Big Boy came to the rescue with his two siblings, Luna and Moo Moo who were the only other survivors out of the eight total.
We are unsure of what exactly they died from, but we do know Mom failed to birth all the babies and ended up having an emergency C-section. That meant it was too late for the in utero puppy that was stuck, and mom could no longer nurse the puppies due to the medication she was on. The 7 remaining puppies were being bottle fed. This is always risky business because puppies are getting none of mom's immunity and can easily aspirate and develop pneumonia.
The three surviving puppies were surrendered to the rescue when they started to fail. Big Boy (named because he was the largest of the remaining puppies) had always been the healthiest until one day, he began acting strange. We rushed him to Blue Pearl for emergency vetting that could handle infant puppies. Although he had not been symptomatic for parvo, they ran a parvo test as standard process, and we were shocked when the results came back positive.
Knowing the pups were at risk without mom's immunity, we should not have been surprised when they broke with parvo and landed at Blue Pearl for hospitalization.The scary experience was accompanied with much nail biting and concern over their mortality. OBBR still has a long ways to go on covering the medical expenses incurred so far, and there will still likely be many more expenses in the future. Please consider donating to help Big Boy have a happy life after such a rough and painful beginning.