In Australia, Shadow Dog broke a record by giving birth to a litter of 21 puppies.
Shadow gave birth to three pups at home, but her owner rushed her to Animal Emergency Services in Underwood when she remained motionless for the following four hours and one of the babies tragically perished.
Here, the doctor performed an X-ray to see whether she was still pregnant. When he saw that Shadow still had more than ten puppies inside her, the doctor immediately began providing emergency care.
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.
ICU staff spent the day taking turns nursing the 18 puppies from their moms while Shadow gradually recovered from surgery.
Thankfully Shadow is doing well and is now resting at home with her new babies.
While Shadow broke the record for largest litter in Australia, she was four puppies shy of beating the world record, which is held by a Neapolitan Mastiff who birthed 24 puppies in 2004.