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Old 03-23-2016, 02:34 PM
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Two-day Old Puppy died, what more could I have done?

My female American bulldog had a litter of puppies. We had a runt that was much smaller than the rest and had a hard time nursing. Took mom and puppies to the vet the day after they were born. Vet said the runt looked weak and I should try to formula feed him. I tried to do that as well as keep him warm. Latched him on to a nipple and squeezed some milk out. The next night I notice he's not moving a whole lot and very limp. I rush him to an emergency clinic but he was already dead. I told them to try CPR anyway knowing I would have to drop at least $200 to even have him looked at. Little guy didn't make it. The vet at the emergency clinic said he was dehydrated. They faxed my normal vet and when I went in today to get the puppies dew claw removed the vet said she was surprised he made it through the first night.
LIKE WHY THE HELL WOULDNT YOU TELL ME THAT BEFORE. IF YOU THOUGHT HE WAS SERIOUSLY DYING WHY WOULDN'T YOU DO MORE TO HELP HIM! I would have taken him to the hospital sooner or somewhere else. Puppies can get fluid through IV's or something.
INSTEAD MY LITTLE GUY JUST DIED. I would've paid for any amount of money to get him what he needed.

I am seriously so heartbroken. I know I only had him for like 2 days but I can't stop crying. And I'm so mad the vet didn't tell me how bad he was doing.
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Old 03-23-2016, 02:44 PM
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I'm not trying to minimize your pain, as I can see you're very torn up. But, it's common for one or two puppies out of a litter (especially the runt) to die. Along with that, you only had him for two days and you don't know if there were some other internal complications or unseen health issues that might've contributed to his death. It might've had nothing to do with you, and perhaps not even all to do with his difficulty feeding. Sadly dead puppies are something you have to be prepared for if you breed your dog or whelp a litter. I don't know a great deal about neonate care, but I know this is true. Also, I have to ask how often were you feeding him? Either way, don't beat yourself up. This is nature, and sometimes the weak ones die. Forgive yourself over this puppy and understand that these things happen.
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Im angry at the vet

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I'm not trying to minimize your pain, as I can see you're very torn up. But, it's common for one or two puppies out of a litter (especially the runt) to die. Along with that, you only had him for two days and you don't know if there were some other internal complications or unseen health issues that might've contributed to his death. It might've had nothing to do with you, and perhaps not even all to do with his difficulty feeding. Sadly dead puppies are something you have to be prepared for if you breed your dog or whelp a litter. I don't know a great deal about neonate care, but I know this is true. Also, I have to ask how often were you feeding him? Either way, don't beat yourself up. This is nature, and sometimes the weak ones die. Forgive yourself over this puppy and understand that these things happen.
I mean we had a still born in the litter which was really sad, but I would feel a lot better if I had done more or could've done more. Its just the vet didn't make it seem urgent or mention he was dying. I would've taken him somewhere else.
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I'm so sorry you lost your little puppy. It sounds like you couldn't have done much more than you did, though. Try not to blame yourself, sometimes these things unfortunately just happen. It's clear that you really care about your dogs, so try to put your energy into raising the best puppies you can over the next month or two, in the little guy's memory. Don't be hard on yourself.
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