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There are many signs indicating that whelping time is near (within 12-24 hours), such as:

  • Drop in temperature-we typically have the owners take the rectal temperature of the bitch every 12 hours starting 7 days prior to anticipated due date.  Usually 8-24 hours prior to delivery, the temperature will have a significant drop of 2 degrees to about 98.6° F.
  • Loose stools
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Nesting/digging
  • Increased mucoid vaginal discharge
  • Milk in mammary glands


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