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Water (Walrus) Puppies (Anasarca puppies)

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A Yorkshire Terrier Water (Walrus) puppy laying on a purple towel

I have been raising Yorkshire Terriers for 8 years and this is the first time I have had or know anyone to have a walrus puppy. This was moms first litter (Grace) and she is 2 years and 4 months old. She was bred to an unrelated 1 year old male (Chip) and it was also his first litter. She delivered 1 day before her earliest expected due date and whelped 3 small, but healthy puppies on her own with no issues. She pushed with no progress for just over an hour when I took her to the vet.

An x-ray of a pregnant Yorkshire Terrier showing a water puppy inside of her

An xray was done and it was believed that she still had one very large puppy yet to be delivered.

A dead Yorkshire Terrier Water (Walrus) puppy placed on a purple towel

The puppy was delivered by c-section and the vet was surprised to find the pup's deformities. She was born deceased. She also had extra toes on her back feet and her one front leg appeared deformed. Mom was spayed and is doing well with her remaining puppies. All are all doing well so far. Dad will be neutered in the very near future.

Update:

A Yorkie puppy with a deformed leg being held in the air by the hand of a person

The pups are 3 weeks old now and it has been discovered that the smallest male has a deformed front leg very similar to the water puppy that was still born. This is the little guy with the leg deformity. It is his front left leg. He usually carries it crossed across his chest like in the picture below at 2 weeks old, but the deformity is more noticeable in the picture above at 3 weeks old. He can move the leg but cannot extend it to the ground to use it for walking.

A Yorkie puppy with a deformed leg being held in the hand of a person

The puppy at 2 weeks old showing how he holds the leg up folded across his chest. At this time he is unable to use it for walking. The other two pups in the litter appear perfectly normal.

A little black and tan 8 week old puppy laying down next to a toy red ball with his head tilted to the right with the words Merritt overlayed on the top right corner

At 8 weeks of age Merritt found a loving family that accepted him just as he was and he has gone on to his forever home.

An x-ray showing a crooked bone on an 8 week old puppy

I had x-rays done at his 8 week exam and it showed he had a deformed humerus which caused the elbow to dislocate. There was also a healed growth plate fracture. He has no pain and has learned to use the leg quite a bit. By 9 weeks old he only had a barely noticeable slight limp/bunny hop. He is perfectly healthy in all other ways.

Close-up - An x-ray showing a crooked bone on the front leg of an 8 week old puppy
A little black and tan 8 week old puppy laying down next to a toy red ball looking forward with the words Merritt overlayed on the top right corner

Merritt at 8 weeks old

A little black and tan 8 week old puppy standing up next to a toy red ball looking forward with the words Merritt overlayed on the top right corner

Merritt at 8 weeks old

"Just thought I would give you an update on Merritt the Yorkie, 7 months old in this picture. His name is now Rocky at his new home and he is doing wonderfully. He was just neutered and is a tiny guy at about 4 lbs (1.8 kg). He uses his leg a fair bit but does hold it up when hes tired. His owners say it really doesn't slow him down at all and they love him to pieces."

A big thank-you to the breeders who shared their stories on their experience with water puppies.

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