"I need an urgent C-section. The water bag had ruptured!" the breeder rushed to Toa Payoh Vets.
On arrival, one puppy (Pup 1) was born naturally while inside the van.
"I want an oxytocin injection as this Dachshund had C-sections before," he said. This was a very experienced breeder. I did not want to advise that there was no time to waste as the water bag had ruptured, but then a puppy was out.
So, I gave the oxytocin 1.2 ml IM. We waited. Around 15 minutes, a very large dead pup (Pup 2) was born with a shrunkened placenta. There was no water bag. So, this could be the one with the water bag ruptured, prompting the breeder to phone me.
The Dachsund, 61st day pregnant still had swollen abdomen, indicating at least 2 puppies still inside.
Puppy 3 - a large pup with detached placenta.
This pup was not crying but revived and was OK.
Puppy 4 - a small pup wrapped inside the water bag as for normal puppies seen at C-section.
This pup was not moving much and breathed like gasping for breath.