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Old 02-18-2018, 04:57 PM
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Requesting advice for my dog who may be pregnant

I have an 11 month old mini bull terrier Staffy mix. I think my mini Aussie may have gotten her pregnant. We were trying our best to keep them away from each other until we could get her spayed but he might have gotten to her. He is a very small Aussie and she isnít too small but I am still worried about the size the puppies could be. I donít think my parents have money to pay for a mismate. Her nipples have enlarged and she has gotten a bit fatter. Not only that but she has mellowed out a whole lot. I donít know how far along she is if sheís even pregnant but Iím freaking out because briar is a huge part of our family now and my dad would be heart broken if she passed away because itís his dog. Is there anything to do or anyway to tell if she is pregnant!!!!
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Take her to the vet and get her x-rayed or an ultrasound. That is the only way to know for sure.
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If they donít have money for an abortion they definitely wonít have money to care for a litter of puppies, let alone emergency care like for a c section.
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Get her spayed ASAP. Problem solved.
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Average litter-size for both those breeds is 6 to 8 pups. At between 4 & 5-WO, they'll begin eating solid food.
Their 1st few meals require k9 milk-replacement, both to moisten it & to entice the pups to sample. This is sold as a canned liquid or a dry powder - & it's not cheap.

A mismate injection, even with the added cost of an office-visit fee, is WAY-less expensive than:
- worming the preg dam, to prevent the pups being BORN with a parasite-load, or ingesting them with the breast-milk.
- for a full month B4 her due-date, U need to feed the preg dam on the high-quality puppy-formula that U intend to feed her litter.
- pre-natal exams for mom-dog, to guesstimate the # of pups & ensure they're all in good position / none are oversized for her pelvic opening.
- puppy boosters for the entire litter: at the very minimum, Parvo & Distemper.
- enzyme-based cleaners to remove PET WASTE from floors, walls, carpets, etc, so the house doesn't reek.
- a whelping box with side-rails, big-enuf for mom & at least 6 pups [for small dogs] or 10 pups [for large breeds].
- clean absorbent layers for her to whelp on, such as bath-towels, sheets, vet-fleece, etc, which must be WASHED & REPLACED after the birth, plus washed, dried, & replaced every few days for 2-months.
- Buying an accurate postal-scale to weigh each pup daily, at approx the same time each day, & record their daily wt.
This is to ensure they're gaining & growing as they should, & to detect "failure to thrive" B4 a pup dies.
- 3 to 4 weeks of cleaning-up puppy pee & poop, as soon as they begin sampling & eating solid food; Mom-dog eats their output for about 3 to 4 weeks, while they're eating breast-milk only. // Then she quits, & it's up to U.
- a S/S flying-saucer food dish for the litter, so they can't walk thru the middle of the wet-food, & they can each have a space to eat, at the rim.
- HEATING A ROOM to approx 80'F for the 1st 2 to 3-weeks, so the pups don't chill & die...
- or, buying a safe radiant heat-lamp & suspending it so that it cannot fall into the whelping box, & running it 24/7 for 2 to 3-weeks, again to prevent the pups chilling & dying: neonates can't regulate their own core-temp.

The cost of a C-section varies, depending upon where U live, how big the dog is [body wt], any special issues [brachy? / Obese? / aged primapara?...] that increase her risks, complications [needs blood-transfusion, oxytocin injections, etc], & whether it's scheduled during office hours [planned] or an emergency [unplanned during office hours, or outside office hours - generally between 1 & 5-am ].

An emergency WITH complications OUTSIDE office-hrs is the most expensive, & such can easily cost $1500 to $2K for a medium-sized dog, in the metro-Boston area.
An emergency withOUT complications for a large breed, outside office-hrs, is probly gonna hit $2K.

I agree with @revolutionrocknroll - if they can't cover the cost of a mismate injection & a simple office visit, there's no way they can afford to rear a litter properly, even assuming she whelps per the textbook, & with no complications whatever.

The least-expensive & safest options for the dog are these 2:
* arrange for a mismate injection immediately, OR...
* Get her spayed - ASAP, within no more than 10-days.

Borrow the money, if need be.
- terry

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