I've never fostered a dog before and I don't know what possessed me to pick a pregnant one for my first... But this is Katrina! (I'm not a fan of the name but can't think of anything better to call her - Kitkat maybe?)
She's probably around 3 years old (maybe younger) and definitely mostly (or all) Chihuahua. She was rescued from a hoarding situation in February along with a lot of other dogs. Last week, my local shelter arranged transport and took in 14 small dogs from this rescue - 3 ended up being pregnant.
She is really sweet and wags her tail when we talk to her or look at her and follows me around everywhere but I can tell she's not used to being picked up or petted - she's a little skittish but she does eat treats from my hand and comes and sniffs or licks my hand if I put it down. The shelter thinks she's pretty far along and could have puppies "any day now" but I think it won't be for a few more days at least and maybe longer, her belly doesn't look very big unless she just ate - so we'll see! They have no idea how many puppies either so I'm not sure what to expect.
I'm terrified something will go wrong with the delivery or that the pup(s) won't do well, but I've watched a lot of videos and done some research so I'll be prepared to help if I need to or take her to the vet if things don't look right. She's settling in well here and she loves all the heated beds we have around the house. At first, she just hovered in doorways not sure if she was allowed to come in the room, and then she'd sleep on the floor, but now she's making herself comfortable and fitting right in.
Hopefully I'll have healthy puppy pics to share in the near future <3
My first rescue was a pregnant momma cat from a hoarding situation too! It's so sad, but she looks happy and like she'll be a wonderful mom! I'm sure it's so exciting and can't wait to see puppy pictures of course! Good luck with her
KitKat had her pups yesterday. There were two, but unfortunately, one (the second one) didn't survive the birth. I'm so heartbroken about that but she has one healthy little boy still and she's being a very good mom. <3
Here he is after I'd cleaned him up and weighed him, still a little wet:
Yesterday after birth, he weighed 8.1oz and this morning (about 24 hours later) he weighed 8.6oz. He's a big boy I think, and having all the milk to himself won't help haha. He's got quite an interesting color, I wonder how he will look in a few weeks. I'll post more pictures in the near future, he certainly is cute and she's such an attentive mom, but she lets me handle him without issue. <3
For anyone who wants details about the births (long and may be slightly upsetting), read on...
She went into labor the night before about 9pm, just lots of nesting and uncomfortable-ness. About 7:30am she went outside to relieve herself and back in straight to the makeshift whelping box (we modified a big cardboard box haha). I basically just sat watching her while taking 5-10 minutes here and there to take care of my other dogs and do normal routine stuff.
About 8:30am, I could tell her water was close to breaking. About 9:20am, it broke, and then shortly after she started really having big contractions. He came out at 9:45am and I thought 'wow, bigger than I thought', and then waited a minute but she was more interested in eating placenta than clearing his face and chewing the cord, so I helped.
Then she rested comfortably for about two hours letting him nurse and she got some yogurt and water and a couple naps. He weighed 8.1oz, whereas a normal newborn Chihuahua pup weighs 2.5 - 5.5oz, according to Google. I wasn't sure if there were more pups or not, as Chihuahuas are kind-of known to just have one or two very large puppies (that may require c-section) but her belly still looked kind-of big so I figured 50/50. (Although now that I've seen her with empty belly, I feel silly for thinking she may have been done after the first one...)
About 12pm, she started having contractions again and they came on quick. About 12:15pm I could tell that this pup was a lot bigger and this time was different. Soon after, I could tell the pup was coming out butt first instead of head first (but I've heard that's not necessarily an issue). However, this pup got stuck halfway out. I called the shelter (because we can't take her to a vet without their approval unless we're going to pay for all of it). They said wait longer, sometimes it takes time, even though I'd already told them it hadn't moved for over 5 minutes... I waited 5 more minutes and called back and said he's not budging, that was about 12:30pm. At this point, the membrane/sac around him had broken and his back legs, tail, and some of his belly were out while the other half was still in. They said to bring her in (to the shelter, which was weird, but they do spays/neuters there so idk).
As I was trying to figure out logistics of transport without hurting her (and this stuck puppy complicating things), she finally got him out. I fear he was either squeezed too hard or oxygen-deprived for too long. In either case, even if I'd just rushed her to the closest vet right away, it still probably would have been too late as the nearest one is 12 minutes away on a good day, and it was snowing yesterday. So I comfort myself a little with that. I tried every trick that I had researched in the past couple weeks to clear his airways and get him back, but they didn't work. So heartbreaking. He was almost identical to his brother. They both had white on all four paws and white on their chest and chin, but the white on his chin was a bit bigger and his back feet had more white on them. He weighed 10oz on the dot.
So I thought an 8oz pup was big, but 10oz is crazy. I'm so proud of her, and heartbroken for her, but she hasn't seemed to really notice that there is one missing. She's just been keeping the surviving pup extra clean.
I called the shelter to let them know and they wanted me to take her to a vet to see if any more pups were in there. I had a job interview at 2pm and less than an hour to take a shower and leave the house (I was so frazzled for the interview and I didn't even tell them why, oops) so my husband took her. He was supposed to work all day but as soon as she had the first pup, we knew he'd have to come home for the afternoon and watch her while I was gone. The vet said it was just those two, so she was all done, which was a relief. I was really scared for her when the pup got stuck. I wanted the pup to be ok, but I really wanted her to be ok too, and she was just so tired, she couldn't do much more.
Both her and the pup seem to be doing good now. Only good things from here on, I hope. I'm so scared to name him in case something bad happens, my heart won't be able to take it.
Ughhh I'm so sorry to hear all of that :( It sounds like you did all the right things in the situation for that puppy, and unfortunately, there wasn't anything else it seems like you could do :( Did the vet also look at the surviving puppy and see how he was doing?
Hopefully everything goes well from here on out though! Fingers crossed, especially with how crazy things are getting these days...
Yep, they wanted us to bring in both her and the pup, so they both got looked at, presumably. That vet office isn't letting anyone inside right now. They say call when you get there and they'll send someone out for the pet and then you wait in your car and they bring it back and relay the important information, or they call you once they're inside to talk to you while they look at the pet.
We just have to weigh the pup every day and make sure he doesn't lose any weight because that would be a sign he's getting too cold, not eating, or something else not good. Newborn pups can't regulate their temperature for a couple weeks, so they need mom or heating pads etc. to keep warm. As for mama, we need to check her belly and nipples and make sure nothing looks abnormally red/inflamed/infected/swollen and that she is eating/drinking and acting ok.
Thank you so much for the update! That must have been a lot to go through for the both of you, but it sounds like everything that could possibly be done was and that KitKat trusts you a lot. I'm sure the surviving puppy will be a total momma's boy and be so loved and taken care of. Fingers crossed for everything in the future!
KitKat is SUCH a good mom! The pup is growing like a weed - he's gaining almost an ounce a day, he was 13.7oz this morning, so he's getting close to twice his birth weight - I expect he'll be around 15oz tomorrow. SO chubby haha but the shelter says let him eat however much he wants.
Here's some images from the past few days. The pup is moving around a lot and he loves trying to climb the sides of the box or up onto KitKat. In fact, tonight we raised up the bottom of the 'doorway' in the box a couple inches because he was getting a bit too close to escaping.
I'm kinda calling him "Rolo" in my head, but in case we keep him I'm not actually naming him that because it's not a good long-term name lol
Last Edit: Mar 25, 2020 23:52:32 GMT -5 by Jewellz