We had a loss of a little boy pup today...Mama Bear squished him underneath her. I don't think she did it on purpose, though. I was getting ready to clean the pen & brought her treats out to distract her so I could put the pups in the basket & change the bedding, etc. Well, one little pup was all by himself on the left side of the pen, where Dee had been nursing. I picked him up and he was limp like a ragdoll. I tried to warm him up under the heat lamp, but he was doing the gasping for air (apenic breathing is what we call it in the nursing field), and his gums were pale, almost grey, and his saliva was thick and sticky. I took him in the kitchen & tried puppy CPR and some Karo syrup to pep him back up...then, I gave him a more detailed exam. I found that his left rear hip was out of place, he had urinated and defecated (runny stool, not solid), and his left ribcage was caved in. Dee kept trying to wake him up the whole time I had him, licking him and whining. Despite our efforts, the little one didn't make it...I bawled like a little baby. I HATE losing pups, it is my least favorite part of having them, and even though I know I couldn't have prevented it any more than I have tried (the pen has pig rails, etc.), it still makes me feel like a bad "pet parent". Knock on wood, everyone else appears OK, and now I'm paranoid, checking on her every 15 minutes. She keeps looking for him, it looks like she's counting the pups, so I've put a stuffed toy in there for her & keep trying to distract her. She probably thinks I'm crazy. So, we now have 4 boys and 5 girls. The only good feeling I have is that Digit is there at the Rainbow Bridge taking care of him...
***Edited By: Newfie_girl on 6/6/2006 11:17:06 PM*** Reason: add
*hugs* I'm really sorry hun, that's rough. I would have cried hard too.
Would you think about a different whelping box design in future maybe, like with rails to try to prevent any sad accidents in any future breedings? Maybe give you more of a piece of mind to not need to check constantly in fear you know? Or wait.. was your whelping box the one that did have rails? Either way it heartbreaking.. damn
***Edited By: mafiaprincess on 6/6/2006 11:19:57 PM*** Reason: add
Thanks for the hug, mafia. the pen does have rails, that's what sucks. I think he burrowed under her belly (he liked to nurse upside down, not sure why...we've had a couple others that liked to do that too), and she shifted her weight more to that side. I don't really think she knew he was there. I feel like crap...
***Edited By: Newfie_girl on 6/6/2006 11:20:18 PM*** Reason: add
It's not your fault. I'm sure you are a very attentive person as it is. I'm sure a lot of people wouldn't know puppy cpr, or have been able to go that far. I can't say anythingto make it hurt less, but it's so not you being neglectful, please put that out of your head.
I haven't been around here long but it is way obvious to me that you care deeply for your dogs. I'm sure it's very hard not to replay every moment and feel you could have done something more. Don't do it!
Focus on Dee and the beautiful puppies you have...
OMG....so sorry! I know you did your best, it wasnt your fault, these things happen.
Hubby says I'm too anal about the pups when they are born. For weeks, I am back there with them most of the time, checking on them every 10 minutes all day, sleep back there, etc. He thinks I'm just in love with my babies (well, I am) but this is why I watch over them so much, trying to prevent these things. So sorry this happened to you.
I am soooo sorry for your loss & just from reading your posts we all know that you care & love each one of your babies the best you can. Huggs to you, momma & all the babies, prayers for the lost one :*(
awww newfie i am so sorry. you must be so upset. i don't think that i would be able to be a breeder for fear of things like that and having to give the pups to other people i couldn't do it. i think you are a great person to do this to give other people the joy of having a dog and doing it in such a loving way to your dogs.
by the way when you mentioned digit watching over the pup i started to cry.
I'm so sorry this happened. With our puppies(english bulldogs), we have to keep them in a basket away from mom and bring them to her every couple of hours. I have lost 2 puppies because of the same thing. You shouldn't feel bad about it. You did the best you could.
Hey Newfie girl same thing happened to us Mama didn.t realize where the pup was and accidentally crushed him. So sorry for your loss and don't think for a moment that it was your fault. You sound like you are on the money with all you do Good Luck and God Bless you and yours
Unfortunately it is not possible to completely avoid this. This happens to the best of us. You canít watch them 24/7. Got to sleep some times.
Other then having a rail, I also put a small heating pad in the center. The heat attracts the pups to center and keeps them away from the sides where the mom usually is. Unfortunately, it is not fool proof and I too lose one once in a while. It is always hard when a pup dies, especially this way.
I have never had it happen with the boxers (knock on serious wood), but it happened with the pugs. Mine really weren't aware of the puppies under their butts. One in particular I think did it on purpose, she was spayed after that.
Sorry that it happened though I know it is hard.
***Edited By: alicat1 on 6/7/2006 10:04:58 PM*** Reason: ad