Signs of imminent birth are nesting (making an area to have the babies in), restlessness, a discharge (green or black in color) with a small amount of blood being ok. A fluid filled placental bag may appear from the back end. After giving birth the mother may rest between pups/kittens without any abdominal straining for up to 3 hours.
After they are born, the mother will lick the babies to remove the placenta and to stimulate breathing. She will chew off the excess umbilical cord and will probably eat each placenta.
Puppies and kittens should cry/vocalize for their mother's attention and nuzzle into her to feed. Pups/kittens that appear stillborn may be firmly rubbed with a dry hand towel for 5-10 minutes to stimulate breathing/resuscitate. Mucus can be wiped away from pup/kitten's nostrils and mouth with a soft cloth to clear the airway.
The mother dog/cat should have access to water/food/toilet and not be disturbed by any companion pets during and after labor.
Veterinary advice and attention should be sought if
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