Morgan is quite pregnant. She is carrying “at least five” puppies, says my reproductive veterinarian, who did not feel inclined to search around looking for further puppies after confirming five.
She is due on the 28th, which is a highly convenient time, as this is after finals week for the spring semester and a good week or more before the summer session begins.
I am not super, super stressed yet. But I will be in about another two weeks. I’m going to probably let her try to have these puppies the natural way, which is always significantly more terrifying than a c-section, believe me. You get one puppy that malpresents and you can lose them all. Not great for the mother, either. But with five or more, the size of each individual puppy is much more likely to be manageable, plus the puppies will for sure signal when it’s time to go. Just one or two puppies may not send a strong enough TIME IS UP signal to induce labor, which is bad enough; and of course they often get too big, which is worse.
But things can always go wrong, no matter how beautifully everything has gone up until the day. Plus Morgan’s great-grandmother is the one who kept losing puppies two days before the due date.
I’ll be doing progesterone tests at least weekly to help make sure Morgan is not heading into a miscarriage as she gets close to term.
Wow, this is so terrifying.
I won’t post about this again until I have living puppies. Please send good thoughts this way. Five healthy puppies would be so fantastic, I can’t even tell you! That many puppies would also help compensate for the large and unrelieved breeding expenses of the last few years, which would be a very nice thing indeed.