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Pregnant Dam 59 days, temp of 98.1.. What next?!

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Ok, I know the argument for spaying and neutering and I agree a hundred percent. My daughter got her UKC beautiful blue fawn brindled PitBull for free under the condition he got to breed her once and keep half the puppies.

Well I took her temperature this morning and it was 98.1, and shivering on and off. I'm thinking that shivering is happening when she is having contractions. She does not want to get off the couch and go to the area prepared for her to have the pups. I put some trash bags under blankets for her to lay on, and covered her up with a blanket because it is a bit cooler than normal here today.

She seems to be mainly sleeping, is this just first stage or false labor. I thought she would be nesting and searching for a quieter spot besides the living room couch, that is her normal hang out spot.

Any tips or ideas please let me know,

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Ditto the above. Mother dogs (especially first timers) can get really stressed with other dogs around. Best to keep her in a quiet, low-activity area without the other dogs having access. Good luck.

BTW, it sounds like you have this covered and have done your research, but make sure you call the vet if the first pup doesn't arrive after 1-2 hours of active contractions, or if more than four hours pass after any pup and the next expected doesn't come. Even if you don't have to take her in, better safe than sorry to make a phone call. :)
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I'm glad there were no complications and that most of the pups were healthy. I'm sure you rebedded the kiddie pool, but do make sure the pups can't get underneath the bedding. Good job on taking such care with them during the whelping!
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Btw, if you don't mind answering, I know the breeder is taking half the pups, but is he going to help sell the other pups, or will that be your responsibility? Or was there already a wait list through the breeder?

And what a big litter! First time mama and you are going to have your hands full! :) (get your cleaners ready....)
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