I was browsing on the internet, trying to make sense of the loss of a 4 day old puppy. My dog Lady gave birth to 6 puppies, and one was considerable smaller than the others. This puppy seemed to be ok, and I didn't notice anything wrong other than his size. The next day, I noticed how weak he was. I took the other 5 puppies away from the mom so that he could nurse alone, but I couldn't get him to even latch on to his mother. It appeared as though he was unable to get nourishment for himself! The condition worsened throughout the day, and despite the efforts I made, there was no luck. I took the pup to the vet, who told me that the puppy looked a little dehydrated, but that it appeared that he HAD received some milk. She said his heart was strong. She told me to supplement his feedings with Espilac, and they gave the pup 3 shots to hydrate him. When I took him home, I noticed no improvement in him, and began to feed him the supplement. He seemed to perk up a bit after I dropped the milk in his mouth. He did not know how to suck, and struggled to swallow. I noticed also that he moved strangely, as if he had no instinctive understanding of gravity as the others do. He would lay on his side and move his legs as if trying to crawl. He would arch his head way way up, even when cradled in my hands on his back. I spent the day holding him and feeding him, and gave him back to his mom for the night. The following morning, I saw that the mom and the other pups were far from her, and he was alone and very cold. He was still alive at this point, but freezing. I kept him with me to warm him up, and fed him. After a feeding, I noticed that he had a seizure, because his face froze, and his legs stiffened straight out. He seizured again about an hour later, but soon afterward, he died. I just wish I could understand what happened....why he was so weak, why the seizures, etc......We already had him named "Spirit" because he seemed so willing to fight for his life. If you have any guesses as to why this happened, I would appreciate it.
is it possible that your lab or the sire has epilepsy in their lines? It could have been passed on through heredity. I would watch the other pups closely just in case, if it was that bad in one so early then the others could have it.
It could have been something totally different, there are other thigs that could cause siezers though. Without a necropsy you will probably never know.
I think my biggest concern though would be to make sure tht it was not epilepsy and that the oher pups do not hav it either. I would also spay and neuter the pups before rehomeing them just in case.
If the puppy wasn't fully warmed up when you fed it the intestinal tract may have shut down. Milk shouldn't be fed to a chilled puppy. At that point the mother was probably rejecting it knowing there was something wrong, with the rest of the pups and Mom in a pile.
A puppy that stiffens like a board, tongue hanging out and all is usually low blood sugar, not an epileptic seizure. It can be partially linked to dehydration. It wasn't getting enough milk. If it had gone back to feeding with the other pups it probably would have corrected itself, or caught sooner and handfed as often as needed I think it's like every two hours, it might have been okay.
But, there's not a lot that can be done now, be greatful for every day with Mom, and the joy of the new pups.
In addition to what mafia said.... it can happen and at times there is nothing you can do, the pup likely had something wrong that it was not going to make it. On the other hand, how often were you feeding the pup when you began nursing it yourself? Every 2 hours is a must! Especially if it is not taking much in a feeding, then you need to go and feed it more often as dehydration and low blood sugar happens very quickly in newborns/young pups. Also, they should be on a heat source from birth. the body temp needs kept up as soon as they areborn and kept with this heat source for many weeks afterwards, as newborns cannot regulate their temps well. A heat lamp, heating pad etc. Is a MUST. As is warming the formula prior to feeding.
Good luck with the rest of the litter, I hope they are all doing well.
I'm sorry for your loss, I know it's hard to see something so tiny go through so much. We lost 4 pups in our last litter d/t aspiration, failure to thrive (no explanation, even with necropsy), and a gastro-intestinal malformation. Very heartbreaking, and we would have lost 2 more had I just let mama "be a dog" because the smaller pups were not getting to eat d/t thier piggy siblings. Our friends thought we were crazy when we had to go home from a New Year's Eve party after dinner so we could check on mama & the pups and feed them, if needed. We had a better time with our fur babies anyway! Just keep an eye on the others, to be safe.
I'm sorry I didn't respond earlier, but this has been a tragic week. The father of the puppies (Midnight) was put down yesterday after he escaped from my backyard and chased after someone's dog. The owner of dog tried to intercede and in the process, got a nasty tear to his leg. Paramedics were called, and the local animal control called out to confiscate my dog.
I couldn't believe it....the man was trespassing on private property (a private school owned by the city, with posted ordinances which state "no dogs allowed) with his dog. In fact, he had to pull up the chain link fence in order to get to this field. This has been an ongoing problem for us....where people sneak into the field with their animals, and allow their dogs to chase my dog back and forth through the fence, barking at each other. My dog finally learned to get out, and I am so devastated. I know that the man's leg injury was an accident, as Midnight has never, ever been vicious to a person....I think that Midnight was trying to get to his dog, because of all the teasing that's been allowed to go on. I learned that when there is teasing going on, it can teach a dog aggression, which is why I think Midnight acts aggressive with animals he doesn't know.
But Animal Control said that our dog, since it caused an injury, would be taken into their facility, and would undergo testing to determine whether or not he could be released back to us, or if they would put him down. He told us our chances were slim, and that if we tried to fight to get him back, it could cost in the thousands to get him back. I couldn't see Midnight being able to go through all of what they'd put him through....he'd be scared....they would muzzle him and treat him as a ferocious animal....and worst of all, we would be denied having access to him. We asked if we could put him down by a reputable vet with us present. They allowed this.
I am filled with so much grief I can hardly contain myself. Midnight was only a year old, was healthy and robust, and my daughter's best friend. He loved unconditionally, and acted like a big baby around us.
Was there any history of epilepsy? It is also possible that the pup's insides shut down, if it was too cold. I agree with mafiaprincess. I'm am very sorry for your loss. I know how it feels to loose a pet. I hope I could help.