A woman’s nine-week-old puppy has died just days after she picked him up and brought him home.
A mum, who requested to remain nameless, living in Sydney took to a Bondi Facebook group on Tuesday to reveal her new dog passed away in her arms.
Just a day before, she had created a GoFundMe account for the newest family member’s vet bill after he suffered from severe stomach issues.
The woman said the puppy, a dachshund, had been experiencing stomach issues before she got him and now knows what she took for a shy personality was actually him in pain.
After a bath and playing with a friend, he fell limp and his gums went grey, she said.
Not long after arriving at an emergency clinic, the puppy suffered a heart attack and vets noted his veins had collapsed.
The mum said because her insurance didn’t cover such issues within the first 30 days, his specialist care bill quickly totalled $6000, with an estimated $1000 in further costs per day.
Despite pulling through on Monday night under constant monitoring, the nine-week-old pup suffered another heart attack on Tuesday morning and died.
“The little trooper waited till I got there and we got to spend around 15 minutes together before he passed away in my arms,” the woman wrote on Facebook.
She added that they didn’t know what the issue was and the dachshund had tested negative for Parvo, a highly-contagious infection that can kill dogs.
After his death, the mum offered to refund the $1700 in GoFundMe donations and thanked people for their support and kindness.
“I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the outpouring of love and the donations we have both received. I am eternally grateful,” she said.
However, the woman said many people requested their money not be refunded, so it is now being donated to Therapy Dogs.
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