Singapore. How your puppies can live longer.
Puppies may not survive past 7 days. The survival rate depends very much on the knowledge, experiences and care of the professional canine breeder.
The 99 deg F breeder
"When the rectal temperature is 99 degrees Fahrenheit, the bitch will give birth within 24 hours," Mr Lim shared his experience.
"How do you know when the bitch would reach 99 degrees Fahrenheit if it occurs past midnight?" I queried. "You would be at home sleeping and the bitch would be in the dog farm."
Mr Lim swept his bronze-coloured hairs off his fore head, opened his big bulldog-like eyes, rubbed his past- midnight eye bags and said matter-of-factly, " I sleep inside the kennels and watch this mini-Maltese or I bring those about to give birth home, after checking that their rectal temperature are 99 deg F."
So, that was the secret of his success in producing many vigorous puppies that live past seven days. He was present when the bitch was in labour difficulty and puppies were born by Caesarean section in a timely manner, unstressed and vigorous.
In Singapore, there is no research on dog breeding. I use the pass-seven-day ranking as a reflection of the dog breeder's standard of puppy care.
In children, the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) used the under-five mortality ranking as a reflection of the country's standard of health care for children. In 2002, only 4 children out of 1,000 under the age of 5 in Singapore died compared to 8 in 1,000 in the U.S. Singapore tied with Norway, Denmark and Iceland in No. 2. Mr Lim would be ranked No. 1 amongst the Singapore canine breeders if there was such a survey.
It was 1.30 am when I received his phone call for an emergency Caesarean. He arrived promptly and the mini-Maltese delivered two extremely hungry and vigorous puppies.
"Why don't you use the digital thermometer and the Celsius reading?" I asked him.
"I find that the glass bulb thermometer and the Fahrenheit reading are most accurate."
There was no way of changing his habit and it does not matter as long as he produced vigorous neonates.
He was hard working
and had been burnt by the fires of experience like all successful
breeders. He knew
what it takes to be successful in his profession.
Careful and regular observation of the bitch's behaviour could make a
difference between success and failure in canine breeding.
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