Why is my dog bleeding 2 weeks after giving birth?

Answered by Willie Powers

Bleeding after giving birth, also known as postpartum bleeding, is a normal occurrence in dogs. It is commonly referred to as lochia. During the birthing process, the uterine lining is shed, which results in some bleeding. This bleeding typically lasts for a few days to a week. However, in some cases, it can continue for up to two weeks.

The duration and amount of bleeding can vary from dog to dog. Some dogs may experience minimal bleeding, while others may have more noticeable amounts. It is important to note that small blood clots or tissue fragments may also be present in the discharge, which is normal.

The main factor to consider when determining if the bleeding is normal is the overall behavior of your dog. If she is acting normally, eating well, caring for her puppies, and showing no signs of distress, then the bleeding is likely within normal limits. However, if your dog starts to exhibit any abnormal behavior, it is important to seek veterinary attention.

There are a few reasons why your dog may continue to bleed two weeks after giving birth. One possibility is that she may have experienced a prolonged or complicated labor. This can result in a longer recovery period and more prolonged bleeding. Additionally, some dogs may have retained placental tissue or debris in the uterus, which can lead to prolonged bleeding.

If the bleeding is excessive, has a foul odor, or your dog is showing signs of illness such as decreased appetite, lethargy, or fever, it is important to consult your veterinarian. These could be signs of an infection or other underlying health issues that require medical attention.

In my personal experience, I had a dog who continued to have some bleeding for about two weeks after giving birth. She had a large litter, and it took her body a bit longer to fully recover. However, she was otherwise acting normally, eating well, and caring for her puppies, so I monitored her closely and the bleeding eventually stopped without any complications.

Bleeding for up to two weeks after giving birth can be normal in dogs, as long as the dog is otherwise behaving normally. Excessive bleeding, foul odor, or signs of illness should be evaluated by a veterinarian. It is important to monitor your dog closely during this time and seek veterinary attention if any concerns arise.