Sun, May 19, 2024
Loss of appetite
Inappropriate urination

She got pregnant first heat she's 1 1/2 yr old had nine puppies and is not doing well today

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The symptoms you're describing in your American Pit Bull Terrier, who recently gave birth to nine puppies, are concerning and could be indicative of several conditions that are not uncommon in the postpartum period. Panting, fever, excessive drinking, lethargy, loss of appetite, and inappropriate urination can be signs of several serious conditions, including mastitis (infection of the mammary glands), metritis (infection of the uterus), or eclampsia (a life-threatening drop in blood calcium levels).

Given that she is displaying these symptoms, it's important to ensure she is in a comfortable, quiet space to rest and recover, away from any disturbances. Make sure she has easy access to fresh water, as she may be dehydrated, especially if she's been drinking excessively and has a fever. However, do not force her to eat or drink if she is unwilling.

It's also crucial to keep the environment clean, especially the area where she is nursing her puppies. This will help prevent the spread of any potential infection. Monitor her temperature if possible; a normal dog's temperature should range between 101 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. If her temperature is above this range, it is indicative of a fever.

Check her mammary glands for any signs of redness, swelling, or discharge, which could suggest mastitis. Observe the color of her gums; they should be pink, and if they are pale or white, it could indicate anemia or blood loss, which is an emergency. Also, watch for any foul-smelling discharge from her vulva, which could indicate a uterine infection.

If she is showing signs of restlessness, muscle tremors, or convulsions, this could be a sign of eclampsia, which requires immediate veterinary intervention to administer calcium.

In the current condition, if you notice any of the following additional symptoms, it is imperative to seek immediate veterinary care: difficulty breathing, collapse, persistent vomiting or diarrhea, a gum color that is pale or blue, or if she is unable to stand or walk.

While it is normal for a mother dog to be tired after giving birth, the symptoms you've described go beyond normal postpartum fatigue and indicate that she may be experiencing complications that require medical attention. It is essential to keep the puppies warm and fed, but the mother's health is also a priority as it directly affects the well-being of her litter.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.