Although the puppies don’t know it, their first week was a bit more exciting than usual.
Rhodi went into labor on Thursday early morning with normal pre-labor nesting and panting. Her previous days, however, weren’t normal because she and her brother Mica stole a bottle of Rimydal from their kitchen counter. The then spent 2 1/2 days at the vet’s getting iv fluids and meds. Poor Rhodi was 62 days pregnant by the time she returned home. We had her whelping room ready and the next day she was ready to give birth.
After 20 minutes of pushing with no delivery, I checked her out and could feel the puppy high up in the birth canal. It became evident that we needed to take her in for a C-section. As a veterinary tech 30 years ago I assisted in c-sections but suddenly I was on the other side and I didn’t like it. Everything seemed to take too long and I was anxious to get the puppies delivered. It was also a little odd to be ‘behind the scenes’ in the operating room helping to recessitate the newly arriving puppies. By 5am Rhodi and the 5 puppies were home and in the whelping box.
There is always a risk that the mother wont recognize the puppies as her own but Rhodi immediately took to motherhood. The puppies, however, had no nursing reflex. They were 5 hours post ‘delivery’ and getting dehydrated, hungry and cool. Slowly slowy each puppy latched onto a nipple. What a relief.
Despite the difficult start, mom and puppies thrived… and the puppies even gained weight the first day. My motto, ‘In like a Lion out like a Lamb.’