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What are Stalled Labor and Delivery Problems?

If your dog is displaying signs of labor and it is close to her due date, you should monitor her for a while. If the pain goes away, watch for a dark green liquid (placental fluid) and make an appointment with your veterinarian right away. Similarly, if your dog has already birthed at least one puppy, but stops for several hours even though she has more puppies to birth, you need to call your veterinarian right away. Although in some cases, a stalled labor can be due to your dog’s individual situation, such as having been ill or if she is a toy dog breed. No matter what, if you feel your dog is having trouble giving birth it is best to call your veterinarian.

Stalled labor and delivery problems (primary and secondary uterine inertia) is defined as the lack of successful contractions by the uterus during labor, making delivery of the fetuses difficult or impossible. The two kinds of uterine inertia are primary uterine inertia and secondary uterine inertia. In the case of primary inertia, the bitch does not start contractions at all and the only way to notice is the appearance of placental fluid appears. If the mother dog originally has strong contractions and they decrease in strength or disappear, this is considered secondary inertia.

 

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Symptoms of Stalled Labor and Delivery Problems in Dogs

The symptoms of stalled labor and delivery problems depends on the type of inertia she is experiencing.

Primary Uterine Inertia

  • Failure to go into labor within 70 days after ovulation
  • Signs of pain or being uncomfortable
  • Appetite loss
  • Straining to give birth
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dark green vaginal discharge

Secondary Uterine Inertia

  • Prolonged labor
  • Straining without producing a pup
  • Longer than two hours between pups
  • Delivery of a dead pup
  • Distress or illness of the mother
  • Pup visibly stuck in the birth canal
  • Dark green vaginal discharge

 Types

There are two kinds of stalled labor and delivery problems in dogs.

Primary Inertia is failing to go into labor in the appropriate time range.

Secondary Inertia is the failure of progression of labor and contractions during birth.

Causes of Stalled Labor and Delivery Problems in Dogs

The causes of stalled labor and delivery problems in dogs depend on which type of inertial is involved.

Primary Inertia

  • Single puppy syndrome – if there is only one puppy, it may not make enough ACTH and cortisol to start the labor and contractions
  • Inadequate amount of calcium in the mother
  • Large litters can stretch the abdominal muscles too far so they cannot contract properly
  • Toy breeds can become too excited or nervous at the beginning of labor, stopping it from progressing enough to cause contractions

 Secondary Inertia

  • Poor muscle tone can slow or stop the contractions because the muscles are not able to provide enough strength; this is usually caused by obesity or age
  • Improper placement of puppies in the birth canal
  • Large litter can exhaust the mother so she cannot continue without assistance
  • Extra-large puppies can get stuck in the birth canal
  • Birth canal blockage such as from previous injury or infection

Diagnosis of Stalled Labor and Delivery Problems in Dogs

Your veterinarian will first give your dog a thorough examination to determine if there is an underlying condition causing the stalled labor or delivery problems. Be sure to give the veterinarian as much information as you can about the situation. For example, when the problems started, if they are intermittent or consistent, and if they have gotten worse. Your veterinarian will also need your dog’s complete medical history and any recent changes in her health or behavior. Some tests will be necessary to determine what is causing the uterine inertia, such as:

  • Blood chemistry panel to check oxytocin, albumin, calcium, and glucose levels
  • Urinalysis
  • Vaginal examination to check for amniotic sac, presentation of the fetus, tone and dimensions of the vaginal canal
  • Fetal heartbeat
  • Ultrasound to find the number and health of the puppies
  • Radiographs (x-rays) of the abdomen to check for position of puppies and any blockages that may be causing the inertia

Treatment of Stalled Labor and Delivery Problems in Dogs

The treatment for primary uterine inertia is usually hospitalization and cesarean section right away. It is important to the health of your dog and her puppies to deliver them right away to avoid more stress and shock.

In the case of secondary uterine inertia, the veterinarian may try to restart the labor and contractions. Depending on the progression of the labor and length of gestation, calcium and oxytocin will be administered, but only if your dog and her puppies are in good health and not in distress. If the labor and contractions do not start on their own, your veterinarian will perform a cesarean section.

Recovery of Stalled Labor and Delivery Problems in Dogs

If your dog is able to birth the babies on her own, she will be able to go home after a short observation time. Once at home, she will need to be placed in a comfortable and quiet place where she will not be bothered by others. The prognosis for her and the puppies is excellent.

If a caesarean delivery had to be performed, the veterinarian will probably want to keep her overnight for observation. Once she is allowed to go home she will need rest in a quiet and stress-free area. She will need to have help caring for her puppies while recovering, but will usually be back to normal within 24 hours.

