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What is Early Death (Fading Puppy Syndrome)?

Early or sudden death in puppies is usually referred to as fading puppy syndrome. The death is often preceded by few or very short signs of illness. This is most common in the first week of life, but may occur up to 3 weeks old. A number of different conditions can cause fading puppy syndrome. Sometimes solitary puppy deaths are related to a birth defect that was not immediately apparent. Sometimes the mother will fail to care for the weaker or smaller members of the litter. Young puppies have poorly developed immune systems. They acquire antibodies from the milk the mother dog produces directly after birth, called the colostrum. Puppies that fail to nurse adequately will not receive these antibodies and are much more likely to catch a serious infection. Sometimes a breast infection (mastitis) or calcium deficiency in the mother can limit her milk supply. Canine herpesvirus is another common cause of fading puppy syndrome. This virus can be caught from the mother in utero or from infected fluids after birth. It is usually not symptomatic in adults, but it causes death in puppies up to about 3 weeks of age. If the mother has the virus, the puppies may be born weak to begin with, or even stillborn.

Sometimes puppies appear to be healthy at birth but die suddenly in the first few weeks of life. Veterinarians define this as fading puppy syndrome or sudden death in puppies. A number of different conditions are responsible for these deaths.

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Symptoms of Early Death (Fading Puppy Syndrome) in Dogs

Most symptoms of illness last only about 24 hours before death occurs. Sometimes illness may be preceded by low weight and failure to thrive. Call the veterinarian as soon as you notice any of the following signs.

  • Low weight at birth
  • Failure to gain weight
  • Ignored by the mother
  • Soft stools or diarrhea
  • Continual crying
  • Painful abdomen (puppy may make paddling movements)
  • Vomiting
  • Salivation
  • Difficulty breathing

Types

Fading puppy syndrome may be infectious or congenital.

  • Infectious – this is more of a concern since it could be a danger to other members of the litter.
  • Congenital – either a birth defect or a runt that was underdeveloped at birth.

The two types overlap since mother dogs often fail to care as well for weak or small puppies and these animals are more liable to develop infection.

Causes of Early Death (Fading Puppy Syndrome) in Dogs

These are the most common causes and contributing factors. 

  • Inadequate maternal care
  • Lack of milk production in the mother
  • Lack of feeding time compared to siblings
  • Birth defect
  • Low weight at birth (runt of the litter)
  • Neonatal septicemia – bacterial infection that becomes systemic and kills the puppy very quickly
  • Viral infection (often inherited from the mother) Canine herpesvirus (most common), canine parvovirus, canine distemper, canine adenovirus 
  • Intestinal parasite especially hookworm

Diagnosis of Early Death (Fading Puppy Syndrome) in Dogs

The veterinarian will examine the puppy physically for signs of infection, birth defects or other problems. Blood, urine, and feces samples may also be taken. Often death occurs too suddenly for diagnosis or treatment. In this case, it’s a good idea to take the puppy for posthumous examination anyway, so the cause can be determined since some conditions could pose a threat to other members of the litter.

The veterinarian will want to know the medical history or the mother as well as recent vaccinations and any prior births or pregnancies. There is no vaccination for canine herpesvirus. Over time, the mother will develop antibodies which she will pass on to subsequent litters, so this disease will not be present in several litters from the same mother. Symptoms of illness or abnormal behavior in the mother dog can also be relevant. The veterinarian will likely need to examine her also to check for signs of breast or uterine infection, as well as glandular problems that can cause low blood calcium during lactation and lead to poor milk production. Bloodwork and urine tests will likely be needed.

Treatment of Early Death (Fading Puppy Syndrome) in Dogs

The veterinarian will give you instructions on how to care for the remaining puppies. This can often limit instances of fading puppy syndrome. Young puppies need to maintain a temperature around 85-90⁰ Fahrenheit. Heating lamps can help, especially if the mother is neglecting or pushing away some puppies. Puppies that are ignored repeatedly may need to be fed through an eyedropper. The puppy’s bedding should be changed regularly and cleaned thoroughly.

Puppies with bacterial infection may be given antibiotics. The mother may also need to be treated with antibiotics for a breast infection and the puppies may need to be removed and fed by hand until she is able to produce milk again. Calcium supplements for the mother could also be necessary.

