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Old 19-05-2017, 12:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I'm a novice breeder, my girl's second litter are almost eight weeks old. In total we've had 17 puppies (8 last year and 9 this year.) Today, I had to have a puppy euthanased, first one we've lost and I feel really, really awful. Puppy had PRAA and had developed aspiration pneumonia, it is so hard to make the call, vet was really wonderful, prognosis was dreadful. I feel so sad! Wonder if I should give up!
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Old 19-05-2017, 07:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have heard of it happening but not experienced it myself. In the litter I heard about I'm afraid several puppies had to be euthanased.

There is believed to be a hereditary component to this condition as I'm sure your vet has told you so there is a risk that it will happen again. The decision whether to carry on has to be yours but I certainly would not mate the same dog and bitch again.
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I had to have a 4 week old puppy PTS because of this. It was one of the worst experiences I've had while breeding and it broke my heart. I felt like giving up at that point but eventually decided that if I was stopping breeding I was going to go out on a high rather than a low.
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