Our dog will be giving birth soon, I don't know what to do.

@pbbbsra (1214)
Philippines
August 6, 2011 9:08am CST
Hi, today, our dog is on her 58th day and she has signs of labor already. She refuses to eat and is breathing really fast. she doesnt want to be left alone and she can't stop at one spot. It is our first time to have puppies and most probably when the dog gives birth, I will be the one at home since my husband is working. I am scared and confused. I don't know what I will do. We asked the vet but she said, most female dogs give birth on their own. Can anyone share their experiences when their dogs gave birth for the first time. I am afraid that it won't let me go near her or even bite me if I try to clean her place after the babies arrive.
10 responses
@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
7 Aug 11
You need to be there when she gives birth, contrary to what other people are saying. It all depends if she's a first time mother or not. Some dogs are maternal, some are not. So, you have a whelping box yes? Direct her into it, and be there with her when she show signs of starting labour. Occasionally, the mother will be in the middle of delivering the next puppy when the one she's just given birth to needs help. If this happens, do the following: Remove the membrane around the puppy; Take a piece of heavy thread and tie a knot approximately one inch from where the cord attaches to the body, then tie another knot a little further from the first; Use clean scissors to cut the cord between the knots; Dry the puppy against the grain of the hair, using a clean cloth (facecloths are the perfect size); Vigorously but carefully rub the pup with a warm cloth to dry and warm him and also stimulate his first breath. Crying clears all the fluid from the puppy's airway. If you have a suction bulb, you can gently use it in each nostril. If labour lasts a long time, the mother may need to go to the toilet before or between deliveries. Make sure you watch carefully in case she starts giving birth to the next pup at the same time. You also need to have a vet available if there's a problem. Puppies are usually born within 20 minutes of each other. However, it is quite normal for females to 'take a rest' partway through delivery, so they may not strain at all for up to two hours between pups. But if you see your dog straining hard, appearing unsettled and restless for over an hour, or taking longer than a four-hour break, call the vet asap. Make sure when she's done you take her outside to go pottie, and give her food and water. She will need a high protein/high fat food. I give the mother puppy food while she's nursing. Good Luck
@pbbbsra (1214)
• Philippines
8 Aug 11
Thank you guys so much for all your advice and help. After reading your comments here, I felt I am not alone. I felt confident that I can do it even if I will be left alone. I am so happy now that the pain for our dog is finished. We just have to help her out on caring for her puppies. I am watching them four eyes because I know the first few weeks will be very sensitive for them. I can't explain the feeling I have now seeing all the pups survived... Thanks again so much for all your help and support. I am happy I am at mylot.
@kasjaws (19)
• United States
7 Aug 11
It depends on how big a dog she is and yes she will do it on her own but you may need to help. You may need to remove the pups from the sack if she doesn't or if she is having other pups too quickly. The response about the Lab is true. If it is a big dog you have to watch out for her smothering them by mistake. We always built a whelping box with angled sides so she could not smother them between herself and the side of the box. Hope it goes or went well. Just be there if she needs help.
@pbbbsra (1214)
• Philippines
7 Aug 11
we made her a whelping box but she wont come inside. She always stays outside of it and I am scared that she will give birth on the floor... I dont really know how she will get inside the helping box. When I go there that's the time she comes in too.. But I don't have plans to stay inside the whelping box just to make her give birth there.. Im so confused.
@carolscash (9500)
• United States
9 Aug 11
I have puppies that are just a couple of weeks old and our dog gave birth on her own without any problems. I think that nature does its own thing pretty much with animals. They can have problems, but for the most part I believe that they are fine on their own. Just watch her and make sure that she is doing okay. Make sure that she has plenty of water to drink all the time.
@chiwasaki (4661)
• Philippines
9 Aug 11
When my dog got pregnant, she don't want to eat a lot of foods. On the night that she gave birth, she's alone in one of our rooms and can't stop at one spot. I left her alone and make sure there are foods and water there. After a few minutes, I heard her cry a little and I saw that she already gave birth. The dog is quite protective so I'm hesitant at first to touch her babies. But everything went fine, I really did pray to God to gave her a safe delivery.
• China
7 Aug 11
i'm moved by your topic becaue i love dog so much and i can feel your dog has become a part of your family. just keep in mind never get close to her though you are mater and let her alone. she will think you rob her baby so bite you so as to protect her baby if you clean her place. just play it by ear.
7 Aug 11
My aunt breed dog, and most of his dogs are giving birth by themselves, except for those so small like chihuahua,and the puppies are just great and alive, if your vet told you that they can give birth alone then maybe its better if you just wait for her to gave birth, then maybe gave him some extra food after. goodluck, I hope she will have a healthy puppies:)
@Chicky86 (68)
• United States
7 Aug 11
never had the experience of it, but yeah they know what to do from instincts so you dont really need to do much. And dont worry about getting bitten, she will be so exhausted she wont have the energy to bite you and as long as she knows you she wont think you are a threat to her young.
• Philippines
6 Aug 11
I have experienced watching a dog giving birth. They just keep on walking around and crying in pain. We didn't bring it to the veterinarian. Because we don't want to pay for it. Hehe. We just put the dog in a box and do their stuff. Pregnant dogs are sensitive. If you touch them, they're gonna bite you so beware.
@bluespygirl (2112)
• Philippines
6 Aug 11
Hello there! I just make a comfortable place for my dog when she is pregnant. So that when she will give birth, it will be comfortable for her. Your vet is right. Dogs give birth on their own. Don't be near her when she is in labor. She might bite you even she don't bite. It will be a mix feeling for her like us women when giving birth. I'll be happy to receive a puppy too. :)
@thetis74 (1525)
6 Aug 11
We had spitz and the female gave birth on their own too and the puppies are okay. And we got used to that so we just let her be every time she gives birth. But it wasn't the same for the labrador retriever. We did not know that a vet needs to be there during her labor and what happened was I really saw her ate some of her puppies and out of the 11 puppies only 1 survive because she only choice one puppy to care for and the rest was left to suffocate because she laid down on them. If the vet said it is okay then I guess you can just let your dog give birth on her own. Congratulations!