Puppies are one of the most incredible things on the planet. Pudgy little adorable bundles of fur, stubby legs and puppy breath — each pup is a tiny miracle and so cute, too.
Litter sizes are very much dependent on the dog breed. Generally speaking, the larger the breed, the greater the number of puppies. Some of the biggest dogs can have about 10 puppies per litter, such as Great Danes. But this Great Dane named Cleo had double that amount. According to KSAZ-TV, it took a vet, seven vet techs and the dog owners on Feb. 23 in Kingman, Arizona to help get all the puppies squared away. The momma needed a cesarean section with 19 puppies. As the puppies were removed, techs standing by cleaned them off and rubbed them dry.
“The staff of KAH (11 of us) successfully delivered 19 Great Dane puppies this morning by C Section!” the Kingman Animal Hospital shared on Facebook on Saturday. “All live and healthy! Mom doing great!”
“All puppies seemed to be in good health and crying and very active,” they captioned one of the photos. “They will be put in warming units until the mother is awake.”
Of course, the social media post drew all kinds of perplexing comments, including people openly bashing the owners of the dog, the methods used to get the puppies initially breathing, and even one lady’s long hair for touching the puppies.
The hospital attempted to make it clear that all of the photos were taken in a safe, sterile area, and do not show the actual room where the required surgery took place, and yet there were still people tearing into the techs for not working in a sterile environment.
“For the record: None of these photos were taken in the surgical room,” the hospital said. “These are not photos of the procedure but before and after pics. This is in our treatment area where we were checking puppies afterwards for any issues.”
“The procedure was performed in a sterile surgical room. These puppies do not belong to KAH or any of the staff.
“Thank you all for the kind words and congrats to the momma dog and our hard working staff that came in for this emergency.”
With that many tiny puppies, the owners will be putting in a ton of time to supplement their feeding and care, as there’s no way the mom would be able to feed them on her own.
All are reported tobe doing just fine, and if the owners were willing to put this much time, effort and money into bringing puppies into this world, chances are they are responsible individuals who are doing this for the love of the puppies.