Von Tasz Shepherds
Sunday night (11/18/07), we were awakened by Kyla. She was distressed because
she couldn't get the pups to settle down. They kept crying and crying,
even after being nursed. I immediately noticed that the nipples on her
one side were completely collapsed - her milk was drying up! The very next
morning, I called Kyla's reproduction Specialist and he indicated Kyla's
milk was not re-generating, which sometimes happens when only one or two
pups are born. He wanted us to start tube feeding them immediately and
then transition the pups over to Pebbles once she had her pups - taking
them permanently away from Kyla! I then spoke to a dear friend of mine
who has lots of "on the farm" knowledge and experience. She said
that she would start giving Kyla an Oxytocin shot every day for a week.
(Oxytocin is a hormone that is released when pups nurse, causing more milk
to be produced). She had to do this when Kyla's mom had her last litter
C-section. I liked this idea much better since Kyla is such a good mom
and we absolutely hated the idea of taking the pups away from her. So,
that day, we started tube feeding every 4 hours and giving Kyla Oxytocin.
By Wednesday, late afternoon, her milk had come back in and so we discontinued
the feedings and the shots on Thanksgiving Day. Kyla's got more than enough
milk and the pups are both up to 2 pounds each - double their birth weight.
(Heck, they have gained a full 1/4 pound since yesterday!)
Both girls have been adopted by loving families...
Left: Second born baby - look at that nice round (full) tummy!
These 2 photos were taken on Thanksgiving Day...
Right: First born baby - does she actually have a potbelly? ((giggle))
Left: This is a photo of Kyla when she was only 7 weeks old! Precious or
Sunday, Nov 25, 2007 - First born girl (below left) and second born girl
Friday, Nov 30, 2007 - Below: Their eyes are starting to open, they are
over 3 pounds, and they are starting to "cruise" - LOL!!!
Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - Pictured below: As of yesterday, they are both
4 pounds each! They are starting to sit up, bark, hear us enter and exit
but, mostly, they still sleep alot. :))