Dog Labor Symptoms

by admin on July 17, 2010

Dogs are like humans, and experience as such reasonably similar dog labor symptoms. However, as a result of being dogs, they have some symptoms to themselves. We have attempted to make a list of all the symptoms they exhibit below. If we have missed anything, don’t hesitate to drop us an email at webmaster [at]

So, without further ado, look out for the following signs:

  • Refusal to eat: Dogs always have an appetite unless they are sick or experiencing dog labor symptoms. This should always be a telltale sign, as it is one of the more obvious symptoms. Look out for it, and don’t overlook it.
  • Vomiting and shivering: Just as the bitch refuses to eat, she will often vomit out the contents of her stomach. She may shiver as well. The best thing you can do is to provide her with nice, fresh water when she wants it, to minimize discomfort.
  • Finding a den: As a instinctive reaction, the dog will look for an enclosed place or hidey-hole where they can give birth in privacy. One common place is under a bed, because it is dark and the dog feels safe. To avoid the dog finding an inconvenient spot, it is best that you find her somewhere or create a den before the birth.
  • Temperature drop: It is usual for a dog’s temperature to drop prior to delivery. A typical temperature for a normal dog is 100-102 degrees, and when this temperature drops below 100 degrees, you will know that labor is imminent.
  • Wanting someone nearby: Just like human mothers going into pregnancy, pregnant dogs like to have someone nearby, just as a comfort. It is important that you stay with her, as you should be trying to make the delivery as painless and comfortable as possible.

Of course, the only person who knows your dog well is you, so if you notice any unusual behaviour or symptoms, bear in mind that your dog could be approaching labor. Trust your intuition and always be on your guard.

Unlike humans, a dog pregnancy can last as little as two and half months, so be prepared. Talk to your vet and try to feed your dog on a high quality diet during the pregnancy. Remember that for the dog, comfort is everything, so you ought to do everything you can to ensure it. The dog labor symptoms are telltale, so be aware!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Lucy Garcia-Carrillo October 14, 2011 at 2:45 am

How many hours does it take to go through labor///??

admin October 14, 2011 at 3:57 am

Depending on breed and size of the litter the 3 stages of labor can last anywhere from 6-12 hours. I would keep a close eye on her for any complications. Good Luck

Jasmine November 8, 2011 at 9:21 pm

My dog has been doing all but vomiting! She has also been walking over and staring at me for about the past week….it’s almost as if she’s wishing I could help her, or make her comfortable. She has like five options for whelping, including a play pen that I’ve added pillows to and cut a door into with a soft ramp leading up to it, and two dog beds as well as a cousin dog house! But instead she is hiding in a corner and going back in forth to the tile floor!

Her temperature has only been at or above 100 degrees twice in the last week, and more regularly between 98-99. And according to the count I had done about a month ago, she shouldn’t be delivering for at least two more days…

I’m not sure if I should expect puppies sooner because her temp fluctuates so much. But I have another dog and I’m afraid to leave them alone in the house together in case she starts labor while I’m gone!

I’ve done as much research as I can, but she is inconsistent with the temperature thing, so that’s really throwing me off. Everything else, save for vomiting at this point is right on. She has even been turning away from food all day….

admin November 16, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I think you just need to keep monitoring her regularly for the next couples days. Not all dogs experience the same temperature drops as others, so the best things to just to continue trying to make her as comfortable as you can and watch for any possible complications.

Mz Johnson December 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm

My shih tzu amber mated 10/14/2011,her calculated date of delivery is12/15-12-19 my concern is her temp hasn’t been 100 or better at all is something wrong I’m new at this and so afraid please let me know thanx

alicia guerrero December 17, 2011 at 5:46 am

My dog is more than 70 dogs years and this is her first time having puppies. She has stopped whining and now she is breathing really deeply. however, it has been more than 2 days and she still hasn’t delivered. Is her age delaying the process?

admin December 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm

It best to take her to the vet because this can be something serious.

Rachelle January 2, 2012 at 5:40 am

My shihtzu is 63 days pregnant today. She has been hiding under the bed and shivering on and off. She has not eaten today and went outside earlier to use the bathroom. But now she is sleeping. How do I know what the true labor signs are? We have also taken her temp and it has been fluctuating between 98-99.

Samantha January 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm

My boxer is at the end of her due date she has had all the tale tale signs of labor and her temp is in between 98.5 and 99.1 it’s been like this for two days now should I be concerned? Or will the puppies come out on their own time?

Deborah January 24, 2012 at 6:12 pm

My german shorthair Sadie is pass her due date. She is walking around and she is crying or whining alot. I think this is her time but I’m not sure? She’ll it some food but not all of it. I cann’t take her temp, because she will not stay still. Should I take her to the vet or wait it out.

Ms. Xiong February 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm

My dog’s been pregnant since December of 2011, this morning she was all playful and suddenly went under the house and then came out again and went straight to stay in her little home, could it be that she’s ready?

Claudia February 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Ive started taking my dogd temp. She is 52 days. Right now she has her temp.ay 99 degrees ferinheit. She has eaten bit she had heavy breathing twice at night. Shes been started licking herself alot. Could she be going into labor. This is my first dog and dont knowwhat to expect exactly. Or the time pieriods it takes. Please i need help/advice. Puppies also been moving ALOT inside.

becky March 21, 2012 at 11:36 pm

My dog got covered about 7 weeks ago, im not exactly sure when because she jumps over a 6ft fence!! She breathing heavy and had a few drops of white guey stuff a few days ago, could she be ready? She still eating like a pig

admin April 27, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Calling a vet office and explaining to me them over the phone can usually get you the best advice especially when dealing with a high risk situation like pregnancy and the birthing process.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Yes this could mean she is ready to give birth. If you are unsure and haven’t done this before it’s always best to consult a veterinarian in case of complications.

admin April 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm

If you are not experienced in delivering puppies it is always best to take her to the veterinarian. Complications with delivery can happen quickly and are very dangerous.

admin May 1, 2012 at 3:50 am

It is very dangerous for a senior dog to carry and deliver puppies. She should not be in labor for 2 days, if you are not experienced and knowledgeable about delivery puppies you should bring her to a vet immediately.

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