It is important to follow the veterinarian’s instructions and bring your dog in for a follow-up visit within 30 days.

Stalled Labor and Delivery Problems Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Ruth
Chihuahua mix
undefined Years
Serious condition
-1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Gave birth possible stalled labor or delivery prob

Our Chihuahua, Ruth, has been in labor for about 9 hours now and has delivered 4 puppies which is great but i feel that she still has one more left for she keeps pushing but its been 6 hours since she delivered the last pup.again shes been pushing and resting but the last hypothetical pup hasnt arrived. Shes also a little older and she was panting earlier but it stopped She stood up and walked around, had some water and was trying to pee from what it looked like, but then it looked as if she was pushing. For financial reasons I am not able to take her to a hospital which i hate so any help would be appreciated

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is a retained pup and it is stuck, whether it is due to bad positioning or size; it would warrant a visit to your Veterinarian regardless of cost as medical treatment wouldn’t be able to change the positioning or size of the pup. You could try (since Ruth is small) to feel the abdomen to see if you can feel a pup, but many times the abdomen is too tense and too much pressure may cause more damage. If there is a retained pup, it will eventually put Ruth’s life at risk if it isn’t dealt with as soon as possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Ruth my chijuaja been in labor since 5pm an she had 2 puppy 1 day and she is stalling to have the rest she push but nothing and I don't have money to take her to a vet what do i do am scared

My Maltese/shitzu have birth to a puppies who's intestines were on the outside of the puppy she hasn't gave birth to any other puppies but her stomach is still large she still has a great appetite she's been very playful still. But it's been 3 days since the still birth can she still be pregnant and have the puppies later?

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Stella
Yorkshire Terrier
2 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Slight labor/ panting/ contractions

Stella mini yorkie/ chihuahua had her first litter a week early. Now pregnant again, seemed as though she was in labor but now sleeping. No discarge or distress. She had 1 stillborn last litter. Should I take her jn.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Stella has a history of early labour and problems with whelping it may be wise to visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side; without examining her, I cannot say whether she is alright or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My pug Sofia has been in labor for about 7-8 hours. We recently got her X-rayed and it displayed she had 4 puppies in her but only 3 have come out. She is not having contraptions anymore and she is eating again. It has been about 5 hours since she gave birth to her last pup but 2 of her previous pups have passed away. Please help.

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Pandora
small chihuahua
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My dog had her first litter of pups,the first one was dead,the next was alive,then she moved places and had another thing up.it looks like there is still a pup or 2 left in her moving around.its been over 2 hrs since she had the last pup.she acts drained.but nothing else seems to be wrong.will the other pup come out or will it kill her

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst pups generally come out every thirty to sixty minutes, it is not unusual for a two to four hour gap between pups as long as the mother isn’t in any distress or any other signs of dystocia. If there has been no progress over the past five hours since you asked your question, you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mika
Husky
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Delayed labor

e currently have 1 puppy and it's been three hours since it was born she still has more and they are moving still her last litter had no issues and there were 6 this litter is by the same mom and dad I have checked and feel no puppies that maybe stuck or coming yet and she does show little signs she may still be in labor anything we can to help get things going again before we have to visit a vet and how long is okay to wait to allow her sometime for nature to continue?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If it has been more than 3 hours since the last pup, it would be best to have her checked by your veterinarian. Dogs can have condition where they are not contracting their uterus adequately, and may need the help of some medication - your veterinarian will be able to assess her uterine tone, see if she is in distress, and treat her appropriately.

My dog has only had one puppy it was around 12pm yesterday and it was dead she is still bleeding alot and acting like she has more she is just now acting like she can't breath.... How can I tell if she has anymore r not till I can take her somewhere tomorrow it's her first time having puppies

We have 7 healthy babies took a total of 6 hours to have them all but mom is now up and moving around when the puppies are sleeping she is visiting us and exploring the house again we still have a bit of discharge coming and some weight loss but she is eating and begging (begging alot more than normal though) she is very protective she has bit the pant leg of friend bit her puppy from her last litter and when others come around she is on gaurd I think she is doing better this litter than her last one which was my hope since she will be get fixed as soon as possible but over all babies and mom are doing great now

