I just read the sad post where the bulldog seemed to be in labor and the owner went to several vets and none did a section, and the dog died.
I just had my own experience with Abby, who was pregnant.
Her temp DID NOT DROP...Ever... I thought I was safe to go shopping on her due date because her temp was a nice solid 101.3. I wasn't gone 4 hours and when I came home, she had already had the entire litter. And no this was not a repeat litter..it was her first. Luckily she knew what to do and all 5 pups are beautiful and CUTE...
If you especially own an English Bulldog and she is within 5 days of her due date and she is panting and restless...never mind the temp, get her to a vet and fast.....
Yep....I have mentioned this before in posts. Every dog is different. There are no 100 % sure signs that will aplly to every dog. Temp drop, nesting, pacing, milk dropping, refusing food, etc. I have had them do all of these, do one or none of them at all and just have the pups.
Always important to be prepared and be there to watch them and assist during their due dates. Nothing is a sure fire thing.
I am the one that had the bulldog. I took her to a vet and they refused to do the c-section because of that. We know that her temp. didn't drop with the first litter but they said that it would. They also took an x-ray and said there was no pup in the birth canal so there was no need for the surgery now.
Unfortunately the vets can be wrong. Had a situation myelf this year where my Min Pin was pregnant with a single pup. As anyone who has toy breeds knows, that is bad news. The poup often will grow too big and not be able to pass. A C-section was scheduled for precautionary reasons since the vet said the pup looked huge. She taken in for an exam the day before the scheduled section, in which he examined her and said her cervix was tight as fort knox....there will be no pup tonight so dont worry and come tomorrow morning for your appointment. Within 6 hours of the visit, she was pushing out a puppy! She had it on her own, in fact it turned out to be a tiny one. So he was mistaken on the pups ize as well as the fact that she would not go into labor that day. Thank god he was wrong about the size though!
Just never know...breeding is not for the faint of heart or the casual person thinking its a fun or cute thing to do.
Again...so sorry for your loss. I would be devastated if I lost one of my girls.