Karin and I noticed that the pups that came out looked a little different from c-section pups, meaning they looked wrung out and I believe they were.
Some of birth passage motion must also facilitate expressing the lungs and air passage from fluids because little if any came out when I did the gravity thing and nose clearing with the syringe.
With a c-section pup, you get a non-wrung out pup. Pup has more fluids on board and must be cleared to get them breathing. All normal but un-natural.
Then you do weigh-ins and you get anything from 7 oz's to 15 oz's in small litters. Do weight checks as the first few days go by and you see drops in weight the first 48 hours.. I believe they're shedding fluids that natural births causes the pups to lose on the way down the shoot...
Unfortunately I didn't think of weighing my free-whelped pups the first few days. We were happy with seeing all of them thriving. Pups ranged from 8 to 11 oz's.
Now we're at the end of week three and I have pups walking around looking for momma. Half their whelping box is bedding, the other half newspapers.
Little pups have been hitting the papers 75% of the time... Incredible to watch and we feel blessed with bitches that can do this. I believe this is the direction we're suppose to be heading with breeding bulldogs that are standard in shape(don't forget the healthy tail), good breathers, agile,etc, etc, etc.. Free whelpers by far are more sound. Correct me if I'm wrong..
It would be cool if some posted the c-section nightmares. The mortality rate I personally know of by watching fellow breeders go through the whelping process using c-sections is through the roof... I'm not exegerating....
BTW: Our breed prospers with this type of interaction between breeders that have been there. Thanks for hopping on this one Patti.
Posted on May 5, 2010, 8:43 AM from IP address 188.8.131.52