On my way to the clinic, the receptionist called, alerting me to the first patient of the day. Female black Lab, 7 yrs old, in labor; a still-born pup at 3 a.m., no pups born since then.
Radiographs (Xrays) confirm more pups (lots of 'em!) and one 'stuck' in the birth canal.
'Stuck pup' refused to be 'unstuck' with fingers or forceps.
dystocia=failure to whelp
Next course of action; Canine C-section. One of my favorite surgeries.
I.V. catheter and fluids, gas anesthesia, surgical prep, ready to drape surgical site.
My tech, the kennel worker, dog owner and her friend stand by to receive the pups.
In the mad rush to attend to and do everything for the neonates (newborns) , intra-op pictures were neglected! So you get to miss seeing the huge, distended, pup filled uterus and all of the associated fluids. So Sorry ;-) Here I am closing up her abdomen, much less distended!
Puppy's human momma, placing a squealing, squirming newborn in a warm box of sisters and brothers. Such a sweet sound to my ears, hearing all of the puppy cries in the treatment area while I was working on mom.
I removed eight (yes 8!) large puppies from the uterus. The crew did an awesome job of stimulating, cleaning and caring for all of them. Three were tough going, the tech did an outstanding job and even got the 'stuck' pup breathing. Eight out of eight ... not bad!
Now the poor old gal has 8 weeks of motherhood ahead of her. She looks just thrilled about the whole deal.
It was a great way to start a very busy day at the office.