rottweilers giving birth

Do yo have to assist a rottweiler when they’re giving birth?

Most dogs can manage to whelp naturally and without assistance – except for very tiny breeds, or those with heads that are oversized in relation to their pelvis (such as Bulldogs for example).

However, it’s never a good idea to leave a dog alone when she’s in labor, there’s always the potential for something to go wrong, and if there’s no one there to help, either a pup, or a pup AND the momma could end up in serious trouble, or even lose their lives.

Also, always have your veterinarians’ telephone number on hand as if you run into trouble you may need professional help. A first litter can be a bit stressful and worrying for both the dog and owner, and a bit of an unknown quantity. Having their owner with them often helps to calm a dog and make the situation less scary for her.

Two situations where you need to seek veterinary help are

a) If there has been more than 2 hours since the birth of the last pup and your dog has been contracting regularly but not produced another pup.

b) If a pup isn’t born within 2 or 3 pushes, and the bitch continues to push and strain without making progress.

If either of these things happen, get help, and if at any time you’re concerned that things aren’t going as they should then get professional advice.

Best of luck.

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