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I have faced this disorder several times with my bitches, both Primary and Secondary Inertia. Vets will act if they see green fluid or do a physical exam and see a dilated cervix, but to get them to exam a bitch for Primary Inertia just because she ‘looks uncomfortable’ can be quite a challenge. A major problem can be persuading your Veterinary Surgeon to see the bitch if she is only, say, 59 days in whelp. I have experienced this more than once.
The last time it happened, it was with a 6 year old bitch having her fourth litter. I had an inkling something was amiss in the pregnancy at about 4 weeks and persuaded my vet that as this was to be her last litter we should do an elective Caesar at 60 days. The first obstacle is that according to most vets that you talk to, bitches whelp at 63 days and never before. Any breeder who has experienced this in practical terms is lucky. I have had bitches go from 59 to 64 days. But Vets don’t see the normal stuff about whelping, just the problems and they think all bitches whelp at 63 days. After a lot of persuasion and a bit of the ‘I am the customer’ she agreed. On the morning the bitch was due to go in, she seemed OK, but by the time we were at the Surgery, there was a dark green discharge and she looked distinctly unhappy. As the surgery was ready for her anyway, she was whisked in and caesared. There were 3 live puppies who went on to be quite normal and happy little souls.
On another occasion I was rushing a heavily pregnant bitch to the vet and a puppy just fell out of her. There were no contractions on the part of the bitch and no verbal warning (sometimes bitches can be quite vocal when giving birth) The bitch in question was 63 days pregnant with 8 puppies waiting to start life. The actual volume and pressure from the puppies was so immense that when the cervix opened and she was tumbled about in the car, a puppy just fell out complete with placenta. With that puppy out of the way, the internal pressure reduced but she had no further contractions so had to be C-sectioned
On a third occasion, a four year old bitch happily whelped 3 puppies and then stopped contracting. After 90 minutes we called the vet out and she gave three Oxytocin injections over an hour and a half and one puppy appeared, but only one. We ended up with a C-section to get the remaining two puppies, which were fine.
Nowadays and taking these experiences and others into account, I would always Caesar whenever Inertia occurs.
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