The vet believed that the reason behind the puppies’ unique appearances was possible because they were born prematurely. As a matter of fact, he thought that they may have been born a month ahead of schedule. Now that is very early!
And it made a lot of sense, especially since they hadn’t grown much during the first week of their lives and they were still pretty weak. They were underdeveloped in pretty much every way and the vet expected them to have been bigger by now. And he even had a theory as to why they may have been born a month early…
His First Observation
First of all, the vet took a look at Rosie to make sure that she was in decent condition. He concluded that she was in good health. With that said, he did mention that she appeared to be quite tired and dehydrated. This didn’t seem so apparent to Katie and John during their time at home.
But nevertheless, they took the vet’s word for it. And they were just relieved that Rosie had come out of the whole ordeal relatively unscathed. All that was left was to check up on the pups to see how they were doing after their first week.
He Had a Theory
Like the couple, the vet also had some concerns about the puppies, having rarely ever seen a case like this. But it seems that he cracked the code that explained why the pups kind of looked like miniature cows. According to him, the likely cause of the spots was Rosie having mated with a Dalmatian.
It just happens to be that the entire litter inherited the Dalmatian’s dominant genes. You may have come up with this theory yourself. But for Katie and John to hear this from the vet? That put their minds at rest, for sure. But he had some other interesting insights to share…
A Product of Their Environment
According to the vet, the puppies may have been born prematurely because of the conditions that Rosie was living under at the time. Who knows what kind of environment she was in? She may have been living in the woods, on the streets, surrounded by cars, and under constant threat from predators.
As a result, the stress and pressure she was under forced her to give birth early. The vet also explained that because they were so premature, the puppies were at risk of all kinds of health problems, and asked to keep them at the shelter for further monitoring.
They Got Very Healthy
Upon the vet’s request, Katie and John let him keep the litter at the shelter for further treatment. And it was the right call because all four puppies ultimately got stronger and healthier along the way.
After getting the right amount of treatment, Katie and John were able to take the puppies back home and raise them with Rosie until they were fit for adoption. The next few months would prove to be some of the happiest that the couple had ever experienced. The only question that remained was this one: How did they end up looking when they got older?