The vet was concerned that the 3rd little puppy shown on the x-ray was only 1/4 the size compared to the other two littermates and was premature in development. The puppy had passed away inside of the mother and the other two pups were quite large for their age, about 200g in weight.
The breeder of this litter asked me to take on the challenge in being the mid-woof and assist in getting the pups out. I accepted.
It was tense, but I did it. There were two live puppies, but no 3rd puppy. The labor started at 4:00 AM. I was up all night. At 8:00 AM I assisted in the delivery of pup number 1. There was brown goo from the dam. It took me 2 hours to get the 2nd puppy out. All went well as I knew what to do.
The x-rays CLEARLY showed that there was a third puppy and that its bones were formed. I was ALL prepared to look after the wee one. I had all of the critical care equipment including an incubator and tube feeding stuff ready. However, there was no 3rd puppy.
The body broke the dead puppy down in 3 days.
The x-rays that were taken after the delivery of the first two puppies showed no retained pup. It is amazing how the body absorbed the dead pup in the 3 days since the last x-ray. It was coming out as black sludgy goo. I have the mother on antibiotics. The mom is not producing milk yet, but when she is and the pups start gaining weight, they will all go home, likely in a bout 3 days.
The mom is happy and the pups are doing well. The breeder of this litter came to visit. A wonderful story and what I love to do, help puppies.
Courtesy of MistyTrails Havanese - Mid-Woof
Although this section is based on a whelping of an English Mastiff, it also contains good general whelping information on large-breed dogs. You can find more whelping information in the links above. The links below tell the story of Sassy, an English Mastiff. Sassy has a wonderful temperament. She loves humans and adores children. An all-around mild mannered, wonderful Mastiff, Sassy, however, is not the best mother toward her puppies. She is not rejecting them; she will nurse them when a human places them on her to feed, however she will not clean the pups or pay any attention to them. It is as if they are not her puppies. This litter is getting mom’s milk with major human interaction, manually giving each and every pup what they need. In return, the pups will be super socialized and will make remarkable pets, however the work involved is astounding. It takes one dedicated breeder to keep this situation healthy. Thankfully this litter has just that. Read the links below to get the full story. The pages within include a wealth of information that everyone can appreciate and benefit from.