Having a pregnant female at home is an exciting event. While both pregnancy and childbirth are natural and non-pathological facts, it is important to have veterinary control during pregnancy to ensure that everything evolves as it should, and to know that we can count on the veterinarian if something is complicated in childbirth. Its presence is not necessary if everything unfolds well, but a delivery is something long and unpredictable. You can give birth to 7 puppies with easy>
The gestation of a Labrador Retriever lasts on average 63 days, but depends in part on the number of puppies. If the litter is very numerous (something very common in this breed), pregnancy can be shorter. If the 68 days are exceeded, it can become a problem, so it is important to be clear about the date of the ride.
We will notice that one day before delivery, or a few hours before, the dog will seek to nest. We must go ahead and prepare a very quiet place, of constant good temperature, so that the dog has her puppies and can take care of them in the first weeks of life. That party has to meet some special requirements. The floor must be of an absorbent material, which insulates well from the cold and can be renewed daily. Cardboard is the ideal material and we can complement it with newspaper or old clothes. We must delimit the edges so that the dog can get in and out without problems, but the puppies can't. Remember that they move a little and can move away and die of cold.
We offer water to the dog, but she won't want to eat. The contractions will make the sides of your abdomen look. A liquid will come out of the vulva when labor begins. Puppies are born with a variable frequency. Among them come the annexes, which are something like membranes that the dog will ingest. She knows what to do with the cord and how to clean them. We must not intervene at all, we just observe in silence. There are bitches that prefer to be alone and others that do not want their owner to move away. In the first case we will observe from a distance, without disturbing, but we do not leave it completely alone.
Of course, if a puppy has difficulties if we will, or if the dog does not look good. When more than two hours have passed since the last puppy and we feel that we still have to be born (or we know it by ultrasound) it is time for the veterinarian to come. The same at the end of labor, it is ideal to have a small control.
It is not to be alarmed if the dog vomits during childbirth, so it is not a good idea to give her solid food. However, once you have finished giving birth you will want to eat, if you are not very exhausted. The following weeks will be a lot of work for her, so special feeding is very important, as it was during pregnancy.
It is not a good idea to touch small puppies a lot, no matter how quiet the mother is. We will only do it in case of need, and not in the first hours, or even days. For her it is important to take care of her puppies and it is not good to intervene.
If there are children in the house and we think it's a good idea to witness the birth, we have two options. It is best to film it and we show it to you. The other option is that they are present but with the promise of not emitting sounds, something very difficult for a small enthusiast. But if the little ones are really small, we must be very careful with the puppies and the mother in the following weeks, to avoid problems in both directions.
We must take great care of the hygiene of the paridero. The materials are renewed frequently and thorough cleaning should be done, taking care that the puppies are always at an adequate and constant temperature.