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    Cleo had her litter yesterday morning, and rested all day afterwards.

    The pups are doing great. They are feeding well, active, and Cleo has been looking after them really well. One pup didn't make it =( the other 8 are beautiful though.

    I am very worried about Cleo today though... she has been crying all morning and I just don't know what could be wrong.

    I have tried food and water of course, I tried changing her bed, and comforting her... she's just so restless. I can't even get her to lay down with her pups at the moment. She's really anxious.

    I called the vet and they said I should bring her in, but they don't do billing accounts and I just don't have the money give upfront.... I rang animal welfare places and everyone I called just gave me numbers to call other people...

    Please give me useful advice on what could be wrong and what I can try?
    I am worried that she is depressed or something worse...

    Thank you everyone for your advice in my last post too, I very much appreciate it <3

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    Well it certainly sounds like something is wrong.

    She could still have a pup stuck in the canal,she could be retaining afterbirths.....did you notice her eating all 9 afterbirths?

    Is she upset with her rear end in general? ie looking at it,licking at it,chewing/biting it? Does she still seem to be straining?

    Look sorry to be blunt here but you need to get your girl to a vet.
    Beg,borrow or steal the money but get her there now.
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    I don't think it is afterbirths, she isn't worried about her rear. She had all the puppies. it took 9 hours, but they all arrived.
    She isn't straining. She just seems upset. I have gotten her to lay back down with her pups, but she hates it when I leave her alone with them... she just whimpers looking at me. Or if I let her sit with me for a while, she'll stare at her pups attentively... she just seems confused really...
    I've gotten her to eat now as well.
    Plus, it may be the heat? I have cooled the whole house down a bit with the air con and she seem a lot calmer now.

    Can dogs be overwhelmed, or get post-natal depression for the first few days?

    And believe me, I have tried to find a way to get her to the vet, no one will help me.


    I think I will just keep monitoring her behaviour for now... my partner will be home tonight finally, and he'll know what to do

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    Yes most certainly first time mums can be over whelmed with it all. Its a right crock when you're told oh but nature will take its course and she will be the bestest mother from the get go.

    She might be feeling very anxious at what she has just acheived and have no idea what to do next.
    Have you tried laying down with her and calming her and placing the pups on to drink? Once the bubs start drinking she may well start settling of her own accord.
    How old is she by the way ?
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    She really needs a vet. I also hope that you have read up on hand rearing them if she rejects them. You will need formula and bottles on hand to jump in if you do and being prepared to wake up at intervals through the night to do this and toilet them.

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    Yep I have been sitting with and laying with her a lot. I did so during her labour as well. We had power naps together between pups lol not that we were fully asleep.

    I have layed her down again and sat with her. I decided to try to ease her into it, so layed her down and gave her little bits of mince as a treat for staying there by herself. She is now laying with her pups across the other side of the room happily =D thank goodness! She hasn't even looked at me for help in the past 45 mins. I am taking that as a good sign.

    I think it is definitely just the shock of having 8 pups to look after now. She'll be okay =) she hasn't rejected really. She lets them latch on and feed, and she cleans them and helps them go to the toilet. So that's the main thing.

    She's not in any pain, so it must just be stress.

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    She had a very large litter for a first time young mummy, also you mentioned its quite hot, she may be a little stressed and flustered.
    Despite saying this, I know you don't have money to throw around, but it really would be a good idea to get her to the vet.
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    Of course I want to get her to a vet, she needs to be checked anyway after giving birth to 9 pups (only 8 survived)

    It is not that I don't want to spend money on her, it's that I don't HAVE the money. And no one will help me...There is nothing I want more than to get her to a vet, and I will ASAP and no later!

    She is doing much better and still laying there... I even got in a shower and she was fine.

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    I know that. Hence why I said 'I know you don't have money to throw around'
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    I wouldn't consider getting my dog to a vet "throwing around money" is all... sorry I probably took it the wrong way... I just don't want people to think I'm being cheap on my dog it's really not the case. I get paid fortnightly and next week is pay week...

    I love her so much despite being her owner for only 3 weeks...

    I'm doing the very best I can... I didn't expect the pups to be here til next week...

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