We now have 6 puppies all doing great and one exhausted mama

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Dakota
German Shepherd
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

temperature

My dog is around 60 days pregnant. She has gone into labor yet but I know it coming. I have been checking her temp and it ranges from 99.4 to 100. What does it have to get down to for the first stage of labor?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally the temperature of a pregnant dog will drop to below 100ºF just before whelping; keeping an eye on this as well as behaviours like nesting etc… will be a strong indication of whelping. Dogs are generally pregnant for 63 days, but can vary either side due to various reasons. If you will see Dakota pushing and then she stops without producing a pup, you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My old English is on her second liter she had 10 last go round we lost five because she’s so small. It’s been 6 hours since her last pup and I’m worried she has more. She’s not showing signs of distress or anything out of ordinary from the last labor just that she hasn’t produced a pup in over 6 hours

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Keylala
Boxer
8 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tired leaks fluid

My dog had 2 stillborn pups between noon n 1 yesterday it has now stopped I know she has more can see them move but she is no longer in labor but she Hoover's over her deal pups what should I do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Keylala has gone more than four or five hours without producing a pup, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian as there may be one stuck; sometimes a large pup or a badly positioned pup may cause the whelping process to stop. After a while of pushing, Keylala will get tired and may rest; to be on the safe side have her checked over by her Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fuuffy
Maltese x
3
Fair condition
2 found helpful
Fair condition

Hello I have a Maltese bichon cross mated with the same around her due date I notice a puddle of fluid and no sign of a pup after about an hour still no sign of a pup phoned my local vet to arrange to have a her looked at while waiting to be seen she gave birth to one he was stillborn the vet looked at her and said to take her home and if she did not have any more in the next couple of hours to bring her back she subsequently had two pups I contacted the vet again and he said she should be ok next day she seemed to be ok and the two pups also the third day I noticed she seemed very lethargic and I noticed she was attempting to push now and then she was not whining or anything so I did not know what was happening she then stared to distance herself from her two pups I then decided to bring her to the vet again and he said that there was a dead pup inside of her and removed it her gave her some injections of antibiotics and prescribed some antibiotics for her and I took her home again her pups are still suckling from her but she on a number of occasions has drank plenty of water only to vomit it back up again she has not eaten now in 3 or 4 days now if she does not eat I am afraid the she will not survive any help please

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Personally I would have done an ultrasound on your first visit to count the number of pups inside so we would know how many to expect (given the initial difficulties) but everyone has a different approach. A retained pup and excessive straining can cause pain, discomfort and open up the mother to various health problems after whelping which may be controlled with antibiotics for infection and the encouragement of eating, drinking etc… Other symptomatic and supportive care should be given as required; I would recommend to keep a close eye on her and to ensure that she is at the very least hydrated, giving water in smaller amounts more often may help her to keep it down. If you are concerned that she is in a critical condition, ask you Veterinarian to admit her for observation in the clinic; otherwise offer her good nursing care and if the vomiting of water continues ask your Veterinarian for some saline. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog has been in labor since 8 am yesterday morning,it'd 9 am here, ∧ still no puppies are born. Is this normal or should I be concerned. I see her actively pushing, but no puppies yet. And she is throwing up and has diareah

I have a question my three-year-old Morkie is in labor she had three puppies yesterday morning around 10:30 10:45 ish she took a break as normal she did the same thing last time she had a litter she had five that time and I believe she has 5 or 6 this time she is Contracting but doesn't appear to be able to pass the other babies I may be mistaken it may not be the puppies that maybe just a big after birth I don't have a way to take her to an emergency hospital she's not running a high fever she is very aware of what is going on and she seems normal other than she's having contractions I had drugged I had druggedher side and her back and she canher side and her but nothing is happening and I meant to say rubbed gently rubbed her side and back and back it helps her contract better we had to do it the last time advice please

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Maggie may
Chua winner dog mix
11 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

My dog had one pup yesterday at around 5 she was ok last night bit today she has been whining a lot and won't leave her pup but for a second and she has only went to the potty once.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Maggie May only had one pup, there is the possibility of a retained pup which is dangerous for any remaining pups and for Maggie May herself; whilst dogs may only have one pup, it is more common for multiple pups to be born. I would suggest you get her examined by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side to see if she has finished whelping. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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No name
Boston Terrier
8 Days
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fading puppy
Kidney failure

Hi there, not sure if this is the right place to ask but I am looking into buying a Boston terrier puppy that was born last week. She is supposed to be ready at 8 weeks old. The mama had 5 born in the litter, all alive for a week and then 3 of the 5 passed. Luckily the one we chose is still alive. She has taken them to the vet and the vet said the 2 that are alive are healthy and fine. She said the vet mentioned the 3 that passed could’ve passed from fading puppy syndrome or kidney failure. The mom has no signs of either. Do you think it’s safe to still buy a puppy from this litter with the 3 passing? And eve though the vet says she’s health? It worriea me to spend so much money and her not make it! You’re help is appreciated

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Typically, at 8 weeks, a puppy is old enough to live on it's own, and show signs of health and vigor. You should be fine to adopt the baby, but you might want to take her to see your veterinarian for a check up, and get some sort of guarantee from the breeder for general health. I hope that everything goes well.