Viral causes of fading puppy syndrome are difficult to treat. If the puppies don’t receive adequate antibodies from the colostrum, they will be at risk until they are old enough to be vaccinated. If canine herpesvirus or another virus is directly inherited from the mother, the remaining puppies may be separated to avoid further infection.

Recovery of Early Death (Fading Puppy Syndrome) in Dogs

Prevention is the best way to manage early death in puppies. Regular vaccinations in the mother dog can help to reduce the puppies’ likelihood of exposure to viruses. The dam should be monitored for bacterial infections or canine herpesvirus during pregnancy. Maintaining her health throughout the gestation and lactation period is extremely important for the puppies’ survival. Practicing good hygiene when handling the puppies can also help to minimize the spread of infection. Some early deaths may be unavoidable, however, especially if the puppy has a problem at birth.

Early Death (Fading Puppy Syndrome) Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Shadow
Doberman Pinscher
8.5 years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

death

My dog died yesterday morning suddenly in front of us. He collapsed while walking in the garden. We checked for any wounds/bites but didn't find any. His tongue and gums turned bluish black. His stomach was bloated. We tried giving him some salt water after he collapsed, but he couldn't swallow it. He was perfectly healthy, He just seemed quite than usual two days before. We are still searching answers if it was due to cardiac arrest or venom. If anyone is aware of this can you help us find an answer to it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sudden death of your canine friend is always distressing especially when they are still relatively young and apparently healthy; I cannot tell you exactly what caused shadow’s death but can give you an indication of the usual causes we see, for an accurate cause of death I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for a necropsy which would tell you the specific cause of death. Sudden death in dogs may be caused by dilated cardiomyopathy which is an enlargement of the heart which may cause sudden death in dogs (especially during activity), aneurysms also cause death along a similar line; poisoning from plants, snakes, spiders or man made products may also cause sudden death as well; dogs may have underlying medical issues which we wouldn’t be aware of unless we carry out blood tests or x-rays so they can be missed during a regular visit to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

A bitch ( Lhasa Apso ) whelping (2nd parity) before 2 days and her puppies dies after colostrum feeding. What could be possible reasons? And what treatment we should follow??

My dog recently had puppies like 5 days ago and the second day one of her puppies died and a few days later which is now in the morning another puppy died. What should I do to stop this from happening
I am giving then cow milk mix with water
Betnisol drop and taxim-o 5-5drop 2time a day

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NA
German Sheppard mix
8 Weeks
Serious condition
-1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody diarhea not eating or drinking weight loss

We had a litter of 11 the 3 died suddenly they are now 8 weeks old i dondt understand what is causing this please help. We look in the morning and theyre fine but just hours later they look like theyve lost tons of weight and the refuse to eat or drink and they dint make it through the day

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is terrible to lose puppies and it is normal to be looking for answers; many conditions which affect puppies usually present before weaning. I cannot say the exact cause of death but certain causes including infections (bacterial or fungal), myocarditis (caused by parvo), anatomical anomalies of the heart etc… Without carrying out a necropsy, it isn’t possible to determine the underlying case of the deaths; but I would highly recommend a necropsy so that you are aware of any underlying condition which may be affecting your pups. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Little One
Papillon
2 Weeks
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Not Fading puppy

Hello, My papillon had 4 pups 2 weeks ago. All are fine but the first born is half the size of the other 3. She seems to be hardly nursing at all now and the other 3 are quite aggressive in nursing and easily knock her over. I've tried giving her a 'head start' nursing by holding the others in another bed for a few minutes, and even tried putting just one of the other 3 with her. She goes through the motions but hardly latches on at all. I don't think she's drinking at all and seems weaker than a few days ago. What can I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You need to look inside Little One’s mouth to see if there are any abnormalities which may be causing an issue when nursing (cleft palate etc…), also if she isn’t eating you should get some replacer milk and feed her (by tube if required - but discuss with your Veterinarian first). A visit to your Veterinarian would be useful to check for any signs of birth defects etc… which may explain the lack of nursing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Puppies
Pug
4 Weeks
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Cant hold head up and cant walk

I had a litter of four pug puppies they are now 4 weeks old 2 is doing great up walking around and playing but the other 2 can't walk can't hold their heads up just fall over and whinesalot the momma dog was in labor for 24 hours what should I do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the two puppies I cannot say for certain what the specific cause is; cerebellar disorders, lack of oxygen during whelping, developmental issues among other causes may be leading to these problems. You should have the puppies examined by your Veterinarian to see if they are able to identify a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Grey
Boabul
3 yeas
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sudden Death

