Elective C-section should be considered for multiple reasons. Some of those reasons include:
- Any dog breed that is unlikely to deliver its litter naturally (Examples of these breeds that would be considered include French and English Bulldogs.)
- Situations where normal delivery is highly unlikely such as litters with only 1-2 fetuses
- The mother is sick or weak closer to term
- Previously fractured pelvis or other anatomical abnormality
- A previous litter where the mother had difficulty with labor and delivery.
When we consider a pet for elective C-section, we time and monitor the pregnancy closely in order to time the delivery within a 2-day window prior to the due date. Accurate ovulation timing is very important so we know when the start of pregnancy occurs.
At Newport Harbor Animal Hospital, we have a loving, energetic, and supportive puppy care team that has been trained in neonatal resuscitation (care directly after c-section) and we experience excellent outcomes in elective C-sections. This procedure can be scheduled almost any day of the week, Dr. Sebzda's availability permitting.