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Old 11-01-2006, 04:45 AM   #1
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My female had 5 puppies last friday night. It didnt appear to be a difficult birth. But thru the weekend I noticed a decrease in eating, mainly on Sunday afternoon. Vaginal drainage looked typical to me, with no bad odor, She also was sluggish, not her peppy self. She has had one litter in the past and she bounced right back.
Saturday she ate but only when I handfed her. Her nipples were soft, no hardness. Sunday evening she refused to eat so I began force feeding her with a syringe. I took her temperature and it was over 104. I called my vet and left a message. I had a couple Baytril antibiotics and since he didnt call right away, I just gave one. Then starting pushing fluids. She didnt like it but with a fever so high I was afraid she would dehydrate. In the morning her temp was 103.
My vet called finally and I got her in Monday.
He did a pelvic exam, her temp was still 103, but he could not feel a retained puppy or placenta.
So he gave her a Bayril injection, metacam injection, and oxytocin. Sent me home with a weeks worth of Baytril and oxytocin inj twice a day for 2 days, to try to clean anything out he may have missed. Told me to bring her back in if no improvement.
Yesterday she was a little better. But she did have a temp of 102.3. She had more pep in her step, still not quite herself, and did eat chicken on her own with gusto. Actually was barking at the other dogs when it was time for everyone to come out and play for the day. So I thought she was getting better and by this am she may be her old self. All this time taking care of these puppies, they are very content and you barely hear a peep out of them.
But she is back to refusing food so I will be forcing fluids feeding her again until I get her in today, I took her temperature and its actually normal at 101. And no energy to speak of. Among other things, Im afraid of her getting eclampsia.
Any one ever experience this with a female or have any ideas what might be going on?
Any input would be appreciated. Ill let you know what happens.
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Wish I could help...keep us posted. I hope she starts feeling better soon!!

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I think you should have her checked by a vet , just to be sure .
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Oh Heavens YES! SHe is going back to the vet today.
Im worried sick.
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Kelly, I am so sorry that your baby is having problems. Although I don't know squat " 'bout birthin' no babies" .... we will certainly keep her in our prayers! Please keep us updated.
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Kelly, I am so sorry that your baby is having problems. Although I don't know squat " 'bout birthin' no babies" .... we will certainly keep her in our prayers! Please keep us updated.
Your post got me tickled!!!! Thanks for the laugh, I needed that.
Ive been very fortunate with no sickness with my girls after babies.....so this is very scarey and new.
Im hoping she is just having problems bouncing back after being sick and nursing 5 babies. But I think its more then that.
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Special prayers are going to your little one's way . Please keep us posted .
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Thanks for the prayers! Must be working.

She just ate about 1/4 cup of chicken on her own! That is the only thing she will eat right now. Gave her a chaser of a vitamin supplement and now just have to wait for her vet appt.
Wish she would act like she has a lil energy.
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The special prayers continue for her .

How are the puppies ?
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Thanks OLIVIER.
Puppies are doing great. Very content, gaining weight and have not been affected by any of this so far. Hopefully they wont be.
They had to have their tails docked yesterday and I just hated it being done, to stress mom further, but all went well. They barely seemed to notice! They squiggle and wiggle and crawl about, all of them, and Im so thankful they are doing ok. Now if we can get mom better.
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How's the little mama feeling today??
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Hi Jennifer! ALL the posts are very recent from this am so its pending how she is. She is sleeping right now and real sick of me coming in and bothering her
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Have you mixed up a batch of the "post whelping" recipe? I am VERY relieved that her fever has gone down...that was way too high. The recipe has Knox gelatin, clear corn syrup, can milk, egg yolks, vanilla yogurt....very helpful in keeping the female's levels up. Will definetly be looking for the update on what the vet says.
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Have you mixed up a batch of the "post whelping" recipe? I am VERY relieved that her fever has gone down...that was way too high. The recipe has Knox gelatin, clear corn syrup, can milk, egg yolks, vanilla yogurt....very helpful in keeping the female's levels up. Will definetly be looking for the update on what the vet says.
Thanks I didnt try that exact recipe but am sure willing. I did mix up yogurt, eggs, and puppy milk supplement and added a bit of honey yesterday. (I didnt have corn syrup) She wouldnt touch it so I syringe fed it to her probably 10-12cc, give or take a lil due to her spitting some out.

**NOT FOR WEAK STOMACHES** so if you have one dont read this. I took her out for a potty break. She had had the last of the oxytocin injections about an hour ago. When she went to urinate a dime size clear mucusy with red blood and black and greenish flecks came out and cloudy thick fluid But I didnt notice any odor coming from her. I never notcied any plugs or discharge like this before after the injections, but then again she could have licked herself clean before I knew.
After that happened she scratched the ground with her back paws and trotted to the backdoor, came in drank some water and a couple bites of chicken. She is lying with her puppies and sleeping very heavy right now. She seems to be breathing normal, deep and not shallow as she did earlier especially when she had the outrageous fever.
But even if she is doing back flips by the time the afternoon comes (which I doubt) she still needs seen by the vet.
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Kelly is sounds like she does or did have an infection...I had a bitch post whelp act very simular, vet saw her 24 hours later...an injection of penicillin and 7 days of clavamox did the job...but remember it takes two to three days for the fever to break, the antibiotics take time...I took her temp every 4 hours (went to 105) and iced mom down every 4 hours (with frozen peas against her belly and dampened her head) for two days to keep her comfortable.

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My female had 5 puppies last friday night. It didnt appear to be a difficult birth. But thru the weekend I noticed a decrease in eating, mainly on Sunday afternoon. Vaginal drainage looked typical to me, with no bad odor, She also was sluggish, not her peppy self. She has had one litter in the past and she bounced right back.
Saturday she ate but only when I handfed her. Her nipples were soft, no hardness. Sunday evening she refused to eat so I began force feeding her with a syringe. I took her temperature and it was over 104. I called my vet and left a message. I had a couple Baytril antibiotics and since he didnt call right away, I just gave one. Then starting pushing fluids. She didnt like it but with a fever so high I was afraid she would dehydrate. In the morning her temp was 103.
My vet called finally and I got her in Monday.
He did a pelvic exam, her temp was still 103, but he could not feel a retained puppy or placenta.
So he gave her a Bayril injection, metacam injection, and oxytocin. Sent me home with a weeks worth of Baytril and oxytocin inj twice a day for 2 days, to try to clean anything out he may have missed. Told me to bring her back in if no improvement.
Yesterday she was a little better. But she did have a temp of 102.3. She had more pep in her step, still not quite herself, and did eat chicken on her own with gusto. Actually was barking at the other dogs when it was time for everyone to come out and play for the day. So I thought she was getting better and by this am she may be her old self. All this time taking care of these puppies, they are very content and you barely hear a peep out of them.
But she is back to refusing food so I will be forcing fluids feeding her again until I get her in today, I took her temperature and its actually normal at 101. And no energy to speak of. Among other things, Im afraid of her getting eclampsia.
Any one ever experience this with a female or have any ideas what might be going on?
Any input would be appreciated. Ill let you know what happens.
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