|Biscuit - Where did he come from?|
Two hours is a normal time to wait between births, I've waited longer but during that time have seen activity within the bitch as the little ones make their way to the world, but Sammi just stopped. She was not tired, the boys had come out so easily, but nothing was happening. I walked her around the yard and on advice I gave her calcium to try and get her going, but nothing. Sammi was happy feeding her boys, washing them and relaxed and calm. Though she was fine I become increasingly concerned that something was wrong, I repeat but everything had simply stopped.
|Biscuit and Fudge|
Ken described her condition as "Uterine inertia." I googled it after coming home ... "The main symptom is the inability to initiate the process of birthing (parturition) at the end of the normal gestation period. Often the patient is bright and alert and does not appear to be in distress. In some cases, the bitch may deliver one or two fetuses normally, after which labor ceases, even though there are still more fetuses in the uterus." Well yeah that was exactly it!
|Wake Up Winnie|
It's much harder for me and no doubt the bitch to be faced with 7 hungry puppies in one go than it is during natural birth when you can identify them and make sure they feed individually. We did our best and it took a few hours for the family to settle and become warm and content.
|First photo at home|
Of course we are not out of the woods, the first 36 hrs are critical, there must be adaptations at birth to the major body system, especially the heart. liver and lungs. I won't be relaxing for some time yet!