why was a c section needed? (not bashing by any means just genuinely curious!)
I had originally planned to have a C-section done Monday because she had some discharge that I wasn’t sure was normal. I had called around to a few vets as well as other friends that are breeders. There were mixed reviews, some said it wasn’t beyond the realm of the norm but it was defiantly something not typical, and possibly a dead puppy. Monday morning she showed signs of finally being in Stage 1, which is trembling, panting, nesting, not wanting to eat, etc. I called all my contacts to see what they thought and was told to try and wait the 24 hrs from the start of Stage 1 unless Lighting seemed to be in distress. I scheduled a C-section for Tuesday morning instead because an emergency c-section is way more expensive and I wanted to be prepared. Instead of going right into the c-section we first checked the fetal heart rates to see if they were in distress typically their heart rates are around 200-225 range, they were more around 160-180, which means they were is some type of distress. I made the decision to have the c-section done and as they got her up to go into surgery her water broke. The vet set a timer for 20 mins, which typically after a dogs water breaks a puppy should be ready to appear. After 20 minutes, their heart rates were checked again. One had dropped to 125. So we decided the only way to make sure all puppies survived would be to get them out ASAP. Dr. Gaynor, Dr. Gerbig and their staff were excellent, I can’t thank them enough for how great they were. Lightning did deliver 2 pups naturally as they were prepping for surgery. It’s possible after her water broke that she would have had a natural birth, however with the concern about heart rates a C-section was defiantly the best way to get them all out quickly and alive. Even if she was a champion whelper 5 hours for 11 puppies is a long time to wait with their heart rates dropping.
Edit: Oh yeah and there was no dead puppy. All pups were alive.