How do I know when my dogs about to give birth?

Answered by Phillip Nicastro

As an AI language model, I can provide you with information about signs that indicate when a dog is about to give birth. It’s important to note that every dog is different, and the timing and signs of labor can vary. However, there are some common signs to look for when your dog is nearing the end of her pregnancy:

1. Nesting: Many dogs will start to create a nesting area a few days before giving birth. They may gather blankets or towels and try to make a comfortable space to deliver their puppies.

2. Drop in body temperature: A dog’s normal body temperature is around 101-102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. When her body temperature drops below 100 degrees, labor is likely to begin within 24 hours. You can monitor her temperature with a rectal thermometer.

3. Restlessness and pacing: As labor approaches, a dog may become restless, pacing back and forth, unable to settle down. She may also seek out quiet and secluded areas.

4. Loss of appetite: Many dogs will lose their appetite in the 24 hours leading up to labor. This is normal as the body prepares for the birthing process.

5. Nesting behavior intensifies: As labor gets closer, your dog may become even more focused on nesting, rearranging bedding, and seeking out a suitable spot to give birth.

6. Panting and shivering: As contractions begin, your dog may start to pant heavily and shiver. This is a normal response to the physical exertion of labor.

7. Increased vulva size and discharge: The vulva may become enlarged and swollen as the birth approaches. Additionally, you may notice a clear, sticky discharge from the vulva, which is a sign that labor is imminent.

8. Contractions: As labor progresses, you will be able to see and feel the contractions in your dog’s abdomen. These contractions help push the puppies through the birth canal.

9. Breaking of the water sac: Just before giving birth, your dog’s water sac may break, resulting in a gush of fluid. This is a sign that puppies will be arriving soon.

10. Visible signs of labor: you will start to see visible signs of labor, such as the appearance of the puppy’s head or feet at the vulva. Your dog will actively push during each contraction to deliver the puppies.

It’s important to remember that not all dogs show the same signs, and some may not display all of these signs. If you have any concerns or if your dog experiences complications during labor, it is crucial to contact a veterinarian for guidance and assistance.

I hope this information helps you in recognizing the signs of labor in your dog. Remember to provide a safe and comfortable environment for your dog to give birth, and be prepared to offer support and assistance if needed.