How to take birth in a dog?

A little more and your dog will become a mom. Does she need your help at birth? Definitely - yes. How to take birth in a dog?

Preparing for childbirth dogs

Just in case, we recall that the pregnancy in dogs lasts 62-66 days, so from the 60th day try not to leave the dog alone for a long time.

Harbingers of childbirth:

  • In 24-32 hours, the temperature in the rectum of the dog decreases by 1-1.5 ° C (recall, the normal temperature is 38-39 ° C).
  • The bitch starts breathing heavily, worried, looking for secluded places for the lair.
  • The onset of labor is indicated by the release of fluid and dark mucus from the genitals.

Be alert: there are a few hours left before the birth. Prepare a place for giving birth to a dog. This may be a cardboard box with a large area and low sides. Put some soft cloth in there. It is better to prepare the “maternity ward” in advance so that the dog can get used to it. Prepare a soft, clean cloth and sharp scissors. Near the box with the mother have a small box for puppies. It must be warm in it!

Onset of labor

And so the cervix is ​​fully opened, the first fetus comes out of its cavity, the abdominal muscles (birth canal) are reduced - the attempts that finally drive out the fetus begin. A puppy is born into the light in a bladder (fetal shell), which its mother can break itself, but it can not do that. Then she needs help.

Births can last from one hour to two days. Almost a third of puppies are characterized by the birth of their hind legs forward, despite the fact that such (pelvic) disposition is not considered a pathology. One after another puppies are born with a frequency of 30 minutes - a few hours.

Help the dog during childbirth

After the birth of the fetus, it is necessary to first break the fetal membrane and only then proceed to cutting the umbilical cord. This is done at a distance of 2-3 cm from the puppy's tummy. After the puppy is finally removed from the membranes and released from the umbilical cord, wipe it with a cloth and force it to perform the first breath. This should be done quickly, because otherwise the puppy is in danger of suffocating. Do not be alarmed if you have to open his mouth on his own and tilt it down so that the generic fluid spills out of his mouth.Next, you need to stir and shake the baby, forcing him to inhale the air.

Bring a puppy breathing to the dog's chest and make sure that he sucks at least a little the mother's milk. Born first will be harder than others, because the nipples are still hard and not resolved, but you can not leave the hungry baby. This moment will be important not only for the puppy, but also for the mother dog, as it will stimulate the woman in labor. The same incentive will be a small piece of chocolate. In no case do not give the dog a lot of chocolate - it will hurt her! After five to ten minutes, the puppy is taken away from the mother and placed in a warm “children's” box. To keep mom calm, the box should be in front of her eyes.

All of the above manipulations must be done with each of the newborns. It is very important that after each puppy leave the afterbirth. Leaving at least one afterbirth inside the dog's body, you will provoke its rotting, which can result in the death of the animal. If during the day all the afterbirth does not go out, immediately contact the veterinarian.

Caring for a dog after giving birth

Upon completion of labor, change the litter in the “maternity ward” and transfer the pups there. From this point on, the mother should take care of them. The last thing you need to follow is whether each of the newborns gets enough milk.