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Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Surprise

The Easter Bunny brought us a surprise in the late hours of Saturday night. Maple gave birth, by c-section to a 9.5 oz sable boy. Many thanks to our vet Mark and tech Chris who worked late into the night to bring him into the world.
Mom and pup resting after a long hard night.
As of this morn, Monday, everyone is doing just fine. It's been a few long days & nights of us watching and making sure everyone is OK.

For whatever reason, lack of # of pups to help push one another down the uterine horns in a timely manner, pups to big, just not getting into full labour early enough, Maple was discharging a bit of the 'greenish' substance which just about always says a pup & placenta have been detached from the uterine wall too long and time is becoming of the essence. If there is anyone thing of a female's delivery that scares me, this 'greenish' discharge does. Maple did go into pretty hard labour, we knew there was a heart beat from ultra sound, but he just wasn't 'getting thru' & over the last hurdle. A c-section seemed the best bet in order to get this pup out alive.

It is just another one of those things we breeders face, ensuring everyone is taken care of properly.

5 comments:

Kav April 5, 2010 at 3:09 PM  

Wow, what a contrast from the last litter of seven! I bet that's going to be one precious, cherished pup! And Maple looks so sweet and motherly. I hope all goes well with her recovery and that the little guy thrives.

judyf,  April 6, 2010 at 7:49 AM  

He's very cute, Maureen. I like his dark face and white collar stripe. It's not unusual for one-puppy litters to need caesarians, even in dams that have whelped naturally several times before.

Kav April 6, 2010 at 7:58 PM  

It might just be the angle, but Maple's one and only kinda looks like a skunk kit with that white stripe going down his back!

Acadia Shelties April 6, 2010 at 8:32 PM  

That was too bad. Yes, just another thing breeders have to cope with-
At least all is well and baby and mom are doing well.

Linda April 7, 2010 at 8:34 PM  

He is a georgeous puppy, what color is he? Singleton puppies are usually real little porkers. So cute.

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