What to do after a dog gives birth?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

After a dog gives birth, it’s important to provide gentle care and cleaning for the mother without causing any distress. One of the first steps is to clean the mother using warm water and a washcloth. This can help remove any blood or fluid that may be present from the birthing process.

It’s important to note that you should avoid using any soaps or disinfectants unless specifically instructed to do so by your veterinarian. These products can be harsh and may irritate the mother’s sensitive skin. Instead, stick to using just warm water and a gentle touch.

Start by dampening the washcloth with warm water. Make sure the water is not too hot, as this can be uncomfortable for the mother. Begin by gently wiping down the mother’s genital area, being careful not to apply too much pressure. Use gentle, circular motions to remove any debris or fluids.

Next, move on to cleaning the mother’s abdomen and surrounding areas. Again, use the warm water and washcloth to gently wipe away any blood or fluids. Take care to be thorough but still gentle, as the mother may be sore or sensitive in these areas.

If there is any soiled newspaper or bedding in the whelping box, it’s important to remove it promptly. This will help keep the area clean and prevent any potential infections. Replace the soiled bedding with clean, fresh bedding to ensure a comfortable and sanitary environment for the mother and her puppies.

Throughout the cleaning process, it’s crucial to be observant of the mother’s behavior and body language. If at any point she seems uncomfortable or distressed, it’s important to stop and give her a break. Remember, she has just gone through a physically demanding process, and her well-being should be the top priority.

After a dog gives birth, it’s essential to provide gentle and careful cleaning for the mother. Use warm water and a washcloth to clean her genital area, abdomen, and surrounding areas. Avoid using any soaps or disinfectants unless instructed by a veterinarian. Remove any soiled newspaper or bedding from the whelping box and replace it with fresh bedding. Above all, pay attention to the mother’s comfort and well-being throughout the process.