Thanks for your help. The breeder finally found out the other puppies passed from kidney failure. So is that genetic in Boston terriers? Is it possible the one that I want will get it later bc of it being genetic? I'm just afraid to spend so much money on a pet that could have kidney failure. Thanks for your help

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Saridel
Shih Tzu
8
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Labor

My Shih Tzu Saridel is 8 yrs old Was breed by a Yorkie Since last night she has been lying down deeply sleeping Not much food or water intake Shes alert, bark, walk no problem Litle panting but no signs of getting in active labor She will have only one puppy I just started to give her some milk and she ate few pieces of chicken dog food Shes between her 61 or 64 day of pregnancy. PUPPY MOVEMENT ok i can feel kicking Shall i bring her to ER or it can take some time for active labor per s

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that in cases of singleton puppies, Veterinary intervention is required either medically but more usually caesarean section. The day of mating is estimated and it maybe just that Saridel is preparing herself for labour on day 63 or she may require assistance; keep an eye on her and check for pain, vaginal discharge, vomiting or straining, if she hasn’t started to whelp in the next day or so or is showing the symptoms listed above, visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

my chihuahua has been pregnant for 63 days and she has still has not given birth like you can feel the puppies and she is always crying and her teats are full of milk but I don't see her belly

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Bootsie
Pit bull
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Our pit had 11 pups the 9th of January the last one did not make it. All the other pups are doing well but the momma has diarrhea about 8 to 9 times in a 24 hr period and has been doing this pretty much since the birth. Also she is eating puppy food and we are giving her pediolyte but is still yet to gain any wait, ribs showing. What could be the problem? Thank you for any help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Diarrhoea and weight loss is not uncommon in females after whelping; ensuring you are feeding a high quality diet and supplement with boiled chicken and rice; adding probiotics like FortiFlora may also help. You should visit your Veterinarian for a general check to make sure there isn’t something more serious going on especially if there is vaginal discharge. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi my pitbull had 10 pup last littler now only had 3 one stillborn in last 12 hours is this normal

My dear head chihwawa is in labor for 2 days and she is leaking black stuff heavy breathing and gets scared easier than usual it looks like she might have 8 to 10 pups she is huge. I don't know if I should take her to the vet it's late and I don't know where to take her. She's in alot of pain also

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Charlie
Great Dane
2.5
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

My Great Dane has been pregnant for 70 days and shows no sign of labor. Today is the 70th day. When her tits are squeezed milk comes out(since yesterday morning) What should we do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Charlie is having a false pregnancy but they usually occur after six or seven weeks and last around ten days. There are many methods of inducing labour in dogs which people have posted on blogs; I would highly recommend that is there is still no action on Monday morning that you visit your Veterinarian for an examination and an ultrasound to determine whether she is pregnant and if she is the number of pups. It is also possible that you got your dates wrong by a week (making today 63 days - more common than most people think) and she is going to get ready for whelping sometime soon; look out for nesting behaviour and drop in body temperature. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I need help..my PUG is 63 days pregnant today. She started having contraction a and pushing at 9 am this morning. She pushed for about 30 minutes. The puppy came out a still birth. After that she has not been contacting or whelping in her box and it is now 7:30 at night.is this normal? And how long should I wait before I need to take her to the vet?

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Rosie
Razor edge pitbull
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Restless
crying

Medication Used

Calcium syrup

I have an 8 year old razor edge pitbull. She have birth at 5:30am July 5th. At noon she still couldn't pass the other pups so I took her to her vet. They pulled a larger pup from her that was stillborn. They also took an X-ray and told me she has two more. She was given a calcium shot at1:30pm and we were sent on our way to let her have the last 2 at home. As soon as we got home she had 1 pup with no problem. Now it's been since 2:40 that we've been home and she still hasn't passed her last one. When she pushes there is only reddish/dark brown blood or liquid that exists the vaginal area.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the last pup is stuck as well; if one pup already had problems, it isn’t unusual for another to encounter issues. If she is pushing constantly without success, this will cause her to get tired and will also put the life of the pup and Rosie at stake. At this point, it would be best to go to your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian to either manipulate the pup (if possible) or to do a caesarean. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Molly
Terrier mix
8 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Stalled labor

Our dog had 6 puppies one day last week, a day later she had 4 more. Now a week later she had a still born. What do you think we should do? She has been nursing the other pups. All together she's 4 still born. Not sure what's going on

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is hard to say what is going on with Molly without seeing her or beign able to examine her. If she is doing well, nursing her puppies, eating and drinking normally, she may okay. If she is not eating, seems lethargic or seems sick, she should be seen by a veterinarian to see what is going on with her.

