I had a litter of 5 pups and of course lil' bear was the runt. He also was born with a short tail, not like others. I had no idea what this meant since it was my first time to breek my female. Later on, when he starting going bathroom, I notived he had problems with not being able to push his poop out so I have to help him. Also, when he realyl started peeing alot, he has no control over it and just dribles 24/7. HE has never in his life squatted to go potty, he just lets it out all the time in droplets. I have taken him to 2 vets now. One saying, he was missing his last vertebrae and that why he cannot lift his tail and has no feeling and same with pottying. He said he might grow out of or might now. The next one said we should put him down. He said we coudl have surgery but it is still not a guarantee and more than likely he still will have complications later in life with becoming paralyzed. I do not have that kind of money and I just don't know what to do. He is the cutest fellow ever and great personality. I cry when i think about putting him down, but I don't know what else to do. I need advice!! I am taking him to the third vet tomorrow to get one more opinion.
I breed bulldogs and this happens with them sometimes. My friend had one and she kept him alive even though he could not control his bowels. The vet had also told her it might get better. She ended up having to put him down at 2 years of age, because flies had gotten on him and he had maggots going up into him. I have had one with this conditon and until he was weaned we didn't notice it, but at 6 weeks I had him put down. The bigger he got the worse the problem became. Sometimes, ending it early is easier for you and the pup.
I really do appreciate it all the responses, and it helps me make the right decision. IT is just so sad because he is such a sweet and happy little pup right now and he is nowhere being miserable or in pain.
I'm so sorry for you and pup. What a sad situation. I think quality of life is key and if the pup is doomed to endure future suffering, then the most loving thing you can put it down. I would be a mess too. My thoughts are with you.
Indifference turns clarity into denial. ~Quan Tracy Cherry