Puppies all died, mother dog is depressed, what do we do?

We had a litter of 4 around a week ago but only 1 made it. The other 3 were still born. With this last puppy, the mother gave it lots of attention but it died earlier today from heart problems. Now all the mom does is go to the area where the puppy would be. We pull her away from the area and give her attention but she doesn't have the energy she used to. She's eating fine but instead of being unusually energetic (she was more hyper than the average 6 month old puppy), she doesnt walk around too much. We have her in the house and giving her lots of attention. Besides get another dog for her (we already have two more), what else can we do? She does not have any remaining puppies or placentas inside her (confirmed by vet).

Asked by Member 821799 on Apr 1st 2009 Tagged puppy, death, depression, mother, dog, sad in Loss of a Pet
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Bam-Bam, CGC

Just leave her be. We all need a grieving period, and she needs one too. She'll come around when she's ready.

Bam-Bam, CGC answered on 4/1/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


first thing would be to take her to the vet. If all the pups died there could be problems with her inside as well.
The vet may recommend having her uterus removed. He can give her anitbotics to prevent any infections in there as well.
It is only natural for the dog to be upset, animals experience this as well.
In time she will come around provided she is not sick.

Member 783537 answered on 4/1/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


Give her some space & time...Pregnancy & whelping takes a lot out of a dog!...Also, please have her spayed...Cardiac problems are hereditary & there are tons of dogs dying in shelters every day due to lack of homes.

Member 73926 answered on 4/1/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Moxie The Doxie

First of all, we would all like to send our deepest condolences for your lose. How truely sad for her and you. I would just give her time to heal. It may take awhile but she will bounce back. In the mean time I would try to get her back into the old routine and do things with her that she enjoys. i.e. walks, fetch, rough house etc. Stay close to her and be gentle. She is a creature of God and will mend with his love. Keep your chin up and good luck from all of us.

Moxie The Doxie answered on 4/1/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Candi Lou

Do you have any other dogs around the house? If not you probably need to get one. Get a 6-8 week old puppy. It doesnt matter what breed. You should take her with you to pick it out. You will know if she likes it or not. After she picks it out you decide if you agree with her. Then, take it home and play with it and she'll play, too. She should forget all about the puppies that passed. If she doesnt then you should take her to the vet and have an x-ray on her stomach. Also, I think the reason for the death of the puppies was she was pushing to hard an she crushed them with her muscles.

Candi Lou answered on 4/8/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


shes upset, give her time to greve. its just like if u lost a child. she'll come around.

Member 779238 answered on 6/7/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


this may sound crazy but if you get a little teddy bear that has sounds for a human baby (heart beat, ocean and lullibyes) let her have it and have it play the heart beat sound. spend alot of time with her and let her know that you grieve with her but also get her out for walks and special treats (like van. ice cream). fresh air and sunlight is very good for everybody's mental well-being. but she needs both from you right now. after awhile she will come to understand that life continues and that she is a good girl (that it wasnt her fault). keep re-assuring her and letting her know that she will be okay. the heart beat stuffed toy will help her grieve as well and allow her to move on. im sorry for her/your loss. losing anything at any stage in life is painful but can also be a guiding light in time.

mystic answered on 8/7/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer