I took our little man to the Vet today. We had held off on doing his dewclaws until he was 2 weeks to avoid any undue stress. He got a clean bill of health and appears to have survived the nasty viral infection that took his littermates. He has almost doubled his weight and is one tough little guy. We are still bottle feeding him and letting Mom do everything else. Of course, I will feel better in another week when we start introducing him to solid food. His name will be Lyberty's Sole Surivior - "Solo".
I have been afraid to post anything as it seems every time I do, things get worse. We have one surviving puppy - the tri-boy. He appears to be over the hump, although he is not gaining weight as much a I would like for him to. Keep the good thoughts and prayers coming. This has been one of the most devastating experiences of my life. I have several wonderful puppy homes that I need to refer to someone. Two are specifically looking for blues. Please e-mail me if you know of anyone who has puppies available.
We lost one of the black boys - we now have 3 survivors. I am afraid to post that they are improving. I so love to have puppies in the home and look forward to entering the puppy room to check on them. I can spend hours watching puppies nurse and love to watch them open their eyes and discover the world around them. I now dread walking in to the puppy room, afraid of what I might find.
It's March 21st, the 2nd day of spring, and it's snowing in Tennessee. How appropriate for yet another sad day at the Lyberty house. We lost two more puppies yesterday and have another one failing. We are powerless to stop this carnage and its breaking our hearts. The puppies will be fine one minute. then they suddenly start getting blue and die within 24 hours, despite our best efforts to save them. We have four remaining pups for now, one blue girl (a mismark), a black girl and two black boys left. I have wanted to do this breeding almost from the day Star was born and had such high hopes for the outcome. We will not breed Star again.
The final six have either gained weight or stayed the same. Star's milk appears to be coming in better and we continue to supplement with bottle feeding. All pups are very active and very loud when hungry. We are cautiously optimistic. We have 3 blue girls, 1 brindle pointed tri girl and 2 black boys (1 boy is a brindle pointed tri - Lego's mini-me).
Sad news - We lost our 2 little blue boys. One late last night and the other on the way home from the vet this morning. The remaining 6 are doing better but we are supplementing them with the bottle. I am heart sick and very sleep deprived.
Star whelped 10 babies between 8:35 & 1:05 - 5 of each sex. We lost girl #7 & boy #10 both blues. We have 8 survivors - 3 blue girls, 1 black girl, 2 blue boys, 2 black boys (one is a brindle pointed tri - a Lego mini me). Mom & babies are resting comfortably
Star's temperature dropped two degrees this morning. She is restlessly nesting, shivering and panting between taking short naps. Looks as if the babies are getting ready to make their entrance. Wouldn't it be nice if they decided to make a day time arrival!
Jill is improving, apparently she just needed another boost of antibiotics to get her over the hump. We are still watching her closely and monitoring what she eat. = Star is very uncomfortable but not showing any signs of whelping yet. Bless her heart - I know she will be glad to get those puppies out of her so she can take a deep breath again.
Jill has taken a turn for the worse. She ate good yesterday morning and was barking at me to get the food to her as normal. Then last night she ate a little chicken and rice, but wasn't as spunky. This morning she refused to eat and obviously did not feel good. While she is no where near as sick as she was, we are concerned. A quick call to the Vet resulted in a steroid shot and more antibiotics. Time will tell is this helps. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Star is still waddling her enormous tummy around the house and showing no signs of whelping. Maybe she is holding them in until Jill feels better.
Star and I are just back from the vet where she weighed in at a whopping 44.2 lbs. The X-ray clearly shows 9 spines with heads and a 10th spine snaking up under her ribcage. So my Vet said "nine for sure, ten probable - wouldn't be surprised if there was an 11th in there too". OMG! She has some milk, but not a whole lot.. So...we are in serious puppy watch till they arrived. Send your good vibes, thoughts and prayer for an easy whelp and nice healthy (hopefully blue) puppies!
Thank you all for your good thoughts and prayers. The Good news is Jill is much improved and eating! The vet said she sat up in her crate about 3 pm and started barking. She was HUNGRY! Guess the IV antibiotics worked! She will be on chicken and rice for the next few days and watched carefully but we seemed to be on the mend.
On Friday night our sweet Jill started throwing up. She has a slighty touchy stomach, so we were not to concerned. On Saturday she ate her breakfast as normal. She threw that up an hour later. She was still drinking water and going potty, so we chalked it up to her eating some kind of varmit in the yard. Sunday was much the same. Then she stopped eating all together. She was still drinking water so I prepared some chicken and rice for her evening meal. She refused to eat. She stopped drinking water on Monday night. So off to the Vet early Tuesday. Jill stayed at the vet all day for IV fluids, bloodwork, X-rays, etc. Her bloodwork was perfect and there was no visable obstruction on her X-rays. The Vet left her IV port in and sent her home with us last night. She pooped and peed last night and this morning, but still refused to eat or drink anything. I gave her meds and she stated vomiting again. So, off to the Vet again this morning for more X-rays and IV fluids. The X-rays are still clear. She will come home tonight, and if nothing changes - the vet will do exploratory surgery tomorrow morning to rule out a hidden obstruction. Please send out your healing thoughts for our sweet girl and keep your fingers crossed that we will not have to do surgery. All this on top of Star's impending whelp next week - can it get any more stressful in my house!
I just wanted to introduce everyone to our newest puppy blog. Debra and her husband have our Memphis Belle - now called Lucy. Debra is a Special Ed teacher in Michigan and already had an established blog. Something tells me that we will be reading about Lucy's many exploits here: http://catsinmywool.blogspot.com/