I wanted to share with you all something very exciting that took place on my shift Wednesday night. (exciting for me, not so much the owner or patient...) We got to do a C-Section on a Scottish terrier that had been in labour for 5 hours with no luck. Luckily her owner is an experienced breeder and he knew just what to look for. He knew something wasn't right with poor Rosie. So we took an x-ray to find out what was going on.
So as you can see, there are two puppies inside. I tried to label the heads and spines to make it easier to see. The issue here is the puppy at the bottom. She was stuck in the birth canal, she's just too darn big to fit. The vet did a vaginal exam and could feel the puppies head stuck and could tell she just wasn't going to fit. Right into surgery we went!
About 20 minutes later, puppy number 1 was out, and was quickly "resuscitated", breathing and crying like a champion. Quickly followed by puppy number 2 who actually took about 20 minutes to come to life. Mom woke up from surgery uneventfully and the puppies were immediately nursing. Happy Ending for all. Dad was really happy to have two new healthy puppies...who were both girls btw.
1 hour old - so tiny.
Sleepy mom ready to go home
We received an update from dad a few days later, and he tells us that mom and pups are all doing great!