A woman’s hilarious reaction to the unexpected birth of a friend’s dog has the internet in hysterics.
TikToker Kelly Love (@loveandchaos.co) was sitting on her friend’s couch when the mother-to-be gave birth much earlier than planned. Footage of Kelly Love squeamish, unprepared for this situation, trying to support the dog mom won the hearts of users.
Since being shared on the platform on October 10, the clip has received over 120,000 likes and 1.5 million views.
How should I prepare my dog to give birth?
Dr. Louis DelGiudice – national emergency specialty director at AmeriVet Partners Management Inc. – that there is plenty that owners can do to prepare for the birth of their dogs.
First, he recommends that owners visit their primary care veterinarian for a prenatal evaluation, including radiographs and ultrasounds.
“These diagnostic tools will assess the expected number of fetuses and provide an evaluation of the size of the fetus,” he said. News Week.
“[These tests can also] help to identify the possibility of dystocia (difficult birth).
After that, owners should prepare an area for their pet to give birth, with DelGiudice recommending “a quiet area in the house with a whelping box.”
Also known as a “nesting box,” a whelping box creates a small safe zone for a dog to birth and can be purchased online or made at home. The box needs to be warm, so fill it with comfortable bedding and avoid materials (such as straw) that irritate dogs’ eyes. The puppies will spend most of their first months in this box, with the raised sides keeping the little guys safe.
DelGiudice also advised owners to talk to their veterinarian about nutrition for the mother, to ensure she is receiving a healthy, high-calorie diet during both pregnancy and lactation.
How can you tell if your dog is ready to give birth? DelGiudice said that the initial stages of whelping can last between six and 36 hours.
“The signs you might notice are nesting, remorse, panting, and no interest in eating,” he said.
What if you end up in a situation like Kelly, where your dog gives birth unexpectedly? DelGiudice advised owners to “leave them alone.”
“Most of the time, it’s best to leave the dog alone and let them continue whelping undisturbed, but be educated on some signs that indicate dystocia or birth difficulty that requires intervention,” a he said.
“Black, bloody or green vulva discharge before whelping could be a sign of dystocia. During the birth process 20 to 30 minutes of strong contractions, without a puppy born, is a sign of concern.”
He said that in general, puppies are born every 30 to 60 minutes, but up to two hours can be normal. If your dog is still struggling after three hours, it is cause for concern, so contact an emergency vet for help.
“If you notice a puppy stuck in the canal and not coming out, you should also see your pet,” he said.
“Make sure that a placenta is delivered with each puppy. If the puppy was not delivered with a placenta, it is usually delivered about 5 to 10 minutes later.”
Once the birth is complete, allow the mother to clean her babies, and check that she is feeding her litter every two or three times while nursing.
‘Oh my goodness’
In her video, Kelly Love explained that her friend’s Great Dane was staying with her after her friend’s house flooded during Hurricane Ian. The dog wasn’t expected to be born until the weekend, but the puppies decided to arrive a few days early – while Kelly was in the middle of a client meeting at her home studio.
“Oh my goodness,” Kelly Love exclaimed when she found out the dog had given birth to her first puppy. “Lick the puppy, yes! Good girl.”
Narrating the film in the subtitles, Kelly Love wrote: “[This is] the most awkward thing because I’m clueless when it comes to whelping dogs.”
Love explained the situation to her client and rescheduled the appointment. Her roommate went to get her friend, and Love stayed to watch the mom dog, he rubbed her back to comfort her.
However, her strong stomach was tested when the dog ate the placenta.
“Holy f***** s***,” she said in the clip as she turned away, trying not to vomit. Then she looked cheekily straight into the camera for support.
When the dog started cleaning her puppies, Kelly started to cry.
“This is where the mom was cleaning her baby with the umbilical cord and the bag tightening in her mouth,” she wrote in her play-by-play.
“It’s all downhill from here,” she said, as onlookers watched her throw up in a nearby sink. She then walked around the room, trying not to vomit again.
“At this point I gave up trying to keep it together,” she wrote.
In another clip added a few hours later, Love updated users on the cups’ progress. Mom and all three babies are fine, with one Harlequin pup (black and white), one black pup and one blue pup.
TikTok users applauded Love’s efforts, even if she ended up vomiting.
“You put it so well,” said Christi Butler in the comments. “I don’t think you should be a labor and delivery nurse with that gag, but you still killed him!”
“The emotional roller coaster you just went through,” joked Gabriel Martinez.
“Sorry, I laughed harder the time you gagged,” wrote @havinfun.
And MandiRie said: “He was my dog and I was ready and yet I did exactly what you did LMAO. You did AMAZING.”
News Week have reached out to @loveandchaos.co for comment.
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