Summary: So your dog is nearing the end of her pregnancy. You're anxiously wondering what the signs of dog labor are. We outline 10 potential signs of dog labor below. (Disclaimer: This article contains information that is strictly the expert opinion of AskABreeder.com personnel or other professional breeders based on their experience. It should not be substituted for a veterinarian's expert advice.)
What are a Dog's Labor Signs?
Occassionally, there are no symptoms at all to dog labor. That is why it is so important to know when your pregnant dog was bred. You can use our Dog Pregnancy Calculator to determine the approximate puppy whelping date.
If you are reading this article well in advance of the due date for your dog, we have several product suggestions from Amazon we would recommend for helping the whelping process go smoothly. The nice thing about Amazon is the free shipping for eligible orders over $25 and the great product reviews from Amazon visitors. A great whelping box alternative would be the Iris Plastic 4-Panel Dog Pen (for smaller breed dogs of course). You can easily place an EZwhelp Washable Whelping Pad in the bottom of the area due to its size. If you get a larger pen, then make sure to size the whelping pad appropriately. The pad pictured below fits the IRIS 4-panel pen below closely. It also will keep the puppies contained in a smaller area. A Stethoscope is also a very nice addition to a breeders collection, along with an Electronic Baby Scale for monitoring puppy development (the Salter scale from Amazon is the one we'd recommend for its price and ability to accurately read even with movement. Also, the contoured edges will keep your puppies contained as they develop), Forceps, and a Pet-Temp Instant Ear Thermometer. This thermometer can take a dog's temperature within one second! A dog breeder necessity!
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