We do offer a service called “Whelp wise”. What is “Whelpwise?”
Monitoring uterine contractions and fetal heart rates allows the breeder to positively identify the onset of labor and accurately estimate the time that whelping should begin. Uterine contractions and puppies are followed throughout the whelping process confirming that all is going well, or identifying problems in a timely manner should they occur. Common problems such as inertia can be identified and treated in the home setting using low-dose medication protocols, adjusting medications to support but not over stimulate the uterus. All medication doses are determined by the uterine contraction pattern. Conversely, instances such as a stuck pup where strong contractions exist and medication should not be given can also be identified, helping to prevent problems such as uterine rupture.
Monitoring the heart rates of the pups allows the breeder to know that puppies are doing well during the last few days of gestation and during the whelping. Stressed pups, identifiable by specific heart rate patterns, allows the breeder and veterinarian to make timely informed decisions about interventions, and make the interventions more likely to result in healthy pups. A significant benefit of the WhelpWise service is the ability to differentiate abnormal labor patterns such as inertia, versus a malpresented or exceptionally large puppy or other uterine abnormality. Inertia, or lack of adequate uterine contractions, can be easily managed by giving medications in small frequent doses to achieve a productive contraction pattern and prevent medication overdosing. By simulating a normal labor pattern, unnecessary stress to the mother and the puppies can be avoided. Drug doses that are excessive can contribute to fetal deaths because uterine contractions cause a physiologic decrease in blood and oxygen supply to the puppies. If medications are overused, the uterus clamps down in a prolonged contraction actually cutting off the blood flow to the puppies. Additionally, large doses of Oxytocin will saturate receptor sites in the uterus making subsequent doses ineffective.
Abnormal contraction patterns suspicious for exceptionally large or malpositioned pups or other uterine abnormalities can be identified early in the whelping process and the client referred back to the veterinarian for additional testing. The WhelpWise service also has its role in the case of a planned cesarean section. Instead of picking a date for surgery, whether correct or not, early labor can begin with surgery scheduled before labor becomes too advanced. Early labor may help the puppies begin the normal birth transition, as well as promote optimal maternal bonding and milk production, often lost when surgery is performed prior to labor and its corresponding hormonal changes.
Monitoring also helps prevent labor patterns from going unnoticed. Frequently labor contractions are detected by the equipment prior to any symptoms or change in temperature and are generally present 8 to 12 hours before deliveries begin. Undetected labor, in the case of a planned cesarean, can be potentially hazardous for the bitch and her litter.
The technician can place the device on your bitch in hospital, or it can be taken home as a rental for you to perform as well. Results are rather quick – generally within the hour.
Because timing is everything- we encourage that you contact us, and have a consultation about which method and/or decision is best for your dog. Our goal is to help you with all your reproduction needs.