Eclampsia This condition results when the bitch has trouble supporting the calcium demand of lactation. Calcium supplementation predisposes a bitch to this condition. Usually affected animals are small dogs. They demonstrate: nervousness and restlessness no interest in the pups stiff, painful gait This progresses to: muscle spasms inability to stand fever seizures This condition generally occurs in the first 3 weeks of lactation and a veterinarian should be consulted immediately.
Puttin510, thanks for asking. She is much better now, but it was pretty scary last night. I highly recommend to any one that breeds the "Book of the Bitch-A complete Guide to Understanding and Caring for Bitches" by J.M. Evans and Kay White. Thank goodness my wife reads it over and over when she's waiting for puppies to whelp. We woke up to our toy bitch (Midnight) with 1 1/2 week old pups, panting like she was about to die. We checked her temp which was over 104. She also was shaking violently. My wife immediately thought it might be Eclampsia and gave her 2 cc's of liquid calcium. We called the vet and took her there right away. That was at 1:30am. We got back about 3:30. She was pretty much back to normal. The vet was very glad my wife had given her calcium. It may have saved her life.
I will look up this book...quick thinking this wife of your...I am glad the lil midnite is doing better... thanks for the wftd.. ironically...I was suspected and off of work 4 and 5 months when I was pregnat they were worried about eclampsia...After my second I wound up back in the hospital with post pardum eclampsia. It is very serouus...I dont know what they gave me in the iv...probably calcium...lol...any way...best of luck with the lil ones...
Glad to hear things turned out ok too. I went through the same thing with my girl and almost lost her!! It is very scary. Anyone that has a new mom watch them closely once the trembling starts and the panting beware it is probably the eclampsia starting. I give my girl a multi vit ever day and a Tum every second day to try and prevent it this time around plus we have her on Medical puppy formula . So far so good but the pups are only 4 days and last time it happened when they were 3 weeks .
Glad she is doing good. My long coat Chihuahua did that about 2 years ago, the pups were 4 weeks old the vet said it usually happens from 2 to 3 weeks. I had to ween the pups right then and that was fun. (not).
So now this happens in humans too right. Are the symptoms similar? Well not the not having interest in her puppies part. I recall having an episode after having my first son about a week after he was born, Pain in my stomach was horendous. I went to the hospital and they did not know what it was. I was thinking I was ruptering something or whatnot. Then I heard maybe it was the uterus shrinking. What was it people?
I've read that in humans, eclampsia is generally before giving birth and in dogs it usually occurs within the first 3-4 weeks after giving birth. Huronbreeze I think said she went through it before the birth of her child.