Primrose has decided to keep to her family tradition of giving birth a few days early. Yesterday her temperature was at 37.5 C, but she had been around 38 C the few times before, she runs on the higher side of temperature for a dog and this morning we have a temperature of 37.4C. This drop would of started me thinking things are getting started, but we also have Primrose digging her bed and intermitting panting and generally her demeanour has changed. This stage can last 24 to 48 hours, but you would be unwise to leave a bitch for any prelonged time when they reach this stage, as they could get up any time when showing these signs and start to expel a pup, so have rung work to not milk this evening and I am now on Primrose watch also known as lockdown.
I looked at Primrose's notes from her last birth and I had forgotten she came a couple days early then and we just had to pop to the vets to give her some oxytocin and manually pull the last pup off, as it was a very big pup. She was okay and really brave as I pushed down on her uterus to enable the vet to pull the pup out.
Primrose's Mum, Ysobel gave birth early to all her litters, so I guess it runs in the family. I gave birth to my six babies all early from 28 days early to the closest to my due date being 10 days early, funnily my three sisters, and my Mum who had six babies had a tendency to go over due, so I tended to buck the family trend, my husband said, "It's because I hate waiting."
I will though be waiting around today and having my wings temporarily clipped, I will try to get on with getting up to date with my inbox. On a blog a few days ago, I mentioned that we had no pups available and did not expect any pups available in 2014 and instead of what I was hoping for, less inquiries, it seems to have done the opposite to what I was hoping. Although it is normal to see a bigger uptake in inquiries this time of year, due to people preferring to get a pup during the summer months, as it is the easier time to bring a puppy into the home and get the housetraining established.
So fingers crossed for every one waiting on this litter and will be back with news as and when things happen, looks like I'm in for a restless 48 hours.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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