Hi, just had a full term female deliver a litter of puppies. Of the 10 puppies only 2 were alive and were only 180g and 200g each. Of the others about 4 were small in size but formed normally other than being dead and the other 4 were very small and looked like aliens. Puppies were decomposing and the placentas were blackish brown. Both the puppies that were born alive are still hanging in there about 13 hours but are not terribly strong.
I am thinking some type of bacterial or viral infection?
Female has had one litter before. All puppies were normal. This is the first litter for the male. Not likely to be brucellosis as it is not very common here in Canada and since the female had a normal litter the first time and this is the male's first litter I am doubtful. But I guess anything is possible. Any other ideas on what could have happened? Female is acting normally and never had a discharge during pregnancy.
Would I find out more by running some tests on the female or by sending in a couple dead pups? Put the mother and 2 living pups on antibiotics.