Wednesday, April 10, 2013

1359. Follow up on Caesarean-section-milk-fever dam
Date:   11 April, 2013  
Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs & rabbits
Caesarean section & eclampsia in a poodle X 
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
Date:   11 April, 2013 
Be Kind To Pets
Veterinary Education
Project 2010-0129

1359. Follow up on Caesarean-section-milk-fever dam

 I did a follow up on the lady by phoning her yesterday, April 11, 2013 and managed to get her on the phone. She said the extra-large pups are thriving on the "internet-researched" milk formula of yogurt-egg-yolk as in the link given by her below.

The puppies were much larger than the sole pup naturally born in the first litter a few months ago. Also they drank 30-40 ml of this formula every 2-hourly, "not 20 ml" as suggested by me. I did not comment as the "20 ml"/2 hourly was a minimum for puppies at 7 days old.

"What are the feeding times?" I asked.
"Every 2 hourly except from 3 am to 7 am". Her mother helped her.
Nowadays, the internet has much more information for pet owners and the younger generation can have more specialised knowledge on feeding orphan puppies than a veterinarian. The two puppies disliked the pet shop supplied milk powder and were losing weight. They also dislike the milk bottle nipple bought from the pet shop.

But they loved the internet milk formula and human baby milk bottle. Vets can listen and learn much from the younger generation on some aspects of veterinary medicine as they focus on specific problem areas. Other home-breeders have successfully reared puppies using syringes and cow's milk or goat's milk. In all cases, they need to spend 2-hourly of feeding and know how to stimulate the puppy to pee and poop.

Most vets will not have many cases of C-sections in dogs unless they provide inexpensive loss-making $300 C-sections like I did some years ago and performed over 200 cases of C-sections from the professional dog breeders at Pasir Ris.

Still vets need to know:
1. How to perform the Caesarean section competently
2. How to revive the distressed puppies (not crying or moving) when taken out during the C-section.
3. How to treat eclampsia
4. How to advise regarding "orphan" puppies.
I will be producing a video on these aspects to educate vet student.

On Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 7:35 PM,> wrote:

Hi Dr Sing,

XXX's owner here. We went over to your clinic 2 weeks back for the C-sect.

Here's the link to the puppy formula.

They did mention that using a human milk bottle is better than the pet dog milk bottle so I actually bought the human milk bottle. The nipples are much softer than the dogs milk bottle.
Thank you! We will come back for the vacination in 1 1/2 weeks time.


Thank you for sharing info on how you successfully feed the 7-day-old puppies since their mother has eclampsia (milk fever). Eclampsia usually occurs in the first litter for small breeds but your dog had given birth naturally once earlier. The present milk congested mammary glands will reduce in size with time. She had no milk produced when I saw her for the treatment of milk fever 7 days after her Caesarean section and this could be due to the fact that the two pups had drunk all the milk.

In retrospect, the two extra-large pups could have been given alternative milk (e.g. goat's milk formula or the one in your email link) for some periods of time, giving the dam time to recover and produce milk.   

The two extra-large puppies would have died if you have not researched the internet. Now they have put on weight and do not have watery stools as they dislike the pet shop supplied milk powder and bottle.

First vaccination for your two pups will be at 8 weeks of age since they don't live in an environment with lots of viruses as in a professional dog breeder's farm.  

Best wishes.


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