Signs of My Dog Losing Her Puppies

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A pregnant dog losing her puppies, also known as spontaneous abortion, happens when foetuses die in the womb before the pregnancy has come to term. According to Lowchens Australia, if miscarriage occurs early in the pregnancy, the foetus might be reabsorbed and the dog might show few symptoms.

Spontaneous abortion that happens at later stages has several signs that you can watch out for.

Expulsion of Fetus

In some cases, dogs that miscarry might expel the premature foetus, according to Lowchens Australia. This usually happens when the spontaneous abortion occurs at least 40 to 45 days after conception. If you want to determine the cause of the miscarriage, you can bring the aborted foetus to the vet for examination. If the spontaneous abortion happens early in the pregnancy, the bitch might reabsorb the foetus. Because no foetus is found, miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy is often falsely diagnosed as infertility.

Vaginal Discharge

According to Pet MD, the most common sign of a dog experiencing a miscarriage is abnormal vaginal bleeding. Lowchens Australia states that early abortion might cause a bloody discharge, while late abortion might cause a greenish-brown discharge that contains placental pigment. If spontaneous abortion is the result of infectious complications, you might observe purulent vaginal discharge. Your vet might be able to diagnose early abortion where the foetus has been reabsorbed by studying the vulvar discharge of your dog.

Stomach Shrinkage

A pregnant dog's stomach swells up, but when the foetus has been spontaneously aborted, the stomach shrinks back to the normal size, according to Pet Peoples Place. The foetus might have been expelled or reabsorbed by the dog, which means that the uterus is once again empty. If your dog is in early pregnancy and her stomach deflates, she might have experienced miscarriage even though you might not find the aborted foetus.


A bitch undergoing a miscarriage will generally be sick. According to Lowchens Australia, she might seem tired and depressed, with little appetite. She might experience dehydration and fever. Her abdomen might contract, causing straining, pain and discomfort. The dog might also vomit and have diarrhoea.