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Charlie
Husky lab
2 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Laying around
Laying around, Loose stool

Hi, so, My dog was staying with someone else for a while and she had a puppy. I was not present for her labor so I have no idea about how long she labored or the placenta discharge. I had a hard time getting the woman to give me my dog and her puppy so I didn't get to talk to her about it. She told me the day I got the dogs (with police assistance) that she thought there was a puppy inside my dog, she gave birth 3 days ago. I brought her home. She ate this morning, has been going to the bathroom, and has not been vomiting. She seems sad, but I think that is because we moved her shortly after she had a puppy. My question is, are their any signs I should be looking for in regards to her having a puppy still inside her or her well being being compromised after giving birth?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there are any doubts about whether or not there are any retained pups, you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination; normally when there are retained pups or placenta we see discharge (usual foul smelling), fever, loss of appetite among other changes. However, without examining Charlie I cannot give you any assurances; you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side as it is best to be safe than waiting for symptoms to present. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Alexis
Boxer Shepherd
7 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

My dogs temperature went down at 11am. She's showing all signs of welping. This is her 4th litter. She is licking herself like crazy and panting very hard but she is showing no signs of pushing. She pants hard licks and did it for an hour then laid back down. My question is will a dog still try to push of it is uterine inertia or could it be that she's just not ready yet. She's not showing signs of distress, but she is breathing heavy while she sleeps

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A dog may still attempt to push in uterine inertia, but if you are not seeing any progress after a number of hours you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as a delay in labour may cause a risk to the health and life of the mother and her pups. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Is it ok for a small Chihuahua to have one pup and hadn't had any more in 3 hours .

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PEBBLES
Yorkie
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

MY YORKIE IS WHELPING HER FIRST LITTER AND HAS HAD 1 PUPPY SO FAR, A 2ND PUPPY WAS COMING THEN IT WENT BACK IN...HOW LONG SHOULD I WAIT BEFORE CALLING A VET? SHE ISN'T IN ANY DISTRESS OTHER THEN PANTING A BIT BUT ALSO DOESN'T SEEM TO BE HAVING CONTRACTIONS. I'M VERY WORRIED ABOUT HER.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally you can expect a pup every thirty to sixty minutes, however there may be a period of a few hours (up to around four) between each pup; if you are noticing issues like what you have described, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination and an ultrasound along with some medical help as required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophia
Pug
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

2 puppies died
Gave birth
No contraptions

My pug Sofia has been in labor for about 7-8 hours. We recently got her X-rayed and it displayed she had 4 puppies in her but only 3 have come out. She is not having contraptions anymore and she is eating again. It has been about 5 hours since she gave birth to her last pup but 2 of her previous pups have passed away. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you’re certain that there is another pup inside (because of the x-ray), you should visit your Veterinarian especially if two pups have passed already since a retained pup may be dead already and poses a threat to Sophia’s health. There isn’t anything I can recommend that you do at home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlotte
pitbull
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Labour delay

Dog starting panting and seemed like she was going into labour it's now been just over 12 hours and her water hasn't even broke yet she is a 2 year old pit bull day 60 in pregnancy is it possible for her not to go into stage 2 labour till later on

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Dogs are normally pregnant for about 62 days, so she may have a little more time before she starts having her puppies. If she is actively having contractions and nothing is happening, that is a concern andd she needs to be seen. Otherwise, she should start having puppies within the next couple of days.

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emma
Shih Tzu
3
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Green discharge
Brown urine

hello my friend has a lil dog named Emma and she had 1 pup at about 11 am 2 days ago and still has not had any since then and you can still feel some in her belly she called the vet and they said it cost about 900 dollars and she dont have that kind of money to get her seen any suggestions on what she could do to help her dog birth her puppies she has a green colored discharge and sometimes a brown looking one

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately in this case Emma needs to go to visit a Veterinarian immediately as there is no at home treatment for stalled delivery problems and after two days Emma’s life will soon be (if not already) at risk if she doesn’t get Veterinary attention immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snoopy
Labrador
6 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Quivering

Sir i have a Labrador dog which is not able to birth to her puppies properly. The first puppy came out before 4-5 hours. And my dog is quivering. So what to do ?Please reply me soon sir.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Snoopy is having puppies at 6 months old, that is VERY young to to be having puppies, and she may have problems with her puppies. If she is having problems with the way her puppies are coming, it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian to see how may puppies she has, and whether they are having any problems. I hope that she does well.

