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Mum’s ‘whole world shattered’ as 13 puppies die at vets

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A Midlands mum has had her “whole life shattered” after 13 puppies died at a vets. Alina O’Malley took her American XI Bully dog Arizona to have a C-section at the vets when she feared for her dog who was going through labour.

The nightmare operation resulted in all 13 puppies dying within two hours of the C-section. Alina, a hospitality manager from Littleover, claims the vet did not give her all the information she needed, according to Derbyshire Live.

She said: “My whole world has been shattered when I took my beautiful Arizona for a C-section on 27th April, at Easipetcare in Derby. This disaster C-section resulted in 13 healthy puppies dying within two hours of the C-section.

“Firstly, I just want to stress that her labour was going smoothly, there was no discharge, no stuck puppy, nothing concerning. The only reason I took her to see the vet was because I was conscious it was a big litter, and she would get too tired to deliver them all naturally and I would have to take her for C-section halfway through.

“I wanted to ensure the health of my dog and the puppies. There was no green discharge, no blood discharge, nothing abnormal about the labour to cause concern for the puppies inside. The puppies were still visibly moving in her stomach when we took her to the vets.

“She had not been straining or contracting, she was still in first stage of labour and had not gone past the recommended 24 hours. Everything was smooth, I was just concerned that she would get too tired mid-way through Stage 2 of labour, so wanted to take her to the vets to see what they advise.”

Later, she was given the heartbreaking news the pets had died. She added: “The vet, to my absolute astonishment, said all 13 puppies had died. At this point, he offered an explanation that there was liquid in the pups and that’s why they didn’t take their first breath, and that no pups took a breath.

“However, upon arrival [at the vet surgery], this changes to many different reasons. He discussed that actually two puppies did take breaths so they concentrated on those two puppies but then they didn’t survive, changing from the earlier story.

“Then they discussed that the general anaesthetic may have made it difficult for them to take their first breath because they would have been drowsy. This was never mentioned as a risk or possibility.”

She added: “I would have understood losing a couple of puppies, but a whole litter tells me something went drastically wrong, especially after that initial phone call that stated all puppies and mum were healthy and well.”

“It could even potentially be something as simple as they didn’t keep them warm enough; didn’t feed them in time, due to having the pups there for two hours, if they were alive and well at 6pm, but they did not get kept under heat lamp, did not get fed, they could have all deteriorated.

“What’s so frustrating to me, is that had the vet at any point told me he felt unable to perform the C-section, or that there was a risk of limited survival if he performed a C-section I would have chosen to go elsewhere or try a natural birth. There has been conversations with the vet since the labour, that also astonish me.

“For example, I asked the vet the risk of mastitis, due to Arizona not whelping puppies, her milk will be stored and could cause infection, the vet mentioned that I could massage her teats to get rid of the milk, after seeking advice elsewhere, this is in fact the completely wrong method to take and could cause mastitis.

“I questioned the vet on this point and he just shrugged his shoulders. I also discussed the risk of pre-eclampsia- he again had no answers on how to help or prevent this. All of the above questions and concerns I had, went unanswered after the operation and at the post-op check-up.

“I had to pay to go to a different vet, on the same day; to get her checked again, and ask all of these questions to someone who could give me answers. Bearing in mind Arizona started bleeding, which I was not told would happen, and I was so concerned as I was not told this would be normal, so I rushed her to the vet, to be told this is normal and should’ve been advised to expect this.

“I understand some vets may not have all the answers, or know everything, and that’s fine, however, that is when a vet should attempt to research and find the answers, ask other vets or simply refer the dog to someone who is more knowledgeable.”

Derbyshire Live contacted Easipetcare, but they declined to comment, citing data protection reasons. Derbyshire Live has also attempted on numerous occasions to contact the parent company of Easipetcare.

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