Emergency surgery helps dog deliver healthy litter

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 26, 2001

VIDALIA, La. – For Dr. Debbie P. Guillory of the Miss-Lou Veterinary Clinic it was a typical emergency Caesarean section, coming as they usually do in the middle of a busy afternoon.

But for Dora Bass of Clayton, it was far from the usual canine labor and delivery.

Bass’s dog, Baby, a terrier mix, had given birth to three healthy female puppies Wednesday morning, but had not had any more when Bass left for work that afternoon.

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&uot;She kept pushing and nothing was happening,&uot; Bass said. &uot;I went on to work, and called the vet from there. They told me to bring her on in.&uot;

When Bass and Baby arrived at the clinic, Guillory’s veterinarian assistants sedated Baby and prepped her for surgery.

Bass said she kept thinking, &uot;God, please don’t let nothing happen to my Baby.&uot;

Guillory said she often performs Ceasarean sections on dogs, so the procedure was not a new one for her. &uot;But no surgery (is) routine, because it’s somebody’s animal,&uot; she said.

Guillory said in Baby’s case a deformed puppy was preventing the natural birth of other four puppies. As Guillory delivered the puppies via C-section, assistants were on hand to revive the pups by rubbing them, using syringes to clear out excess fluid that had gathered in their lungs, and by giving them a shot of Dopram, a respiratory stimulant to help them breathe.

Two of the puppies died, but the other three joined their littermate who had been born earlier, and all six females are now at home with their mother, who was also spayed during the surgery.

Bass said she was happy Baby and her puppies were healthy, and plans to give the puppies away.

&uot;I’m glad it’s over with,&uot; she said.