Failure to Thrive

There’s a condition that occurs in litters of newborn puppies called “fading puppy syndrome” or “failure to thrive”.  You can read more about that there here, and you can also easily get more information by doing an internet search on “fading puppy syndrome”. 

They stop nursing, they might develop diarrhea and/or vomiting, and they become lethargic and dehydrated.  All these things happened with the newborn litter of four pups that I have been fostering.  And I lost them all.


6 Responses to “Failure to Thrive”

  1. Kariann Says:

    oh Ruth, I am so sorry. 😦


  2. Sharon Says:


    I hate most that helpless feeling, when I want so badly to fix something, make it better, but it is beyond my control. And my solace becomes “at least” and I have to list the reasons that what happened, and the way it happened, was not the worst that might have been. Sorry you have to go through this right now.


  3. Linda Smith Says:

    I am so sorry, Ruth……….


  4. Linda T Says:

    Been there, done that, only I had just lost the mother dog and really wanted to keep a puppy, but they all died.


    • ruthrawls Says:

      It’s a dreadful feeling to lose them all, Linda. Thank you for trying! Without your help, they would have definitely died.


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