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Ruff Start for 5 Orphaned Puppies

Ruff Start for 5 Orphaned Puppies

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Gables Dogs & Cats Home have taken in a very heavily pregnant dog after she was neglected and given up by her owner. 
She was named Sundae and it was clear she would give birth imminently so Deputy Manager Ruth Rickard took her home to keep a very close eye on her. However with no sign of the puppies after 72 hours, Sundae was taken to Gables vets Filham Park for a check-up and scan. During the scan it was found that the puppies’ heart beats had slowed down, so it was agreed that an emergency Caesarean was needed to save both the mum and puppies. The vets discovered she was carrying an incredible 12 puppies. Sadly three of the puppies were still born and during the operation there were complications as a large blood clot was discovered. The rest of the puppies were fighting for their lives but not doing very well. During the recovery from this operation Sundae suddenly went downhill. She desperately needed a blood transfusion so the vet took blood from his own dog and Gables raced to the vets with a Greyhound called Gary so he could donate blood. 
Sadly despite everyone’s best efforts two more puppies and then Sundae tragically lost their fight for life. It was a heart-breaking and devastating end for all involved.
The seven remaining puppies were now orphans and needed one to one 24 hour care. Ruth took the puppy’s home and started the difficult and tiring process of hand rearing them. They need to be kept warm and clean and fed a specialist veterinary milk every 2-3 hours, after which they need help to go to the toilet. Due to a lack of colostrum from their mother’s milk, which contains antibodies to protect new born animals against disease, it was highly unlikely the puppies would survive. Sadly two puppies were not strong enough and within the first 4-5 hours they passed away.  
The five remaining puppies have fought to stay alive everyday so far and seem to be doing well, but they are not out of the woods yet.
Ruth said: “When I first met Sundae and heard her story I was desperate to help her. I thought she might take some time to trust people again after what happened to her; but she took everything in her stride and was such a loveable and playful young dog. We were absolutely devastated to lose her along with so many of her puppies as we were sure she would prove to be a wonderful mother. Sadly that task has now fallen to me. Thankfully the puppies are doing well so far, but I have a secret favourite in the little runt of the litter. She is such a real fighter and if she is as strong as I think she is, I am going to name her after her mother.”  
This story highlights the dangers of breeding pets intentionally or unintentionally as things can go wrong so quickly due to complications. It is not only a risk to your pets life but also very costly when veterinary intervention and or treatment is needed. Gables have always promoted neutering pets to prevent so many unwanted litters being born but are even more determined to spread the word on why it is so important. There are lots of animal charities that provide low cost and sometimes free neutering so there is no excuse not to get it done.
It is thought that it will cost Gables around £1,200 for the caesarean and emergency care Sundae and the pups received, the specialist milk the puppies now need, the antibiotics to fight infections and their continued 24 hour care.If Gables is lucky enough to raise more money than is needed it will go towards helping the other animals in their care.  

We recently took in a very heavily pregnant 5 year old Labrador cross after she was neglected and given up by her owner. 


We named her Sundae and it was clear she would give birth imminently so Deputy Manager Ruth Rickard took her home to keep a very close eye on her. However with no sign of the puppies after 72 hours, Sundae was taken to our vets at Filham Park for a check-up and scan. During the scan it was found that the puppies’ heart beats had slowed down, so it was agreed that an emergency Caesarean was needed to save both the mum and puppies. The vets discovered she was carrying an incredible 12 puppies. Sadly three of the puppies were still born and during the operation there were complications as a large blood clot was discovered. The rest of the puppies were fighting for their lives but not doing very well. During the recovery from this operation Sundae suddenly went downhill. She desperately needed a blood transfusion so the vet took blood from his own dog and we raced to the vets with a Greyhound called Gary so he could donate blood. 


Sadly despite everyone’s best efforts two more puppies and then Sundae tragically lost their fight for life. It was a heart-breaking and devastating end for all involved.

All puppies
The seven remaining puppies were now orphans and needed one to one 24 hour care. Ruth took the puppy’s home and started the difficult and tiring process of hand rearing them. They need to be kept warm and clean and fed a specialist veterinary milk every 2-3 hours, after which they need help to go to the toilet. Due to a lack of colostrum from their mother’s milk, which contains antibodies to protect new born animals against disease, it was highly unlikely the puppies would survive. Sadly two puppies were not strong enough and within the first 4-5 hours they passed away.  

Puppy yawn

The five remaining puppies have fought to stay alive everyday so far and seem to be doing well, but they are not out of the woods yet.
Ruth said: “When I first met Sundae and heard her story I was desperate to help her. I thought she might take some time to trust people again after what happened to her; but she took everything in her stride and was such a loveable and playful young dog. We were absolutely devastated to lose her along with so many of her puppies as we were sure she would prove to be a wonderful mother. Sadly that task has now fallen to me. Thankfully the puppies are doing well so far, but I have a secret favourite in the little runt of the litter. She is such a real fighter and if she is as strong as I think she is, I am going to name her after her mother.”  

Bottle feeding

This story highlights the dangers of breeding pets intentionally or unintentionally as things can go wrong so quickly due to complications. It is not only a risk to your pets life but also very costly when veterinary intervention and or treatment is needed. We have always promoted neutering pets to prevent so many unwanted litters being born but are even more determined to spread the word on why it is so important. There are lots of animal charities that provide low cost and sometimes free neutering so there is no excuse not to get it done.


It is thought that it will cost around £1,200 for the caesarean and emergency care Sundae and the pups received, the specialist milk the puppies now need, the antibiotics to fight infections and their continued 24 hour care. If we are lucky enough to raise more money than is needed it will go towards helping the other animals in our care.

2,194.00

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Feb 15, 2020

Judy Moore

Good luck pups ! xxx

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Feb 05, 2020

Anonymous

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Feb 01, 2020

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Jan 31, 2020

Sharon

Good luck & best wishes

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Jan 30, 2020

Di and Leah

Keep up the amazing work you do and give those gorgeous pups a cuddle from us!

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Jan 28, 2020

Anonymous

You have reached your target please use this small donation for others.

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Jan 22, 2020

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Jan 22, 2020

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Jan 21, 2020

Karen Tompkins

Good luck to you all and the puppies....a loving start to their Lives at least ?

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Jan 21, 2020

Anonymous

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