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how long should it take for first pup to be born..bichon f

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how long should it take for first pup to be born..bichon frise
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 years ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Generally speaking, we should see Trixie's first pup born within 20-30 minutes of the initiation of strong contractions and
withing 2-3 hours from fluid being passed. So, this is the start but you may have a wee while left yet before the pups arrive.

Furthermore, just to note our other common time periods to keep an eye out for, once your first pup is born we would expect its siblings to follow within 20-30 minutes of each other. If there is a delay longer then this and she is straining, we would be concerned about delivery complications.

As well, during the labor you may see Trixie take a break and stop straining. Do not be alarmed. These "breaks" can last up to 2 hours. That said, if she has a break that lasts longer then 2 hours or is straining to pass a pup during that time (which would mean it is not a break and instead a complication), those would be your red flags to get her vet involved.

Finally, if Trixie does get into any trouble, remember that all vet practices in this country do have
contingency plans for emergency care for their patients even when they are not open. Therefore, if she has any trouble then do ring your vets. They will likely have a message to direct you on how to contact their out of hours service. And if you don't have a vet you can find one local to you, you can check the RCVS Register (HERE) to find your local Vets Now (LINK) who are open all nights/weekends. That said, hopefully all will go smoothly and you will not need them to help Trixie.

I hope this information is helpful.

If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!

All the best,

Dr. B.


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