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Whelping: CPR Needed to Save One Puppy

Story told by Steven

Reo gave birth to four puppies. I was fortunate enough to be there and took photos. Here's a quick look at how it went down.

Whelping an Almost Text Book Case: CPR needed to save a puppy

Lady sitting against a wood panel wall. With One Dog sitting in a chair and another sitting on a blanket on the floor

Bev sat on the floor for about five hours calmly coaching and helping Reo. Reo's mom Catreeya watched patiently.

A Dog in Labor laying against a wall and on a blanket

This is Reo in labor, pushing as hard as she could. She was in great spirits throughout, with no complaints at all. This was a textbook delivery for the first three pups but, after the three were born Reo acted like she was done. She was eating and drinking and two hours later there was still no pup, but Bev KNEW there was one in there, She was pretty sure there was.

Close Up - First Puppy coming out of the dam

The first puppy presenting itself

Close Up - First Puppy presenting a little more
Close Up - The first puppy is coming out

The first puppy being born

Close Up - Person grabbing the puppy in the sac
First Puppy laying next to dam. Laying on a towel

The first puppy is out. A little white girl

Puppy being cleaned off by a towel
Close Up - Puppy being cleaned up
Reo looking in the background as the puppy gets cleaned.

Notice Reo is already looking on with concern for her new baby.

Close Up - Reo licking the newborn puppy
Close Up - New Born Puppy
Close Up - Puppy moving to its dam on a blanket
Close Up - Puppy eating
Reo looking at the Camera holder with its mouth open and tongue out. With the Puppy on a blanket.
Close Up Two Puppies feeding

Puppy number two was born. She was aother white girl. The first two puppies arrived within approx.15 minutes of each other. Notice the two of them feeding under the "Reo" tattoo.

A person looking for another puppy
Puppy Number 3 beginning to present itself
Puppy Number 3 finally coming out

Puppy number three presenting itself. It was a little bigger than the first two pups and a little harder for Reo to push out. Reo was pushing and pushing and the pup was going in and out in and out. In the picture Bev's fingers have a hold of the head and she is pulling back on the skin. Her thumb is pushing down on the puppy to try to assist Reo in getting the bigger puppy head out.

Sometimes it is helpful to the dam to hold that puppy between contractions so that it doesn't keep going back in. If you can get your fingers behind the neck you can sometimes help push the puppy out. A little tug also sometimes helps.

A Person helping Reo push the puppy out
Close Up - Puppy being pushed out
Third Puppy in the hands of a human
Person to rip open the sac that the puppy is in
Puppy Number 3 is fully out

Puppy number three is out

Puppy sleeping on a blanket
Cutting the cord of puppy number 3
Puppy number 3 laying on a blanket

Puppy number three was a champagne boy. He waited about an hour after puppy number two arrived before making his appearance. Why rush?

puppy laying in a plastic bowl to be weighed

Puppy being weighed on the scale in a yogurt container.

Puppies laying on a blanket next to each other
Three Puppies feeding

Reo with her first three puppies

After puppy number three Reo seemed very relieved and relaxed. In fact, she ran around for awhile, hunting down and gobbling some KFC chicken which had just arrived in the house. In spite of this, Bev was convinced there was one more puppy yet to arrive, but Reo didn't seem interested in the idea any more, so Bev administered Oxytocin and subsequently Reo went into labor once again, but it was quite difficult for her. Finally, with more help from Bev, Reo gave birth to the fourth puppy, who was born quite limp and blue. Things didn't look good or a bit, but Bev did some amazing "midwife moves", and within a minute or two, the puppy had turned nice and pink and started crying. What a welcome sound that was!

Fourth puppy was born, but it needs to be drained of fluids

The fourth pup was blue and very limp when she came out. Most breeders would have lost her. She was full of fluid.

Close Up - Fourth Puppy having liquids drained
Reo licking the puppy as a person is trying to get the excess liquid out of the puppy

The pup was out, but still attached to the cord. Bev sectioned the mouth. The tongue was blue white and the pup was not well. It spent too much time in the birth canal. Bev didn't waste anytime cutting the cord or trying to save the end of the cord that was retracted into the dam. She ripped the puppy free deciding to deal with finding the placenta later. She normally puts two clamps on the cord to secure the placenta in order to get it out.

A person cleaning the puppy

She started to rub the puppy but the puppy did not respond. Bev stood up and did a gravity drop, which many people call a swing. She did not flick the puppy as some people do. She started high and dropped fast to a sudden stop to get the fluid to move out of the lungs.

Close Up - A Lady is reviving a puppy

She did mouth to mouth using two breaths and started rubbing under the rib cage where the heart is. Finally she got a response from the puppy. The process took about two minutes.

Close Up - Puppy taking his first breath
Close Up - Fourth Puppy being cleaned up
Close Up - The Fourth Puppy laying in the hands of a person
Close Up - puppy getting cleaned more thoroughly
Close Up - Puppy laying in One hand
Puppy laying on a metal table
Puppy being held in one hand, but its laying on it stomach

The puppy pinked up and was doing well. Bev got the placenta out at about 11:00 p.m.. She had started to feather her with a rubber glove and went in after it. She managed to get a string and slowly pulled it out. You do not want to leave the placenta inside the mother dog if you can get it out.

Four puppies laying in a blanket
All the puppies nursing

MistyTrails Double Stuf'd Oreo, peaceful and content with her four new babies. Top Havanese show dog and devoted mom. You rock, Reo!

Two white girls, one champagne boy and a reddish girl. The whole process took about 4 hours.

Bev is a Miracle Mom! St. Havanese I call her (St. Hav for short).

Courtesy of Steven and MistyTrails Havanese

 

Whelping: Close-to-Textbook Case