gave a shot of Oxytocin Saturday around 1130. She still had some dark green discharge this morning. I did clean her up and the area looked clean. She has a good appetite, and taking care of her pups. Should I still be concerned about a retained placenta?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Retained placenta isn’t a common problem with dogs, the green discharge is normal (if it smells fetid then it is concerning) and usually stops after a day or two; during whelping it can be difficult to keep track of the membranes as they can be quickly eaten if not removed. If you notice that Esme has a fever, loss of appetite, fetid discharge, bloody discharge, dehydration or any other worrying symptoms visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Willow
Husky/Shepard mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Dry Nose
Panting
Not eating
Drinking less water
Lethargy
Licking at Genitals

My dog had her first litter of puppies about 5 days ago.. there didn't seem to be any issues we counted 8 puppies 8 placentas... after that we thought she was done we left he alone with the puppies then she had 3 more we were surprised but everything looked good she fed them at one point she become very anxious tearing the blankets her puppies cried and it seemed like she didn't know what to do we have her puppy wet food and milk replacement in her food and everything was good again... then tonight she's panting heavily but she's been doing that's for awhile she won't eat she's only drank very little her nose is dry and she has vaginal discharge dark but not smelly... she's nursing the puppies and every now and then will lick them... I've given he water with a syringe which helped her start drinking but very lil.. she is producing milk

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whelping is a complex process which thankfully goes smoothly for many dogs and they whelp without incident; in some cases retained placenta or pups may cause complications as well as the introduction of an infection into the uterus. Dark green or black discharge after whelping is normal as long as it doesn’t smell, if it smells you should visit your Veterinarian immediately; otherwise ensure that Willow is drinking and eating but if you have any other concerns it may be best to have her checked over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pixie
spitz/pom
7-8
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

slightly weak

my dog, weight 10 kilo inadvertently got pregnant and gave birth to one dead pup. The vet without examining her asked me to give her a tablet of methylergometrine in case there was something left inside. Should I do so? She seems okay, ate a little but is weak. I don't know her age as she was abandoned and I rescued her--she is not young.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Methylergometrine is used off label to induce labor or abortion in dogs and is used to prevent postpartum haemorrhage. If one pup was stillborn, it would have been best to check for other pups and to give an antibiotic to prevent infection in the uterus. If you have concerns, speak with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Abby
Great Dane
13 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

I have a Great Dane she gave birth for the first time. She had one baby then waited 6 hours to have another. Its been 12 hours and hasnt had another nor is there signs of her delivering her placenta. Any advice should i wait alittle longer or should i take her to the Vet asap?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. If she isn't straining or having contractions, is comfortable, eating, drinking and nursing her pups, you should be okay to monitor her. The placentas often pass when you aren't aware of it, during self grooming, and they will often eat them. If she hasn't had another pup in the next 6-12 hours, she should be seen at her veterinarian for an exam and an x-ray to determine if there are any other puppies that haven't been born. If she isn't doing well or is actively straining without passing a pup, she should be seen right away at your veterinarian. Without examining her, I can't diagnose her, and concerns are regarding retained placentas or puppies, which are best assessed by your veterinarian, as they can examine her.

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