1. keep calm

Giving birth to puppies can sometimes be effortless, so don’t panic. Large breeds are particularly easy.

2. Confine the pregnant dog in a good place.

The first concern when your dog is giving birth to puppies is the location of the mother. A cold, drafty area out of arms’ reach is the worst place a dog can have puppies. If your dog is currently in labor, confine him to a place that is drafty-free, warm, and easily accessible to you.

3. Obtain the phone number of your local emergency veterinarian or veterinarian (for after hours).

See the end of the article for the national emergency veterinary directory.

4. Gather supplies

Items needed include scissors, dental floss (or hemostat), heating pad, petroleum jelly, hand towel, calcium (tums, vanilla ice cream, or dog supplement) {fyi- Calcium aids in contractions in dogs during labor }

5. Keep mom calm

Limit the number of people and animals around the giving birth mother. The stress of a crowd can cause your dog to stop working for hours. Threatened mother dogs have been known to kill their puppies.

6. Once the mother begins to push or the cubs begin to emerge, give her the calcium.

Calcium will help strengthen contractions; therefore, the delivery is faster. Crush one mouth and put it in the mother’s mouth or use a calcium paste supplement (recommended). or offer vanilla ice cream. If the mother gives birth to several cubs, then she can give her more calcium later.

7. Help delivery

If the puppy comes out in the middle of the birth canal and then remains trapped there for more than a few minutes, you may need to apply the petroleum jelly as high as your finger can reach into the birth canal. (If possible, use a syringe to get the gelatin into the birth canal.) Using the hand towel, gently pull on the puppy to aid delivery. If the puppy does not fully emerge within 10-15 minutes, call your vet for advice, you may need to go to the vet.

Tip: If two puppy bags appear in the birth canal at the same time and you cannot put one back in, you should go to the vet, your dog may need a cesarean section.

8. Cut and clamp the cable.

Tie the floss as close to the puppy’s body as possible or hold the hemostat. Cut the cord 1/2 inch from the thread with scissors. If the floss comes undone, just tie it back. If you can’t tie the floss, don’t panic, the bleeding should stop on its own.

9. Keep puppies warm and dry.

Turn the heating pad on low heat and place the puppies on it. Keep the area as dry and free from drafts as possible after labor is complete.

10. Watch the puppies and the mother.

Make sure all puppies have started nursing within a few hours of birth. Maintain a warm, dry, and stress-free environment. If the mother begins to shake and shake uncontrollably, she may be in pre-eclampsia, extreme shortage of calcium, you should contact your veterinarian.

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