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.

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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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