How long after a dogs water breaks do they start having pups?

Very soon! From a few minutes to a couple of hours...A first time mom may feel like she needs to go outside shortly after water breaks..If she does, go with her, as often they drop puppies when they squat.
really soon.
Dont go anywhere the pups are coming real soon.
It depends i am a Labrador breeder and i have contact with alot of breeders who have had bitches that can be in labour for hours the recommended time is around 4 hours until you should contact your vet but you need to watch her and look for signs of distress if your ***** is in labour i would have probably done a bit more research or spoken to your vet before this time all the best
very very soon well she should start to have them in just a minute, you can see the contraction, if you look at the stomach in a angle you can see it and after the contraction the puppy will come out i have a dog that just had puppies about a week ago she have 10 but two died, well she had 9 one day and she have the other one the next day, if your dog is a first timer you mite want to make sure that she cleans the puppy right away, because if the puppy are not cleaned of the puppy will died from being cooled, your dog has to get the puppies to room temperature, because it happened to me i was not there to make sure that the puppies got cleaned off, and if your dog doesn't clean them off which is rare that they don't take a towel the is between worm and hot and clean off the puppy. if your dog is a small dog them she will just have about between 2 and 4 puppies, if your dog is a medium size dog then she will have about between 5 and 9 puppies and if your dog is a large dog them she will have between 10 and 15 puppies and it also depends on how long the male dog was on her. if you want to you can feed your dog puppy food, because if provides the dog with the right amount of protein, and vitamins to help your puppies grow up to be healthy and it also give your dog more proteins and vitamins to help your dog nurse, well have the energy.
Here is a great website I found on the stages of labor and what to do, hope it helps
Stage One of Labor:
During the first stage of labor the cervix begins to dilate and uterine contractions begin. These contractions are painful and perplexing to the dog. She will appear quite uncomfortable and restless - pacing, shivering and panting. She probably will not eat and she may even vomit. Some dogs whine persistently. Others occupy themselves building a nest. Uterine contractions, although occurring, are not as easy to see as in humans. This is the longest stage of labor. It generally lasts six to eighteen hours. By the end of this period the dog’s cervix will have completely dilated for the puppies to pass. During this period keep the mother’s environment quiet and calm. I usually shut them off in a darkened area such as the bathroom.

Stage Two of Labor:
During the second stage of labor uterine contractions begin in force. As this stage progresses the placental water sacks break and a straw-colored fluid is passed. Placentas are expelled after each puppy or sporadically during labor. Pups usually appear every half-hour or so after ten to thirty minutes of forceful straining. As the pups deliver, the mother will lick the puppy clean and bite off the umbilical cord. It is important to let the mother do this, if she will, because through this process she bonds with her puppies and learns to recognize them as her own. The rough licking of the mother stimulates the puppies to breathe and improves their circulation. The mother will probably eat some of the afterbirths. If the ***** does not tear away the sac and lick the pups to stimulate respiration, the owner should tear the sac open, clear all fluid away from the pup's nose and mouth, and vigorously rub the pup to stimulate breathing.
It is not uncommon, however, for the mother to take rests during labor and up to four hours can pass between some puppies. If more than four hours have passed without a puppy and you are certain more puppies are present take the dog to a veterinary hospital. Also seek assistance if the mother strains forcefully for over an hour without producing another pup. If you see the rear legs of a puppy protruding from the dog’s vagina you can assist the mother by gently pulling the puppy in a downward and rearward arcing motion. You must do this very gently because puppies are fragile and easily hurt. It is normal for many puppies to be born rear feet first or breach. When a mother dog is stuck in incomplete labor the first thing I do is administer oxytocin and calcium to stimulate uterine contractions. If the puppies are too big to pass through the birth canal or the oxytocin fails to induce successful labor, I perform a cesarean section on the dog.

Stage Three of Labor:
The concept of a third stage of labor is borrowed from human labor terms. It is a very indistinct period in dogs. Once all the puppies have been born the dog enters this third stage of labor during which time the uterus contracts fully, expelling any remaining placenta, blood and fluid.

After thirty-two days of pregnancy the mother’s appetite will begin to increase. She should begin to eat about twice as much as she used to. When the puppies come and she is producing milk, her food consumption should be about three times as much as it was before her pregnancy.
Purchase a name brand puppy chow to feed her with during these periods. If you do so, there is no need to give her supplements of any kind. There is no need to restrict the mother’s normal exercise but intensive exercise or work training should be curtailed.