My boarbull gave birth to 10 and 4 is dead ... the remaining are sucking well and don’t want to loose any other one ... what’s the advice or drugs to be given to the mother to prevent infection

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is really just important for all of the pups to have drank colostrum directly after whelping to get passive immunity from the mother and ensure that the mother is on a complete adequate lactation diet so she will be strong to give quality milk to the pups. Without examining them, I cannot give you any advice of antibiotic usage or anything else. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Caucasian Shepherd (Mountain Dog)
3 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No weight gain
Wants to sleep all the time
Not crying

Medication Used

Nutri-Cal

My Caucasian shepherd had 11 puppies. So far, we've lost 2 and another is very sick. They are 3 weeks old today (3/12/18) and she has not gained weight in 2 weeks. Her siblings are 2-3 pounds and she's been sitting at 1 pound. We took her to the vet and he gave us Nutri-Cal to give her at feedings and went through bottle and dropper feedings with us. He examines her and said her heart and lungs sounded great. She was alright for a couple days.. She would cry when she was hungry. She is still active, but today she has just wanted to sleep all day. I've had to wake her up to take her out to mom to feed, stay there and supervise to make sure she didn't get knocked off, stimulate her, and then bring her back in to her heating pad and box. She immediately finds mom and latches on when I take her to her and I let her eat for about 30 mins to an hour before I bring her back inside. She urinated after every meal and were only able to get her to poop once a day. Is there anything else we can try to help her gain weight, or should we prepare ourselves to let her go? We've become quite attached.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. The things that you can do for Luna are food, warmth, stimulating her to urinate and defecate, and trying to get her to nurse. If two of the puppies have died, there may be things that are affecting them that are beyond your control - we don't always know why some puppies don't make it. If she is physically normal, you just have to keep trying, and do your best. I hope that she pulls through.

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Arthur
Maltipoo
9 Days
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Crying
Not sucking anymore
Not sucking amymore
Not Eating
Lethargic

HELP!!! I have a litter of maltipoo puppies that were born 9 days ago. One of the puppies a couple days ago started crying all day, kind of sounds like a seagull. He will not eat, he used to be the biggest puppy and as of a couple days ago he is now the smallest, he is losing weight, he is lethargic, he has bubbles sometimes coming out of his nose. I don't know what else to do, I gave him some honey to give him some energy and he tried sucking last night but he didn't seem to gain any weight from it. Today he is very lethargic, he started laying by himself which is making him cold, but he will lay by Mom and siblings also. I am going down to get some replacement puppy milk at the store soon to see if that helps any. I read about fading puppy syndrome, canine herpes which is like the flu Etc, but I really don't know what it is. None of the vets in my area are open. I feel like he is going to die soon and I'm not sure how to help him. The other two puppies are doing fine they're eating and gaining weight. Any suggestions? Ideas? Anybody have this happened before? He is such a sweet puppy and it's heartbreaking to see him dying.

UPDATE - I gave him a bottle of formula and he does not want to suck it, I Got A Squeeze Doppler and was giving him some from there and all he does is keep crying. Do I continue giving him it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Arthur has bubbles coming out of his nose, it is possible that he has a soft palate defect (cleft palate) where milk may be passing into the nasal cavity; I would not encourage eating until you see your Veterinarian. Take a look in Arthur’s mouth to see if there are any holes or defects in the oral cavity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Could also be little bloated if greedy. ..I've given infacol in past. Bubbles at nose definitely a palette concern tho.

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Elsa
Jack Russell
3 Weeks
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

I have a jack russel mix and it had 7 puppies there all fine but one of them seems to be dying she started with like a sort of flu and wasn’t drinking it’s mother milk because she rejected her I gave her cow milk to feed her a little and she drank just fine and drank it’s mothers milk now the pups been like breathing with a pattern but a long pause like if she can’t breath I want to save her she’s 3weeks old

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Elsa or knowing why she is having this problem, I don't have any way to tell you how to help her. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine her, determine what might be happening with her, and recommend any treatment that she might need. I hope that she is okay.

