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    Our 2 yr old staffie bitch gave birth to a litter of 6 puppy's by C section yesterday morning. Her waters broke at 5.10am and by 7.30 we were in the vets getting a C section done. All went well in the delivery and they were put on her to have a drink and then sent home. Our problems started there. We tried to put the puppy's with her she had a look and then growled at the first pup. We rang the vets and they said to persist with trying to get them on her so we did with a collar and lead on her and us there trying to reasure her it was ok. She did let them feed but was shaking and really didnt know what was going on. She started to clean them but again she growled, so we rang the vets back and they told us to muzzle her which we did. She does clean them and doesnt want to leave them but she will still have a growl every now and then. We take the muzzle off for her to feed and drink and also to clean the pups but put in back on when we leave the room.She is a first time mum and has never shown any signs of being aggressive before this, we just dont know what to do. Please Help
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    It might be because she is in pain and uncomfortable. And it is all new, because she had a c section, and didnt give birth the natural way, she did't probably get the chance to smell them and groom them, all of a sudden they are just there. I'm not sure, just offering ideas as to why she is showing aggression towards the pups. I hope she calms down soon for you and the pups sake!

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    I'm not a breeder so I can't really help you that much. But I would keep a close eye on her with them. She could be just unsure of what's going on or could still be in pain from the c section. Another member has recently just had a litter of pups born through c-section after complications during labour so she may be able to help you out.

    Also try and stay calm around her when she is with them, you don't want her to pick up on your anxiousness and feel like something is wrong.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Thanks for the feed back, I really think she wants them but just all confused as to what is going on. To get her to go to the toilet we have to put a lead on her and coax her out and when she is finished she goes running straight back to the back door to go back in with them. I changed her bedding before as it was wet and she started to dig it up I think looking for the old smells so we put back one of the blankets and she settled down again. We are beside ourselves with worry over this and just want Zoe and her pups to be OK

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    I am sure once she has a bit of time to settle back in she will be fine. Its a good sign that she wants to feed and be near them. The motherly instinct is coming out lol Sometimes it can take a day or so too for the effects of the aesthetic to wear off which may also be why she is acting a bit funny! You will have to post pictures, we all love puppies here And staffies are one of my favourites :P

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    Haha, i remember when I had my first baby, I was like "what the hell do i do with this?" lol so in some I think motherly instinct is a learned thing. I hadnt had much to do with bubs before i had my own. Zoe will be fine i am sure, with a bit of guidance....and yes photos please, I love staffies too. Oskar is an AMSTAFF x

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    CAn you get anyone who reads dogs better to look at the situation, because there are growls and then there are growls. My newfie boy terrifies people because he sits and growls, but it is a friendly communication and not aggressive. Some dogs do grumble and it is not an aggressive growl. Someone who deals with lots of dogs, might be able to help you. Especially if she is cleaning them..or is the growl at you when you are nearby. And the other thing as someone mentioned, is she in pain......
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    If she's rushing to get back into them after you've had to drag her away from them then I'd say as a guess and I say guess, because that all you ever can do over the internet is that she is uncomfortable, the fact that she's messing up her bed is also a sign that she may be uncomfortable.

    Remember she's been cut open and they are now feeding from her, she may need some pain meds, there is one that many vets prescribe, humans use it too, that is ok for the puppies, it's used on bitches who won't stretch out due to soreness.

    Supervise carefully.

    Can you get your vet out for a home visit. You have to ask, they won't offer. I don't take pups into the surgery I always ask for a home visit.

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    Hi I would just like to say, a big thank you to everyone for giving your advice and to let you know we now have our little Zoe back. She is being a great mum and so proud of her. 008.jpg009.jpg010.jpg

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    That's great to hear!! Great photo's too, love little white pooches lol

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