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Old 03-15-2009, 10:39 PM   #1
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I know that this is not an emergency anymore.. But my heart is broken and I need to understand what happened.
We bought a 2-months yorkie a week ago (on 3/8, 500g), very small but an active and playful puppy. All family immediately fell in love with him.
On the third day a vet that we visited and who was recommended by our friend checked our puppy and told us that he was in good condition and we should visit him for the second vaccination in a week (today actually). (The puppy had his first vaccination on 3/3/09 (canine distemper, parvo, influenza.., modified live virus).
We bought a new dry food for him at the vet's clinic next day and started to mix it with his food that we got from the shop as the vet recommended. Also, following our vet's
recommendations we started to reduce his food intake from 5 to 3 times a day. Everything seemed fine. No diarrhea or other bad things. On Friday he was very playful, ate quite good, on
Saturday morning everything seemed the same. But around 12 pm he started having rapid breath and gagging like he wanted to vomit. It wasn't look very awful or serious but definitely weird, so we decided to take him to the vet as we worried about such a small creature. The vet said that the puppy had no fever and he seemed to have stomach problems and then he injected an antibiotic with glucose. That was really awful. Poor puppy cried for 5 mins while the "doctor" tried to find his vein. After he made a shot in puppy's neck at last, he said that in no case we should give the puppy a water and food, till next morning. Next morning it was suggested to give a medicine with honey (also antibiotic).
We brought our puppy home at 5 pm and he almost immediately had a first seizure. We called our vet but he told us to follow his recommendations and advise us to go to another doctor next morning as he was leaving. We kept the puppy without water (!) and food. But it got worse and worse, more seizures followed, saliva and nasal discharge developed, gagging got worse: it looked like rapid breath and cough all together, his small body was trembling and shaking all the time. At 1 am we went to another vet but when we arrived he was closed already.
All night long poor puppy was screaming and crying and we couldn't know how to help him or to ease his suffering.
In the morning (6am) when we decided to give him a medicine, he was already not able to stand. He became even smaller. He died at 7 am on our way to another vet.
We are in shock, children especially, we are all crying.. Everything happened so fast, we just hadn't time to treat the poor creature and even to realize what was going on.
I understand now that we should have go to a vet and ask for some investigation but in our grief and desperateness that nobody would ever bring our puppy back we just went and buried him..
Now we desperately try to find any explanation.. was it our fault? Living in a foreign country, lack of communication and a language barrier make it almost impossible to find a truth and any reasonable explanation...
Can anyone please explain what it could be?.. Disease, allergic reaction, shock, distemper?..

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I'm so so sorry for your loss!!! How terrible to lose a puppy that way... My heart goes out to you and I pray that you soon feel some relieve from the heartbreak!

I'm no expert but from what I learned over the time I could think that this little boy was just to young and tiny to be away from his mom. Then the food change, especially dry food, at that age and only 3 meals a day might have caused a very low blood sugar level, dehydration and even a blockage in his stomach or esophagus... The Vet didn't seem to be a specialist for tiny puppies to say the least...
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It sounds like he was hypoglycemic (low blood sugar). I can't believe the vet told you to withhold food and water. This is what caused the seizures and killed him. A hypoglycemic dog must eat to keep their sugar up or they will become weak, have seizures, become comatose and ultimately die. I'm sorry for your loss
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I am so very sorry. The pain you feel is undescribable. Most of us have felt it at least once. I personally have felt it 4 times and it is never easy.
Have you called the breeder or whomever you got the puppy from? If you paid for him you should be due a refund or at least a replacement puppy. I know it won't be the same baby but it might help with the grief. I think this puppy may have been ill when you got him and as said before he was to small to be away from his mom. The vet could back you up with the medical problems when talking to the vet or ask him to call on your behalf. Good luck with everything. Again, I am really sorry.
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PS... I don't think dogs are supposed to ever have Honey?? Can someone verify that for me?? Thanks
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Old 03-16-2009, 04:38 AM   #6
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I'm so sorry about your puppy.

The only way you'd know for sure what happened was if you were to have a necropsy done to see if your pup was ill prior to your purchase or if the vet screwed up and the directions he gave you, caused him to go into hypoglycemic shock. Many of symptoms you described are symptoms of low blood sugar and with the vets directions to with hold food and water, it seems as though low blood sugar causing seisures, coma and death, is a pretty good possibility.
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Im so sorry about your puppy.
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I'm so sorry about your pup.

It could've been so many things with those symptoms. It may have been hypo as MyFairLacy said or possibly something like liver shunt or hydrocephalus.

If the pup had a distemper vaccine on the 3rd, the vet shouldn't have told you to get another one until 3-4 weeks later. Food and water also can't be withheld form a Yorkie pup for that long. Do you have a system there for reporting vet malpractice?
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My heart aches for you. I am so sorry for the loss of you puppy.
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PS... I don't think dogs are supposed to ever have Honey?? Can someone verify that for me?? Thanks
STUPID VET!!!!!!!!
As far as I know dogs can have honey. When Max had this very persisitent cough we gave him warm milk with honey and the cough vanished. Honey is good when they are hypoglycemic b/c it goes right into the blood stream...

To much honey can be bad for the teeth and make them overweight.
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thanks for clearing that up for me, about the honey.
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I'm so sorry for the loss of your puppy - I can't even been to imagine how upsetting that must have been, especially for your children Just wanted to let you know how sorry I am and that my thoughts are with you all xxx
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My Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family over the loss of your little puppy. It sounds like he had low Blood Sugar,had a Seizure and his little body just couldn't come back from it!! I am so very, very sorry that you and your family had to go through this tragic loss! Hugs to you all...
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Thank you all for your support.
I feel guilty anyway, why did I chose this vet from the list of few?
Without having any experience we were too frightened to make decisions by our own or just to follow a common sense. We trusted our poor puppy to the person who never really cared about him and who was just not competent
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What a sad story. The person who should have helped him didn't.
I am so sorry for your loss.
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