Tikka's temperature started to drop Monday night. By Tuesday morning, it was firmly in the 98.5 range signifying impending birth. Aside from the panting, there seemed to be no other behavioral change exhibited (i.e. she was still chasing the squirrels). The vet asked that we call them Tuesday, which I did, and bring her in Wednesday morning if she hadn't whelped.
Wednesday morning, after 24+ hours of stage 1 labor, she still hadn't delivered. We brought her to the vet for a progesterone test and it came back at 0.8 which means she ought to have delivered. They said that if she hadn't given birth by 3 PM to bring her back in for a c-section. I called and spoke with the vet some more, and around 1:30 PM I decided to bring her in.
Around 3 PM, June 27, 9 healthy pups were delivered via c-section. 5 males, 4 females. It is a good thing that we brought her in as the vet found a small tear in her uterine wall, likely caused by overexertion. Tikka is such a stoic dog that she never let on that she was having issues contracting. The vet fixed her up and sent her and the pups home. Here are some pics!
Here is a video of Tikka meeting her pups for the first time after waking up from surgery. They introduced them a few at a time.
We will post more pics of the pups soon with the names given.
The whelping box is finally finished and completely set up. 1/2” HDPE plastic sheets cut in a way that allows it to be assembled quickly and without any fasteners. 1 1/2” pvc pipe for puppy rail. Good to go!
We think she will likely whelp a couple days sooner than Thursday. She’s still eating a bit and not showing any signs of nesting. But her temp is hovering in the low 99s.
We began taking Tikka’s temperature last night to get a baseline of what her normal temp is. We were expecting to see it in the 101-102 degree range. We took it a couple times because we got an initial read of 99.5. This got us a little concerned as we thought that maybe her temp was dropping as a precursor to the whelping. Apparently, a dog’s temp drops to the 98 degree range right before whelping. After a couple readings last night, it is looking like her normal temp is mid to high 99s.
Chiani I also saw a clear discharge coming from Tikka this afternoon. This, combined with a lower body temp had us concerned that she was preparing to give birth, even though we hadn’t seen any signs of nesting and she was eating and acting normally. A quick call to Warner Center Pet Clinic let us know that this is all perfectly normal and that she is likely not in early whelping stages.
For the first time, I was able to distinctly feel the puppies move around. Amazing feeling! Can’t wait to meet them all!
The Bark Box delivery came today. Tikka gets so excited when they arrive. Here is a video...
Tikka's ultrasound confirming pregnancy. The vet snuck us in while another dog was being prepped for an emergency c-section so she wasn't able to spend much time with us. She did see at least 4 pups though.
Tikka looked "big" right after her return from Nebraska. This is her 2 weeks ago doing the classic Munster pose while pregnant. It took her a little longer than usual to be able to roll over.
Tikka last weekend looking VERY pregnant.
Stormy spending a little time with Tikka this morning before the vet visit. I love how well these two get along.
Took Tikka to the vet this morning for an x-ray to see how many puppies we should expect. Dr. Jackson said she counted 9, but there may be 1 or 2 more that she can't see.
She is normally 43 lbs. When I weighed her today at the vet, she was 56.6 lbs!
Tikka is doing well, but will likely whelp before the due date of June 28. She is a total potato right now!