Q: Is it OK for my Dog to Give Birth at Home?
Q: My dog is near the end of her pregnancy. How can I tell when she's going into labor? Is it okay for her to give birth at home?
A: Most dogs have a pregnancy term that last about 60 days. It is important to be prepared well before your dog is due to give birth. The normal temperature of dogs ranges between 100 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Have a rectal thermometer on hand and check your dogs' temperature. When the temperature drops this usually means that she is going to have the puppies in about a day.
It is ok for your dog to have her pups at home as long as you have a clean, quiet bedding area. This is important not only for the safety of your pups but for the mother as well. Many pet supply stores sell whelping boxes that are made especially for labor and puppies. Make sure that you talk to your veterinarian before your dog is going to have her pups. Your vet may want to discuss certain health related issues with you and make sure you have everything that you will need for the pups!