Ladybird came to us a few days ago, an abandoned momma expected to give birth any day. Her little girl made her appearance last night. While both mom and baby are doing well, it was a tough delivery, with a breech positioned baby, and when no siblings appeared overnight, Lee Shore's resident maternity expert Alison decided a visit to the vet was in order to confirm that the delivery was complete and that Ladybird and her little girl were doing well.
The vet confirmed that Ladybird had only one baby, which is a little unusual for a dog, but not unheard of. That being the case, Ladybird had way more milk than her pup needs, which put her at risk for mastitis, or an infection of the breast tissue. With that in mind, Alison asked the vet to keep an ear out for puppies in need of a mother's milk, since Ladybird had plenty to share. The doctor became very excited and asked Alison to wait a moment, then left the exam room. She returned a moment later holding two tiny kittens, both in rough shape. She explained that a gentleman had found them that morning under his house, and brought them to the clinic for care.
A little nervous, waiting to see Ladybird's reaction, the doctor offered a kitten for Ladybird to sniff. Immediately, the momma reached out a paw and scooped the baby protectively to her chest. Alison and the vet were delighted, and Ladybird went home with three babies instead of one.
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Joy Shanahan is a student at Appalachian State University with a passion for community service. She can be found in the dance studios at ASU or researching helpful animal tips for Lee Shore.