posted on Jul, 10 2008 @ 12:03 AM
has anyone ever heard of euthanizing being an option for treatment of a very treatable animal?
Not with a cat no. With a dog, yes. Or in my case, puppies.
I adopted a dog that was removed from her old home in November of last year. She was tied to a tree outside on a 4 ft chain and barely fed. On top
of all that she was pregnant. I took her to the vet before she gave birth and then right after because there were complications. We had her 8 days
before she gave birth to 10 pups.
The mom was sooo malnourished that she weighed only 46 pounds after giving birth, when 65 would have been a normal healthy weight for a dog her type
and size. She was breathing extremely heavy, almost heaving. A few times she seemed to stop breathing which freaked me out.
We went to the vet and I assisted him when he drew blood for a test. She was extremely anemic.
The vet wanted to put half the litter to sleep for no good reason. He was concerned for the bitch but I was concerned for them all. The pups were
healthy. I looked at the 10 pups while he was out of the room and there was no way I could decide who should live and who should die. Who was I to
judge that? I didn't feel myself or anyone else qualified for that job.
I told the vet no, not going to put half the litter to sleep, and that I would feed them. And feed them I did. Bottle fed, hand fed mushy food when
they were weaning and the whole bit. They still nursed on mom but she had no where near the load to deal with and her body did recover quickly. She
shed her entire coat and grew in a totally new one and is a very beautiful Golden.
All puppies (except for the one we kept) were found homes via a registered charity specialty dog rescue. All were healthy. Most went to families
with kids. I sacrificed 9 weeks of my life, living with those pups 24/7 and always slept near their whelping pen.
There was no reason to kill healthy pups. I put my foot down and everything worked out just fine. Minus the damaged wood in the house after 10 pups
decided to go chew crazy.
Later on when I took both my dogs in for their shots and checkups, I had fun telling him the story, basically "I told you so."