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Q. My bitch is still spotting 6 weeks after having a litter. Should I take her to a vet?
My Bitch had a litter of 10 puppies' 6 weeks ago. She was in labor for quite some time and delivery took over 12 hours. She was very exhausted and was running a moderate temperature for the first couple of days after the liter was born.

When the pups were 3 days old I discovered that mom didn't have much milk. I immediately began feeding all 10 puppies and took her to the vet to get a progesterone shot. This helped a little bit, but she never had very much milk. I gave the puppies 100% of their feedings, but Mom still let them suck several times a day for the first 4 weeks. After that she no longer wanted them to suck.

My puppies are now 6 weeks old and I have noticed that my bitch has started bleeding, it is very dark in color and more like a clot than like the bleeding from a heat. Is this because there was no rigorous sucking from the pups and her uterus did not contract enough, or is this something that I should be taking her to the vet for?

Thank You,
Toni

A. This discharge has nothing to do with puppies sucking. I would have given the bitch an oxytocin shot and not a progesterone shot to get the milk flowing. I am also not sure that I would breed this bitch again, but then you have probably come to the same conclusion if you did as much bottle feeling or tubing as you must have. Monitor your bitches temp. Make sure the discharge does not have a foul smell. If the bitch develops a temp a vet should see her.
  
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