My shih tzu had puppies and they all died. How long will it take her to get back to normal ?

Is there anything I should be doing to help her?
The puppies were born on day 57 after breeding. They all died within 24 to 48 hours after being born. There was a place next to their umbilical cords that was open on every pup. One pup was born with intestines on the outside of its body.

What do you mean by normal? If you mean back to the condition she was in before she had her puppies, it could take as short as a couple weeks to as long as a few months. The uterus has to have time to "involute", or to shrink back to its normal size. Because she won't be having any puppies suckling, her body will naturally start to cycle again and she may come back into heat as soon as 21 days after she stops producing milk.

In response to the person who suggested you go to the vet to get a "milk stopping" shot so she doesn't get engorged: such an injection does not exist. Since she doesn't have any pups suckling, her body will resorb the milk and her mammary glands will return to non-functional status.

The fact that the puppies died could be attributed to a number of things. One of them is that the pups were born infected with a virus or a bacterial infection. These types of things can be transmitted through the placenta and/or the milk. Also, the pups could have been born prematurely. This is caused by the mother's body. Lastly, the pups could have been born with congenital (birth) defects that caused death. These are all clues that something wrong happened during the pregnancy. Many times, these are clues that the female should not be bred again.

It is best to spay your shih-tzu as soon as possible. This can be done even though she may still be lactating. Unless you are a reputable breeder and are substantially knowledgeable about breeding dogs, it is almost irresponsible to be letting your dog breed. I don't mean to be harsh but I've been a veterinary technician for 6 years and see this scenario countless times a year. The dogs suffer and later on in life have complications such as mammary tumors (breast cancer), pyometra (pus-filled uterus), and ovarian cancer.

I would strongly suggest reading up about the repercussions of uninformed breeding and to spay your dog as soon as possible.

  • Aurora

    Why did they all die!?
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  • koby_cute

    first of all how and why did the puppies die? i think you should just let your dog rest and let them have fun with other dogs maybe that will make her think of other things
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  • Smith

    Not that long. Although it is very sad for us humans, dogs are a lot more stable. Puppies are taken from their mother when they are bought, they can handle loss pretty darn well. Just give a lot of love and give it extra attention.
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  • Pibbles

    YOu can spay her so this doesn't happen again.
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  • cards_n_coffee

    ~why and how old were the pups? she might need to go to vets for a shot to dry her milk up, to prevent engorging. Normal pregancy her body will need a few weeks to recover from the stress. Cut back on her food to help dry her milk up.She will be looking for the pups for a bit, just reassure her that it's all ok. I would slowly get back to her normal routine.

    If the pups were real young she will be more stressed than if the pups were like 8 weeks. If young she will still have the instinct of mothering as the pups grow the instinct to protect the pups lessens.
    Be patient with her and GOOD LUCK
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  • Kassi H

    it wont take that long just give her or he on space for a while and she or he will be better and forget all about theme good luck!!!!!!:)
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  • imalobster

    Spay her so she doesn't have to endure such a tragedy a second time.
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  • Simi

    HELLO IM A VET HERE!!!What caused the puppies to die. This could be somthing wrong with you shih tzu. Go take her to the vet and get her spayed and neanered
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  • piquantfilly19

    What do you mean by normal? If you mean back to the condition she was in before she had her puppies, it could take as short as a couple weeks to as long as a few months. The uterus has to have time to "involute", or to shrink back to its normal size. Because she won't be having any puppies suckling, her body will naturally start to cycle again and she may come back into heat as soon as 21 days after she stops producing milk.

    In response to the person who suggested you go to the vet to get a "milk stopping" shot so she doesn't get engorged: such an injection does not exist. Since she doesn't have any pups suckling, her body will resorb the milk and her mammary glands will return to non-functional status.

    The fact that the puppies died could be attributed to a number of things. One of them is that the pups were born infected with a virus or a bacterial infection. These types of things can be transmitted through the placenta and/or the milk. Also, the pups could have been born prematurely. This is caused by the mother's body. Lastly, the pups could have been born with congenital (birth) defects that caused death. These are all clues that something wrong happened during the pregnancy. Many times, these are clues that the female should not be bred again.

    It is best to spay your shih-tzu as soon as possible. This can be done even though she may still be lactating. Unless you are a reputable breeder and are substantially knowledgeable about breeding dogs, it is almost irresponsible to be letting your dog breed. I don't mean to be harsh but I've been a veterinary technician for 6 years and see this scenario countless times a year. The dogs suffer and later on in life have complications such as mammary tumors (breast cancer), pyometra (pus-filled uterus), and ovarian cancer.

    I would strongly suggest reading up about the repercussions of uninformed breeding and to spay your dog as soon as possible.
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The Shih Tzu Manual