A Guide to Breeding Your Dog

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A Guide to Breeding Your Dog
Step Eleven - Consult Your Veterinarian if Complications Arise
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If something goes wrong, don't hesitate to call your veterinarian for assistance. Signs of potential trouble include:

  • Indications of extreme pain
  • Strong contractions lasting for more than 45 minutes without delivery of a pup
  • More than two hours elapsing between puppies with or without contractions
  • Trembling, shivering, or collapse
  • Passing a dark green or bloody fluid before the birth of the first puppy (after the first puppy, this is normal)
  • No signs of labor by the 64th day after her last mating