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Membranes
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The mother should brake the membrane sac and start to lick the puppy, drying, stimulating it. Check to see if all fluids have been cleared from the pups nostrils & mouth. It is wise to have the vet visit within a day or two to make sure all the puppies are ok. Be sure that each pup starts nursing right away, these first few meals will provide antibodies to help fight infection.

Labour may start from 2 to 24 hours, during this stage she may be restless and pant quite a lot. She will begin to contract and it is wise to make a note of the time this happens. The first pup should appear within an hour, contact your vet for help if this has not happened. The pup will appear in a dark colour sac of fluid, which will be wrapped in another fluid membrane. The puppy should be born soon after this stage.


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