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Pregnancy- When is your dog having a problem?

Posted by petemergencyclinic on November 11, 2010 at 2:10 PM

This update is on dog breeding and Cesarian Sections.

The dog is pregnant for about 63 days on average. (This will vary somewhat)

Many dogs have puppies without incident with no help from us. But certain breeds, such as Chihuahuas and Pugs, often need C-Sections, and some breeds, such as the English Bulldog, almost always need a C-Section.

How do you know if your pregnant dog is having trouble having puppies?

1) If it has been over 72  days since the last breeding

2) If your dog has been pushing and straining hard for over 30 minutes.

3) If your dog's water broke over 4 hours ago

4)If it has been over 2 hours between puppies

If one of the above is true for your pet, you need to get veterinary assistance. Call your DVM during hours or the petER after hours. (337-562-0400)

Other advice- my opinion only-

Many  people decide to breed their dog "just one time so the children may experience the miracle of birth. Others are told that a female should have one litter to develop her personality. Some see the prices that puppies fetch and see a chance to make a lot of money.

None of these reasons are very good. Usually the first breeding is the one in which problems occur, and these problems may be expensive and may risk the mother. The dog's personality does not require a litter to develop. Oftentimes the money made by selling pupppies is not enough to cover expenses if the smallest thing goes wrong and has to be treated.

So my recommendation is this: If you really want to get into dog breeding and you are willing to invest the time, study, and money to get the right training, equipment, and medical care, then go for it. But casual breeding may reduce the quality of your breed and may be a total disaster. I do not recommend it.

That is all--Dr. John

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