Whelping and Queening a Litter
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Giving birth can be an overwhelming process for pets, especially if complications arise. The process of giving birth for canines (whelping) and felines (queening) is instinctual, but some pet owners prefer to have a veterinarian assist with the birthing process, especially for breeds that are known to have trouble.
Why would I need a veterinarian for the delivery process?
Prior to birthing, care for a pregnant pet involves a special diet, exercise, booster vaccinations, and parasite control. During the birthing and nursing processes, complications can arise especially for a new breeder or a pet owner facing an accidental breeding who might not be versed on the process of delivery. The following complications indicate the need for a veterinarian present during the delivery process:
Contractions lasting longer than one hour
A mother who has not started delivering puppies after an hour and a half from the onset of labor
A mother who has vaginal discharge and pus oozing after delivery and has not passed placenta
A mother who is resting for periods longer than four hours between newborns
If your pregnant pet is experiencing complications, please contact our office immediately.