In Australia, Shadow Dog broke a record by giving birth to a litter of 21 puppies.
Shadow gave birth to three puppies at home, but after the next four hours of inactivity and then one puppy sadly did not survive,Shadow’s owner took her to Animal Emergency Services in Underwood.
Here the doctor took an X-ray to see if she had any more children inside, and the doctor started emergency care as soon as he learned that Shadow still had more than ten puppies in her belly.
As a result of Shadow’s internal bleeding and low blood pressure, the veterinarian decided to conduct a necessary oophorectomy (removal of the reproductive organs).
To make Shadow’s entire litter of 21 puppies, 10 veterinarians and nurses collaborated to remove another 18 babies (18 of which lived omission)
ICU staff spent the day taking turns nursing the 18 puppies from their moms while Shadow gradually recovered from surgery.
Currently Shadow is doing well and is now resting at home with his new born children.
While Shadow has broken the record for the largest litter in Australia, she is one of only four dogs who have failed to beat the world record, held by a dog named Neapolitan Mastiff, who gave birth to 24 puppies, in 2004.