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Manda
Dogo Argentino
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Stalled labor

I have a Dogo Argentino and she went into labor yesterday and had her first puppy at 7 AM. She was in labor for about 15 hours, and this morning she just has the one puppy, and is acting just fine. She had 9 pups in her last litter. Is she okay? She is eating and going to the bathroom fine.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That is a very long labor for one puppy. It would probably be a good idea to have her seen by a veteirnarian and have an x-ray to see if there are puppies that haven't been born yet, and see if she is having any problems. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Guerra
Chihuahua
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Stalled labor gave birth and now its stopped

My chihuahua gave birth to 3pups 3 hrs ago n has not had the rest help. She's not n distress or anything but I don't own what to and can't afford a vet . I believe he has 2 more pups inside her

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally, Chihuahua’s have between one and three puppies, although five is possible. If she does have more pups inside her and one is oversized or in the wrong orientation, Veterinary intervention would be required. You may try gently palpating her abdomen with your hands to see if there are additional pups inside (should be straightforward in a Chihuahua); getting additional pups out can be difficult, especially if Guerra is worn out. Whilst I understand your financial concerns, if she does have additional pups and she is straining, in pain or you notice any abnormal discharge, please visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My Kelpie has been getting bigger around the belly the past few weeks so we're pretty confident she must be pregnant. We thought she was going into labour yesterday morning as her stomach seemed to spasm but it'd stop after an hour and bleeding has been consistent for the past 2 days. No green fluid though so I'm unsure what stage of labour she is in, she's still eating and drinking but seems exhausted. Has she properly gone into labour yet? Not sure if I need to help or just wait. Trying to figure out if she's not having proper contractions to get the babies out, she's a bit older and doesn't exercise as much as she used to... can't afford to see a vet though. Is there a technique where I can find out if the puppies are stillborn and remove them if necessary?

My yorkshire terrier is was in labor and had 1 pup already it’s been roughly 3 hours and we realized a green substance,she started pulling it and a placenta came out , we believe she still has pups to go, what should we do?

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Luna
Siberian Husky
2 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Tired
Blood clot in urine

My husky dog gave birth to her first puppy at 4 am on December 5 and the other 2 at 1:30pm. Since then she hasn't delivered any more and she surely looks like she has more. Its been more than 8hrs since she hasnt delivered more. What do I do? Last time she had puppies she had time gaps but they were never this long.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you believe that Luna has more puppies inside her, or that she hasn’t expelled the foetal membranes, it may be that she needs Veterinary attention as she may have a large puppy blocking the birth canal, she may be physically exhausted, lack of strength of the uterine muscles or bad positioning of a pup (dystocia). I wouldn’t wait any longer (due to the timeframe) before visiting your Veterinarian who may inject oxytocin and or calcium depending on the problem and may result in a caesarean section if there is a large pup or other complications. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lillie Mae
Karakachan
Four Days
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

No puppies yet

My Karakachan is 68 days pregnant and has not delivered yet. She has an edema that is fairly large and does not appear to be in pain. Discharge is clear but no puppies yet. This is her second litter. Should we be worried?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Normal gestation for dogs and cats is 60-65 days, so yes, you should be concerned. it is possible that she is having a false pregnancy, but the best thing to do would be to see your veterinarian and get x-rays taken to see if she is pregnant, and how many puppies there are if she is. An ultrasound can identify any problems with fetal death or distress. I hope that she is okay.

Hello my name is sinful ..my pitbull just had her babies bout a day ago .well ? Is should i wrryd cuzs she juat starttd pantin in breathn hard in fast should i wrry

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Maggie
Boston Terrier
5
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Our Boston Terrier had a stillborn puppy 20 minutes ago, but we have not seen the placenta. She had no problems a year and a half ago with delivery. If there is another puppy to come will she deliver this placenta, or do we need to go to the vet now. Her only distress was over not being able to get the puppy to nurse. We did remove the puppy from her.
Thanks
Evie

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Twenty minutes is still early days, I would give it an hour or so but if there has been no movement in that time I would visit your Veterinarian; remember as well that placenta can be eaten by the mother before you have chance to see it if she is fast. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you very much!

