How Do I Know When My Dog Is Ready To Give Birth ?

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How Do I Know When My Dog Is Ready To Give Birth ?


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Your dog giving birth to its puppies in your house is such a wonderful thing, but many of us do not know when the dog is ready to give birth. There are many complications that go with it and knowing the symptoms and providing adequate precautionary measures before and after the delivery can be good for the dog and the puppies.

So, how do you know if your dog is ready to give birth? Well, before finding out about that, it is important to give your dog regular medical checkups with a veterinarian. Most vets will give you an idea of what to expect during delivery of puppies. However, you should also know some symptoms to provide first hand help before the vet finally arrives to examine your dog and possibly her puppies!

To begin with, some common labor symptoms in dogs include a drop in their body temperature 24 hours before giving birth. With a dog thermometer you can measure the temperature drop that will hover around 97-98 degrees, while the normal temperature would be around 101-102 degrees. Keep a close watch on your pet dog soon after you notice the drop in temperature and if nothing happens even after 24 hours, it is time to call the vet for expert guidance.

Another early sign of impending labor is refusing to eat anything. Usually dogs avoid eating anything on the day or before the day when they are ready to deliver their puppies. Another important sign is searching for the right place to give birth, or what is called nesting. It could be a hideaway or someplace where the dog would feel it will be comfortable and secure for the puppies to be delivered and raised. On your part, you can arrange for a whelping box, if possible. Once the dog settles in, it might start licking its vulva which is a sign of the delivery of puppies.

Other possible delivery symptoms include shivering and a sense of sickness that is followed by vomiting. Make sure some fresh water is available at home during these times. During delivery, every puppy is usually born after 10 to 15 minutes gaps.

There might be some complications involved during delivery and immediately after it. It is always advisable to closely monitor your dog during her delivery, take a few precautions if required and keep your vet posted on the developments.

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