I'd appreciate any thoughts or input on the following:
My parents bitch (little terrier/toy cross) had a litter of 6 pups on Saturday. Bitch and pups were seen by the vet on Sunday, all fine, and the bitch was given antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection, which I believe was something to do with her only expelling 4 placentas...
Anyway, my parents stayed with her until the early hours of this morning, pups were feeding fine, etc. When they woke up today three of the pups were dead and the bitch had spread them out away from the "nest", a fourth was found outside the box as well and died later despite.l efforts to warm him up and get him to feed. The bitch had been licking them and my parents initially thought that coupled with being away from the mother had made them cold and killed them.
But, Dad has now found an article about "fading puppy syndrome" which suggests a link between antibiotics in the bitch being passed via her milk and killing the gut bacteria in the pups, leading to health problems and death.
Now my parents are distraught at the loss of four pups, but they trust their vet and in no way are they looking to place any blame. I'm just curious if anybody has any experience or knowledge of this so-called fading syndrome and wheather it does have any link to antibiotics. Or do you think it's coincidence and the pups have died due to the mother's inexperience (it's her first litter) in taking them away from her warmth and milk?