I have about a almost 2yr old Yorkie-Poo. She is about 53 days along. Today she woke me up about 0400am running about and acting odd. After I got up with her and she saw I was awake she laid back down. Then about 0730am she would shake a litlle from time to time and just could not lay still. And even over the sound of the TV you could hear her stomach gurgling. i called my vet and told them what was going on and they said it sounded as though she could be starting to go in to labor. I took her temp about 300pm and it was at 100.4 and when I took it again at 9pm it was down to 99.3. Her stomach is gurgling less and she is just kind of laying around. She has done no nesting and there has been no plug and her water has yet to break. But I am worried, this is her and my first litter. She is about 4 lbs and was breed to about a 3lb Maltesse. We are not real certain about the date that they tied up the first or last time, but we know we saw them tied up several times. So with all that you know thus far, I also want to point out she has not really eaten today and I have not felt or seen the pups move. Nor has she nested any, in fact she normaly sleeps on the couch and today she has not done that. I am worried and any advice will help, this is sure to be a very long night.
I didn't mean to breed her, she came to me this way. She was a friends dog. She could no longer afford to care for her so I took her. She told me that she had already just gone through a complete heat cycle when I got her, and the male dog she mated with I did not think he was old enough and that she was not in heat. In other words it was poor insight on my part I just assumed. And now Tink(the momma dog) and me are getting to find out first hand what that gets us. As soon as these pups are born it will not happen again. She will be fixed, no ifs ands or buts about it. But she is to far along now and even if she wasn't I could not kill another living thing. The vet says she is fine and the only way I would of had the pups aborted was if it posed a threat to her or the puppies lives.
Do dogs tummys gurgle when they are going in to labor? Do you know..I feel dumb to this subject no matter how much I read or how many questions I ask the vet.
The only litter we ever whelped came without any help and barely any notice from us! Was a huge dobe mix who had come from a foreclosed house skin and bones and with a huge belly. We were really lucky because we were in over our heads! She popped them all out and then we heard the crying:)
Just have your vets number handy or an emergency vets if he doesn't take after hour calls.
So no real advise but good luck!
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons -James Thurber
10 days early is too early if in fact this is her due date. I was confused by the came to me this way, but you stated she bred multiple times with her male. If one tie was seen, why did you allow more?
All females react differently to labor. If she is restless, not nesting, eating ok, etc...it is possible that she is only restless because the pups are moving and getting into position for birth which will cause discomfort.
I have had females that show no true signs, eat, no nesting, but doing this for so many years i just 'know' and expect it to happen. Others will be textbook deliveries and labors, showing all the typical signs and all.
With her small size, you will need to know what to watch for to know if she is having trouble. She could easily need a c-section. Is your vet on call for this or will you have to go to an evet? Holding off and not going when the trouble begins can lead to dead pups and a dead mom, so it is important to have a plan if this happens.
Have you set her up an area to whelp that is secluded from the rest of the house, have a heat source for the pups, towels, thread, scissors, suction bulb, etc in case she needs help?
Lots involved...if you need more info, feel free to PM me for my email addy and I can walk you through it.