I have had a LONG last two days. I need to vent to all my fellow dog lovers.
My two year old shih tzu went into labor Sunday night. I as always stayed right by her side. She was having contractions but about 2 hours apart, with NO pushing involved. She was nesting, she was digging, only drinking a little bit of water etc. Most have seen the signs of labor, well she had it all. We started around 1 a.m. Around 5:00 a.m. all seemed done. No puppies, no more contractions just one tired momma. She laid in my arms and we feel fast asleep.
As a worried owner, first thing Monday morning I called my vet. Told them about the long night she had. They stated everything was normal she was being labor, and as LONG as she wasn't pushing then not to worry. I didn't worry, I was calmed by vets. They have seen this more than I have.
Well, the day went on. She started to get more and more uncomfortable. As time past contractions came, with each one harder and closer together. She started to push around 2:00 p.m., with the time coming to 3:00 p.m. and still NO puppies, my heart started to race. Back onto the phone with the vets office. They stated give it another hour and things will be fine, she will pass the pup. About 45 mins later, out comes a sac. Only problem just the beginning of a sac nothing in it. Just clear fluid, no head, no feet just fluid. Oh lord, Im worried now.
I called the vet back, she said bring her in its been two hours and shes still pushing, but can't get the puppy out, its time to bring her in. As a mom to her, Im worried, trying not to show it as I do not want to stress her anymore than she is. We rush to the vet. My vet looks at me and says, the baby must be stuck. Its time to do a c-section. OH MY GOD! I lose it! I start crying, and holding her, loving her. I can't believe it, never thought in a MILLION years this would happen. My husband is looking at me as I am a crazy person...crying over my dog that is about to undergo surgery!
Without another thought, I looked at the vet and said, "please spay her while you have her under, as long as she will still nurse the puppies and be a great momma." Vet explained that she was going to recommend that. I couldn't let her go through this every again. My dog means the world to me and never wanted her to experience a c-section! I handed over my baby, walked out of the room and cryed for the next 2 hours until I heard from the vet.
I got a call last night, around 7:00 p.m that my baby girl was doing good. She had 3 beauitful pups born. Two boys and a girl, and they were doing well also! I was joyed but also sad. Someone else got to see my babies, babies before me. I was so worried that the pup that was stuck wouldn't make it! I prayed and prayed and things turned out. The vet said as long as the night went fine, I was to be able to come pick them up this morning. As Im typing I am calling the vet and they just stated they are GREAT. Feeding this morning, and all still great. Im going to log off and get them! I will post pictures as soon as I get them picked up.
I want to thank everyone for letting me vent and tell my story. As of this morning...my frown has been turned upside down! In the power of prayer...my babies made it through! God Bless everyone!
They sure have a way of scaring us dont they? I get like a worried mom too even after all these years of doing this. It never gets easier. Its not for the faint of heart. Glad they all made it, doesnt always turn out that way.
No, Catlover it is not. I have two females this is my other one. My maltese was hit by a car 5 months ago and did not make it. (He was always getting out of our fence...another sad sorry) I then bought another shih tzu male. Well and the rest is history. Im still sad to know that she went through so much, but it sure is for the better now so she will never go through that again! Thanks!
I know someone who breeds a small toy breed, and yes the mother can have a normal c-section several times before being retired. you have to skip heats, and have a vet that knows what they ar doing. Scar tissue can build up at any time preventing that bitch from being bred again.
On a dog, it depends on how and where the vet does the c-section. If they cut the horns to get the puppies out she won't be able to withstand as many pregnancies. Bulldog people have elective c-sections nearly 100% and usually do pretty good carrying as many litters as your typical free whelping dog should as long as the vet is good. Also if the vet is crummy stitch artist and creates a lot of scar tissue, that can cause problems. If the vet makes small incisions and stitches neatly, there will be less scar tissue to cause problems later.
Notice I said as many litters as a free whelping dog SHOULD have, not as many as a free whelper CAN have as Should and Can are different.
My breed should be a free whelper but c-section do happen more often than in other breeds. But not often enough for me to warrant keeping a habitual c-section dog in my program. Depending on the situation I typically retire them unless I think it was an honest obstruction issue such as puppy turned wrong or too few puppies that are too big. But most of the issue's I have had came from failure to dialate even after the placenta's have detached. Those get spayed without a second thought.