So excited that as of last night’s daily weighing (day 4), ALL puppies have hit that one pound weight gain! In truth, all but one puppy was over one pound on Day 3 but as of Day 4, ALL are now! YEAH!! Deja’s milk has come in and with the puppies nursing, the hardened areas along her mammary chain have softened. In other words… The “milk bar” is officially open!
With puppies, that first 24 hour period is SO CRITICAL but after making it through that first 24 hours, that first week is very critical also! I am very relieved to know all pups are gaining weight so thought I would pass along this happy news.
And for future reference…
The girls are:
The boys are:
Dark Blue Collar
Light Blue Collar
Yesterday, momentarily, Deja decided to sit up while nursing puppies! They are way too young for this (and she only did it for a moment before lying down with them) but I was able to catch this photo. Silly girl!!
Day three and watching/spending a LOT of time with mom and puppies. We are specifically watching/waiting for Deja’s milk to come in (it can take a few days). All puppies have received colostrum from Deja; this “pre-milk” transfers Deja’s antibodies against disease and illness to each of the puppies. All puppies have gained weight from their initial birth weight; some have lost a few ounces from that inital weight to their weight on day 2 (last night). Again, this is normal and a sign that Deja’s “real milk” has not come in yet. We are making sure all puppies are nursing; all have a good “suck reflex” and have no problems “finding mom”.
Deja does have a few hardened areas along her mammary chain. We are alternating warm and cold compresses to these areas to ease any discomfort Deja may have as her body adjusts to the puppies nursing. We are very relieved that Deja’s appetite remains normal as well as her other “bodily functions”. And of course, we continue to montior Deja’s temperature which also is normal.
Today is “dew claw” day. Puppies will have their dew claws removed. This will be one less nail for new owners to trim later and… removes the likelihood of that side nail from getting snagged/ripped later in life. “Day 3” is when this is done.
In the meantime, new photos of puppies. I love them all!
The big day… Deja had her puppies on 4th of July! What is worse than having puppies on a weekend? Having puppies on a HOLIDAY/weekend! As opposed to how things might have been in years past, now adays, vet care on “off hours” for repro is extremely limited! When Deja had her temp drop the morning of 7/3, it was suggested I bring her in for a progesterone test to SEE if she was close enough to delivery to do a C-section on 7/3? The problem with this option is… that temp drop can last up to 36 hours. That is the time puppies need for their lungs to develop to survive outside of mom. Taking puppies “early”… NOT a good option! We opted to wait it out knowing we would be “on our own” for Deja’s whelping.
We’ve delivered LOTS of litters over the years so weren’t overly worried. Mother Nature knows what to do! The waiting though… It is ALWAYS the hardest part! Deja’s first stage of labor lasted 34 hours! At 6:00 p.m. on 7/4, Deja’s water broke! Time for puppies… the first puppy came 18 minutes later! Deja consistently delivered a puppy approximately every 15 minutes after that… Hardly time to catch one’s breathe before the next puppy arrived!
Sadly, not all puppies survive no matter what heroics are done. This is always very sad and why “having puppies” (or any baby animal) in order for children to experience birth… it’s NEVER a good idea! Still, we feel very blessed with 7 healthy puppies; 4 girls and 3 boys!
I’m in the process of contacting folks that are on my “wait list” (and giving them a chance to reply back). And am taking care of Deja and her puppies! If I haven’t contacted you yet, please be patient! In the meantime, photos of the puppies approximately 12 hours old!
Happy Birthday, Vee (and to all of her littermates too!)
Time seems to have a mind of it’s own; I can hardly believe it is almost JULY!
With all the talk about upcoming puppies (and puppies sired by Rooster who is a very proud daddy), I neglected to wish Puppy Vee, and all of her littermates, a happy first birthday (6/11/19).
Vee celebrated her birthday on Saturday, 6/15/19, by attending her first Health Clinic. We attend this specific health clinic every year where ALL of the dogs get their annual health testing. Am very pleased that again this year, all of my dogs passed their eye tests for breed specific congenital/genetic eye diseases. Yeah!!