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Mama Cita
Chihuahua dachsund mix
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Panting

My 14lb chihuahua mix delivered 7 puppies. She went into labor at 4:00 am yesterday morning. It is now 11:00am the next day. She is feeding the puppies fine. But is still periodically panting. When she lets me let her, it feels as though there is another puppy inside of her. She shows no sign of discomfort when I feel her belly. It is the weekend and I am unable to find a vet open. I plan on taking her in on Monday. But that is 2 days away. What can I do now to maybe help her out or find if it even is a puppy still inside her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should be able to feel if there is another pup inside due to the relatively small abdomen. The panting is normal after whelping and can be in response to pain or discomfort which can be for a few days after whelping. To feel for another pup, you may need to get someone to hold her whilst you palpate with both hands with gentle even pressure to feel for another pup; short of finding an Emergency Clinic, I cannot think of another option.  Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boop
Indian pariah
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Unborn puppy
Dead puppy
Contractions

I am not sure about the dog's breed, but she is a street dog and she's of whitebrownish colour. She might be 3 years old and shehas been pregnant for 2 months approximately. She gave birth to one dead puppy last night. But rest are stuck in her stomach. And I think one might be stuck in her birth canal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is a pup that is stuck, Boop requires veterinary intervention to determine the viability of the pups and to see if Boop requires medication to promote whelping or a caesarian section. This isn’t something that you should be waiting for, a visit to your Veterinarian is required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoey
Pitbull/boxer
4 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking

My pitbull/boxer Zoey had 7 puppies on Monday, 1 of which was stillborn. Today is Thursday, she delivered 2 more between midnight and 4:30 a.m. will she need surgery? Can this kill her? Please help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Zoey. She definitely needs to see her veterinarian today. They will be able to xray her, see if there are any more puppies, and give her medications to try and get the puppies out before they cause her to be ill. I hope that she is okay.

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Aidy
Labrador Retriever
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lump

My Labrador gave birth 3 days ago to 10 pups . She is eating drinking and letting the pups feed well but we have just noticed a lump between her back two teets is this normal ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A lump isn’t usual, but without checking the lump I cannot say whether it is something to be concerned about or not; there are no lymph nodes between the mammary glands so the cause may be due to an issue with one of the glands themselves. You should keep an eye on it, but ideally have you Veterinarian check the lump to be on the safe side as it may be an indicator for cancer, infection or something else. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Little b
American Pit Bull Terrier
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Normal
Stillborn
Labor concerns

Bitch has had normal contractions and birthed 7 puppies from 12am to 3:30am. Mild contractions occurred, but nonpuppy.

At 6 am she went to go potty outside and number 8 came, sac no longer surrounded puppy. Puppy, sac and placenta all came out. Puppy 8 was stillborn. Assuming it was in birth canal too long.

It's 7pm now and mother is acting normal, eating, drinking and not showing any stress. Calm when with the puppy's but playful and energetic when outside.

She does have some heavy breathing when sleeping, no panting.

Her belly still looks descended. This is not my dog so maybe it's how she looks?

We have no signs of labor. Could there be more puppies?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is always the chance that there may be more pups which haven’t whelped yet, without examining Little B I cannot tell you for sure. The panting is most likely attributable to pain and the distended abdomen will take time to go down after whelping; American Pitbulls generally have large litters, but due to their size it is very difficult (and dangerous) for inexperienced hands to palpate the abdomen. If you believe that she may have more it would be worth visiting a Veterinarian to take a look since if there are more pups, they now pose a risk to Little B’s life if whelping has stopped altogether. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dido
Miniature Schnauzer
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Tired
Depressed
Lethargy
Vomiting

My miniature schnauzer started labor at 2:30 p.m. today. She finally gave birth at 5:00 p.m. today. It is now 7:36 p.m. And still no sign of another puppy. She is acting real tired and depressed. She vomitted 3 times before giving birth. The one pup seems well, but I am really worried. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Problems with whelping may occur for a few different reasons including a stuck pup, low oxytocin levels, tiredness etc… Five hours is a long time between pups, but not impossible; sometimes longer periods of time may occur if the mother is stressed or she is uncomfortable. Keep an eye on her, but if no more pups come within another two hours I would visit your Veterinarian; if she is in distress or pushing visit sooner. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

She's an English bull dog, only a year and 4 months, she ha been pushing for 3 hours and already had 3

My dog started her labor around 8 and had three puppies till 8:47, it's 12:30 now what should I do

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Leia
Doberman Pinscher
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Stalled labor

My doberman who is 3 is in stalled labor with her second liter. She has delivered 2 pups so far. Not in any stress. She started delivery at about 2:30pm its 945pm now. First liter she had no problems and we were sleeping. Should I take her to the emergency vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given the time frame between the last pup and now, it would be advisable to visit an Emergency Veterinarian to check Leia over. There may be only two pups, labour stalled due to hormones, she got tired or malpositioning of a pup (dystocia); sometime dogs can whelp whilst you pop to the shop without any issues and other times they require more intensive care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rex
small
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dog gave birth to one puppy in May. It’s been a bit tired lately, it’s lost weight and it doesn’t eat as well as it normally does and her stomach keeps growling/rumbling. I think there’s this hard thing in its stomach and I’m scared that maybe one puppy never came out and that maybe it’s dead in there. I won’t be able to afford surgery for it if that’s what the problem is, is there any way in which I can get her help? She’s been our family dog for so long I’m scared of anything happening to her. Please help

