My Angel lost her entire litter this morning. They all had extreme cleft palets. 1 was so bad, it looked like a baby alien. I am so devastated. I feel so bad for her, she knows she had babies, and continues to search for them. 2 had to be taken to the vet to be put to sleep, and 4 died on their own shortly after birth.
Angel is finally starting to relax a little bit. She is panting, or running up and down the hall frantic for her babies. This was supposed to be my champion litter, and I was really looking forward to a nice litter. I can not belive I lost the whole thing.
Oh I'm so sorry... :( I know how it feels I lost 3 of my 6 Maltese puppies 2 months ago. My Female never has that many puppies usally it's like 3 or 4 but never 6 and I lost 1 a day after birth another 3 days later and the last one died at 2 weeks old which was really hard. :-) I hope your dog is ok. I'm really sorry. :(
Sorry to hear that. losing a pup is always hard. an entire litter is devastating.
never heard of an entire litter ending up with cleft pallet. most likely it was caused by something in her environment. diet, meds, chemicals. who knows. could be useful if you could have pinned down the likely cause so it doesn't happen again.
Folic acid is what i had to take when i was pregnant to reduce the risk of cleft pallets and other birth defects. I had to take some meds during pregnancy and one of its possible side effects was cleft pallet.
since you don't know the cause, you should probably talk to your vet about giving it to your pregnant dogs next time. it can't hurt.
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Thank you everyone, It has been a really hard day. Delivering those pups this morning was a nightmare. They were so extreme, and has such deformed faces it was so sad. Angel is doing better this evening, and starting to calm down. She played a bit of ball a little while ago.
I have just tried to be there for her. It must be really hard for her, to lose her babies. She is such a good mother, and has been looking for them since the start. It was so hard for me to take the 2 away this morning, but there was nothing we could do. The one boy kept crying becuase he could not attach to a nipple. Angel would look at us and cry like she was confused, she was doing everything she could, and didn't understand why the baby wasn't eating.
I'm so sorry. I know its hard. I only have had one experience with breeding, and my girl only had 1 puppy and he died with in 24 hours after being born. It was horrible. Losing the puppy after years of planning was very hard, but watching my girl search for him in a panic ripped me to pieces. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your in my thoughts.
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i am with karma88 im a little late but so sorry to hear i have lost a litter before none lived and one time only 2 lived from like 10 puppies but one of the two ran away the other one i still have once more so sorry for you!
I'm so sorry about your heartbreaking lose of your litter of puppies. I hope your little mom's stress level drops on off rapidly in her searching for her babies. You will both come through this as troopers. We all have to move past the heartbreaks in life and look forward to the good times coming.
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Just wanted to keep everyone informed. Mom is doing very well, she has stopped searching for her puppies, but will not go into my bedroom yet. That is where she whelps at. I feel she will come in where she is ready.
She still screams when my husband or I leave the house. I figure that will subside slowly. She really doesn't want to be alone, and luckily I can take her to work with me. She has gotten her appetite back, and eating well. She has stopped the frantic panting, and resting well.
Thanks all of your for your concern, and she is moving along well. So am I for the most part. It is still very depressing to look at those pictures (took them for stud owner to see). I have contacted a couple vets, and schools to get some insight on why this may have happened, or if it was just simply genetics crossing badly.
We will not be using that stud again, but I do plan on breeding Angel again this winter when she comes in again. Her heats are typically every 8months. My program is breed back to back, then skip. She has had 2 healthy litters, and the last heat was skipped. Thanks again to everyone for the sympathies, and concern. It was very difficult for me to sit beside her helping her deliver those babies just for them to die in my hands, very heart breaking.
I just wanted to give everyone a final update. Angel is back to her old self. Her milk is drying up nicely, and she has finally come back into the bedroom. She is also getting back into her box, it is her bed during normal times.
I just keep trying to look toward the future, and search for a really nice stud for my black girl.
Thanks again to everyone who thought about us. It was very hard to work through, and I felt horrible for Angel. Heck, I think she is doing better then me lol.