Newborn puppy resuscitation

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If your dog is pregnant and you have already read everything about the pregnancy in the bitch and about the possible problems in the delivery of the bitch, you need to know everything about the newborn puppy resuscitation. In this article we are going to tell you how to help your dog and her new puppies if a serious problem arises.

If we have decided to raise and carry out the delivery of the bitch at home, perhaps we find that we have to intervene when there is a problem during childbirth, among which there is the possibility that our dog does not know how to act very safely or that it is a cesarean section and therefore the bitch cannot take care of her puppies as soon as they are born. Read on and find out how to fix these problems in this AnimalWised article..

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  1. How to perform neonatal resuscitation?
  2. How to clean and empty the airways correctly?
  3. First of all responsibility

How to perform neonatal resuscitation?

When our dog is unwell to carry out the procedure of helping her puppies to breathe for the first time, we must do it ourselves. As we always remember that these cases are better supervised by a veterinarian. The basic idea is to do what the mother does in nature and that is to stimulate breathing in puppies by massaging, cleaning and giving them heat.

The steps to follow to help our puppies breathe for the first time are the following:

  1. Remove the puppy from the fetal wraps. Break the bag off with your fingers or blunt-tipped scissors and remove the puppy very carefully.
  2. Cut the umbilical cord in the constriction area. We must place a special clamp or a silk thread on the umbilical cord between the puppy's abdomen and the point where we are going to cut it. When the tie is already secured, we will cut and remove the residues, leaving the clamp for a few seconds or a few minutes to ensure the coagulation of the wound..
  3. Unclog and clear the airways with an enema bulb, suction bulb, syringe, or by shaking the puppy upside down properly as explained later..
  4. Elicit the first inspiration by rubbing the rib cage. With a towel we will quickly rub the chest of the puppy to stimulate breathing as the mother would do with her tongue and snout.
  5. If there is no prompt response, we should administer drops of a respiratory stimulant with, for example, doxapram base on the tongue and / or in the nasal cavities..
  6. If we still have no reaction from the puppy, we will perform alternate rocking movements up and down, which stretch and compress the diaphragm.
  7. Massaging the area of ​​the sulcus between the nostrils called the philtrum to stimulate breathing.
  8. Finally, if the rest has not worked or we suspect that there are difficulties in breathing that we can already hear, we will resuscitate with oxygen. We can do this with a machine or ourselves by surrounding the puppy's mouth with ours and carefully blowing small puffs of air, bearing in mind that their lungs are very small. In addition, we will have to perform a small massage by pressing the area of ​​the heart, which we will find on the left side of the chest, with a pair of fingers and without exerting great pressure, being aware of the tiny size and fragility of the newborn puppy.

Once the puppy breathes newborn we must continue to ensure his well-being and before returning him to his mother we will do the following:

  1. Dry the puppy well with towels gently, massaging it and always keep it at a temperature between 32-36 ° C.
  2. Disinfect the umbilical cord with povidone-iodine.
  3. Get the puppy to suck on its mother's colostrum as soon as possible. Colostrum is the first breast milk which provides all the antibodies you need at that time, in addition to the basic and essential nutrition with a high percentage of fats.

How to clean and empty the airways correctly?

This is something very delicate and we must be very careful not to hurt the puppy during the procedure. As we have commented before we will need some material What:

  • A syringe, enema bulb, or suction bulb to suck up and remove the remaining amniotic fluid in the airways.
  • Paper and towels, to clean and dry the puppy, especially its muzzle.
  • Latex gloves to maintain proper hygiene and avoid problems for the puppy.

We will follow the following steps with the idea of ​​freeing the airways of amniotic fluid waste and thus our puppy begins to breathe on its own:

  • We will clean the head and muzzle of the puppy very carefully with paper or a towel. In addition to massaging the chest while cleaning it to stimulate breathing.
  • With any of the aforementioned materials to suck up liquids, we will open the puppy's mouth a little and introduce the syringe or pear and extract the liquid. We will do the same with the two nostrils trying to clear all the airways as soon as possible. We will repeat the process until we see that there are clearly no liquid residues inside the respiratory tract of our puppy and that he is breathing correctly.
  • If we still see that there are difficulties for the puppy to begin to breathe we will have to hold it firmly between our hands, if possible wrapped in a small washcloth with the head out, holding the head very well between our fingers and we will gently shake it down with the idea of ​​moving the remaining liquid that may remain in the tracks that will gradually come out and it will be easier for us to suck with the syringe or pear if the puppy has not been able to finish removing it by himself with this maneuver.
  • We will continue to clean the muzzle and the remains that come out well and we will also continue to massage the puppy's chest, thus stimulating good breathing and helping to raise the temperature.

First of all responsibility

It is preferable that all this is performed directly by our trusted veterinarian and if possible at your clinic instead of at home. In addition, we want to remind Animal Expert of the responsibility of bringing more puppies to the world..

We should have very clear a worthy and responsible destiny of these puppies before encouraging a pregnancy of our dog. If not, it will be preferable that we do not embark on this adventure and thus avoid suffering and problems..

We must also think that it may be that for various reasons, such as lack of practice, a not very high maternal instinct, not coping with the number of puppies and other various problems, our dog does not take care of all the puppies as it would be necessary for get ahead. Then we will have to take care of them ourselves with all that this entails, first of all a great responsibility.

We recommend that in order to offer the best to your new puppiesYou read other articles that you will find on this same website, such as how to feed a newborn puppy, how to socialize a puppy correctly, learn about the puppy's canine teeth, how to educate a puppy to relieve himself outside of the house and in general, everything about the care of puppy dogs.

This article is merely informative, at we do not have the power to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the vet in the event that it presents any type of condition or discomfort.

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