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Nala
Old English bulldog
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

6 hours since last pup

She hasn’t had a pup in 6 hours this is her second litter she had 10 pups her last litter and she has only produced two so far. She lost five out of the ten last litter but she looks to still be in labor. I’m worried for her safety and her puppies.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Nala, I cannot say whether or not she has any pups remaining or not; sometimes dogs may take a break for a few hours during whelping but given the high mortality of Nala’s last litter I would suggest you visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian for an examination to determine if there are any more pups and how many since a retained pup(s) may cause a danger to pup(s) and Nala’s health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We currently have 1 puppy and it's been three hours since it was born she still has more and they are moving still her last litter had no issues and there were 6 this litter is by the same mom and dad I have checked and feel no puppies that maybe stuck or coming yet and she does show little signs she may still be in labor anything we can to help get things going again before we have to visit a vet and how long is okay to wait to allow her sometime for nature to continue?

my Aussie is still anting hard after 16 hours since last puppy. Dodogs have puppies that much later

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Babygirl
German Shepherd
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Panting

Yes my German shepherd is having puppies but it's been 6 hours since her last delivery and she still has more puppies inside her. What should I do? Shes panting, breathing fast and heavy, but every now and again she relaxes

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Babygirl is not actively in labor for more than 20-30 minutes without producing a puppy, it may just be taking her a little while to have the puppies. Since it has been 6 hours since her last, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible, as she may be having a calcium problem or a problem with uterine inertia where she needs assistance. I hope that she is okay.

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BB
Mixed Chihuahua
3 1/2 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog BB has had 2 litters and is now on her 3rd im not sure how far along she is but its around that time to see them born. Since yesterday around 9 am she seemed to be in pain and discomfort so i thought she was having contractions. She was eating quite alot still drinking alot of water too. And around 3pm she seemed to be pushing...no puppies born around 7 pm she was again pushing for about 5 mins and nothing...im scared that she might need a c-section. Today shes been in pain too but still eating alot. And she looks at me like if shes crying. I feel something aint right.? Help me please

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you believe that BB is in labour (whelping) and she is having difficulties, you should visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian as dystocia and delayed labour can be life threatening for both BB and her pups. Without examining BB I cannot say whether she is whelping, aborting or having any other issues. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dior
American Pit Bull Terrier
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pacing in circles
Yelping
Panting
Heavy Breathing

Medication Used

none

Hi, My dog has gone into labour sometime in the early hours of the morning. I assume around 3-5 am. When I awoke this morning she had delivered 1 pup who had died and another pup, which is fine and is feeding. However, it is now almost 2 (7 hours later) in the afternoon and she seems to be struggling to deliver more. She keeps getting up and pacing around stooping as if to deliver another one, but nothing is coming and she does seem a bit distressed. I have called the local vet, but he did not seem too care much since of its breed. He just tole me to give her some milk to help with the contractions.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There isn’t really anything much you can do at home, especially if there is a malpositioned pup (dystocia). If she still hasn’t delivered another pup I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian or another Veterinarian to determine if medical management or a caesarean section is required or not. Without examining Dior, I cannot really recommend anything else. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog is having puppies the first one is only half way out and has been for a hour what can I do

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Zelle
Alaskan Malamute
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Stalled labour

My dog was having contractions most of las night and most of today, she has been nesting but can't decide where she wants to be, she is in moderate pain, panting heavily and is restless. She has had no vaginal discharge so far, and has not shown any signs of trying to push her pups out. She had a litter of four still borns just over a year ago.
we can not afford a vet, so what ever we do we have to do it ourselves, please help, I really need your advise

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to examine Zelle, I'm not able to offer very much assistance, unfortunately. If she is having contractions and becoming restless, she is probably trying to have pups, and may be having a problem that needs medical attention . She is an older dog to have gotten pregnant, and problems can occur, sadly. Most veterinary clinics offer CareCredit as a payment option for unexpected expenses, and Zelle should be seen as soon as possible to make sure that she is okay. I hope that everything goes okay for her and her puppies.

Good day please assist my poor baby had 2 beautiful puppies. But the third one is still in the birth canal she seems to puch but the puppie just don't want to come out is this normal

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