In the early hours of Monday the 29th, after a very long day and night of labor, Vixen started giving birth.
Vixen is an amazing mom. After she was done, she got straight to loving on them, cleaning them and nursing. Her instincts are so strong.
Puppy #1 was a little girl – 8.2 oz at 7:34am. She took a long time to be born and caused a bit of pain as her placenta wouldn’t come away and so I had to intervene and cut her free. I am thankful she is alive and thriving.
Puppy #2 was a little boy – 8.3oz at 8:01am. He was born quickly and without any trouble at all.
Baby #3 was another girl – a 9.1 oz tri who unfortunately got stuck at the head/shoulders. It took me and my son 20 mins to gently and firmly pull her free without hurting Vixen, but by the time she was out, she had suffocated. It was very upsetting and a deeply felt loss. This was around 9:10
We decided at this point that 2/3 puppies had gotten stuck, and I didnt want to take another chance. We put Vix and the pups in the car and headed to the vet for a C-section. Thank you to Dr Donna Sowder at Animal Hospital at Murphy’s Corner for being available to us!
While en route, another baby was born in the car – my son (14) whelped her for me. What a champ! 8.1 oz at 9:39am.
When we arrived at the vet, they decided we should try to have the other 2 naturally, and if we needed to have surgery, they would do that immediately. Vixen was given a shot of Oxy and we waited in the “quiet room”.
At 10:04 another little girl arrived. 8.5oz. Uneventful and easy birth. We were on the right track.
The final puppy born was another boy – he was 8.6oz and born at 11.10am. He took a bit of time as he was big, but didnt get stuck (thankfully).
After a quick x-ray to make sure that we were indeed finished, we headed home. Vixen settled in and she was happy.
These puppies are all spoken for. <3