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Bella
Jug
2 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Hi my bitch give birth 3 weeksago she had 6 the last born was still born 2 days later the runt died and then a day after the biggest one died all as been well for two weeks and now all of a sudden another died I now only have two I’m so worried they will die to but they all seem fit and growing they don’t look ill

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Sometimes, puppies do not survive, with the best of our efforts. There are viral and environmental causes for some of these deaths. If the puppies haven't been examined by a veterinarian yet, it may be a good idea to do so, and also to have Bella examined to make sure that she doesn't have any signs of mastitis or any other condition that might be harming the puppies.

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Baby Min Pin
Min Pincher
2 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hi my min Pincher had 2 babies one died in the fist week of age and now the small pup will be 3weeks old tomorrow but since Yesterday he looks weak and he is not drinking milk from his mother.Ive tried putting him on her breast but he only wants to sleep with her. He still looks fat. The mother is with him everytime and she still cleans and licks him. Must I be worried, so scared he might pass away as they are the toy breed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for a puppy not thriving which may include congenital disorders, infections, parasites, malabsorption among other causes; it would be best to have your Veterinarian take a look at him to be on the safe side, I don’t know if you want to try him with some puppy milk replacer to see if he is tempted by it and get a puppy worming product (tablet or suspension) if you haven’t wormed him already, but ensure it is safe for a pup his age. I cannot really suggest any other course of action at this time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lily (and litter)
Beagle
4 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Puppies Died in less than 24 hours

My beagle gave birth yesterday, and the puppies all died in less than 24 hours. None showed signs of any physical damage, and a few had blood in their noses and mouths. They were outside in a well shaded area and the weather was not harsh at all. The mother appears to be fine, other than being hysterical about her puppies being removed (to be buried). The mother has had two previous litters without incident. Does this sound like a virus? I find it odd (and tragic) that all of the puppies died at once. Any advise is appreciated for closure, if possible.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like some type of infection may have affected Lily’s litter, without tests it is not possible to say with certainty but many infections can be asymptomatic in mothers but may cause issues with puppy development and may cause death after whelping. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi. My Pomeranian gave birth to 5 puppy. Today after the puppy is 6 weeks old. 1 of my puppy suddenly died. The puppy that died is malnutrition as it is the smallest puppy amount the siblings. We bottle feed it every 3 Hours as she is not drinking the mother milk. My puppy that died has been eating well (bottle feed) but to day she pass away :( it's very heart breaking. What are the reasons? Why she died. I really want to get an answer thank you.

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Teddy
Husky mix
10 Weeks
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Loss of Appetite

One of my parents dogs had puppies. Well the puppies are around 10 weeks old and all of a sudden they started dropping dead, including the mom. There is one puppy left and the only signs they all showed is lethargy and loss of appetite. My family doesn't have the money to take the last one to the vet. We have given the puppy pedialyte but today he wouldn't drink for anyone. Is there anything I can do or try? Or continue doing what we're doing?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing the cause of the puppies dying, I am not sure how to tell you to treat them. They may have parasites, or infectious disease, or they may have been born with an abnormality. Without having Teddy seen by a veterinarian, he may not make it, unfortunately. Many clinics to offer a 'free first exam' so that you can at least have him examined and get an idea as to what might be happening. I'm sorry that this is happening, and I hope that he is okay.

It turned out to be parvo. He turned out to be a she and passed yesterday. Thank you for your response.

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Pup
Basset Hound
3 days
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Wont eat
Lethargic

Our basset had two pups three days ago. One died two days ago leaving one small pup. We have them in a kennel with a heater blowing in to keep her warm. She seems very lethargic and won't eat. I have taken her out several times to warm her even more and feed her milk replacement through a dropper. Mom keeps putting her in her mouth and keeping her wet by licking her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes puppies are just not strong enough to thrive after birth and some puppies have congenital abnormalities that affect their growth or their ability to nurse. Checking inside the mouth for signs of cleft plate may indicate the cause of the problem, other causes maybe other congenital problems or infectious disease caught in utero. All you can do is encourage drinking like you’re already doing or visit your Veterinarian to check the pup over for congenital problems. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My boyfriend have 7 litter and they're just 3days old now. Yesterday the one litter died and today morning the other one died. And we don't have any idea what is the reason why did they die?

