When your furry daughter goes for birthing, you experience a mixed feeling of excitement and stress. If you plan it well, it can be a wonderful experience. But, it is not possible to plan for all probable outcomes. In order to minimize the chances of these dangers, you are advised to be prepared with the necessary supplies, tools and implements and stay in constant touch with your veterinarian.
At around eight or nine weeks, the bitch gets ready to give birth to the pups. As the time approaches closer, you should keep a whelping area ready that has to be dry, clean and of normal temperature. It should be free of any hustle or bustle. After consulting your vet, you should get a set of dog whelping supplies which would include a few clean towels, sealed trash receptacles, blankets, hemostat forceps, weaning bottle, lubrication, scissors, iodine and a thermometer without fail.
Throughout the process of birthing thermometer is the thing, you will have to use very frequently. The temperature of a normal dog is around 101.5 degrees. Around 12 to 24 hours prior to whelping your bitch would experience a sudden decrease in temperature at least by 1-3 degrees. When it is the right time, she will manifest the symptoms of restlessness, a decrease in her appetite, mammary gland enlargement, a relaxed belly and a relaxed vulva. If she is showing these symptoms, it means her labor is about to happen.
In maximum cases, dogs can take care of their labor themselves, unless it is a very complex situation. Your duty would be just to observe her actions and try to make her comfortable. Some bitches love to go for peeing in between births, let her do that. Supply her with food if she wants to have it. In case you notice the birth is going to be abnormal, you should immediately consult your vet and take the necessary steps advised by the vet.