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Southside Animal Hospital

Labor & Delivery

If your pet is pregnant or you are planning for pregnancy, consult with our doctors to have the right prenatal care & delivery plan.


The creation of life is an exciting time. We are here to support and help with your pet's labor and delivery with trained doctors, technicians, and modern technology.

What prenatal care is recommended?

If your pet has become pregnant or if you suspect your pet is pregnant, make an appointment with our veterinarians. We will perform a pre-natal exam as well as an ultrasound to determine if the pregnancy is viable. We recommend radiographs closer to delivery to count the number of puppies/kittens.

As your pet nears the end of pregnancy, look for signs that labor is beginning. These signs include restlessness, anxiety, panting, pacing, nesting, refusal to eat, or even trembling. This stage of labor can last anywhere between 6-36 hours, during which contractions are occurring.

How do I know that labor is progressing as expected?

See Lifelearn handouts on whelping in dogs & queening in cats.