Despite the fact that most dogs give birth unnecessarily any veterinary care during childbirth may occur some problems that will require the attention of a veterinarian. Important closely monitor your pet during childbirth and look for necessary veterinary care if you still have difficulties.
How to know that childbirth begins?
With the approach of childbirth, the dog often stops eating and her the temperature drops below 38 ° C. The dog can also go to any corner and begin to scrape, as if making a place for nesting. If you see any of these symptoms, you may notify your veterinarian that the first stage of labor begins.
After this comes the second stage, when the bitch begins to reduce uterus. These reductions will gradually increase. If intense contractions will occur within 20 to 30 minutes without the appearance of puppies, then you should contact your veterinarian.
You should also contact your veterinarian if you observe one of following symptoms:
- If within 8-10 minutes a puppy or bubble filled fluid stuck and does not move in the birth canal.
- The temperature of the dog is above 39.5 ° C.
- You see vaginal bleeding that goes on for more 10 minutes.
- You observe green vaginal discharge without appearing puppies.
Are puppies born premature?
Premature birth of preterm puppies is really occur in dogs, but they are relatively rare. Often regular births are considered premature due to date recording error mating and conception or miscalculation during pregnancy, which, usually lasts 63 days.
How to determine that puppies are premature?
Premature puppies look very small, thin and have not enough hair. Bitches often reject such puppies, and very soon die from hypothermia. Survival is possible, but for this it will take a lot of help and often manual feeding, so how they are not able to suck. Sometimes they need a stomach probe.
If possible, make sure the puppies get the “first” milk, “or colostrum from its mother, which is rich in antibodies and Helps prevent infection of newborn puppies.
What you need to know about the survival of premature puppies?
Excessive heat (hyperthermia) can be as harmful as and hypothermia. Ambient temperature must remain at within 30 ° C, and the box should be large enough to puppies could move away from the heat source if necessary.
Puppies should be in a humid atmosphere if they are not growing with mother. Mother often licks and cleans puppies. As a result, they It becomes not only warm, but also humid. You can provide puppies have a moist environment in the box, if you place warm and wet wipes or cloth.
How long will premature care take puppies?
If puppies can suck, your veterinarian should show you how keep them on the mother’s nipple. If this fails, Your veterinarian should advise you on replacing your mother’s milk with milk mixes. After the puppies get stronger and can properly suck, mother can resume caring for them.
Although it can be really worthwhile, but look after premature puppies are extremely difficult and many of them are not survive.
Can puppies be born stillborn or die right after birth?
In animals that have several genera throughout their life, it is not unusual when offspring are born stillborn or dies shortly after birth. Identify the reasons this is often impossible without an autopsy. But you can only prevent some of these reasons. It is important to consult a veterinarian about any possible problems with your pregnancy pet.
In some breeds, caesarean section occurs more often than usual. It’s true?
Unfortunately, some breeds have an increased risk of complicated childbirth (dystocia), due to which there is a need for cesarean section.
Breeds with wide heads and flat faces, as a rule, have the highest risk of dystocia. Determine the right time Caesarean section is always difficult for dogs. If the operation delayed too much, this can lead to the death of puppies, and if it starts too early, then the puppies may be premature. It’s important that you openly discuss with your the veterinarian about the relative benefits and risks of this procedures.