A senior pregnant Labrador retriever who arrived unresponsive in the back of a pickup truck on Saturday to the Boone Area Humane Society in Iowa is slowly making progress towards her recovery. Tragically, all 21 puppies she had been carrying died – the last surviving puppy lost his struggle on Monday.
According to the Boone Area Humane Society, the dog had been in labor for 24 hours before she was surrendered to the shelter. She was immediately transferred to the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine for advanced care. She quickly went into labor and delivered two puppies; one was stillborn and the other died moments later.
“Today we are asking for your help to save this poor mom-to-be. She was brought to us this morning in labor and is showing signs of septic shock. We rushed her to ISU College of Vet Med where she is currently being treated. The veterinarians tell us she has several puppies inside of her still with strong heartbeats but this momma is in very serious shape and requires an emergency C-section to try to save puppies and mom. They believe she’s been in labor for over 24 hours now.
As you can imagine, the cost for emergency care and C-section is very expensive, between $5,000 – $8,000. We would be so grateful for any amount you can donate today to help her. You can donate here on this post or at our website at https://bahs.us/donate/.
There is an ongoing investigation at this time as to how the dog was left to suffer, we’ll share more details later. But we believe she deserves a fighting chance and with your help mom and her pups will get that!,” the organization posted on their social media page.
The eight-year-old dog had an emergency C-section and coded twice after surgery, however veterinarians were able to stabilize her. She required a blood transfusion with packed red blood cells and plasma. She has had multiple litters in the past and should have been enjoying retirement now because of her age rather than someone continuing to breed her.
Immediately after the 21 premature puppies were born, only 12 remained alive and were given transfusions from their mother’s antibodies hoping to give them a chance at life.
Two days later, despite the best care and efforts of the staff, the last puppy died. His survival had been a long shot, but everyone had hoped for a miracle.
The good news is that the mother dog is doing better. She is still weak, but she got up and went outside today! They are starting to wean her off pain meds and fluids, plus her bloodwork looks good too.
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The Boone Animal Humane Society says it will do what it can to file charges against whoever they believe is responsible for allowing the older dog to get pregnant. They know who the dog’s owner is, but are not releasing any details at this time. Sadly, Iowa has very “weak animal protection laws, it’s always an uphill battle.”
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