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Old 01-27-2012, 01:01 AM
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help!! puppy pregnant maybe?

Hi all. I am very new to this site and I need some advice/ We got lucy at 5 weeks old, she is 8 months now. She is a beautiful husky/golden retriever. We just happen to stumble on a yard sale were they were giving out pups. It was a sad because the pups were not in a good environment. As soon a I saw her I totally feel in love.

Well, I'll try to make a long story short. We were about to get here fixed, however, we were tight on money since my DH was out of work at the time and just finishing college. We knew we could handle the finances, but we also had to postpone getting her fixed. We live in the mountains in a very remote area.

We have a deck and we built a pretty good size fence to avoid her from getting pregnant. Well, I'll be darned if this dog for God knows were was able to jump the fence. It was surreal because this Lab jumped the fence. It was weird because we live in a remote area and right out of know were this dog hurdled over the fence.

I didn't pay attention until one day, after Lucy was in heat, that is dog, right in front on my eyes was over the deck and into my little Girl. I'm mortified. My husband thinks I'm insane, but I'm really pissed off that this happen. Well, its over now and now I think she is pregnant. We really felt save with the fence and all

Now this happened in the middle of January. I'm seeing signs that she is possibly pregnant. She isn't eating, she is tired a lot and her nipples are raised to pink and gray. She is more subdued and all the signs are there.

My question is is that can we do her more harm by letting her have a litter at her young age? I have had three dogs in the past and this has never happened before. I feel like a bad mother, even though, I gave her the most protection ever (I thought.)

Actually she will be 9 months on feb 5th, but still she is sooooo young. I would love some advice. Should I abort this or what? Really feel bad. Thanks. Lucy5. My name is Amy

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Old 01-27-2012, 01:49 AM
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I think you should be asking these questions of a qualified veterinarian...don't think we can give any more than anecdotal responses to the situations, and I'm sure quite a bit of hindsight quarterbacking.

Personally, I would have been at the vets the day it happened to see what my options were.
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A vet visit is very important right now, to make sure there is nothing wrong. You describe a dog not quite feeling herself, so seeing the doc to rule out infections or other complications is important.

If she is pregnant, and is healthy, the next question is how far along she is. Then you need to make a decision about if to abort the pups or have her go through with it. That will be a discussion again to have with your vet. There are health and ethical considerations both ways.

Now to get to your question about a dog having puppies so young... some young mothers do great, some have no clue and can even harm their puppies, leaving you to hand raise them.

So, again, I agree with Tonka that you need to talk with a vet about this in terms of the medical aspect.

Then there are a lot of moral, ethical and practical considerations to think about too.
- do you have the time and space to raise a litter? Its quite a messy and time consuming job
- can you find good homes for 4 or 6 or 8, or even 10 or 12 puppies?
- might you end up feeling overwhelmed and end up sending some or all the puppies to a shelter, for an unknown fate?
- what are your feelings about aborting puppies? this is a personal thing and no one can tell you what is right or wrong.
- what are the expenses involved in having the litter, versus doing a spay now? Either way its going to be expensive.
- what are the physical dangers for your female of having the puppies versus a spay now while pregnant?

Well, there is a lot to think about. My heart goes out to you in this situation. Its clear you tried very hard to prevent it, and yet until one has witnessed the drive dogs have to mate, it is hard to fathom how clever they can be to get together. I had a lovely setter who was the product of just such an accidental breeding and teenage mother situation. The owners of the mother had built a 10 foot tall cyclone fence to keep her in during her heat. Towards the end of her heat she climbed the fence and mated with the male.

