is panting normal after birth in dogs

Is panting a couple days after a dog gives birth normal?

Our question this week was:

Dr. Debra – my border collie cross gave birth on Thursday morning, but is still panting a lot is this normal? – Sharon Mason


Hi – thanks for your email. You asked if panting is normal after giving birth. The answer is it can be. Panting is normal during nursing, as lactation will stimulate the uterus to contract during the first 2 weeks after labor, thus causing panting

I’d recommend that you ensure that her temperature is normal (normal rectal temperature is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit), she is eating well, has normal urine and bowel movement and that she has a normal vaginal discharge. They puppies should also be content, eating well and gaining weight. If you notice any problems – then I’d recommend that you have her checked by your veterinarian.

An article that might be helpful to you is Care of the New Mother Dog. Also, this article on care of newborn puppies might be useful.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

P.S. Here is one more article for you – How to Take Your Dog’s Temperature.

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