On 2nd of August 2019 at around 2:30am I received an emergency call from one of our clients,his three year old Maltese had whelped a week ago to five puppies .
He noticed that she was restless,had muscle spasms ,she couldn’t stand ,aggressive,tremors and suddenly she started convulsing. He was in terrible panic mood like me and you can be when our furry friend is not well.I asked him to drive to the KIRAM VETERINARY SURGERY, from the history and signs he was narrating and our knowledge about this condition i knew this was Eclampsia.
Eclampsia is an emergency,life threatening medical condition associated with drop in blood calcium level in nursing mothers between one to four weeks after whelping. This condition is common in small sized dog breeds,cats and rare in rabbits.It is caused by excessive loss of calcium from the mother due to developing fetal skeleton,milk production,lack of balanced diet during pregnancy and problems with parathyroid gland.
We were lucky to have a quick response team of doctors and veterinary nurse who stay at the clinic.we intervined by giving slow intravenous calcium and anti convulsants drugs and intravenous fluid to the patient and after 30minutes there was good recovery.
This condition can be prevented by feeding your furry friend on diet recommend for nursing mothers, puppy formulated food and weaning off puppies when you notice it.