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Hi everyone. First post.

My puppy started having her private part swell on 9/1/18, then starting 9/7 she had five days of slight bleeding. The her nipples get bigger and pinker and she developed breast tissue at least under the lower four nipples.

I've read over 20 websites on "heat" and pregnancy, so I only took her on walks until her "vulva" was almost normal. Even at dog parks there was only a rare attempt for a dog (male or female) to climb on her. Owners are careful to stop their dogs from mating behavior.

No male dog even had an erection, and I checked her private parts for fluid after each visit. Nothing.

She hasn't vomited, hasn't shown nesting behavior, her breast tissue has returned to her prior state, her gums are pink, she's not peeing more often.... etc. BUT she seems to take more naps. She's thin, so I can press everywhere and there's no bumps or masses. When my thin wife was in early pregnancy I could feel her womb and my puppy is even thinner.

It's only the possible increased napping that's bothersome, but then again I take her everywhere during most of the day. She is energetic in her play with dogs and humans.

Made a vet appointment for a few weeks from now because if it's too soon, the vet would tell me to wait longer for that "relaxin" test or ultrasound.

1. Is there a reliable home dog pregnancy test?
2. If her bleeding started 9/7 (six weeks ago) would the test be positive now?
3. A few websites stated that pink-red nipples can be a first sign, so have attached a picture of her belly. I have never paid attention to her nipple color before she started heat, so I have no way to compare. What do you think about her picture?
4. She is not fixed or spayed because my parents want one of her puppies, so was going to try during her second heat cycle. I want the male Dad to be a cockapoo. Is there such a thing as an abortion which still allows her to get pregnant with the next heat? Or if she's pregnant now, does the vet have to spray her and she could then never have puppies again?
5. Websites list 60-70 days incubation before the puppies are ejected/born. Is that count from the day of first bleeding?

Thank you.
 

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This software doesn't allow an addition after 10 minutes and point #6 was not added.

So here is the addition:

6. With dog pregnancy, wouldn't the vulva area stay swollen and the breast tissue stay enlarged? Or do both go back to normal and later swell up again?

CORRECTION: Want the male dog to be an English cocker like she is.. (not a Cocker-a-poo)
 

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Also she will be ready to mate & get pregnant right after the bleeding stops. The pregnancy gestation therefore is not including the week of bleeding. Speying will stop any pregnancy from speying onwards permanently.
 

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Why in the world you would bring a female in heat to a dog park, and why would you create more mutts? ask your parents to check petfinder - there are THOUSANDS of mutts that need homes.
 

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Why in the world you would bring a female in heat to a dog park, and why would you create more mutts? ask your parents to check petfinder - there are THOUSANDS of mutts that need homes.

Perhaps you should read my start post again, or maybe the message was not clear. I did NOT take her to a dog park until days after the genital swelling returned to normal and her breasts returned to normal.

When she was on her period or in heat, and until the genital swelling returned to normal and her breasts returned to normal, I only walked her in my neighborhood and no dogs were attracted to her.

Why would I want her to create more puppies?

1. You'd have to experience her to know why. She is unusual in many ways.
2. Many people have requested a dog like she is.
3. First litters are usually three or fewer.
4. The people (or someone in their family) who want one of her offspring have had adverse experiences with adopted dogs.
5. If a give away one of her offspring, I want them to be in the geographical area so they can be together often. There will be no charge for the puppies. Would never do it for money.

Now, back on topic, do her nipples look normal?
 

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She has NOT be spayed yet because . . . .

Also she will be ready to mate & get pregnant right after the bleeding stops. The pregnancy gestation therefore is not including the week of bleeding. Speying will stop any pregnancy from speying onwards permanently.

Yes, of course. She has not be spayed because:

1. Three vets told me to not spay her until at least after one heat, and

2. If she has puppies, spay her by age 5 (for three reasons).

3. I would not have her spayed unless I did not want her to get pregnant by the male dog of my choice and at the right time.
 
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