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Rottweiler Holiday Surprises

Posted November 10, 2014 in A Vet's Life

In early November a few years back, I was hanging out in the midst of my busy hospital treatment room. I remember feeling amazed by how much was going on all at once:

  • On one treatment table a pregnant Chihuahua was experiencing difficulty with the birthing process and receiving care.
  • On another table was a thirteen-year-old dog in a state of shock as a result of trauma.
  • A third table an anesthetized kitty with a urinary tract blockage was being tended to.  

Suddenly, things got even busier when one of the receptionists entered the treatment room with two stray Rottweilers in tow.

Little girl with puppy RottweilersTwo brave Rottweilers
The woman who dropped these dogs off said she had found them in a local shopping center parking lot. Both Rotties were gorgeous and displayed wonderfully sweet dispositions. Their little stub-tailed hind ends wiggled frantically in response to our attention, but it soon became evident that these two girls weren’t alone. With their enormous round bellies, I quickly determined that both dogs were in the latter stages of pregnancy.

We hoped they had simply busted out of a nearby yard. Perhaps a gate had been left open. We envisioned an anxious family frantic to find their pregnant dogs. Our optimism quickly dissipated as we discovered no collars or identifying microchips. We contacted every local shelter, pound, and veterinary hospital, but found no one looking for two Rottweilers. Looking back, it seemed suspicious that the woman who dropped them off at our hospital happened to have a very large crate in the back of her truck.

I remember thinking how much I longed to know their real names. I also wondered if they were missing their favorite humans. Clearly, both dogs had been well socialized, cared for, and loved. Giving them up must have been a difficult decision. Were they simply victims of tough economic times? Perhaps the prospects of finding homes for so many non-purebred pups was daunting.

Two Rottweilers turn into Seventeen Rottweilers!
We turned one of our exam rooms into a large whelping pen. Within 24 hours, one of the pregnant girls, now named Mia (Mama Mia!) delivered 10 healthy pups. Some of them looked like “Mom.” Others revealed that “Dad” was something other than a Rottweiler. Mia was a natural mother, she licked and cleaned her pups — doing everything just right. She let complete strangers

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Nancy has more than 30 years of experience in the veterinary industry and is a board-certified veterinary specialist in internal medicine as well as a valued member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team since 2014.

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