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Because of situations like this.

On Thursday, we had someone come in with a chihuahua in dystocia. The owner said that the dog had been in labor since that morning. We did radiographs, and found that she had 5 puppies, including one literally sandwiched on itself that was stuck. She needed a c-section.

The owner had no money. While this is partly speculation, I believe the owner purposefully bred this dog, hoping to make some money off the pups. Lulu is 8 years old. Her last litter was 3 years ago, so it's not like there was another dog in the house for her to be mating with. The father was a yorkshire terrier.

She wanted to take the dog home, even though we told her she would DIE.

She didn't want to surrender the dog either.... until we told her that she would not owe us any money. Then she couldn't hand the dog over fast enough.

So now I have Lulu, who was quite hypocalcemic, is emaciated (she lost over 3lbs worth of puppies/uterus/ascites), has horrible dental disease, has hind limb weakness (though, surprise of surprises, no luxating patellas), is bow legged, and has quite the underbite, and hopefully is not in early stage sepsis/peritonitis because of the ascites we found during her surgery.

She also hadn't been in labor since thursday morning. Based on the condition of the puppies.... she'd been in labor since Tuesday. Three of the puppies has skin sloughing as we tried to revive them. Stuck puppy was very very obviously dead from the get-go, and pup number 5 was intact, but deathly pale and had no heartbeat though we tried resuscitating her for 45 minutes.

So. I hate backyard breeders. I hate designer mutts and the multi-hundreds of dollars that people ask for them... and that people pay for them! And I hate people who care more about making a buck than their animals.

Lulu is a darling. I'm used to horribly under socialised chi-whatsits, but she lets your look in her ears, her mouth, and mess with her feet with little fuss. And all she wants in life is a lap.

This is the face of backyard breeding.








 

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absolutely disgusting, this is one side to the designer breeding so many people don't know about. when they breed tiny bitches to chunky dogs they don't think about the birthing consequences.
 

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Poor wee dog I hope she recovers from her ordeal :sad:
 

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when they breed tiny bitches to chunky dogs they don't think about the birthing consequences.

Lulu should be around 10.5 lbs when healthy. The sire of the litter was only 6lbs! So while I always cringe whenever I hear of a pregnant chihuahua and always have to wonder how big the male was, this wasn't such a case. This case was the fact that they bred a dog the equivalent of a 50 year old woman. :/ And that they didn't feed her properly through her pregnancy, and didn't pay close enough attention to her to see when she was first *actually* went into labor.

So general ignorance. It annoys me that we make people get a license to drive a car, because cars can be dangerous to the lives of other people, but we don't make people get a license to own a pet... when they can be dangerous to the life of that animal.
 

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totally agree with you on work experience a chihuahua that had been mated by a number of possible fathers including a staffy! came in thin hypoglycaemic basically the vets said she might not be hear in the morning but when i came back in the morning she was barking lol still struggling to eat and had not been to the loo but she was such a lovely happy dog not snappy or happy the owner then brought in a dog that had cigarette burns on its legs then they didn't make any contact and when they did refused to pay any bills in the end they picked up the dog the day before the dog could be legally taken away (i was going to adopt the little chin :( ) they said we will sell the pups and let us know,when she left the vet told me there was no way she could deliver naturally she was a tiny tiny chin i think 3/4 pounds lbs. its more general stupid/ignorance/money making people i hate and people who could let animals suffer clearly have something wrong with them
 

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Groups of people in society should just be culled.
 
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The poor wee soul. Those money grabbing bastewards, playing with their dog's life for the sake of making a few bucks. It's disgusting!

I wish Lulu (and you of course) all the best. May she get the doggy life she deserves.
 

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Poor little Lulu :( I hate these kinds of breeders too.

Keep us updated on her progress, hope she makes a full recovery bless her.
 

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Visited her at work today (it's my day off) and snapped a few more pictures. :3


She's such a funny looking thing.









 

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Poor little girl. She's looking better in the second lot of photos :) That's a shocking thing to put her through at that age, so pleased it was a happy outcome and fingers crossed Lulu will make a full recovery and find the loving home she truly deserves :)
 

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Bless her, I hope she makes a good recovery. Did none of the pups survive? Poor little things:(
 

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Makes a good case for a humanity cull. There's too many of us anyway, why keep the ones who can't share the planet nicely with all the other species? When I'm in charge........mutter, growl..:devil:
 

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Did none of the pups survive? Poor little things:(


No, sadly. They had been dead for quite some time and were just starting to decompose. :/ They would have been so cute, too. There were two black and tans, and 3 medium browns with darker masks.
 
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