From Our Emergency Vets
Our emergency vets have seen it all. And though often their job is difficult and can have some unforgettable days and nights, they all love a happy ending. This is one of those stories.
Jayda, a one year-old tan mixed breed dog, was presented to animERge (emergency services) on July 28, for evaluation of restlessness, progressive abdominal distension, and worms in her stool. Her owner adopted Jayda on July 3rd and had been told that she had a litter of puppies that had all been adopted by July 3rd.
Her physical examination revealed Jaida to have a lower than normal body temperature (98.8F), abdominal distension, mammary gland development, and milk production. An abdominal radiograph was performed and revealed the presence of fully formed fetal skeletons. Focal ultrasound revealed multiple fully formed fetuses with good heart rates.
Upon receiving the information that Jayda was going to be a mommy, Jayda’s owner (who for the last few days believed he had adopted ONE dog) was overjoyed at becoming a “Daddy.” He was determined to be there for Jayda throughout the birth and the puppies and commented on how he knew she would make a wonderful mother. He and Dr. Freeman discussed that, given Jaida’s physical examination, low body temperature, and nesting behavior, she would probably deliver her puppies in the next 24 hours or so. They discussed preparing a whelping box for her, preparing necessary supplies for the puppies, and the need to increase her nutrition and her calcium level in preparation for labor and nursing.
The outcome? TEN adorable puppies were whelped on July 28! We love a happy ending!
Though the puppies will stay with the owner until they go to their homes, they are up for adoption! Want to adopt one of the puppies? Please contact: Common Sense for Animals 2420 NJ Rte 57 Stewartsville, NJ (908) 859-3060 who will be helping to place the puppies.
Thank you to Dr. Andrea Freeman for sharing this incredible story!