Not only did Vee pass her eye exam but she also passed her cardiology exam too. “Puppies” need to be over a year of age for this test to count for their permanent health clearance so four days after her first birthday, Vee now has both her eye and heart health clearance! Super yeah!!
Thanks goes to the organizer of this health clinic. She does an amazing job keeping everyone organized both in scheduling the vets for this clinic and the dogs/owners attending this health clinic. Again this year, the vets, from CSU, volunteer their time to do their specific exams. They are very much greatly appreciated. I specifically appreciate the continuity of care having the same vets do their exams who have seen my dogs in previous years. Health testing is the cornerstone of any breeding program because that is really the goal… to breed healthy dogs first and foremost!
As an aside, Vee’s litter brother, Trek, who now lives in California ALSO passed both his eye and heart clearance! I am SO HAPPY for brother Trek, and his owner, also!!
Well, the big day will be next week! We have opted to do a scheduled C-Section on 7/5/19 for several reasons. First off, Deja has at LEAST nine puppies seen on her pregnancy x-ray! It is possible there may be a 10th puppy hiding… It’s possible! That is a LOT of puppies to whelp!
The second big reason… we are heading into not just a weekend but a HOLIDAY weekend! This means that “vet help” is greatly reduced/non-existent! IF Deja were to have any whelping problems, my only option for “help” would be the vet E.R.
I’ve been down that road before and what happens is… IF Deja were to have any problems delivering her puppies and we were to go to the vet E.R. for help, Deja’s health would not be a concern per se. That is how the emergency triage works. They don’t recognize a “puppy-to-be” in distress as “living” as long as Deja is not in mortal danger. I can’t bear the thought of “losing” a puppy because, to me, every one of those puppies IS living (all you have to do is hold her hand against Deja’s tummy to feel movement!)
So… Just waiting to hear back from my repro vet as to what time we need to have Deja there?
Meanwhile, we’ve started taking Deja’s temperature (frequently) throughout the day. For those not aware, progesterone levels (which is what maintains preganncy in all mammals) will drop indicating impending labor. That drop in progesterone can actually be monitored via temperature… Deja’s temperature will drop a few degrees below normal which corresponds to her progesterone level dropping signifying impending labor.
Now this drop in temperature isn’t an “exact” science. What that drop in temperature/progesterone really means is… labor is impending in the next 24 hours! If whelping naturally, you want to catch the time of that drop and if you do NOT start having puppies within 24 hours… another cause for concern! Even with a scheduled C-section, we will continue to take Deja’s temp monitoring for that drop because it is possible for her to have puppies on her own a day early, 7/4/19 especially because she is having a large litter.
It is definitely going to be an exciting week coming up!
Time is flying, so it seems! CH Deja had her pregnancy ultrasound and is confirmed pregnant! Her diet is now changed to a puppy and mom formula to support her and her growing babies. Deja is getting bigger every day!
On the ultrasound, done several times, there are more puppies than can be counted. On any one view, at least five puppies seen. The problem with doing a count with an ultrasound is… any time the wand is moved, you can’t be sure you aren’t counting a puppy a second time. In other words, she has too many puppies seen for an accurate count. She will have an X-ray done just before delivery to count skulls and spines to get a better count (and to make sure that is the number of puppies whelped come the big day!)
Time to set up Deja’s whelping area! Today, I bought a rather large kiddie pool! It was quite the fiasco getting this pool into my car! This is the first time I’ve ever whelped a litter in a kiddie pool but I’m excited to try it out! The pool has the benefit of better air flow than my large whelping box. After setting up that box last year and dealing with summer high temps, we are opting for a hopefully easier system for mom and pups! We’ll see how it goes but I’ve been very impressed seeing the pool used by other breeders.
In other news as some already know, Doodle did not conceive. After much consideration, we’ve decided her purpose in life is just not Motherhood. This saddens us greatly but there are worse things. Doodle doesn’t seem to care, one way or the other so… following her lead, it is what it is.
They say Mother’s nest and right alongside Deja, I’m nesting with her! Time to get all my supplies out, cleaned and ready! Deja’s big day is 7/6/19 give or take 24 hours. LOTS to do before the big day!