In dogs, the first stage is 12-30 hours before labor. Momma dog’s rectal temperature will drop to a low of 98 to 99 degrees. The pre-whelping decrease may only last a few hours.
How long can a dog be in labor before giving birth?
This stage of labor typically lasts 6 to 12 hours. At the end of stage I, the cervix is completely dilated. If your dog has not started whelping within 24 hours after beginning stage I labor, veterinary assistance is recommended.
How can I tell when my dog is about to have her puppies?
The Signs of Dog Labor
- She becomes restless.
- She stops eating up to 24 hours before labor.
- She may paw at her bedding, as if preparing a nest.
- She starts licking her vulva.
- She may vomit or discharge mucus.
Should I leave my dog alone while she is in labor?
Should I be present during the whelping? Some dogs like the owner to be with them the whole time they are in labor. Others prefer to have their puppies in seclusion. If your pet chooses to be left alone, try to avoid intruding any more than necessary.
Do dogs give birth at night?
Get hold of your vet’s out-of-hours phone number prior to your dog giving birth, as delivery often happens during the night.
What temperature does a dog have before giving birth?
Look for the sudden drop in temperature that occurs 24 hours before birth. The normal temperature of dogs is 100.5-102.5 and the usual drop in temperature before parturition is to below 99 degrees. Whelping Area: A safe, quiet, draft-free and traffic-free area of the house should be chosen for the whelping box.