Your dog’s birthing process doesn’t necessarily mean it’s over when all those cute and cuddly fur puppies are out. When your female dog gives birth, just like human mothers, her body goes through a lot of physical changes for days, weeks and some even in months!
After giving birth, your dog will experience spotting, a process of discharging natural fluids that are mucus-like & bloody, so don't panic, as that is completely normal! This discharge is called lochia.
Monitoring the type of discharge your dog expels will help you determine whether her spotting is normal or already a sign of a serious condition that merits veterinary attention.
Bloody discharge after giving birth may be normal but if you feel like it has long been overdue, please contact your veterinarian as soon as possible and ask for medical advice. You need to rule out complications like postpartum hemorrhage, which can result from poor blood clotting. As pet parents, we have that internal "parent" feeling when something doesn't seem right, follow your gut and get help if you think something isn't right!
Stages of lochia
The spotting of your dog will go through three stages. During the first stage, discharge will be composed of blood and some shreds of fetal membranes. This lasts usually for 3 to 5 days. On the second stage, your dog’s lochia will probably become thinner and will turn brown or pink. This will continue until around the 10th day after your dog’s delivery. And for the last stage, the lochia will now turn whitish or yellowish and this is where the spotting of your dog will finally end (whew)!
Just because all the puppies are safe now doesn’t mean you can stop taking good care of your mama pup. Postpartum care for your female dog is important. Below are some pointers on how to take good care of your female dog after her successful delivery.
Monitor your dog at all times
Make sure you regularly check on her during the first week after giving birth, which we all know usually isn't a problem, as our fur-babies tend to always be right by our sides. But in this situation, it is very important to constantly be checking up on her for various reasons, such as making sure she doesn’t roll over her pups, take them away from each other making them cold, separating them from each other, etc.
Give your dog a healthier diet
Mama dog will need all the nutrients she can get as she will be nursing her fur babies for many weeks. It is suggested that instead of giving her two large meals, you should provide her several meals a day instead and give her easy access to fresh water. Increase the amount of food to up to three times of her normal feeding and give her calcium to prevent milk fever.
House your dog and her puppies in a stress-free environment
While your female dog is lactating and recovering from delivery, stress should be avoided. It is best to not accept any visitors yet, so your dog can gain her strength in no time! The more time she has to relax, the less stressed she will be, and the quicker she will recover.
Maintain good hygiene
Maintain a good hygiene and constantly check her mammary glands for any signs of infection. Inspect and clean them daily. Keep her away from all soiled materials inside the whelping box. Use a washable whelping pad that you can change out regularly. This will keep her pups away from infection. As your dog will continue discharging lochia in the following weeks, in this case, dog diapers are a great option! So that your mama dog won’t be soiling the whelping box bedding and everyone's comfortable, dry and happy!
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