Our kittens have arrived! Pinto went into labour late yesterday afternoon. By 7pm, as the animal hospital was closing, it became clear that she was having trouble and Dr. Swarney determined that a Caesarean section was going to be necessary. Pinto was taken to surgery and everyone who was working took their coats off and scrubbed up, ready to help with the kittens. One by one they came out. Each kitten or puppy born by C-Section must be dried off, warmed and rubbed, and stimulated to start moving and breathing, sometimes for a prolonged period of time. So here they came, each one carefully passed from the surgery to waiting towels and hands: Kitten number one, kitten number two, kitten number three, kitten four, kitten five–but wait you say, weren’t there only four kittens on the ultrasound? Sometimes if the ultrasound is done early, the larger kittens obscure the small ones, and they get missed. So now, here comes kitten number six, and then number seven, and then kitten number eight.
Twenty-four hours later, and all is well. All the kittens appear to be active and feeding, and Pinto is a lovely mother cat. Like any new mother she is tired but proud, showing off her kittens a bit, but mostly resting, cuddling her brood and letting them feed.
A big round of applause to the whole team who stayed on at the hospital until late in the night, helping with this fantastic event: Veterinarian Dr Swarney, Registered Veterinary Technician Mel, from the Client Care Team Erina and Diana, Animal Care Attendants Jenna and Robert, and Hospital Manager Gail. You guys rock!
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