Crimping and Cutting the Umbilical Cord
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Whelping Day /Crimping and Cutting the Umbilical Cord
The attached Umbilical cord runs from the placenta to the pups navel,
it supplies the pup with rich oxygenated blood.
This blood can be returned to a weak pup by squeezing along the cord
this pushes the blood back into the pup.
Note # weak puppies can use this extra blood contained in the cord.
Now crimp the cord with hemostats or string like dental floss.
Cutting the Umbilical cord now can be done
but only after the pup mouth and nose have been aspirated
and the blood returned back to the pup
This figure shows an attached placenta.
Cut between hemostats and placenta
The hemostats are clamped 1/2 inch from the puppies belly.
With dull scissors cut between the placenta and the hemostats.
Not between the hemostats and the pups belly.
If the placenta is not attached to the pup you must try and retrieve it
yourself. Look at the vulva and see if part is hanging out. With a towel grasp
it and pull it out. It is very slippery and will tear apart. If it sucks back
into the birth canal it will delay the next pup birth, sometimes up to an hour.
This happens often to me.
This placenta above is still attached to the uterine wall. When it comes out
you can allow the mother to eat one or two placentas if she wants. Discard the rest.
Eating the placenta provides nourishment for the mother. It also helps aid in
milk production and will cause the uterus to shrink back down to size.
Note # if your mom does not appear to have milk you can give her dark beer but
light works too. I give my Shih Tzus that weigh about 9 pounds 2 teaspoons
Eating to many placenta will give her diarrhea, and a black stool that will
stain all that it comes in contact with.
Offer the mother water at any time during whelping.