We use finger nail polish to identify each of the pups. If you see two puppies with the same color, it means that one is a male and the other is a female. We use pink, yellow, turquoise, silver, and orange - these colors are very easily distinguished from one another.
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The puppies were taken to the vet today to get a general check up, their dew claws removed, and DNA collected to send to the University of Minnesota to be tested to see which puppies carry the EIC gene and which do not.
Everything went really well, and they're still in very good health. We weigh them everyday, and their growth is showing to be consistent.
I'll try to post some pictures at the end of this week or next week, so check back in!
Almost 2 hours later the final puppy was born. It's about 4:30 am on Monday morning as I write this, and I think all of the adrenalin and caffeine have finally started to lose their effect. Though 48 hours without sleep can be tough, at least I didn't give birth 8 times.
We finished out the day with 5 black, female and 3 black, male lab puppies - and one latex glove out of a box of 50. Our vet was awesome, and very thoroughly examined Jessie and each puppy. She reported that they are all in good health, and are doing well.
At 11:00 we got some x-rays and it showed Jessie still had two puppies left. The vet on duty had told us that we were welcome to use the room we were in to finish whelping the final two puppies.
Shortly after midnight, the fourth girl was born bringing our total to 7. The vet had come in to check on our progress just in time to catch a puppy being born. She jumped right in and helped us make sure the pup was in good shape.
After some complications we decided it would be best to go ahead and take Jessie to the Emergency Pet Clinic to make sure Jessie and her puppies were okay. We also wanted to get some x-rays taken to see how many puppies were left - at this time, we had 5 puppies.
On the way to the clinic, Jessie ended her 3 hour birthing gap with another girl. So, by the time we got to the clinic we had 3 boys and 3 girls - all black, healthy and doing well.
Right now we have five puppies: 3 males and 2 females. Mom and the pups are all doing very well. We expect there to be a few more in the next few hours.
Jason and Alysse Ottinger of Stonebrook Retrievers - we thought this would be a good way to keep everyone updated on what's currently going on at Stonebrook Retrievers. Thanks for viewing!