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Rhonda’s Calcium Revelation

“After giving birth, she was not eating or acting right. I took her to the vet five times. I was giving her calcium shots six times a day and antibiotics, but she was still not getting better. She handled it like a trooper, but I hated having to poke her all the time. It was so hard to see her like that,” says Rhonda, a breeder. Since she was a young child, Rhonda has been helping dogs deliver pups. “I helped deliver my first litter when I was just six years old,” she recalls. But after her two-year-old German Shepherd, Anasthasia, had a C-section, Rhonda experienced something she had never seen before. “She wouldn’t eat, I tried literally everything! She wouldn’t eat chicken broth, bacon, beef or anything. The only thing she would eat was a canned prescription diet. She wouldn’t even touch puppy food. This went on for almost three weeks,” Rhonda recalls. Knowing Anasthasia needed help, Rhonda made multiple trips to her vet. “My vet is an hour and a half away, so it’s not easy to get there, but I knew I had to. My vet told me that Anasthasia had milk fever – eclampsia – which can be fatal. Anasthasia had seven puppies depending on her. The vet suggested I take her pups from her, but I wanted them to nurse for at least three weeks. The ups and downs with her calcium plummeting was insane!” Rhonda says. Rhonda knew there had to be something more she could do to help Anasthasia. That’s when she reached out to Revival Animal Health and talked with Michelle, a Revival Pet Care Pro. “I could hear the frustration in her voice. She didn’t want to have to take the puppies away from the mom, but I told her she needs to until the mom settled down. I explained that she was low in calcium and that was why she was acting the way she was. I recommended that Rhonda give Anasthasia a big dose of Breeder’s Edge Oral Cal Plus calcium and then dose her again in 30 minutes to see if that helped. Our goal was to get Anasthasia feeling better and ultimately keep the puppies with their mom,” says Michelle. Rhonda had a small amount of Oral Cal Plus on hand, so she took Michelle’s advice. “I can’t even begin to explain the difference I noticed. I gave her just one dose and suddenly she would eat puppy food again and started acting more like herself! Unfortunately, I didn’t have very much Oral Cal Plus left and ran out almost right away. I went back to giving the calcium shots and she started not eating again,” Rhonda says. When she noticed Anasthasia not acting like herself once again, Rhonda immediately called Michelle back at Revival to order more Oral Cal Plus. “I realized it was definitely the Oral Cal Plus that had her doing so much better. I am completely amazed, it makes an unbelievable difference! I thought it was only for whelping and birthing, but that’s not the case. It’s the difference between milk fever and taking pups away from their mother, to a mother being able to nurse her pups!” Rhonda says. As soon as her order of Oral Cal Plus arrived, Rhonda gave Anasthasia another dose and noticed a difference again right away. “She started eating again and she now wants to take care of her pups again, which is the best thing we could ask for!” says Rhonda. After about six weeks Rhonda switched from Oral Cal Plus and began supplementing with Doc Roy’s Healthy Bones daily calcium tablets. “I still give the Oral Cal Plus every now and then when she needs a little help. It has been a challenge but the Oral Cal Plus and Revival really helped me through it. It’s truly a blessing,” Rhonda says.
Shelley Hexom

Written by: Shelley Hexom

Content Manager

Shelley Hexom is Revival's Content Manager and helps develop educational pet health resources. A three-time Emmy® Award-winning news anchor, Shelley works with Revival's Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Marty Greer, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, to help create useful and easy-to-understand articles, videos, and webinars. Shelley received her bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Winona State University in 2002. As a pet owner, Shelley enjoys time with her Boxer mix, Sally. Shelley has been part of the Revival Paw Squad since 2016.

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