It’s not easy being green, in the legendary words of Kermit the Frog, at least not when you’re a newborn white German shepherd puppy.
Shana Stamey of Canton, North Carolina, thought she was prepared for anything when her white German shepherd went into labor last Friday. Gypsy, the dog, immediately gave birth to eight healthy puppies. The delivery went smoothly, and the puppies were all healthy, but one puppy stuck out.
Shana stated she started freaking out when the puppy arrived because it was lime green. Gypsy was taken aback by the entrance of the green puppy, considering this was her first litter. She instantly conducted some study and discovered that the pup was healthy but had come into contact with meconium, a material found in the amniotic sac.
Meconium is a dark green sticky substance that is the puppy’s first stool. Meconium is made up of elements swallowed by the puppy when it was still in the uterus. Intestinal epithelial cells, lanugo, mucus, amniotic fluid, bile, and water make up the material.
Although it’s uncommon for the substance to turn a puppy green, it’s not unheard of and is totally harmless. It happens most often on light fur, such as in this case.
Fortunately, after a few cleanings by mom, the color will disappear and the puppy will soon resemble its lovely litter mates. Shana christened the tiny dog Hulk by its unique hue and the fact that it was extremely agitated when it was born, according to Shana.
No matter the color, Gypsy is a very good mom and the green pup is super adorable. In time, Shana will be looking for loving homes for her all her puppies.
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