Kittens and Puppies – Fresh New Pics!

The puppies are three weeks old, the kittens are enjoying their second day on earth today, and I’ve got new pictures for you to enjoy…

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The top photo is a close-up of baby Breezy, the runt of the pups. While the two bigger puppies, Moose and Boscoe, are starting to walk, Breezy’s front legs are stiff and pushed out sideways and he has a very flat chest. Apparently Breezy has what’s called Swimmer Puppy Syndrome which will require extra special care if he’s to grow up without being handicapped or worse. So at the bottom of my blog posts I’ll be putting a special appeal on his behalf (and the other baby animals too).

Sky’s kittens seem to be doing OK except that the one who spent hours stuck in my basement ceiling before rescue is much smaller and needs lots of help finding the mother’s milk. Sky is unlike any new momma critter I’ve ever seen in that she WANTS human & animal attention to her and her babies. I have to keep her kitten box with me or Sky gets upset, so last night the box was between me & hubby on the bed so we could sleep without Sky complaining the way she did when we tried to give her & the kittens a quite and private area of the house. Maybe because Sky was so very young when we got her, or maybe just because she’s a sweet loving thing, I dunno.

I have lots more pictures, including some with the other cats & dogs, but something kooky is going on with my internet today and I keep losing things I put in this post before I can save the draft, so I’m gonna wrap this one up now and try to get more critter blogging on later.

If you’ve any experience with helping “swimmer” puppies, please share your wisdom in the comments section below.

Happy Spring, everybody!

 

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With the arrival of puppies and kittens following quickly on the heels of some unexpected financial obstacles, I am holding a fundraiser to help get meet the expenses of veterinarian visits and supplies – especially for our pup Breezy, the runt, who appears to have some kind of birth defect with his front legs. Please consider helping, if you can, and prayers are also welcome and appreciated.

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6 thoughts on “Kittens and Puppies – Fresh New Pics!”

  1. Here ya go:

    Keep swimmers on a non-slippery surface such as carpeted floor since slippery floors aggravate the problem.
    Help a swimmer puppy stand and walk several times a day.
    Massage the puppy’s limbs twice a day to help strengthen the muscle tone.
    Use a pair of flexible plastic handcuffs or a hobble made from adhesive tape on the affected limbs to limit splaying.
    Keep a swimmer puppy sleeping on his side, rather than splayed flat out.
    Stimulate the puppy’s paw pads with a toothbrush to increase tactile sensation. This supposedly can stimulate the nerves and get the puppy to use his legs more forcibly.
    Avoid over-feeding the affected puppy to limit rapid weight gain.

    1. Thank you, Adrienne! The bigger pups are piggies and also bullies so until little Breezy gets more agile at least overfeeding isn’t an issue. When hubby gets home with the only currently working car I will head out and get some stuff to help Breezy. Hopefully I can get some mats cheap because I only have towels, rags, and puppy pee pads here and those aren’t giving the pups great traction. Hubby gives Breezy massages and he and Lil Zilla can come up with something to position his legs better (she sews really well). I have exactly one rug in my house, which will henceforth be known as Breezy’s Physical Therapy Zone. I read (to my horror) that some people euthanize lil pups with his condition. Not gonna happen here! My son was a preemie who, after finally coming home from NICU, was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. The Hammer (that’s his chosen blog name) had to wear a special harness that was like a soft body cast which forced his little legs out to the sides like frog legs. He wore it for the first few months of his life and it worked like a charm. Despite having been immobilized for so much of his infancy, he met every physical milestone early and was running and jumping long before he was talking. Breezy seems to require the opposite positioning than The Hammer did, but similar in principle, I guess, to get the body parts where they need to be while stuff inside is still malleable, for lack of a better vocabulary on my part. Breezy tends to sleep flat on his back with his arms raised like a stick up victim. Maybe he breathes easier that way with his super flat chest, but he’ll sleep on his side if he’s propped up on momma or his brothers, so long as the arm on the bottom is in a position that doesn’t hurt him. We will devise some kind of special support bedding for him.
      Meanwhile, Sky & her babies are so needy for me that I’m pondering a papoose to wear them!

  2. You’re the only person besides myself that I know who would sleep with a box of kittehs on the bed.

    We had a doggie that I brought home from the vet where I worked. He was already very old and we couldn’t find him a home. Joe lived another 2 wonderful years. His last few days on earth I slept on the floor and held him.

    The first part of the advice I found above said:

    Treatment of Swimmer Puppy Syndrome

    In most cases, the condition will go away as the puppy grows and the adductor muscles develop and strengthen. There are also several things that can be done in the meantime to help puppies with this syndrome. They include: (see above)

    1. Joe was a blessed dog to have found his forever home with you!
      I shouldn’t have been surprised that I ended up with a box of kittehs in my bed to get peace; when Sky & Slatey joined our family at only three weeks old & needing to be hand fed we ended up spending many nights with THEIR kitten box in our bed too! Sky did not have much time with her cat momma, so by relying on me I suppose she is just going with what she knows and I should be grateful that she has any maternal instincts at all. Last night, before the box in the bed idea, the only way I could watch The Walking Dead in peace as to have Sky and the kittens all on my belly & lap on my bed so they could nurse and feel warm & safe. I would keep Breezy in the bed with me to make him sleep on his side if not for the fact that these puppies seem to be constantly peeling. LOL I might consider a sling to wear with him though, I read somewhere that another swimmer pup parent had some success with that.

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