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simba
dougue de Bordeaux
2 Days
Mild condition
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Mild condition

hi my dog had a litter off 10 and one died but now the small one is very larthagic and don't cry or anything scared going to lose him and he don't go to mom's nipple as much and very small

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should keep placing Simba near the nipple to try and get him to nurse, but if he is not doing so you may need to try some milk replacer to try and get him an adequate level of nutrition. Look inside his mouth to see if there are any deformities in the soft palate; if there are or you cannot get him to nurse you should take him to be examined by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My whole litter of Yorkie died 6 puppies. Can anybody tell me what went wrong?

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No Name
pitbull
3 weeks
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy Breathing
Whining

I have a 3 week old pup that we recently discovery it's extremely small and she's too weak to nurse , we aren't sure what to do because we can't afford vets.
She's been whining a lot , we hold her and she quotes down little, but we're worried she won't make it longer, what do we do ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should give the pup some puppy milk replacer and check inside the mouth for any issues with the soft palate which may be causing problems (heavy breathing) and a failure to thrive; if any milk has been aspirated, then treatment would be required by your Veterinarian. Without examining the pup, I cannot give you much information. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Killer
Golden Retriever
7 Weeks
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Crying when when moved
Barely breathing

My 7 week pup isn't moving as often and she's been crying a lot lately when we try to move her, she doesn't wanna eat or drink water. We don't know what to do...

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Killer is not doing well. Since I am unable to examine her over the internet, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible to be examined and try to determine what might be going on. Puppies are susceptible to parasites and infectious diseases, and she may need testing or treatments to keep her from getting dehydrated and resolve her problem. I hope that she is okay.

I have a question I have a puppy to do what I'm about to tell u in the past and I've had another puppy do this I've had about a 2 to 3 day old puppy b sucking on the moms tilt and all of sudden the puppy get completely stiff all legs sticking straight out then I got the puppy rubbed it back and forth pushed on its heart and then all of a sudden the puppy comes right out of it I would love to know y that happens like I said I've had it to happen to a couple different pups over the years thanks..

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Litter of 6
German Shepherd
3 Days
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Yellow poop. 3days old. Feeds well
Pooping pasty yellow poop

My dog Jean had a litter of 8 on 02-23-18 but one passed during birth and the other one passed today 02-25-18. The second one that passed pooped a lot of yellow and throw up. He was the runt. But the other six look bigger now and feed well. But some of them are pooping pasty yellow. Not watery at all but more toothpaste like. It smells and it's the color of bright yello mustard. They are eating well and seem to be growing just in two-three days but they keep wining and keep eating and eating and sir far two more are pooping yellow paste. I don't know what's wrong. I'm scared to lose the other six puppies. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Yellow diarrhoea or yellow soft faeces is commonly caused by hyperactivity of the gastrointestinal tract and the faeces is green or yellow in colour; this may be due to infections, parasites among other issues. You should have a sample of faeces checked by your Veterinarian to look for signs of parasites (worms or protozoa). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gold
Sheepadoodle
4 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

no energy

Our pups are exactly 4 weeks tonight the runt is acting with no energy and not interested in eating, just lying there. His belly is soft like other puppies. He's just so tiny. Should I move him from the litter..?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whether to move the runt from the litter or to leave him there is your decision, but Gold may require some hand feeding and weaning him across to a solid diet to encourage him to eat. A wet puppy food mixed with water syringed into his mouth may encourage him to eat to gain some weight, but sadly some runts will die regardless of the level of nursing care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog recently had puppies like 5 days ago and the second day one of her puppies died and a few days later which is now in the morning another puppy died. What should I do to stop this from happening? There's only 6 left and I'm worried that another one is going to die. It's my first time and barley knowing what to do.

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Pancake
Husky boxer mix
3 Days
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Cold, dripping stuff from nose

