The puppies are a week old now and have doubled their birth weights. It is always so interesting to see how within one litter some pups are naturally bigger and some naturally smaller. Nevertheless every pup is well and strong and growing. They spend all day (and night) just sleeping, eating and growing. Jade still stimulates their little tummies for bowel movements which she cleans by licking (nappy change). [I am so glad I am not a mommy-dog!] Jade herself is well and healing very nicely from her operation. She likes to go out for sunshine and fresh air for 10 – 20 mins two or three times a day. Otherwise she is busy sleeping, feeding, cleaning and making milk.
The bars in the puppy box are stop Jade lying right up against the side in case she squashes a puppy. Pups “swim” all around her – they cant walk yet. They still do puppy-crawling / ‘swimming’.
After waiting all day 24th and 25th December for the imminent arrival of the puppies, with Jade showing all the typical signs of “getting ready”, she final went into labour at 11:30pm on night of 26th December. First baby was a healthy baby girl as was her sister who arrived at 01:00 on 27th December. Then nothing – no contractions for a 3+hours. Jade had a discharge which we put to the placenta of the second puppy, but when a second discharge followed with no puppy and no contractions, we decided to take urgent action. So at 4:30am we were off to Fourways Veterinary Hospital (the only one open 24/7/365 in our area) with Jade and both babies.
After examining her and finding no blockages,they took x-rays and did a scan to determine how many might still be inside and whether the babies were in any distress. Thereafter, they gave her an oxytocin injection, which caused her to deliver another 5 babies. Sadly one was stillborn. At 6:30 am we were sent home again with the growing family to deliver the rest of the litter. The x-rays showed at least another 2 or 3 babies to come. Chris took a nap for an hour and then I took a nap during which Chris helped deliver one more baby. He’s becoming quite the puppy midwife now!! But then once again, no more contractions. We knew for sure there were at least 2 more inside to come. So at 12:00, Jade and I went back to Fourways Vet Hospital for another oxytocin injection, leaving Chris to take care of the pups. For a public holiday, they were unbelievably busy, but having phoned ahead we were allowed to jump the queue as Mommy-dog was ‘in labour’.
Jade was again x-rayed and it was confirmed that there were still 2 babies inside. One oxytocin, then another, then a third, every half hour … and still no contractions. I finally agreed with the vet to call in their specialist surgeon to do a Caesarian at an estimated exorbitant cost!!! There was a bulldog also requiring a C-section there at the same time. Just as they were about to prepare Jade for surgery, she started contracting and delivered the second-last baby. We all agreed to let the bulldog go first for her C-section. Jade received a second calcium shot and a fourth oxytocin shot (half an hour minimum between each oxytocin). By 3pm, I suggested that Chris bring the other new-borns through to be fed. I really had not expected to be spending another 5 hours at the hospital with Jade! The doc agreed that feeding the others may well bring on the last baby. We cancelled the surgery. At 4:45 we were sent home in the hopes that the last baby would still arrive. Chris and I were both happy with this as our regular vet would be available between 5 – 6pm to take over.
After letting the babies feed, Chris once again stayed with the puppies while I took Jade to our wonderful Radiokop Animal Clinic where Dr Philip Stapelberg and Dr Caitlin Dewey did the c-section and delivered the last puppy – another little girl. We all agreed to get Jade spayed while doing the caesarian operation. I became the paediatric nurse and took care of the new-born, keeping her warm and close while the doctors finished the op. Jade, Baby and I then went home arriving 8:30pm after a very long day!
The end result – 6 girls and 3 boys! All strong and healthy. Jade is doing very well and has once again resumed being the most wonderful mother to her last litter.
Many thanks to all the doctors and nurses who helped us along the way!
Yes, we are expecting Christmas puppies!!! Jade and Copper are expecting. All well and we are busy getting everything ready for the imminent arrival of the puppies.
By days the pups get the run of their puppy yard where they can run and play and dig and nap and mess. By night they are returned to their puppy box where they are warm and safe. Every morning I get greeted with a pup-pet show. They are so happy to see me in the morning and jump up against the wall to greet me. So sweet!
We’ve had some major events in a puppy’s life this week! Firstly they got introduced to toys. The most loved toys are the soft toys with a squeek or a bell in them. The pups compete over them and tug at them. Chew toys are liked by some for biting, but not all the pups like the rubbery texture / taste (I’m not sure which).
Some hints about Toys for Puppy: by pet toys not children toys. They are tougher and not filled with any fillings that could be dangerous for puppies. Also, the “fluff” doesn’t come off to choke puppy. All toys should be safe and not have eyes, noses or ears that can be pulled off and swallowed. Make sure all appendages are well stitched on.We had a dog who swallowed a ferule from a garden chair which blocked up her plumbing and had to be operated on to remove it. (Costly and stressful). If you search under “toys” on this blog I have written a piece all about toys for puppies.
So here are the little ones with some of their toys.
At last it has been warm enough to take the puppies outside! Gosh it HAS been cold this past week! The little ones got loaded into a washing basket (2 baskets actually) and carried out to a “Picnic blanket” on the lawn, where they had lunch.
As usual they spilled their kibble on the blanket, which was shaken out and cleaned up by the big dogs afterwards.
Once they had had enough to eat and were falling asleep in the sun, we re-loaded them in the baskets and took them back indoors. Molly came to check on them and they were all clambering to get their after-lunch “milkshake”.