The Lazarus Puppy

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by SheriM, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. SheriM

    SheriM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What an adventure we've had today! My second Great Pyr female had her litter starting about 2 a.m. this morning. It was about -25 or -30 C and despite the deep straw, hay bale barriers and heat lamp in her shed, the pups were having a rough time, and have continued to have trouble all day today.

    Angel is a first time mom and had 12 pups. We lost 3 right off the batt -- two who were so tiny I doubt they would have survived even if she delivered them right into my hands. I have been checking on them hourly since 2 a.m. and ended up bringing at least one or two in at every check to get warmed up. This morning, DH went to do a check and brought me this limp, cold little body. There was no sign of movement, no reaction when I touched or pinched his tongue and, with an ear to his chest, no sound of a heartbeat. Broken hearted, I put him in the laundry room on the freezer.

    I ended up spending the rest of the morning working on the runt of the litter and when he was finally stable, asked DH to dispose of the body on the freezer. He went into the laundry room and a few seconds later, hollered out that the pup was alive. He brought it to me and, sure enough, it was moving slightly and even managed a bit of a cry. I grabbed him and tucked him into the heating pad where a third pup was warming up and started rubbing him, etc. Within an hour, he was squirming like a puppy should and even took an eyedropper or two full of goat colostrum. He, and the other two, are now back out with the dam and the rest of the litter and, at last check, doing well. I swore I wouldn't name any of the pups, since that should be the privilege of the new owner, but this little pup will be known as Lazarus for as long as he is on this farm. [​IMG]
     
  2. porteryork

    porteryork Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, what an adventure. I never had to do this when I was raising Chocolate labs, but do you know about wrapping them in a towel and swirling them? It works a bit like CPR.

    I am so tempted by these dogs but my Lily doesn''t like to share.....[​IMG]
     
  3. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    Very cool!!! Congrats on Lazarus, he sounds like a fighter! Hope all of them
    keep doing well. Is there anyway you can bring them all into the laundry room until
    they are a few days old and stronger?

    Oh and we WANT pictures!!!!!! [​IMG]


    Nancy
     
  4. SheriM

    SheriM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've been warned that if I bring them in, I'll be stuck with them in the house till it warms up, which will be several weeks in this neck of the woods. The thought of having an unhousetrained 110 lb. dog and 9 pups in my tiny laundry room for a month is not really appealing. If the pups can just get through the next couple of days, they'll be fine. The other litter is 2 weeks old and they don't even need a heat lamp anymore.
     
  5. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    hehee yea scratch that idea... so you have two litters? How fun... yes we need pictures!
     
  6. SheriM

    SheriM Chillin' With My Peeps

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