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Old 01-09-2009, 10:13 PM   #1
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New Litter of Pups - Mom Panting

Hi All,
Our English Lab just had a litter of 8 pups yesterday. They are full English Labs just to give you an idea on size. This is her first (and only ) litter and she is an awesome Momma. Today we noticed that while she is fine throughout the day -- eats well, drinks plenty of water, goes for walks, etc., while she is nursing she pants a lot. If she is not nursing she is fine. I'm going to call the vet tomorrow, but in the event I don't reach them, I'm wondering if I should be worried and go for an emergency vet consult, or is this somewhat normal and something that can wait until Monday.

Thanks for any input.
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Could be many factors. Pain from nursing--it does hurt until the momma and her teats get used to it. Overheating a bit from 8 warm bodies snuggled in. Or dealing with being a bit nervous of motherhood--it being a new experience and everything. The last is highly likely. If you are concerned, take her temperature and watch her water/food intake and elimination. As long as she doesn't have any other symptoms at other times, she will probably be ok until you can get her into the vet for the post birth check.
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Is this your first litter?
Panting is not at all unusual & the nursing causes uterine contraction ( hence the panting) is the whelping box heated? to be safe I would check her temp
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Hi,
Thanks for the input. It is her first litter and my first litter in a long time. We are sleeping in shifts to keep an eye on her. We are on day two and we do have the room heated. We are trying to give her some breaks from the room as that seems to be hot for her, but we are following her lead on that.

Thanks again.....sometimes I think foaling horses is so much easier. At least they come in ones

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I have no dog breeding expertice so I can only wish you the best.
But, puppies and no pictures!!!!! Have pity on us!!!!
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I hope these pictures come through okay. I'll get some better shots as they are a little bigger.

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Six born and two to go.
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I hope these pictures come through okay. I'll get some better shots as they are a little bigger.

Nursing Well

Happy Girls

Six born and two to go.

Your links didn't work?

I'd love to see pictures of them. The kennel I work at raises and trains British Labs as well! We're in a quiet time right now. No puppies to take care of! I'm kinda enjoying the break before the rush that's coming.
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