A woman’s hilarious reaction to a friend’s dog giving birth unexpectedly has the internet in hysterics.
TikToker Kelly Love (@loveandchaos.co) was dog-sitting her friend’s Great Dane when the mother-to-be gave birth much earlier than planned. Footage of a squeamish Kelly Love, unprepared for this scenario, trying to support the mama dog won the hearts of users.
Since being shared on the platform on October 10, the clip has received over 120,000 likes and 1.5 million views.
How should I prepare my dog to give birth?
Dr. Louis DelGiudice – national emergency specialty director at AmeriVet Partners Management Inc. – said that there are many things owners can do to prepare their dog for giving birth.
First, he recommends that owners visit their primary care veterinarian for a prenatal evaluation, including X-rays and an ultrasound.
“These diagnostic tools will assess the number of fetuses and provide an evaluation of fetal size,” he said. Newsweek.
“[These tests can also] help determine if there is the possibility of dystocia (a difficult birth).”
Next, owners should also prepare an area for their pet to give birth, with DelGiudice recommending a “quiet area in the house with a litter box.”
Also known as a “nesting box”, a puppy box creates a small safe zone for a dog to give birth and can be purchased online or made at home. The box must be warm, so fill it with comfortable bedding and avoid materials (such as straw) that irritate the dogs’ eyes. Puppies spend most of their first month in this box, with the reinforced sides keeping the little guys safe.
DelGiudice also advised owners to talk to their veterinarian about nutrition for the mother to ensure she is receiving a healthy calorie-rich diet during both pregnancy and lactation.
How can you tell if your dog is ready to give birth? DelGiudice said the early stages of whelping can last between six and 36 hours.
“Signs you notice are nesting, restlessness, panting, and no interest in eating,” he said.
What if you end up in a situation like Kelly, where your dog gives birth unexpectedly? DelGiudice advised the owner to “leave them alone.”
“Most of the time, it is best to leave the dog alone and allow them to proceed with the puppy undisturbed, but be educated about some signs that indicate dystocia or difficulty in birth that may require intervention,” he said.
“Black, bloody or green vulva discharge before puppies could be a sign of dystocia. During the birthing process, 20 to 30 minutes of strong contractions without a puppy being born is a sign of concern.”
He said that generally puppies are born every 30 to 60 minutes, but up to two hours can be normal. If your dog is still struggling after three hours, it is a cause for concern, so contact an emergency vet for help.
“If you notice a puppy stuck in the drain and can’t get out, you should also see your pet,” he said.
“Make sure a placenta is delivered with each puppy. If the puppy was not delivered with a placenta, it will usually be delivered about 5 to 10 minutes after that.”
When the birth is complete, the mother allows her babies to clean, and checks that she feeds her litter every two to three hours during nursing.
‘Oh my god’
In her video, Kelly Love explained that her friend’s Great Dane stayed with her after her friend’s house flooded during Hurricane Ian. The mama dog wasn’t expected to give birth until the weekend, but the puppies decided to arrive a few days early — while Kelly was in the middle of a client meeting at her home studio.
“Oh my God,” Kelly Love exclaimed when she discovered the dog had given birth to her first puppy. “Lick the puppy, yes! Good girl.”
Kelly Love narrated the footage in the captions: “[This is] the most awkward thing because I have no idea when it comes to dogs.”
Love explained the situation to her clients and rescheduled the appointment. Her roommate went to get her boyfriend, while Love stayed to watch over Mama Dog, rubbing her back to comfort her.
However, her strong stomach was tested when the dog ate the placenta.
“Holy F***** s***,” she said in the clip as she turned around, trying not to vomit. She then hilariously looked directly into the camera for support.
As the mama dog began to clean her puppies, Kelly began to slobber.
“This is where the mother cleaned her baby and the umbilical cord and the sack crossed in her mouth,” she wrote in her play-by-play.
“It’s all downhill from here,” she said, as onlookers watched her sink in a nearby area. She then walked around the room, trying not to vomit again.
“At this point I gave up trying to hold it together,” she wrote.
In another clip added a few hours later, Love updated users on the puppies’ progress. The mother and all three babies are doing well, with a harlequin puppy (black and white spot), a black puppy and a blue one.
TikTok users applauded Love’s efforts, even though she ended it.
“You handled it so well,” Christi Butler said in the comments. “I don’t think you should be a labor and delivery nurse with that gag, but you always kill it!”
“The emotional roller coaster you just went through,” Gabriel Martinez joked.
“I’m sorry I laughed harder the time you laughed,” wrote @havinfun.
While MandiRie commented, “It was my dog and I was ready and I still have EXACTLY what you did LMAO. You did AMAZING.”
Newsweek has reached out to @loveandchaos.co for comment.
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