WHELPING ETC

Fading Puppy Syndrome:

  • What is fading puppy syndrome? Fading puppy syndrome is a term used to describe puppies that are apparently normal at birth but gradually “fade” and die within the first two weeks of life. Normal pre-weaning losses in dogs, including stillborn puppies, can be up to thirty percent (30%), with about half of these deaths occurring within the first week of life. {read more at VCA Northwest Veterinary Sp}

Swimmer Puppies:

Whelping a Singleton Puppy:
“When the dam only has one puppy… There IS cause for concern. There are many things not in the puppy’s favor.

  1. The pup may be too big to deliver naturally; MOST singletons must be delivered by C-section.
  2. Many dams often will not go into labor with a singleton puppy, as there are not enough hormones to trigger labor.
  3. As we have found, many dams will not produce milk with a singleton. The hormones are just not there, as a dam produces milk based on demand. No demand, no milk!”  [read more at dogbreedinfo.com]