My husky just gave birth to a litter of 7, they are a husky boxer mix. Today I went to check on them and I could only find 6, after extensive and stressful searching I found the missing pup, seemingly dead. Her body was cold and limp, and starting to turn stiff. I started to prep her body for burial when she blew a bubble of out her nose. I freaked out and started doing chest compressions, she started to whimper I started to blow air into her system, I could feel her body fill with air. I continued chest compressions and green mucasy type stuff dripped from her nose. I showed my parents the pup and asked what to do. More stuff came our of her nose. My mother informed me she was gone. I got very emotional and cried. Unfortunately I had to leave and couldn't take the puppy to a vet. I just got confirmation that they burried the pup. Did I do the right thing? Was there any chance of saving that puppy? The rest of them are fine and eating. The one that died was the runt. I know a puppy dying is common I just, didn't expect it. I apologize if my post doesn't belong here, i just needed to explain what happened.I am a bit of a mess, thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The bubble coming from this pups nose may have been due to trapped air which got released when you moved the body, when air releases it can cause noises which may seem like an animal is alive. Given the situation and your acknowledgement that the pup was cold and stiff, I don’t believe that you would have been able to do anything for the pup and it had most likely passed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi, I have a litter of 5 puppies, they are 2 weeks old about to be 3 weeks on Wednesday. Yesterday we had one puppy crying the whole night, I tried to feed her but she wouldn’t eat like the rest. I tried consoling her and putting her with the siblings hoping she was just cold and she wanted to be cuddled up with her siblings. This morning we woke up and unfortunately she had passed away. About 3 hours later, we had the runt of the litter pass away as well but she had symptom unlike the other puppy. She had blooding in her urine and stool. They were fine the day before and eating I’m not sure what’s going on. It’s so sad. Later in the day today after loosing 2 pups we are very careful and monitoring the other 3 to make sure they are ok. About an hour ago another started foaming at the mouth and does not want to eat. I really don’t want to wake up to another puppy that passed. Can you please give some suggestions?

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Tony
Maltese/dachshund
2 Weeks
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Big tummy
Painful pooing
Blood In Rectum

My 2 week old puppy is in pain has a huge stomach he cant poop because his butt hole is swollen and bleeding as well. I tried the warm cloth and rubbing his rectum as if his mom was doing it but he only poops very little and it alsoblooks like theres seed like stuff in the poop. What is wrong with him and what can I do?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I suspect that Tony has tapeworms, the ‘seeds’ you’re seeing may be tapeworm proglottids which can look like seeds, the link below is to a photo with sesame seeds on the left and tapeworm proglottids on the right. You should make sure that Tony receives an effective anthelmintic, speak with your local Veterinarian or pet shop about age appropriate products in your area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.pupsor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/tapeworm-in-puppy.jpg

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Tony dinozzo
Maltese/dachshund
2 Weeks
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

No poop
Cold body
Crying

The mom died when he was born. Ive been giving him formula but he has not pooped yet I check his him and the poo is normal. His body is cold he eats fine but he keeps crying. I dont know what to do. HELP

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without knowing more about his situation and why his mom died, or being able to examine him, I'm not sure what might be going on with Tony. Puppies do need to be stimulated with a soft cloth to urinate and defecate, and they need to eat every 2-3 hours. If you are doing those things, and he still doesn't seem to be doing well, it would be best to have a veterinarian look at him, determine if he is healthy or if he needs further care, and hopefully help him survive. I hope that he is okay.

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Julie
English Bulldog
2 Days
Fair condition
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The puppy just got very very stiff

I have a 2 day old puppy he was ducking all of a sudden the puppy went completely stiff I rubbed the puppy and it came out of it and it started breathing again about 2 hours it did the same thing completely stiff not breathing I rub it back and forth and all of a sudden he came back I've had this to happen before on a different puppy in the past can u please explain what's happening thank u very much for your imput..

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Julie, or completely understanding your description of her behavior, I'm not sure that I can comment on what might be going on. She may have a neurologic problem, low blood sugar, or a problem with lung development. It would be best to have the puppy examined by a veterinarian to see what might be going on, and what can be done about it. I hope that everything is okay for her.

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No name
Pit Bullmastiff
4 Weeks
Moderate condition
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My brothers dog had a litter of 7 puppies. 2 died and one is not too far behind. She isn't eating. I gave her a few drops of sugar water hoping she's not hypoglycemic. I tried giving her a few drops of chicken broth every 20 min. I brought her to my house away from mom since she's not feeding them anymore and the sibilings r able to eat reg food. She just climbs on my chest close to my head n just lays down. I made a bed for her to try to keep her warm but she's not too happy with it. She seems OK when she laying on me. Her breathing seems labored. Her sister died while I went looking for something to get her after store business hour's but she was skinny n floppy. This one isn't as bad. She's not as skinny but she is not at a size and weight that the healthier puppies are. So my question is is chicken broth OK to give her? What can I give her so she's getting some type of nourishment? Based on what I descried how likely is her survival? I understand u have not evaluated... I really want to get her healthy so she can go back. Also, how can you tell if they are dehydrated?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. I'm sorry that the pup isn't doing well. She may have a congenital disease, or a viral disease that is affecting her. You can sometimes tell if they are dehydrated if their gums are tacky, and not moist, the way that yours are when you are hydrated. You can also pick up a bit of her skin, and if it stays where you picked it up, she is probably dehydrated. She may need IV fluid therapy, and should be examined by a veterinarian. Pedialyte is better to give her than chicken broth, but she will also need nutrition through eating. There is a prescription diet called A/D that can be syringe fed, or you can put chicken breast meat and rice in a blender and feed her that. I can't say what her chances of survival are without seeing her, but she really should see a veterinarian, and I hope that you are able to take her in. I hope that she does okay.

