Signs your pet is having difficulty giving birth
Veterinarians frequently see dogs who have difficulty giving birth, known as dystocia. Certain dog breeds, such as the Yorkshire terrier, Pomeranian, English bulldog, dachshund and Chihuahua, are known to have a higher risk of birthing difficulties. Some breeds, like French bulldogs, have very few live births without a C-section.
Dogs may also have an increased risk of birthing difficulties if only one large fetus is present or if the birth canal has narrowed due to a prior pelvic fracture.
Birthing difficulty can often be managed medically, but a large number of cases do require surgery, both for the viability of the litter of puppies and for the health of the mother.
Some common signs that your dog or cat is having difficulty giving birth include:
- Active straining for more than 30-60 minutes without the birth of a fetus
- Straining for two or more hours without delivery of a fetus
- The resting stage between fetuses is greater than two hours
- Signs of illness such as vomiting, weakness or fever
It's important to speak with a veterinarian about prenatal care and have the mother evaluated to determine fetal number, size and viability. A veterinarian can also help with special care instructions, such as higher-calorie diets and increased food intake to meet the energy demands of the growing puppies.
If your pet is pregnant, make an appointment with your veterinarian to help prevent birthing difficulties.
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8250 SW Tonka St
Tualatin, OR 97052