Shenanigans of Momma and Pups
continuation of my last post about the everglades dog:
Last Wednesday night into Thursday morning, from 1am to 5am momma was whelping. I stayed with her through most of it knowing that she was really weak and I was incredibly impressed at how well she did, I had to to help her clean them off toward the end because she was exhausted. One puppy came out almost blue, momma was already rejecting it but i took it out of the sack and rubbed it till it got color back and took a breathe, this later became the “runt”. At the end of it all, Momma had 9 puppies! 8 females, and 1 male.
Things were going well in their little hut we made in the yard till today. Usual storms of south Florida kicked in into high gear today and within a 1/2 hour my yard was flooded about 2 or 3 inches. I immediately ran to check on the pups in the rain with a poncho and found momma trembling, and all 10 of them were drenched. As quickly as possible (while drenching myself) I grabbed a clothes basket, with a dry towel, and transported all of the puppies in the basket with an umbrella into my back porch while momma quickly followed. I went back to get the kiddie pool we had them in, dumped the water and went back in to find that momma had jumped into a clothes basket with the pups, covering them completely. I got new towels and dried all of them down and everyone got back in the kiddie pool (now permanently in my porch).
Just when i thought everything was over I noticed the “runt” was really cold and wouldn’t drink from momma. so off to get some puppy replacement milk and put her on a heating pad. after several hours of force feeding and warmth, I’m sorry to say she didn’t make it. the official count is now 8 puppies, 7 females and 1 male.
on a side note: Momma is far more emaciated than i originally expected, I bought her puppy food and a high-calorie supplement and she sames to be taking it well. I also took a fecal sample to my Vet and Momma only has hookworms. It could be worse so I’m happy all I had to do was give her a de-wormer.
I’ll continue to post updates on these pups if anyone is interested. In the meantime I’ve learned a lot about whelping, puppies, and stress.