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Nilo
Chihuahua
4 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Stiffness
No movement

So I have a chihuahua/poodle who had 3 pups and the first one that was born is the only one alive by now. The mother does not produce any milk but she did produce colostrum milk for the first few days. Since then I have been bottle feeding the pup and he’s been doing really good for the first 3weeks but then on the 4th week I tried to feed him in the morning and all of a sudden he got really stiff and I just blew some air into his face and moved massaged his chest to try to get him to bring him back out of that. Thank god he then reacted and started to move but he was just crying and crying and I kept blowing air to his face. After that he seemed so much better but i am worried if it will happen again and I don’t know why it happened.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what happening with Nilo either, without being able to see him. There may be an underlying problem with him if the other pups died and the mother stopped nursing him. If you are bottle feeding him, you will need to make sure to stimulate him to urinate and defecate as well, with a gentle cloth. I hope that he continues to thrive for you.

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Puppy
Labrador Retriever
6 days
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Won’t eat
Crying,

My dog gave birth last Saturday to 9 puppies and up until now they’ve all been nursing and thriving except today one of the puppies refuses to eat and for like 15 minutes cried but has since stopped. I have tried to bottle feed her but she just won’t eat. She’s just a tiny bit smaller than the rest of the litter and is showing no other symptoms except a little crying and not eating.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many possible things which may be wrong with this pup and without examining her I cannot say a specific cause; gastrointestinal problems, parasites, congenital anomalies among other issues may be to blame. I would try to feed her drop by drop to see if overtime she develops an appetite but ideally you should take her into your Veterinarian for a general check to see if it is worth the time and effort. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you! Thankfully she got her appetite back and has been nursing for a long time now! :)

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Pups
Labrador Retriever
3 Days
Critical condition
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Critical condition

My labra gave birth to total 11 babies in which 5 of them were born dead and remaining 6 of them were doing good for a day but now 4 of them are no more. Just 2 of them are left and I'm too scared now.
Please tell me what to do?
This is her first pregnancy and during birth the time gap between their births was too much. She started in the night and gave birth till next day.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for early death in puppies which may include infections (particularly canine herpesvirus), parasites, septicemia, lack of nutrition and maternal care (especially lack of colostrum intake - infection), congenital disorders among other issues. Ensuring that the mother has milk and the pups are receiving enough and are keeping warm; it is difficult to say what the specific case is, a necropsy on a dead pup may reveal some answers. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Goddess
Pit bull
3 Weeks
Critical condition
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Has Symptoms

Whining labored breathes
Whining

I got a 3 week old puppy 2 days ago we have been bottle feeding and was doing fine till today she ate fine this morning but since she has been whining and crying in her sleep and her breathing sounds labored its been hours since could she has had just over ate or could it be something more serious

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining her, I can't diagnose anything, but it does sound like she needs to see a veterinarian. She could have parasites, she could have aspirated some of her formula, or she could be suffering from an infectious disease. Since she seems to be having trouble breathing, it would be best to have her seen as soon as possible. I hope that she is okay.

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coco
French Bulldog
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

was not eating the day before

my 3 month old french bulldog just died,with no symptoms.I asked my vet to do an autopsy but he said that it wouldn't be worth it.Can you please tell me if this is normal for a dog to just die

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry for your loss of Coco, that is very sad. It isn't normal for a 3 month old puppy to die, no. There may have been signs that you weren't aware of, or she may have had an underlying congenital problem that wasn't obvious. Since your veterinarian saw her at some point, it might be worth following up to see if there was anything that was suspicious or worrisome for her. I am sorry, again, for your loss.

