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Old 07-24-2010, 11:30 PM
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My dog is 58 day Pregnant

My dog is 58 days pregnant. It was not planned, my daugther let her outside not knowing any better when she was in heat without watching her and well now she is pregnant. I am needing to know what to expect.

We have her a whelping box ready for when she delivers the pups.

The 58 days is from the day she mated with the male dog. She has the swollen nipples, I can feel and see the puppies moving around inside her. She is wanting to stay by my side especially when I am in bed. She has been messing up my bathroom rug too. She is still eating but not that much. The past few days she has vomited a few times. She wants to go outside to use the bathroom ALOT! And she is very swollen down below and licks a lot down in that area. She is an Australian Shepherd.

Wondering how much longer do you think she has til she goes into labor? I have not noticed in discharge. I am going to starting taking her temp in the AM. to see if it has fallen below her normal temp. I am just worried to leave her side or go and run any errands, I know they say dogs do fine on their own but I just worry with this being her first litter.

After they are born we are going to have her spayed. As much as I love animals I can't go through this again. Too many worries. And I worry about her and the pups. Please any info will help.
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:47 AM
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My dog is 58 days pregnant. It was not planned, my daugther let her outside not knowing any better when she was in heat without watching her and well now she is pregnant. I am needing to know what to expect.

We have her a whelping box ready for when she delivers the pups.

The 58 days is from the day she mated with the male dog. She has the swollen nipples, I can feel and see the puppies moving around inside her. She is wanting to stay by my side especially when I am in bed. She has been messing up my bathroom rug too. She is still eating but not that much. The past few days she has vomited a few times. She wants to go outside to use the bathroom ALOT! And she is very swollen down below and licks a lot down in that area. She is an Australian Shepherd.

Wondering how much longer do you think she has til she goes into labor? I have not noticed in discharge. I am going to starting taking her temp in the AM. to see if it has fallen below her normal temp. I am just worried to leave her side or go and run any errands, I know they say dogs do fine on their own but I just worry with this being her first litter.

After they are born we are going to have her spayed. As much as I love animals I can't go through this again. Too many worries. And I worry about her and the pups. Please any info will help.
If it were me, I would rush her to the animal clinic and/or call your vet and let him/her know. Your vet or the animal clinic will be able to help you more than any of us could. Really, I would be worried and just take her to the animal clinic for assurance and knowing she is in good hands.

Now the question I'd like to ask is, why didn't you get her spayed in the first place to keep this from happening? (Not yelling, just asking as everyone as their idea of when it is okay to spay/neuter is all.)
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Old 07-25-2010, 03:17 AM
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even if it's not planned why didn't you see a vet for help? I'd get to one asap and get some help. dogs can give birth fine without help, maybe. But not often and not for first time moms-usually. i mean things MAY be fine. and they MAY not be. So see a vet asap.

If I can BEG you-keep the pups with mom until they are AT LEAST nine weeks old and get them their first shots and worming before you adopt. It will give them the best start both behaviorally and healthwise.

Also for future FYI, dogs can be spayed even once they've mated, and they should be spayed unless you are a breeder who shows and tests their dogs. It's definitely something you should look into after the pups are weaned.

Good luck and keep us posted!!
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The dog should have seen a vet from the time you realized she had mated. Ditto all the spaying stuff.
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You should have taken her to the vet in the first place. waiting until day 58 is just irresponsible dog ownership. Do you know what type of dog got your female? If not, what if it was a mastiff? A great dane? a very large, much larger then a australian shepherd is, what if she needs a c-section. what if she only births 4 puppies, but there is 6. But you dont know that as you never took her to the vet for a ultrasound to see how many thre are and their sizes. do you have roughly $2000 dollers put away incase she needs a c section? have you made a whelping box with pig rails, so she doesnt roll and kill the puppies?
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You say she's still eating but not much....this concerns me
I hope you've already educated yourself about the extra dietary needs of a pregnant bitch and what she will also need to consume while she is lactating.
(Protien, fat, suppliments)

How old is she now? Is she is good health?
Do you know the male dog in question? (and his medical history)
Are you aware of the signs and treatment of pyometra?
This can be a very serious and life-threatening condition that needs immediate Veterinary assistance.

http://www.angelfire.com/biz4/MastiffBreeder/pyo.html

Have you decided to wait until after she "delivers" to seek the help of a professional? Are you planning on having an ultrasound done then?

