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Eastern Market Puppies
$160 raised
6% of $2.5k goal
8 contributors
4 Years running
This is sleepy, snuggly Gwen from the Eastern Market 2 litter. You may remember her half-sisters Romi and Wiggly from the Eastern Market 1 who are currently in foster care. Their sweet little sister Lena who passed away at five weeks old had a ...
This is sleepy, snuggly Gwen from the Eastern Market 2 litter. You may remember her half-sisters Romi and Wiggly from the Eastern Market 1 who are currently in foster care. Their sweet little sister Lena who passed away at five weeks old had a complicated and rare cause of death. We were so upset about losing Lena and her short time with us, we authorized a post-mortem to see if there was anything the ER team could learn that might help them diagnose or treat other puppies like Lena in the future.

What the vet found was that Lena had a number of congenital defects, but her blood also had an inability to clot. This could be caused by being exposed to an anticoagulant like rat poison or a genetic disorder. As this wasn't a full necropsy (we didn't run blood tests or tissue samples), the vet suggested that just to be safe we keep a close eye on Romi and Wiggly and make sure to do a blood clotting test on them prior to spay.

Romi and Wiggly turned 8 weeks old this week, so we had the blood test completed. The results came back and both pups have very limited ability for their blood to clot. They are not allowed to run or play together as a simple bruise or cut could cause them to bleed to death. They are currently with one of our best fosters who is a vet tech who reports that they are alert and happy and eating.

We don't know if the clotting issues are from exposure to a toxin or genetic, so we had all four pups from Eastern Market 2 litter tested as well. The results just came in this afternoon and those pups also have horrible blood clotting values, Gwen and Mikey are the worst. These pups will stay with me and Mel B for observation. Fortunately since they are still in the sleepy/snuggly phase we dont have to worry as much about rough play, however even a minor fall could cause the type of internal bleeding that was the biggest factor in Lena's death.

Both litters have been started on medication to help increase their clotting factors. If the values do not increase in one week, some or all pups may need blood transfusions ($300-$450). We are sending out Gwen's blood sample for toxicology ($200) to rule out rodenticide toxicity. Once we know more, we may have to send out for genetic tests.

We will keep everyone updated as we know more information over the next 4-6 days. The care and treatment of these little ones could become very costly. If you would like to donate to their care, please click on our donate button.
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