Can Puppies Be Born Days Apart? 5 Incredible Whelping Facts
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Pregnancy is not stressful, not only to humans but also to animals. As a dog pet owner, more so a bitch, your dog’s pregnancy period can also be stressful for you. Concerns vary from what care your dog should receive during pregnancy to how long labor will last.
Of the most concern, though, is the time between which puppies are born. Can puppies be born days apart?
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What To Know About Whelping
Whelping is the process of a dog giving birth. If your dog is pregnant, you need to know the signs that your dog is starting to give birth an when the birthing process is over.
For starters, the pregnancy length varies between dogs, but the average number of days is 63. You can expect a dog to go into labor five days before or after their expected delivery date.
However, you can expect to see signs of mammary development at least four weeks into the pregnancy. Some dogs might also start producing milk a week or so before delivery.
There are three stages in whelping. These are:
- 1st stage labor
- 2nd stage labor
- 3rd stage labor
The best way to track the whelping progress is by taking your dog’s rectal temperature at least twice a day as your dog nears its delivery date. In the last 24 hours of the pregnancy, the temperature will fall to approximately 1°C. sometimes, it can drop to below 37.2°C.
Can Puppies Be Born Days Apart?
Generally, the first puppy comes 2 to 4 hours after the onset of the second stage of labor. (This is called the whelping pause) After this, you can expect the next puppy to come within intervals of 30 to 60 minutes. Towards the end of the birthing, the ranges will take more extended periods.
Some people mention “my dog only had one puppy” and this is totally normal.
On some occasions, a dog can take intervals of up to 4 hours to give birth to the next puppy. If the dog is still comfortable, then there is no need to worry. However, if you notice some straining for more than 30 minutes and no puppy is coming, call your vet for immediate attention.
The 3 Stages of Labor
During this stage, the dog’s cervix will start to dilate. Contractions on the uterine will also begin. The first stage of labor will last 4 to 24 hours. The signs to look for include:
- Nest building
- Your dog turning its head towards the belly
- Vomiting – not often
- Some straining
If your dog is nervous, you can expect these signs to be extreme. In this case, you need to give your dog attention. As these signs progress through the first stage of labor, the cervix will keep dilating. When it is fully dilated, the dog will enter the second stage of labor.
During this stage, you can expect the contractions to continue, and forceful contractions to the abdomen will commence. At this stage, the puppies will start coming. The dog will be lying on her side as she gives birth. Sometimes, the dog might start walking around and squatting when ready to expel the next puppy.
During the final stage of labor, the dog will birth the placenta also “afterbirth.” The afterbirth varies- some times it comes with each puppy while other times it comes on its own at the end of the delivery process. It is important to be there during this process to prevent your dog from eating the placenta.
So, can puppies be born days apart? No, puppies can’t be born days apart. However, the birthing intervals can range from 30 minutes to 60 minutes. Sometimes it can take up to 4 hours. If your dog is not comfortable when it takes this long, call your vet.
Hey, I’m Amy and I’m in love with my Pets! I have a diverse variety, including 2 cats, 1 dog, 3 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs, a rat and a beautiful macaw. I love writing about everything pet-related and spend as much time as I can sharing my personal experiences.