Anyway, I wish you the best.
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If this happened just this month I say discuss aborting the pups as its not too early. As for your questions, ditto the others, time to see your vet.
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I have to agree with talking to your vet about aborting the pups. There are a lot of risks with letting her go through full term and have those pups. In the end it can cost you a lot of money -say if she needs a c-section, those can cost anywhere from 500 to 2000$ depending on complications..ect..ect.. Another thing that could happen like mentioned is that sh has bad parenting skills (sometimes moms even eat their own babies, espetially young moms) which will leave you in charge of 4-12 puppies. Puppies need to be fed almost every 2 hours (including nights) and they need to be kept a a constant warm temp, and not to mention you'll have to help them go to the bathroom - normally a mom licks the babies belly to help them poo/pee but not in this situation - it can be tricky (we bottle raised a kitten). Another thing to think about is, what will you do once it's time for them to go to new homes? Will you be able to part with them? What if the new home is abusive to the puppy? What if one of them can't keep one of the puppies anymore a couple of weeks/months/years down the road - would you be willing to take them back and find them a new home? There are a lot of things to think about. I do feel sorry for you, it's not an easy situation. And yes, go see your vet!
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A vet visit is very important right now, to make sure there is nothing wrong. You describe a dog not quite feeling herself, so seeing the doc to rule out infections or other complications is important.

If she is pregnant, and is healthy, the next question is how far along she is. Then you need to make a decision about if to abort the pups or have her go through with it. That will be a discussion again to have with your vet. There are health and ethical considerations both ways.

Now to get to your question about a dog having puppies so young... some young mothers do great, some have no clue and can even harm their puppies, leaving you to hand raise them.

So, again, I agree with Tonka that you need to talk with a vet about this in terms of the medical aspect.

Then there are a lot of moral, ethical and practical considerations to think about too.
- do you have the time and space to raise a litter? Its quite a messy and time consuming job
- can you find good homes for 4 or 6 or 8, or even 10 or 12 puppies?
- might you end up feeling overwhelmed and end up sending some or all the puppies to a shelter, for an unknown fate?
- what are your feelings about aborting puppies? this is a personal thing and no one can tell you what is right or wrong.
- what are the expenses involved in having the litter, versus doing a spay now? Either way its going to be expensive.
- what are the physical dangers for your female of having the puppies versus a spay now while pregnant?

Well, there is a lot to think about. My heart goes out to you in this situation. Its clear you tried very hard to prevent it, and yet until one has witnessed the drive dogs have to mate, it is hard to fathom how clever they can be to get together. I had a lovely setter who was the product of just such an accidental breeding and teenage mother situation. The owners of the mother had built a 10 foot tall cyclone fence to keep her in during her heat. Towards the end of her heat she climbed the fence and mated with the male.

Anyway, I wish you the best.
thanks all for your advice. I think that If she is pregnant, we are going to let her have the litter. We belong to a big church with many friends, plus My son who just got back from Iraq wants a dog. So, with that said, I guess that she will be a mother. She is an absolutey a loving dog with no hostile tendency. I have faith that IF she is pregnant, that everything will be okay. Thanks so much. Amy
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Please have her spayed as soon as she weans this litter then
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Get in touch with"friends of animals" go on line.You can get your puppy fixed for $60.00.
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Also make sure that whoever gets a puppy must get it fixed to prevent futur things like this!!!

This being said you will need to do a lot of research, do many vet visits and make sure you have the best possible situation for her. You'll need to keep her in sight and not let her off-leash outside of your house because a female will run off to go have babies somewhere she thinks is good, which might be somewhere you don't want her. You'll have to build a whelping box. You'll also need to make sure that you take a couple of weeks off work starting the week before she is due and then a couple of weeks after she has had her puppies. As soon as the puppies are 1 day or so old you should bring the to the vet to make sure everything is okay. You'll also need to make sure you stay as "clean" as possible, meaning if you go out that you should get changed and wash up before you see the puppies again to prevent them from picking up any illness (puppies are very sensitive) until they get a full set of shots. Now, what else can I think of If you sense anything is wrong you should bring her to the vet, there are a lot of things that can go off during pregnancy that can hurt your female. It's going to require a lot of work, I hope you'll pull through - and please do get her spayed after - there are enough puppies born each day that won't see a loving home

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I also suggest talking to your vet and opting to abort the puppies or have a spay/abortion surgery. When we took in a minpin she was about 2 weeks pregnant with bulldog puppies, we had an emergency spay/abort done on her and she did just fine. Took some hormones for a while and was back to normal in about 2 months.
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