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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mielikki and Sky's puppies are finally here

Finally Mielikki has delivered her puppies but it did not go as smoothly as we wished. Let's go back to Thursday night... We did not know how many pups to expect as we did not want to subject her to unnecessary stress caused by a trip to a vet. We knew that she was huge and anticipated at least 7 pups.

She started to have contractions on Thursday evening. This was the 63rd day from the first breeding. First puppy was whelped at 9:20 PM. Then there was a very long break. Mielikki was having contractions, though not very hard, but no puppy emerged. Around midnight I called our vet at Cobleskill Veterinary Clinic, and Dr. Kevin Baldwin agreed to meet us there around 1 AM. So we packed Mielikki and her first puppy and made a 35-minute trip. Twenty minutes into the trip Mielikki delivered another puppy. It was a relief as we really wanted to avoid a C-section. She got hydrated at the clinic, and we drove back home.

The rest of the night was pretty stressful. She would whelp a puppy every two hours or so, but things were proceeding quite slowly. Two pups did not survive delivery as they spent too much time in the birth canal. By 9 AM we had 7 puppies (5 alive and 2 dead), and not much was happening any more. We knew that she still had some pups inside her. After I checked her temperature, which rose to 103, we started to be concerned and placed another call to the vets. We were advised to bring her in.

Mielikki was x-rayed, and as it turned out she was carrying two additional puppies. According to Dr. Montario if there were only one puppy, maybe we could have brought it out by giving her oxytocin and calcium. But with two pups still there, and one of them placed very far from the birth canal, he advised C-section. We agreed to do it. It was a good decision as the two pups were still OK. One of them was stuck very far in the uterine horn, and apparently Mielikki would not have been able to push it out.

So the final outcome is 7 puppies, 5 females and 2 males, ranging at birth from 7.6 oz (215 gr) to 10 oz (283 gr). They all are in a good shape. Mielikki bounced back really quickly, and on Friday afternoon was drinking, eating and cleaning the pups' bottoms. Friday night was completely uneventful, and today (Saturday) things continue to go well. All the puppies put on some weight. We will continue to report about the pups at our puppy journal. This is our U-litter, which means that registered names of the pups will be starting with the letter U. All the pups are spoken for.

A big thank you to everybody at Cobleskill Veterinary Clinic, who helped with Mielikki's litter!


Lindsjö taxar said...

What a stressful delivery...and so many?? Thats unsusual. I am glad that we had 4, its enough for Tyra.
Hope she wioll recover and have enough of milk for everyone.
Congrats to all of you.

Claire said...

Oh my! I am so glad pups and mom are doing well.

Your story is exactly why I have a therio calling the shots every step of the way.

I have an X-ray done 2 days before the due date to measure heads. I have had some which have been too big to pass through Momma's pelvic opening. The bones of the pelvis do not widen as they do in humans.

My therio sends me home with oxytocin and calcium and I am not allowed to use either unless I talk to her.

If momma waits more than 2 hours between pups, I am to call her.

If there is heavy labor and no pup, I am to call her.

I know that we prefer to have easy whelpers, but as these are not natural beings but highly gentically engineered ones, and they are never going to have to whelp in nature, I believe science and medicine every step of the way makes for a safer delivery.

I wish you a happy energetic litter!

Jolanta Jeanneney said...

Thank you for good wishes and for sharing your experience. I always have oxytocin and oral calcium on hand. I used both during Mielikki's whelping but in the end they stopped being effective.

Jolanta Jeanneney said...

In my experience female fertility runs through a female's bloodline. Mielikki comes from a litter of ten. I think that an average size of litter in standard dachshunds is 5.5. I'd say 9 puppies is excessive (we have had that number many times) and it is tough on a mother, but for me the ideal size is 7.

Claire said...

Amount of pups is very much genetically influenced. Sows have been engineered to give many many whelps per litter!

Lindsjö taxar said...

Our 4 pups are growing and Tyra is feeding them well but she is very thin although she eats a lot.
Good you have that experience with big litters...