Bailey was born on 2nd November, with 7 other siblings to a very proud mumma named Maddison. She came to us as part of our last litter program (http://www.animalrescueqld.net/last-litter-program) and we have whelped and been raising her babies.
But, on Saturday morning, it was evident that the little runt boy was struggling and just not doing as well as the other puppies. He was so much smaller than his siblings (only 300g when born) and was fading - cold, unable to suckle, dehydrated. We called the vet and instantly went into action - warmed him up and got out the puppy formula and the tubes and gave him a feed. It was during this that we realised that this pup had a cleft palate.
We continued to feed him every 2 hours around the clock, and we saw the vet Monday morning. The words "thats the worst cleft palate I've ever seen" were uttered and a plan had to be made. We called a number of specialists and saw one on Monday afternoon. This condition is rare - let me explain. Most breeders will euthanise immediately if theres a pup with a cleft palate - I mean - how do you feel a pup like this and who has the time, energy or will to feed around the clock? And then there's the expense of surgery. So, most surgeons have not done many, and with a cleft like this, it's even more challenging. The words "it's not unreasonable to euthanise at this point" were uttered.Feeling deflated, like this was an almost hopeless situation, unsure of what was best, so confused - we agreed to give him 2 weeks and see what this pup decided. If he had the will to live, then we would give him every chance.