Willemijn is giving birth. Her constant rapid panting shows the contractions that push the foetus
from the uterine horns in the actual uterus, en hence forth
to the exit. When the pup is descended far enough
the final contractions take care of the expulsion of the pup.
At the vulva you can feel is the pup is in front of the exit, when the part between anus
and vulva gets hard, the pup will be born at the next contraction
Bitches choose different postures to expel the pups. With Willemijn her belly
is in the way, so she chooses a half-sitting position
Expulsion takes up a lot of concentration, so the dog locks herself away from the outside world
Her expresion is turned inwards, and is very reconizable.
As her belly is big Willemijn is not very able to reach her newborn, and some help is
welcome when she breaks the amnion around the pup
The umbilical cord is bitten. Due to the bites the blood vessels in the umbilical cord are crushed
and the bleeding that occurs will stop quickly.
The bitch eats as it were from the placenta to the abdominal wall and it bites the umbilical cord
Eating the placenta is totally natural. The nutrients that are in it shall ensure
that the bitch has enough energy to accomplish the birth and has enough
food to feed their young directly without having to leave the nest.
The bruising of the umbilical cord is done by there several times to scrape along with the incisors
so that the blood vessels quickly close after going through biting.
The puppy is thoroughly licked dry and especially the abdomen is massaged; Here are
the centers that stimulate respiration of the puppy. The bitch will lick here
until the pup shows that he is present.
When touching the jaw the puppy gives a biting reflex, a sign that
the lungs are in good order
Sometimes the placenta does not come immediately.
The breeder helps by pulling it out with the last contractions
A cloth is used to have more grip.
With so many pups it is hard for the mother,
so any help is welcome. Putting the pups somewhere else would indicate unrest, for that reason it is not done.
Pups are wiped dry, and especially
the lower body is massaged. There are the reflexes that stimulate
the breathing. When there are a lot of pups any help is welcome
As soon as the pup cries out, it can go back to the mother
Sometimes suctioning is necessary. The mouth looks unpalatable but is the fastest and most effective.
Willemijn trusts her boss fully herein
One of the puppies umbilical cord is very short bitten. It bleeds for a long time,
so there is a thread is used to tie it off.
All puppies are weighted so that it can be checked whether the growth is going well.
In between, Willemijn goes outside for a pee, because with a full bladder the contractions are harder.
The puppys are drinking in between, and that is beneficial,
because oxytocine is released because of this, and the uterus keeps contracting
untill all pups are born and all remains from the amnion are also removed.
The contractions are very clear to see. But after the birth of puppy number 10
Willemijn her face changes immediately. It is done.
She herself feels it, and also it is clear for anyone around. A job well done!