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Q. My female occasionally develops a temp a couple days after birth. What can I do for this?
My female occasionally develops a temperature a couple days after birth. What can I do for this?

A. I have this same problem occasionally, until I was reminded that it is important to get your bitches up and moving after they have had babies. Take them for several short walks each day. It only needs to be a couple of hundred yards. This is enough to get their system working to help expel any afterbirth that is still inside. I always give the bitch a shot of "pit" after the last pup. This combined with the walks have really helped me. I used to think that they were so tired out and concerned about being away from their babies that they needed to be left alone with their pups. I was 100% wrong.

In fact, if your bitch seems like she is getting close to the day she will whelp, I always get them out and take them for walks. Often a nice long walk is enough to trigger the female to go into labor. Then as she progresses through the birthing process and seems to come to an impasse (where she still has puppies but it has been awhile since her last pup) I will get them out of the box and take them out in the front yard, they won't stay long but often times I can gently massage their belly and that combined with the walking helps the next pup come. Don't take your eyes off of her. You may think she is pooping and in fact it’s another baby that is dropped in the yard.

I used to think the solution to these temperatures was antibiotics. The fact is that if we can be proactive and eliminate the cause of the fever before it happens then everyone is a winner.
  
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