Dear Dr. Salkin, thank you for your response. It is now 65 days past her last mating.
Thank you very much but our beloved Lab is not comfortable and well. We have bred puppies before and quite understand yr comments. However, the spotting is greeny/brown and foul smelling. Cinders is still twitching and causing me concerns. I telephoned our regular vet. I think this little dog would benefit from a C-Section but vet doesn't agree. Been told we could lose mum or pups or both. Daughter took Cinders to vet this morning but no temperature taken. Scan showed one maybe two images but machines very old. Daughter positive she saw one heartbeat. Vet said C-Sections are often performed unnecessarily. Vet sent dog home but dog's condition is deteriorating. I'm v afraid. Been up for two nights and no sign of any pups. What do I do?
Too late one dead pup born. Pup is enormous. Ive measured it at 30 cms. Am returning with Cinders to vet. Dog very weak. Will keep you posted.
As if things couldn't get any worse. We returned to the veterinary surgery with Cinders. She was scanned again but once again what appeared on the screen was unrecognisable. Could it be membrane, or a second pup - no heartbeat. I insisted on a referral to a Specialist Surgery - so very afraid we would lose mum as well.
At this Specialist Centre Cinders was scanned/x-rayed and as clear as clear there was a second pup. Pup was not viable.
Cinders was operated on and the dead pup removed. This pup was mal-formed. There were early signs of infection and our beloved Cinders had to undergo a full hysterectomy.
I need just 3 questions answered if you will be so kind...
1. Under the circumstances would most vets have performed a C-Section, given my concerns about the symptoms earlier on?
2. What does early signs of infection mean. Had Cinders had a C-section three days ago could this "infection" been treatable with Antibiotics for instance and
3. The first pup born dead was perfectly formed but the second was not. |Had Cinders had a C-Section would a future litter been mal-formed also? It might be worth mentioning here that Cinder's mum had 7 perfect puppies and Cinders' sister also had two litters of 7 puppies before she was spayed.