i gust saved 2 collie puppy from death thay are a dubul (mom and dad are blue merle) they are 5weeks old the breeder dus not wont them both are females but there iys are not opin do you think that they will opinand wut can i do to get them opin they are eting good.
Well a double merle is a lethal genetic combination. If they are indeed 5 weeks old and their eyes have not yet opened, it is most likely (as the vet said) that they are at the very least going to be visually impaired and possibly blind, which is a common in double merles. What a shame this "breeder" allowed this to happen.
I raise Shelties so I 100% understand what can happen with double merles. I also know a "breeder" who bred two merles without doing her research into color genetics and actually got a puppy without eyes all together. It's something I would never mess with myself. And it really makes me mad when I see other breeders doing it.
Anyway - I'd take them to the vet and have your vet get a good look at them. If they truly are 5 weeks old and their eyes aren't open, they probably aren't going to open - and if they do, it's about 90% odds they are going to be blind. You then need to decide if you're willing to take on two blind dogs and their needs. I have absolutely no hesitation in telling you that I would probably have them put down. That's not me being cruel - it's me understanding 2 things :
1.) The quality of life for those dogs is going to be low. They are going to require a lot of additional training that you probably aren't going to be able to handle on your own (so you'll need help from a professional accustomed to dealing with visually impaired dogs). They are going to have a lot of problems with socialization and that means they are going to be afraid of a lot of things, because so many things will be unknown.
2.) The biggy though - usually eye defects, such as them not opening, is a sign of something bigger going on with the puppy. You're most likely going to find out down the road that you have a puppy with a much bigger defect (heart murmur, kidney or liver problems...). You also need to MAKE SURE that neither puppy is deaf as well. With such severe eye problems, I would expect there to be hearing problems as well (in fact, deafness in double merles is more common than blindness). At 5 weeks, it's tricky to tell for sure if you have a deaf puppy. Try doing things that make noise but don't cause vibrations and see if they react. They need to react EVERY time.
Blind dogs tend to be more skitish and will be more prone to being fear biters, fear barkers, ect... You need to take ALL of this into consideration.
I totally commend you for trying to take these pups on, but really step back and think about whether you're going to be able to handle 15 years of life with 2 severely handicapped dogs. And really have the pups evaluated by a vet before you make a choice either way.
I have a deaf double merle Sheltie that I "adopted" when her breeder dropped her off at the Humane Society because she didn't want to deal with her. I think deaf dogs are easier to deal with than blind ones, and Elly was a test of my patience - and she is largely my sister's dog as she is the one who put in the most work with her. She is trained totally with sign language and we have a vibration collar that we use for her to get her attention when she's turned away from us. But she requires a lot more attention than a normal dog. I wouldn't trade her for anything, but I took her on understanding that she was going to be a BIG challenge. I've been thankful many many times that she wasn't blind.
Being a collie owner and doing rescue I would suggest that you contact someone near you to see if they can take them....You can also go to a web site called AWCA which is American Working Collies Association...they have great info on there and they may be able to suggest the best way to handle this...the breeder should be ashamed...
This is just plain awful.I was wondering I have a blue chiahuahua and someone said if she was breed with another blue one she could have the same problems is this true.I am not going to breed her she is really small trying to get her to gain weight.Is table good food for a dog?Does anyone know of a food to make them gain a little weight not a whole bunch which she has a small frame vet said Iams or puppy chow but the puppy chow not working on her weight. thanks
I know this will sound mean and I am sorry for what you are going through but how old are you...The spelling is making it hard to read your posts. I think it would be best for these pups to be in a rescue.
koon29645 don't listen to your vet about the food, Iams, Purina, Eukanuba and the like are crap foods....literally. She'll end up pooping out more than she'll ever digest and, therefore, is not getting much nutritional value from the food.
Try Nutro, Natural Balance, Canidae, Merrick, and the list goes on & on. The Whole Dog Journal publishes a list yearly of the top 10 dog foods. These foods will be more expensive, but you'll feed less & she'll digest more so not only will you be saving money, but she'll be getting more from the food with less poo.
The way I got weight on my little puff (with tummy issues) was by feeding boiled hamburger/white rice mixed in with his kibble. It wasn't until I started feeding it that he would eat consistently & every bite and in no time he had some meat on his bones.