My dog got pregnant at less than a year old and has killed four out of her 10 puppies should I just have her fixed for being a bad mom

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N/A
Boxer mix with pitbull
A few days old
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Cold body
Not getting milk from mother

My dog recently had puppies like 5 days ago and the second day one of her puppies died and a few days later which is now in the morning another puppy died. What should I do to stop this from happening? There's only 6 left and I'm worried that another one is going to die. It's my first time and barley knowing what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of death in neonatal pups including poor immune system and infectious diseases, poor nursing from the mother, inadequate milk supply, congenital defects among others; some infections may affect some pups and may cause 100% mortality in some litters. To try and find an underlying cause, it is important to visit your Veterinarian for a soundness check of the mother (checking milk etc…) as well as a general examination of the pups. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Is fading contagious to the other puppies. I have been nursing my pupies since birth
The mother died
I had seven and now I'm down to 2. One of them is sick. I've been doing much research. I just descoverd that this is called fading puppy. What can I do?

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Banditt
Pitbull mix
2 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hasnt opened eyes just yet
Tries to poop
Occasional defecation
Hasnt opened ears just yet

Medication Used

Fortiflora

So I have a puppy a bit over 2 weeks old, weighs 1lb 6oz as of 2 days ago. Had him for 5 days and been bottle feeding the whole time. He's been having trouble pooping, pooped twice the first day pooped a bit the next day, again once the 3rd day, pooped twice yesterday and it was brown diarrhea. Hasn't pooped since. He eats 2 tbsp of formula every 5 hours and pees on his own when placed on a pad, I stimulate him with a warm moist cotton ball on the end of a q tip after every feeding. We have been weening him off powder formula switching to pet ag canned formula. Is the diet change a factor? Is there a better way to stimulate? He eats every time and after stimulation you can see he's trying to poop.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I’ll assume that Banditt’s mother either died or rejected him, otherwise he was abandoned; puppies may have diarrhoea for a variety of issues and this may include diet changes, infection, parasites (you should start worming and get a stool sample to a Veterinarian), stress among other conditions. Given his age, you may want to visit a Veterinarian for an examination to ensure that he is otherwise in good health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Chihuahua
3days
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Lethargic

I've been in Rescue for over half my life. But really don't have as much experience as one would like with orphaned pups. A woman surrendered a very sick chi that was pregnant. Remind you there was not much information AT ALL.Other than the mama dig had been in labor for 24hrs and only 1 deceased pup. Took her to the vet where a c section was done.1 deceased pup,and 2 live pups believe it or not. However the mama crashed and didn't make it off the table. One of the pups became lethargic late last night and passed away this afternoon. Now the 2nd isn't responding well. The only surviving puppy is 3 days old. Am I crazy enough to think this pup has a chance. No mama, no siblings,she has a awesome foster but the poor pup is so tiny. She is eating well but we can't get her to poop. Done all the usual things cotton balls, wet rags,you name it we've tried it. And she gets so lethargic. Is there something we should be giving her that would help with giving her strength? And helping her poop. Also when the pup that we had died. She had just left the vet. With a result of feed her keep her warm and she either makes it or not. What kind of crap is that???

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is very difficult to determine the chances of Bella, without a Mother giving colostrum and her general weakness there is not much hope (but it is good you’re not giving up on her but prepare yourself). Supportive care with bottle feeding and a foster mother are good initial steps, but Bella is most likely without colostrum which means she will be more at risk of death from any common infection that a normal pup could shake off. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Frieda
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression
Whelping
Dying

Our bitch had 6 puppies Saturday night She doesn't let anyone close to her, not even her primary care giver at home. After 36 hours one puppy passed away, after 72 hours 3 more passed away and the 2 that is left looks very weak. The mommy looks fine, udder not swollen .The 2 that is still alive has a weak drinking reflex. She doesnt allow anyone close to the puppies ,so we can't syringe feed. What can the problem be? ?And how do we try to let the other 2 stay alive? What will the reason be for the aggressiveness ?She doesn't look in pain, still eats and drinks.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Some dogs become very aggressive with their puppies, and it can be difficult to help if any problems occur. Without knowing more about her, I can't comment on what might be happening with the puppies, if they have birth defects that are affecting their nursing, or if Frieda is infected with a virus that may be affecting the pups. Without being able to intervene, there isn't any way to help the remaining 2 pups. You may be able to distract her with food or treats to get the pups away and have them evaluated.

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