Oh that is really sad. What a great friend you are to have been there for her.
So sorry - open mouth and insert foot....
The puppy came from a breeder. The breeder offered a replacement puppy from the next litter. The breeder was just as torn up about it as the owners I think. It was actually the breeder who I held the dog for. She arranged to have the puppy come back to her to be put to sleep so that (1) The owners didnt have to go through it (2) She could have the dog buried on her property. I thought that was very respectable of her. I think alot of people would not go to that trouble.Did your friend breed the dog or did she buy it from a breeder? I hope the breeder is aware so they can maybe figure out of it is a fluke or something else that could have caused this.
My mother bought a himi from a reputable breeder 11 years ago. The poor girl has never been what anybody would consider healthy by most standards. Surviving, but not a happy cat and very small. In this case it truely was just a fluke. The breeder offered to replace the kitten and take in her cat if that is what she wanted but my mother was already in love. It took a little while to realize that this kitten was not "normal". So the breeder refunded the cost of the kitten to make up for it. She also ended up having the cat fixed just in case it was not a fluke thing even though she had never had anything wrong with any of the other kittens in the litter. This was the cats third litter and she probably wouldn't have had much more anyway.
I'm so sorry for your friend. It would have been so much more horrible though to see the puppy go through so much pain before making a decision down the road.