The Art of James Mellick: Whelping Documentation
Birthing Documentation by James Mellick
Embryonic sack emerges after last forceful contraction. Time to remove the feeding newborns.
Pup is born tail first in this case. Others came head first. Previous pups are placed on warm blanket and heating pad
Holly quickly peels the embryonic sack.
Newborn is stimulated to breath by forceful licking.
Holly begins to clean the afterbirth fluids.
She is now stripping and shredding the umbilical chord. Previous pups are placed back with the mother.
The first pups came about 15 minutes apart, then a half hour, then an hour, then two hours apart. The seven pups settle in for the important nutrition rich first feeding.
Little did we know that the 8th pup would be born after we gave up and went to bed. The tiger stripe appearance is from the loose skin being “shrink wrapped” in the embryonic sack.