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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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My went into labour this morning, the first pup was

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My bitch went into labour this morning, the first pup was delivered at 9am this morning but unfortunatly didn't survive, my bitch has now gone to sleep... Is this normal?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Georgie, I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. To answer you directly, yes, Kacey's behavior can be normal. Dystocia (difficult birth) is diagnosed when

1) Active stage 2 labor (active contractions) lasts more than an hour without producing a pup

2) More than 3 hours pass between pups without active contractions

Please let me know if you still need help.