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I am completely distraught! Last week, my friend got a beautiful 'teacup' pomeranian puppy. We had been talking about getting one for a while, so when she said his brother was available i seized the opportunity. When I was at the breeders I felt intimidated, I asked to see the parents but the breeders got shirty with me. I was on my own.. i saw the 'so called dad' but did not believe them. I got home with my pup and he seemed amazing, very quiet, slept all the time, tiny and beautiful. He slept through the night and was perfect apart from a cough, so i took him to the vet Monday. His eyes where slightly cloudy, he slept a lot and i expressed to the vet the breeder seemed to not be a breeder but maybe a puppy farm. He still had his cough but vet said it could be dust from a new environment. Yesterday he was asleep a lot, he would play a bit, but was quite limp. He had a bit of runny stool but vet said it will improve. So this morning i was in my kitchen on the phone to my vet, watching the pup. I turned my back (but in the same room) for 30 seconds, my GSD had finished her breakfast. Next thing, he was colapsed on the floor in a pool of blood coming out mouth and nose. I panicked and my mum and i tried to rush him to the vet, he died before we reached the car. There was no cuts on him, no noise, no growling from my other dog, no yelping, there was no blood on her, no saliva or wet patches on him which would show she did not pick him up. She is used to small dogs and kittens. when he went outside the once he was here, i was with him, he did not get any poison, no chance. I am at a complete loss, and adore my animals, treat them like royalty and this has been the worst day of my life. When i spoke to the RSPCA they said a few other cases from the same breeder of the puppies getting seriously ill have happened. She thinks its pneumonia and he ruptured something when he coughed. He is going for an autopsy. What do people think? Sorry for rambling but i am so sad. I pray my other dog did not do anything. Thanks.
 

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I'm so sorry that you went through all of that. It's heartbreaking when a puppy dies so tragically.

As far what I think, I KNOW there is no such thing as a teacup Pom. Poms come in toy sized only, anyone who is advertizing teacup Poms is either a backyard breeder or a puppy mill farm / broker. Please do not try and purchase another one from any breeder advertizing them, you deserve a healthy dog not the heartache you got! I don't mean to lecture you, just let you know incase you didn't. When you recover from your loss I advise you to read up on teacup dogs and see what can go wrong with them and how sickly they can be.

It sounds like you tried the best you could to save your pup, but their was nothing you could do. The pup was sick when you got it and since it was so tiny it's little body just could not fight whatever was wrong. There would have been signs if your GSD had gotten a hold of the pup, it's fur would have been wet at the very least.
 

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Completely agree about the toy breeds, I had not been aware. There is no chance i would ever buy another teacup as they seem to lead to problems. I want to make people more aware of the consequences of breeding these poor babies. Thank you
 

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Depending on where you're located, many states have lemon laws regarding puppies.

I'm very sorry that this happened to you. A vet can perform a necropsy.

For the future, please know that responsible breeders--among many other things--have health guarantees in place upon purchase.

Again, I'm very sorry for your loss.
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Heartbreaking for sure, and I'm so sorry for the pain you are feeling. I can only imagine. I know one is totally in love with a puppy even if you have only had the baby for a few days.

These teacup breeds are extremely fragile. Sleeping a lot as you describe, can be a sign of serious illness. It sounds like the puppy arrived at your home with an ongoing infection. It could have been parvo, or something else very serious.

Really, there was probably little you could have done to prevent this, as puppies go downhill very quickly.

Next time, I hope you find a healthy puppy. Advice from folks here will start with staying away from teacup breeds, as they tend to be so fragile, and also tend to come from irresponsible breeders who are not doing the health care and vaccinations that are needed.

First think you need to do is bleach the areas your puppy had contact with. If it was parvo, the virus is viable for months in your home or yard. Don't get another puppy during that time, as puppies are not immune to parvo and the next puppy will get sick... if indeed it was parvo, which is reasonably likely.

