Please help me. I am dying inside because our 5 month old puppy Gretel, a runt died June 5th as she faded away very quickly. I am sick about this. A little background. My cousin took care of a her because her friend asked her too after the litter was born and she was the runt and she was apparently "kicked away by the mother". I heard this statement meant that the dog mother knew the puppy was ill and would do this. I always thought it was because it was the tinyiest. The puppy was so small she could fit into a teacup. I took my puppy not knowing she was ill but I feel happy that we gave her a good life. She was born Jan 17 and I took her on March 15th. I had only seen Gretel, my name for her, in pictures as my cousin lived in New York. Gretel did fantastic when we took her. She was the cutest little girl, a beige and apricot little Shih Tzu, that I had ever seen. I could just kiss her face all day. I knew she would never be full grown but we didn't care. We took great care of her and was zipped off to the vet as soon as we got her. She went from 2.2 pounds to 5.6, had all her shots and the vet was happy with the way she was progressing. She had so much energy and would run from one end of the yard to the next, chasing our 2 other dogs, who just adored her. She was so funny and would play tug of war with our other Shih Tzu Boo-Boo with their toys. Her bark was just so sweet. She played and seemed to be doing well. On June 5th she had a wretch to her and would sleep constantly. She was a puppy that was watched constantly. We always knew what all of our dogs were up to. (3). I was home all day. This day was a Sunday so my husband was home, too. Anyway, she was drinking, peeing and pooping. She slept all the time. When she started to turn away her food that night and had diarrhea I knew something was very wrong. Her face looked faint and expressionless. Not typical of Gretel. We rushed her to the ER and checked in. I took her blanket because I knew she was dying. I had a feeling. She did not look good. As soon as the doctor walked in 1/2 hour later,, she threw her head back. She died in my arms. The doctor took her to ICU and they worked on her. I was hysterical. After testing, the doctor said she had blood in her chest and an enlarged Kidney. She did not swallow anything. He felt it was a genetic disease that a lot of runts can get. Some of the blood in her chest he said was from him massaging it. They did CPR and intubated her. We took her home in a casket and buried her in my parents yard next to Gia, my Shih Tzu we lost 4 months ago due to a possible heart attack. She was 12. She was rushed one other time for a wrectch when we first got her and we thought she swallowed something but they checked her out @ the ER and she had not. She did not swallow anything that time or this time. What caused this blood in her chest? What does an enlarged Kidney NOT do that it is supposed to do? I look at her picture and I just want to die. She is so adorable she didn't deserve this. I know we gave her an excellent quality of life. She had a good beautiful time with us here on Earth but what happened. I cannot rest until I have some kind of answer. Please help me. thank you. giagirl777
I also replied on your other post. I want to be really gentle about this. A puppy that is kicked away from the mother (especially a runt) is defective and should be euthanised or allowed to die. The mother knows this and that's why she kicks it away. Trying to save a rejected runt is futile and unfortunately this one hung on much longer, due to your excellent care. We live in a society of saving life beyond what's reasonable in many cases, not every life can or should be saved. In animals especially, nature should be allowed to take it's course. This puppy had some circualtion issues and that may be what caused the enlarged kidney and blood in the chest. As stated in the other post, I have a preemie Dobe puppy. His chest is flat and the vet cannot tell me why, his heart is good and he is thriving without human intervention, and only time will tell. This pup, if he survives will not be sold, but given away should the chest not fill out. However, he is NOT a runt, he was premature and there lies the difference.He may do fine as he continues to catch up, he may not. That's the hard part. Not knowing. But I hope he does do fine. It's heartbreaking to lose one regardless of age.