Doe is passing tissue after giving birth
(San Luis Obispo)
My red NZ just had her third litter. Babies seem small but ok they were only born last night but after 24 hours she still is oozing blood and I see some tissue like pieces in the cage in various places. I think she is stressed out as we are having a little heat wave.
Does the tissue passing represent a problem? We think she is feeding the babies but I am concerned about her oozing blood and having a slightly dirty vent. Thank you! Your column is the best I have ever seen!!***** Karen Sez *****
Thanks for the kind words. :-)
After giving birth, the vent can certainly look "slightly dirty." That is dried blood, and in time, the doe will manage to get it all clean.
But the 'oozing' blood does not seem normal, especially after 24 hours. I suspect she has retained a placenta or even a kit, given the bleeding and tissue-like pieces. I don't know if she will be able to eventually expel all the remaining products of conception, or whether any retained material will result in sterility, a life-threatening infection or a catastrophic bleed or the like, none of of which is good.
This is a doe I'd haul off to the vet for a professional opinion, as soon as logistically feasible.
Hoping everything turns out okay!