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Sheila M. Beeney, Coneypark Shetland Sheepdogs
England

I have a Shetland Sheepdog who I mated three times. First time, she "missed" despite a good mating. Second time, she produced 1 puppy that was average size but died for no apparent reason at 3 days. The third time she produced yet another singleton which also died at 3 days for no apparent reason. The stud dogs were all fertile dogs that usually produced good sized litters. Each time a different dog was used so it's unlikely it was just a case of not being compatible. At this point, I decided not to mate her again. Then, I read about Pet Nutri-Drops in Dog World. I also read Betty Bloomfields book and found she used them for weak pups. I called Nutri-Drops' technical advisor and asked whether their product might be beneficial in saving the singletons we lost in the past, should I decide to mate again. He suggested I give the bitch Nutri-Drops 6 weeks before she was due to come into season and then 4 hours before she was mated, following this with a weekly dose while she was carrying the pups. He felt it was better to tackle the problem from this angle as it would increase her fertility which would give pups a better chance of surviving. I followed instructions to the letter and am delighted to tell you she whelped 6 puppies (more than I ever had hoped for as 4 is average for a Sheltie). As I write, the pups (3 dogs & 3 bitches) are 5 days old and thriving. Each puppy was given a dose of Nutri-Drops as soon as they were born. The last pup born was to all intents, dead on arrival, very weak and lethargic. I gave him a dose of Nutri-Drops and within 15 minutes he was racing around the bed and sucking with great gusto. I have no doubt that Pet Nutri-Drops is responsible for this lovely litter surviving and I want to thank Bovidr Laboratories' technician for his help.