|Lupin is an interesting
case just because her pregnancy and whelping were so wonderfully
normal. We thought it would be good to illustrate
a happy event that required no veterinary intervention whatsoever!
Lupin, who has never had pups before, was taken to the stud
dog Meadogold Funtime Frankie and successfully
mated on December the 6th. We saw her on January 9th and were
happy to confirm that she was definitely pregnant. An ultrasound
scan confirmed that there were at least 4 pups and probably
more. Lupin was in excellent health and good body condition
and we advised on feeding and exercise and supplied the appropriate,
safe wormer for a pregnant bitch to ensure that the puppies
would be born as worm free as possible. Average duration of
pregnancy in dogs is 63 days so she was officially due to
whelp on February 5th.
On Monday 4th February the owners phoned us to report that
Lupin was restless and unsettled and off her food. We confirmed
that these were the classic signs of first stage labour and
might go on for as much as 24 hours before second stage labour
commenced. The next phone call came mid-morning the following
day, Tuesday 5th February, to report that Lupin had produced
6 strong healthy puppies!
She had started second stage labour (obvious abdominal straining)
at 3.00am and produced the first pup within half a hour. Having
quickly recovered from her shock and amazement she went on
to produce five more by 8.30am and had them all clean and
orderly, well fed and sleeping peacefully by 10.00am
- - - - - pause for all mothers to applaud in awe!
We visited the next day just to check that all was well with
mother and offspring. They were all fine sturdy pups with
full stomachs and Lupin was feeding and mothering them like
an old hand, needing no one to show her how. We took some
photographs and left her to it.