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How do dogs have puppies?

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Dogs go into labor when it is time to have their puppies. The labor process includes the first stage, where uterine contractions begin; hard labor, in which the puppies are born; and the final stage in which the mother dog passes the placenta and afterbirth. Normally, puppies are born 45 to 60 minutes apart.

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Owners can tell when their female is about to enter labor when her temperature drops below 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The first stage of labor can last anywhere from 6 to 12 hours. Only when she is fully dilated will the puppies begin to emerge.

During the second stage of labor, the puppies are born. Puppies are born in a membrane that the mother dog will clean off the puppy.

In a healthy delivery, the final stage of labor will involve the delivery of the placentas and afterbirth. There should be one placenta for each puppy born.

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