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If the litter is small you may not notice any signs until the puppies present themselves. We have had a litter of one where ultrasound showed nothing. The mother's temperature did not drop. Mom did not gain any weight. And mom ate within two hours of whelping the puppy. Fortunately, my Golden Retriever did the midwife bit. My first clue that she was in whelp was when she was in the yard screaming her head off and the Golden had that big dopey Golden smile and the puppy in his mouth.

I strongly recommend having an xray two or three days before she is due to whelp.

By the way, the puppy that was born was named Oxboros Undaunted Courage. She is a grouping placing champion with a tracking title.
 

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I had taken my girl into the vet the day before she whelped and the vet could not find anything.Manual palpation can be rather iffy.I think I have had as many false positive and negatives as true ones. I no longer bother with them


If you do mnot have an xray I hope that you have an experienced mid wife with you.

I have a friend who had a female Basset that was not believed to be in whelped. The bitch went past her due date without a sign of attempting to whelp. Ten days later she spiked a high temperature and was rushed to the vet. She had been pregnamant with a litter of one but was in uterine inertia. The puppy was dead and decaying. Despite a lot of effort the mother was lost as well. The vet costs were at least ten times what the cost of the xray would have been.

I am sure that if you search back through the breeding discussions you will read many horror stories.

Please consider having your girl xrayed.
 
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