Veazie Veterinary Clinic
1522 State Street, Veazie, ME
(207) 941-8840

When to Call a Vet During Labor & Delivery

When to Call a Vet During Labor & DeliveryOnce all the work of arranging the breeding of your dog has resulted in a successful pregnancy, now comes the anticipation and worry of waiting for the puppies to be born. In most cases the dog instinctively knows what to do, but being prepared and knowing when to call a vet during labor & delivery is important for the health of both the mother and the puppies. Here are the signs to watch for, and when in doubt, you can always call us with questions or concerns.

Abnormal Vaginal Discharge:

  • Green or red discharge with no signs of labor
  • Pure blood
  • Foul smelling pus

Prolonged Gestation:

  • No labor > 64 days from ovulation (> 66 days from LH peak)

Signs of Pregnancy Toxemia:

  • Fever (rectal temperature >102.5 F)
  • Depression
  • Weakness
  • Rigid gait
  • Seizures

Signs of Obstruction:

  • Pain
  • Pup not positioned properly or stuck

No Progress After:

  • Stage 1 labor longer than 24 – 36 hours (a description of the stages can be found HERE)
  • Stage 2 labor longer than 2 – 4 hours
  • Hard straining with more than 30 minutes between pups
  • Weak/intermittent labor with more than  2 – 4 hours between pups
  • No labor with more than 4 hours between pups
  • Entire labor lasting longer than 24 hours