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Update – The unimaginable2

So after petting Jingle’s “fake” babies, letting her run around the house with socks as her babies the unimaginable happened today.  My husband found a puppy’s body in the yard today.  I am so sick over this.  After 2 vets checking her she was pregnant after all – no false pregnancy.  I took her to the ER vet today with the pup and the wonderful vet (we are lucky here that we have a great ER for fur babies) said the puppy was not normal looking and probably a stillborn.  In all honesty, doesn’t make me feel any better.  I just feel like if I knew I would have been more attentive and maybe could have helped the poor puppy, deformed or not.  I know the likelihood that it was alive is slim but I have this irrational belief if I was there it would all have been alright.

I called my vet to take her in a few days ago (and you all know what a big fan I am of my vet) but they cancelled the appointment because there was nothing they could do for her in a false pregnancy.  I am annoyed I wasn’t more vigilant. I think that was the day she had the pup or the next day.

Jingle is on meds now due to a fever and hopefully to prevent mastitis, because she does have milk after all.  We have cancelled her spaying, per doctor’s order and as a result of her infection.  We have a new tentative date for spaying on January 14 assuming all is well.  Aaaaaaaahhhh.




  1.    elizabeth at January 3rd, 2015 7:31 PM:

    Oh, poor little mama. I know its hard to not blame yourself, but you were listening to the vets and we trust our vets. You were doing more for her when you believed it was a false pregnancy than a lot of people would do for a real one. I know that won’t make you feel better but I could tell how much you love her just from reading how she had sock babies 🙂 It kinda disturbs me that they would cancel an appointment though. There was a reason you felt the need to make that appointment and they should have honored it. Also, mama dogs don’t generally leave their babies laying in the yard either so the fact that she abandoned it says a lot. Had it been viable, I’m sure Jingle would have stayed with it and you’d have known very quickly. HUGS


    •    baprance at January 3rd, 2015 7:56 PM:

      Thanks so much for the comment. I am assuming they cancelled because we were there just a few days earlier and my thoughts are that they pup might have already been dead when he checked here and that might be why he didn’t know she was pregnant. I am troubled by it too, but am going on my past very good experiences with my vet. He took such good care of Bailey and Prancer I am trying not to let my emotions sway me. It makes me feel a little better what you said that she would not have left the baby if it was alive.


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