Stages Of Canine Labor - When Your Dog Gives Birth

* The Stages of Canine Labor
When Your Dog Is About To Gives Birth *

*Ron Hines DVM PhD *

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*Try not to worry - over ninety-eight percent of all dogs deliver their
puppies without assistance or complications. But when it's your pet that is
set to deliver puppies it is comforting to know that things are proceeding
without hitches and on schedule. Here are some of the things that should
happen as your dog begins to deliver her puppies.*

*_Just Before Labor Begins:_ *

* Pregnancy in dogs last approximately 63 days (56-69 days). Toy breeds may
deliver a week earlier while large breeds often deliver later. Two weeks
before your dog’s due date, begin to take its temperature at noon.
Purchase a rectal or oral thermometer but use it rectally. You can
lubricate it with margarine or KY jelly and insert it about an inch. Leave
it in place for three minutes. Your dog’s temperature should be between
101 and 102.5 Fahrenheit. When the pet’s temperature drops below 100F she
should deliver the pups in less than twenty-four hours.*

*_Stage One of Labor:_*

* During the first stage of labor the cervix begins to dilate and uterine
contractions begin. These contractions are painful and perplexing to the
dog. She will appear quite uncomfortable and restless - pacing, shivering
and panting. She probably will


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