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Q. Molly , my Maltese/Shih-Tzu, gave birth to 4 puppies 36 hrs. Ago. She has been breathing rapidly, constantly since several days before whelping.

Answered By
DR. JENNIFER LADD, DVM

A. Are you sure she is done whelming? Do you have abdominal radiographs confirming number of puppies? I would also be suspicious of her calcium levels being low. It is a good idea to call your veterinarian. It is difficult to take her in as you will need to bring all the puppies but she may need some supportive care


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