Babies Abound!

The stork has been making frequent visits to Hulen Hills and Metro West Emergency. The happy events began with Dr. Pleimann performing a Cesarian Section and successfully delivering four healthy Yorkie puppies. The proud mom is Daisy who weighed in at 5-pounds! As you can image, her puppies are tiny, but healthy, strong and very hungry.

Next came six puppies –four boys and two girls — born via C-Section. Mom is a long-haired Chihuahua named Baybee. As you can see from the pictures, delivering a litter of puppies or kittens takes a team of people working together. As the doctor removes each puppy from the uterine horn, he or she hands them off to our nurses who stimulate each one to encourage their first breaths. Once the babies are breathing strongly on their own, and once mom has woken up from anesthesia, the happy family is reunited!  It’s always thrilling when we get the chance to bring cute babies like these into the world!

Although some dogs and cats are able to successfully give birth to their babies at home, many others need assistance. Here are some common things that can help pet owners know when it’s time to seek out the help of their veterinarian. We are here 24-hours a day, 7-days a week — when and if you should need us!

  • 30-60 minutes of strong contractions occur with no puppy being produced.
  • Greater than four hours pass between pups and you know there are more inside.
  • She fails to go into labor within 24 hours after her temperature drops below 100.
  • She is in obvious extreme pain.
  • Greater than 70 days of gestation have passed.