Lilly (Yudy vom OsterbergerLand SchH3) was pregnant with 2 puppies sired by Duncan von Messina IPO3. Lilly’s due date came and went, we did an ultrasound, saw the healthy heartbeats. Is this starting to sound familiar? So we decided to not wait it out, since that hasn’t worked very well in the recent past, and we did the c-section. Here is the vet tech drying the first puppy:
and a little sugar water:
It took about 15 hours for Lilly to accept her puppies. So I was their momma and bottle fed them, I tried sleeping with them in a box next to the bed, with my hand in the box, but that wasn’t enough. If they did not have full body contact they cried and cried and their lungs work very well…. so they ended up sleeping in bed with me, they really liked being under the heavy down comforter. Yep even in the summer I have a down comforter. They ended up curled up behind the back of my knees and actually slept from 3:30 to 6 am, sweet for me! Come morning I went to work on getting Lilly to realize she was the momma of the pups. I had to muzzle her and hold her down while the pups nursed. We did this 3 times and by the third time, she relaxed and by noon she was cleaning and taking care of them.
My vet used gas for the anesthesia as it is a quicker recovery for the mother and has little effect on the pups. I would say it had no effect on the pups, they are very active, strong, and vibrant. Both boys, are very dark, and good size.