How to Help Dog to Give Birth – Aiding your Pekingese with Whelping


Ever wonder on how to help dog to give birth? Sixty three days have passed since your baby girl has been bred and you perceive that today is already her big day. Try to get her rectal temperature and notice if it has dropped to 99F or lower. Also take note if she has lost her appetite, restless and trying to find a spot where to give birth. You can remind her that you made a comfortable spot for her to whelp in.

Most of the time, her natural instincts would kick in especially when her labor begins. Depending on how close you are to your pet, it is much ideal that you are able to attend during her birthing process. A domesticated pet has less confidence when it comes to whelping and there are certain dog breeds that have issues with giving birth. Talking to your vet about your concerns would greatly help you and your pet.

Generally, most birthing process are uneventful and nature would take its course and your girl and her new litter would be all fine. Most of the time, there is no need for human intervention, however, it is still ideal to stay by her side throughout the entire process. Being there would give your pet the sense of security and you will also be able to help her out in case she needs assistance. Also, keep your vet’s number handy in case something might go wrong.

How to Help Dog to Give Birth – Aiding your Pekingese with Whelping

How to Help Dog to Give Birth

What you can do

  • If your bitch is giving birth for the first time, she may need a little extra help and reassurance, so be ready to offer some soothing words. Occasionally, the mother will be in the middle of delivering the next puppy when the one she’s just given birth to needs help. If this happens, do the following:
  • Remove the membrane around the puppy;
  • Take a piece of heavy thread and tie a knot approximately one inch from where the cord attaches to the body, then tie another knot a little further from the first;
  • Use clean scissors to cut the cord between the knots;
  • Dry the puppy against the grain of the hair, using a clean cloth (facecloths are the perfect size);
  • Vigorously but carefully rub the pup with a warm cloth to dry and warm him and also stimulate his first breath. Crying clears all the fluid from the puppy’s airway. If you have a suction bulb, you can gently use it in each nostril.

If labor lasts a long time, the mother may need to go to the toilet before or between deliveries. Make sure you watch carefully in case she starts giving birth to the next pup at the same time.

Source: Purina,

Things You Can Do To Help

  1. Disinfect the umbilical cord with Povidone Iodine, this method would prevent any infection. If it is still bleeding, you may clamp or tie it with a thread to stop it.
  2. Remove the amniotic sac around the puppy if the mother is still busy with another pup. You can easily tear the sac open and simply remove it. Perform this within 30 seconds after birth. This method would allow the newborn pup to breath.
  3. Remove the secretions from the pup’s mouth and nose using a suction bulb or cotton swab. Or you could simply gently turn the puppy upside down while supporting its head and allow gravity to remove the secretions.
  4. Rub the puppy with a towel in order to remove the secretions and to clean him. This is a way to mimic his mom’s licking.
  5. Remove other placentas in the area because if the mother would ingest too much it would cause stomach upset.
  6. Count the placentas after whelping. There must be one placenta per pup. If there is lacking and you know that your pet didn’t eat it either, contact your vet so that oxytocin may be given in order to expel it.
  7. Lubricate your pet’s birth canal with a KY Jelly if you think she is already having a hard time delivering a pup.
  8. Put the newborn pups in a warm box while your pet is still busy giving birth to others. This would avoid any accidents.

When to Call for Help

  • Dam straining for 30-60 minutes and puppy isn’t out yet. This would mean that there is an obstruction going on.
  • No puppies produced after an hour of interval on the last pup delivered when you know that there are still more inside. This would suggest uterine inertia.
  • When there is an expulsion of bloody or purulent vaginal discharge. This would indicate uterine rupture or hemorrhage.
  • Expulsion of a dark green fluid BEFORE the first puppy is born. This would mean premature placental separation.
  • When there are spasms, tremors, muscle rigidity, seizures or muscle weakness. This would suggest eclampsia.
  • When there are signs of shock going on: pale gums, severe abdominal pain, sudden drop in temperature. This would indicate a possible uterine torsion.

Most whelping would go smoothly and successfully without any issues. However, as an owner who is dealing the matter for the first time, it is ideal that you know how to help dog to give birth. Generally, it is best that you do not intervene with the process until necessary. You would know when she would need your help, trust me.

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  1. Im sceard my babby is pregnant for the first time and i dont know mutch about the breed or problems in giving birth

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