How to help your dog during labor

Unlike human births, the deliveries of the dogs are simple, fast and do not require assistance. But sometimes problems arise, so it is advisable to know what you can do to help your pet, if necessary.

How to prepare your pet for childbirth?

Your dog needs a comfortable and quiet place to have her young. You can get a birthing box at pet stores, but you can also make your own from a cardboard box and rags that are easy to wash. If you prefer to avoid washing the cloths, you can use disposable diapers.

Make sure to condition the birthing box a few days before of the date, show your dog the place and get her used to it by placing her plate and toys close to her.

If you think your pet may have problems during delivery, have the vet’s phone number handy. Also it is convenient that you have at home:

  • Wax-free dental floss (to tie the umbilical cord).
  • Scissors sterilized with alcohol (to cut the cord).
  • Iodine (for cauterization).

How to help your dog during labor?

In a canine birth, each puppy is born on a separate placental membrane. The bitch bites into the membrane and cuts the umbilical cord with her teeth, but if she doesn’t succeed, you will have to help her.

The umbilical cord a distance of 3 to 5 centimeters is cut from the puppy’s abdomen. Next, you will need to tie it with dental floss and apply an iodine gauze to the wound.

Also you must count the number of placentas, which must match the number of puppies.

Possible complications during canine delivery

The delivery of dogs is painful, but if you notice that your dog is in pain that is too intense, it is advisable to call the vet. Other signs of complications are:

  • The contractions last more than 45 minutes and the puppies are not born.
  • More than 2 hours elapse between the birth of one puppy and another.
  • The dog trembles convulsively or loses consciousness.
  • There is a leak of bloody or greenish fluid before delivery.
  • More than 64 days have passed since mating and the pregnant bitch does not give birth.

In most cases, your dog will instinctively know what to do., so the only thing you can do is help her, in case serious complications arise. Keep calm and everything will be fine.

Do your friends have pregnant dogs at home? Share these tips with them. Leave your comments and tell us about your experiences. They could be of great help to other pet owners helping their female dogs during labor.


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