• English Bulldog Breeding - Chapter 46: "Walrus" or "Water" Puppy (Graphic Images)

    I have written about why you should not allow your dam to have a natural whelp. One of the main reasons you should never do this is because English Bulldogs have a very high chance of having what is called a "water" puppy. Some also refer to it as a "walrus" puppy. Each time we had a c-section I expected to have one, as I heard from many breeders how common it is. Occasionally we would have a mildly effected puppy, but it was so mild that the only way we could tell was by the fact that they lost quite a bit of weight in the first 24 hours, and become noticeably smaller after they lost the excess water.

    In our very last litter we had a severe case of water puppy. The puppy was swollen, and looked like it was blown up, and about 2-3 times the size of the rest of the puppies. The placenta that was feeding the puppy was completely mangled, twisted, and deformed. The blood supply was possibly compromised. Sadly the puppy was never revived. He was a beautiful pup and the image of him will be forever in my mind. I decided to take a photo of him so that more people will not take a chance on having a bulldog whelp naturally, because if my mamma would have tried to whelp this litter, she would have died, and so would the rest of her pups. I scares me to even think about it. Just when we were feeling like we would never have one, and that this was something that must not be in the genetics of our bulldogs. Wrong. You can never, EVER take the chance. If I would have lost my mamma because I decided to gamble and allow her to natural whelp, I would have never been able to forgive myself.

    From what I understand from my vet, mildly and moderately effected puppies can be saved. Sometimes even severely effected puppies can be saved using Lasix. Mildly and moderately effected puppies will usually just pee out the excess water within the first 24 hours. You should help them pee by defecating them with a warm wet cotton ball. Depending on how much water they are retaining will depend on how often you will need to do this. On a mildly effected puppy, every 20 minutes. On a moderately effected puppy, every 5 minutes. If you have a severely effected puppy, every 2-3 minutes. You will need to do this about 24 hours, or until the puppy stops urinating as much.

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