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    Oh poor bubs..
    When my girl was pregnant with 11
    she looked so uncomfortable, I just wanted to put her in bed
    with me but of course being a BIG breed there was no chance..

    Keep her safe and rub her tummy..
    Keep us posted..

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    Polly had her c section today. Beautiful big boy we named Jack. Polly is totally rejecting him. she wants nothing to do with him and I'm so worried she will snap at him. has anyone got any advice?

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    That can happen sometimes after a caesarian on a maiden bitch...she might get over it and start to mother him. The most important thing is for you NOT to be anxious, she will pick up on your anxiety over the situation and blame the small intruder.
    Keeping pup warm is the most important thing at the moment.
    If you get comfortable on the floor next to the box that Jack is in, and make his box the only comfortable thing close to you, Polly might climb in just to be near you and get accustomed to him. Can you sit next to her and stroke her while he drinks from her? He really needs the initial feeds for the colostrum, after that he can survive on formula or a foster mom.

    Your vet might know of another bitch who has whelped recently who may be laid back enough to add Jack to her brood if it comes to that. Polly's breeder might also know someone with a litter - and she can give the most valuable advice, because she knows how Polly's mum reared the litter. Often daughters are like mothers.

    Keep us posted. Paws are crossed that it all works out.

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    Awww poor mum she's woken up and has this "thing". With C-sections hormones didn't get released the normal way.

    If mum feeds puppy the necessary hormones may be released and she will begin to accept puppy, but you must watch her carefully and you may need to hold her down and talk to mum to encourage her to allow puppy to drink. It could take 24 hours before she accepts the puppy.

    It's also important that puppy remains warm as a chilled puppy feeding is a risk to it's health.

    If you need to sleep and mum is not accepting puppy you may need to remove him to a heated box. But remember he needs to be fed every couple of hours and he needs to be stimulated.

    My father would wet a puppy with warm water - not soak - and encourage mum to dry them if they rejected a puppy. But I'm not sure if this is just an old fashioned wives tale or not but it worked for him for one litter that was a very quick birth where the bitch did not bond with a couple of puppies that she didn't get to clean because the other one came so fast. But you would need to be very careful that puppy stays warm at this time of year, it's one of the biggest killers.

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    Thank you so much for your advice. Polly still has no interest. Last night I got up every 2 hours, or whenever little Jack wanted a feed, put them together and sat till he was finished. Polly will not even look at him. I put him between her paws and she growls. I have to stroke her and hold her down gently while he feeds. I let her out today and she does not want to come back in. I will persist for another day so puppy gets the goodness from her milk, but from then on I will bottle feed him. My instincts tell me, it is not a good idea to leave them together. At this point in time, I'm REALLY glad there was only one LOL.

    Will put a pic up of Polly and Jack.

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    Cute pic. She doesn't look terrified of him, just resigned. Hope she comes rounds and cleans him, mothers him etc.

    Do you know how to stimulate him to empty his bladder/bowels? Newborns need help with that, and you are elected if Polly doesn't do it.

    Yes, breeding = sleepless nights. Such fun, not. Keep up the pics it will be fun to watch him grow on here.

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    So tiny...

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    Poor little fella, it sounds like you are doing a fantastic job.

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    Little Jack is doing really well. Had his dew claws removed this morning, no fuss from him at all. Polly still isn't interested. I make her come in but it looks like her milk is drying up from lack of sucking. Last night I bottle fed him through the night, and those teats were terrible. I decided to go get a newborn bottle and teat instead, and that is wonderful. The right flow and Jack likes it so much more. I'll continue to bring polly in to feed him during the day, but I don't think that will go on much longer, if she is drying up. Once again, thanks guys for your advice and support. My mother has come up with a great name for the show ring (if good enough) and his pedigree for him because this puppy has cost us a fortune. He will be Martiz Costalot ....LOL...love it.

    Take care
    Last edited by moonblossom; 07-20-2012 at 09:37 AM. Reason: Mistake

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