Around the forty-fifth day, bring the pet in to be examined by a veterinarian. At this time the vet
will be able to palpate the puppies and give you an indication of how many to expect. If you need to know earlier, then have an ultrasound examination performed about the twenty-fifth day.
Blood progesterone levels can be tested about day 34 to confirm pregnancy.

The puppies will be born still covered by the amniotic membrane. This membrane must be removed from the puppy’s face in order for it to breathe. Most momma dogs are very attentive to the newborn puppy and lick and tear the membrane off. If they are not or you just don’t have the patience to wait, assist the dog in doing this. Peel the membrane away and remove mucous from the puppy’s mouth and nose with a soft towel. Tie a piece of dental floss or thread around the umbilical cord about an inch from the puppy’s belly button and cut the cord distal to the knot.

Serious Problems:
If the mother fails to go into labor within twenty-four hours after her body temperature drops to below 100F you should take the dog to a veterinarian. Do this also if you have calculated that more than 69 days have passed since the dog was bred.

Some dogs will suffer milk failure or insufficient milk before their puppies are weaned. This occurs in older dogs as well as dogs that have another concurrent health problem such as eclampsia, mastitis or systemic disease. These dogs need to be taken directly to a veterinarian the puppies supplemented or raised by hand. Signs that milk is inadequate are thin or lean puppies that cry consistently suck objects around them (or each other) and do not sleep.

It is normal for the mother to run a low fever during the two days after giving birth. I become concerned if the fever is over 102.8, if the dog is drinking excessive water or if she is depressed. These may all be signs of a retained placenta (or puppy) or a uterine infection.

It is normal for the dog to have a copious vaginal discharge following birthing. This discharge normally has rusty reddish or greenish brown appearance. I become concerned when the discharge is pus-like or has a strong odor. This can also be a sign of retained placenta and uterine infection (metritis). Normal cleansing of the uterus can last as long as eight weeks.

Normal mother dogs are bright, alert and attentive to their puppies. She should have a ravenous appetite as she converts metabolites to milk. I become concerned if the mother shows any signs of listlessness or depression. She also needs to visit a veterinarian if she is not attentive to her puppies.

Check the mother’s milk flow. It should flow with only the slightest of finger pressure.
If her water broke you should see a puppy within 20 minutes or less. Never let her go an hour after the water breaks. If the water did indeed break and no puppies have come after an hour you need to rush her to a vet hospital because something can go very wrong.
Go get a couple bales of hay if yor ***** is anywhere near term!!! This will provide her with a clean, soft , fairly dry place to have her pups!!! Dont use torn up news paper -- it gets sopping wet !!! Hay will soak it up and you wont have to change it nearly as often. Change it once she has delivered all pups and be ready to help her with gentle hands if a pup gets stuck! It doesnt happen often but it can. If you have never had pups b4 and I dont think you have, you should have a vet there or ready to rush over!!! I lost 2 AKC GERMAN SHEPHERD pups once as I was gone when she went into labor. It wasnt her 1st litter, but her labor was too slow and pups suffacated !!! If I'd been there an hour or 2 sooner I could've given her a shot of Oxytosin (it speeds labor in such cases, but if you dont know how long labor should be or wouldnt recognise distress in her labor -- you need a vet !!! At least on call & ready to come !!! You should have this set up already !!! Get a vet by Monday. Also go to his office with her and get her checked, see how many pups she's having so you'll know when she's done. Each pup is in a separate sack !!! She will bite into and eat each sake! let her do this -- it's natural and necessary for her milk to come!!! You need to get all the instructions from the vet you can. And you should time her between pups to see if things are progressing as they should between pups!!! Do this for your dog! I'm sure she loves and trusts you and now is the time that she needs your help most !!!


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hormone used clinically to help begin or to continue labour, to control bleeding following delivery, and to stimulate the secretion of breast milk. Oxytocin was first synthesized (along with the related antidiuretic hormone [ADH]) by Vincent du Vigneaud in 1953, and he received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1955 for this work. Synthetic oxytocin has since become widely used

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Your vet would have to give you this, teach you how to give shots and decide how much she'd need -- if she'd need it at all. My girl did, but I wasnt home. However, I'm a nurse and my vet gave me instructions as to how much she'd need. I had it in fridge, but I wasnt home. She'd had all pups by the time my son & I got home. It was too late for the last 2 pups, sad!

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