Have you had experience with any other type of animal husbandry or had any formal training in the birthing process?

Have you familiarized yourself with the proceedure, equipment and supplies you will need to do the feedings yourself, (about every 2 hrs) should the bitch reject her puppies? (not uncommon for a 1st time mother or one who is young or ill from infection)

Are you well versed on the various conditions and diseases that the pups can end up with and have a Vet in waiting to assist you in treating them?

Do you have an idea of the vaccination schedule for the pups?

Are you familiar with Parvo and how crutial it is to avoid it at all costs?

I understand that this is probabaly not a picnic for you and that you most likely did not put your pet's heath at risk, intentionally. I'm also not doubting your love for your companion, I just want you to be aware of the "what if's" and the "what nows" that will possibly arise with something like this.

It can be very costly to say the least but most of all it can be very heartbreaking for you, in the end, especially if something should go wrong and you were not prepared.

Please let us know what you decide to do and how your girl is doing.
Most times when people make a post like yours, they feel somewhat ridiculed by the (well meant) responses and subsiquently don't return to post an update/outcome, which can be upsetting to those who are genuinly concerned and hoping for the best.

If you haven't already, please see a vet, if for nothing else just to put your mind at ease and then take a deep breath and do all you can to ensure these little ones are protected and taken care of, which I'm sure is your main concern.

What has happened is done, all anyone can expect of you now is to learn from it and move forward with the pup/mom's best interest at heart.

Good Luck
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My dog is 58 days pregnant. It was not planned, my daugther let her outside not knowing any better when she was in heat without watching her and well now she is pregnant. I am needing to know what to expect.


After they are born we are going to have her spayed. As much as I love animals I can't go through this again. Too many worries. And I worry about her and the pups. Please any info will help.
I am glad to hear that you will be spaying her after the pups, just make sure if you dont do it in time that If she gets out you can take her immediately and have her spayed. You do not have to let them got through with the pregnancy. I used to rescue pregnant mommies from the shelter. When the shelters get to full they are the first to go. If the father was of similar size then you should have no worries. Of the many litters that I have seen born I have yet to have to help a mother dog give birth. You will see they would rather have privacy and quiet. If you have children keep them quiet during the birth as they tend to get excited. Dogs left on there own usually choose a dark closet to give birth in. As messy as they will become please keep them with the mother for 9 to 12 weeks she will teach them many valuable things in that time. Oh and by the way dont be grossed out by the fact that the mother cleans all of the after birth up on her own and will continue to clean up the puppies poop for a while. They keep the area around where the puppies sleep clean to teach them not to soil their dens.
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I think the biggest thing is the dog should see a vet to determine how many puppies are in there so during the birthing process (if she does not need a c-section) you can make sure all puppies come out. You also need the mom checked to make sure she is ok especially if not eating properly.
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why is everyone so extreme. I dont think X-raying to mom and subjecting the mom and puppies to radiation at this time is necessary if she knows what the father dog is. Since she is almost there meaning almost at 63 days I would say that is the peeing and lost of appetite. Think in human terms at that point I had to pee a lot and had very little appetite especially because it is summer and hot. This is an Aussie not a small dog. I think there would be more cause for worry if that was the case.
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I would not say anyone here is extreme? If you think its ok to not take a pregnant dog to the vet I pray you dont have litters anytime soon. Have you ever had a bitch not push out the final pup or two? I have known someone who breeds boxers and luckily knew the bitch had 6 pups so when she only pushed out 4 and 2 hours later nothing, she called the vet, luckily she just needed some time to relax and the last 2 came out but what if she thought "oh ok she is done" and that was that? Then comes the nasty part....which I do not feel I need to get into detail about.

To the OP even if you know who the father is you should take your dog to the vet to have an ultra sound done to determine how many pups are in there and so the vet can make sure she is in good shape.
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