Second thing, find yourself an adult, fully vaccinated dog in a shelter to adopt. There is one now waiting for your love. You will save a life.

Lastly, now you know not to support these horrible breeders. When we buy dogs from them, they stay in business, and more puppies are born who will suffer, and more nice people like you will have broken hearts.
 
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teacups is not the only sign of a bad breeder a responsible breeder can be hard to find but as you have already experienced going to a bad breeder has dire consequences. A responsible breeder will:

1. Show or proof their dogs in some ways, their goal should be to breed only the best and healthiest to improve the breed.

2. Do health tests before mating this is not a simple vet check

3. Preserve the temperament of the breed and be completely honest about their breed and tell you if you are not suitable for the breed.

4. interview their potential puppy buyers

5. Let you see at least one parent and see where the puppies are raised if the father is not shown you should be given papers from a credible and reputable source (not all kennel clubs are equal) about the paternity and pedigree, you should of course be given this regardless of whether you see the dad.

6. Socialise the puppies and not separate the litter until they are at least 8 weeks old.

Anything can kill a tiny puppy quickly there might be others who will be able to tell you more precisely what killed yours.

I am very sorry for your loss
 

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Please let us know the results of the necropsy. Very sorry about the pup. I know it's heartbreaking. Please do your research before you buy another puppy. Support a reputable breeder or adopt a rescue dog.
 

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Ditto all. I, too, am sorry for your loss. It sounds like a horrible experience. You did the right thing by taking it to the vet. This is one of the reasons we encourage people to only support responsible breeders or rescue.

Next time, please do your research beforehand on responsible/reputable/ethical breeders and know how to spot a "backyard breeder" and "puppy mill." Also, when you go meet the litter, trust your gut! If they seem shady, they probably are--no need for you to put money in their pockets and allow them to stay in business!

When you are ready for your next pup or rescue, feel free to come back for any help in the search.

Again, I'm sorry for your loss and I'm sorry the poor little pup suffered such a short, horrible life. Had he have made it, you probably would have given him a loving home.
 

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thanks for all the advice, to be honest, i asked lots of questions over the phone. She said all the right things, my friends one was very healthy, happy and bouncy.. I had not heard of puppy mills before, my other dogs have always been from good breeders, i must admit i am disapointed in myself for not being stronger when i visited the pup by saying no, but i have comfort in thinking he could have died anywhere, and at least with me he had some lovely cuddly last days! Thanks again for advice, if i ever get another pup will be on this site to ask for advice!
 

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You should look into your state's animal laws and see if you have legal recourse. Most states have buyer protection statutes when it comes to purchasing sick/fatal puppies. Did you sign a contract? Were there any health guarantees?

I'm sure money is the last thing you are worried about right now, but I would encourage you to pursue getting a refund so that these lousy breeders don't just get to profit over a pup they probably knew was sick/about to die. Why let them benefit from their cruelness and get away with their dishonesty? Just my thoughts....
 

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Yes i agree!!! The guarantee is they will replace the pup if it dies. I can't handle it happening again, so would rather loose out. I am working closely with the police and rspca, they think they can stop her. I am determined to give her what she deserves!
 

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That's good to hear. I'm sorry it turned out this way. Please update when you know what they find with the necropsy and the breeder.
 

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Hi- thought i would give an update- The rspca and police are on the case. Altogether there where three of us with a pup from this breeder, I did not know the third person who has got a pup up until now, she gave me a call in tears because her puppy was being put down. It had the same sort of symptoms as mine, the cough, runny nose ext.. He had been to the vets 5 times, everything seemed OK on the fifth time the vets said he was unable to keep the puppy breathing on his own. The vet mentioned that it could be distemper but this has been unheard for a seriously long time. The third puppy, has now got a severe cough, but seems to be getting a little better! However when it went to the vets, they took the blood for blood-tests, they had real trouble getting the blood to stop and clot. Whatever theses puppies are getting is so strange! I cant figure out what this disease/virus is! And wonder how many more from the same breeder are dying!
 
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