• She may start panting or whining. She may also start licking herself a lot. She may go looking for an out-of-the-way spot to nest in. Check her vaginal area for signs of swelling, blood. Check her belly for hardness. This might indicate a contraction. If she is a small dog watch her carefully. Small dogs often have trouble giving birth. She should deliver her pups within a reasonable amount of time once she goes into labor. If she has one or two pups and you know there are more but nothing happens for many many hours, one may be stuck in the birth canal. You might have to reach up and get it.If you can't do so, she will have to be taken to a vet ASAP. When she goes in labor keep it fairly quiet and low light to reduce her stress. Talk gently to her. A lot of times an animal will hide to have their babies, and it often happens in the middle of the night.
  • ask your vet

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