Do Dogs Need Help Giving Birth on Their First Try?

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30 May, 2017

Do Dogs Need Help Giving Birth on Their First Try?

Getting Ready

Make your dog’s birth process as smooth as possible. Help her get set up for the big day. Pick out the coziest, calmest and most silent area of your residence to arrange a relaxing whelping box, blankets and all. The goal is to ensure the mother dog feels as secure and self-assured as possible before going into labor. Try to arrange all of this a week prior to your pet’s expected labor date. Doing this allows your dog plenty of time to get used to the setting.

Birthing Styles

When it comes to birthing styles, canines, just like people, are all different. Many dogs appreciate the company of humans as they go through parturition. Many dogs also, on the other hand, favor doing things more privately. If your dog is in the latter camp, stay as low-key as possible. Also make a point to be accessible should your assistance be necessary. A “primigravida” pooch is a first-time mom, and therefore requires even more diligent supervision than a more experienced one. All the way from the beginning to the end, in the event of difficulties.

Emergency Contact

It’s important for you to be nearby while your dog goes through labor. At the same time, it also helps to stand slightly back and allow your pet to do her thing, naturally. The goal is to carefully monitor her and any puppies she delivers for indications of whelping concerns. Make sure you have access to a telephone and contact information for your veterinarian, should a problem arise. Keep your vet’s phone number available, along with a second number in case the clinic isn’t open.

Signs of Possible Complications

Dogs generally whelp without any issues. However, exceptions are always possible. If you notice that your dog has had contractions for between 30 minutes and an hour without any puppy coming out, notify your veterinarian pronto. Do the same if you pick up on any indications of severe pain. If you’re sure more puppies are inside and more than four hours go by without any of them emerging, vet assistance is imperative. If your dog gives off blackish-green vaginal discharge without delivering her youngsters in a time span of between three and four hours, help is vital.


Certain canine breeds often, for health purposes, need Caesarean section births. Therefore veterinary assistance during delivery. This applies to both primigravida and experienced doggie moms. Many brachycephalic canines need c-sections because of their notably big heads. These breeds include pugs, Boston terriers, Chihuahuas, Yorkshire terriers, bulldogs, border terriers, Pekingese and boxers. Talk to your veterinarian about the safest and most appropriate birthing options for your bet, natural or otherwise.


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