My Boxer female just came into her first heat and before I could stop them the town stray, a lab-beagle mix, got on her. I don't want to put her through an abortion and I don't know for sure that she's pregnant, but I'm worried that if she is, the puppies might be to big for her. the dogs are about the same size but he's stockier than she is.I cant afford a c-section but the most important thing to me is her well being.
My female boxer dixie back in june went through the same thing and we took her to the vet. the same day and he give her a shot to abort the babies before they were babies. She is doing just fine and we are about to breed her to a ckc male boxer. You may talk to your vet. about the abortion shot and see what you think?
Her name is Roxie. We rescued her from an abusive home when she was about 5 months. She was extremely malnurished and they did a terrible job docking her tail and removing her dew claws. We took her to the vet and through blood tests, confirmed she's full Boxer. I have two other dogs,a male and female black labs who have both been spayed and nuetered. I never thought I could ever love another dog breed as much, until Roxie. Since she has no genetic problems and I didn't want to spay her until I could get a least one boxer puppy from her. She has the sweetest and most endearing temperment. But now I don't know what I'm going to do. This is her first heat and she had been in heat for about three or four days when this happened. they were stuck together for about ten minutes. If possible, I would rather just let her have the puppies(if she's pregnant)and find them good homes. But I'm scared she might have problems. Our financial situation is tight at the moment so I don't know if I could afford the cost of emergency c-section although I would do whatever it took to ensure her saftey. I couldn't bear to lose her. I just need some help discussing and weighing all my different options before it's too late.
okay:) I first noticed she was very swollen with some bleeding 3 or 4 days ago. I can't be 100% positive cause I had been away on work for a few days. Whan I got home even my nuetered male was excited. why?there were also lots of stray dogs hanging around my house. I'm not an expert could you explain the cycle for me?:)
Proestrus: The female attracts males, has a bloody vaginal discharge and her vulva is swollen. Proestrus lasts approximately nine days; the female, however, will not allow coitus at this time.
Estrus: During this period, which also lasts approximately nine days, the female will accept the male and is fertile. Ovulation usually occurs in the first 48 hours; however, this can vary greatly.
Diestrus: Lasting 60 to 90 days, diestrus is the period when the reproductive tract is under the control of the hormone progesterone. This occurs whether or not the bitch becomes pregnant. False pregnancy, a condition in which the bitch shows symptoms of being pregnant although she has not conceived, is occasionally seen during diestrus
Wow! Do you think their might be a chance that shes not pregnant then! Surely I would have noticed that she was in heat sooner. unless I got my dates screwed up. Is there a chance he could have bullied her into it? Because she was turning around and snapping at him when he tried it before. And why does my nuetered male act like he can do something about it? Sorry, I know quite abit about animals and nothing about their mating habits or breeding cycles and behaviors. I've made sure to keep my eyes on her at all times now. when will her fertile time be over completely with no chance of her getting pregnant? When will the boy dogs calm down?
If the dogs were stuck together, it is safe to say that she was in standing heat. She probably will be pregnant, but there is not way to know until she is further along. A lot of people do not understand a dogs heat cycle. I think that it is safe to say that if they were stuck together...she was ready for mating. This is why I wish that people would understand that if they have a female dog in heat, a male dog can smell her from MILES away. Male dogs will go to great lengths to find his girlfriend. This is why I wish people that are not breeding would have their dogs fixed. No offense to you at all...but look at what happened. The owner of the other dogs should not have their males running free and intact. No telling how many other dogs that might have bred. Dogs can also pass on STD's to one another. When our girls are in heat- there is no way another dog could breed them. You have to really know your dogs heat cycle and they should not be left outside without supervision. It would be best to have her spayed. I am not aware of any blood tests to show that a dog is purebred. I feel that only the best dogs should be kept back for breeding, as well as one should know the genetic history of the dog that they are breeding as well. There is so much involved with breeding and we have way too many dogs in shelters. Anyway...I am sorry to say that she could be pregnant if you saw them stuck together. I too have rescued dogs from bad situations...they were very beautiful purebred dogs. I kept them as pets and had them altered. I would not breed a dog without papers, or having their background history as far as genetic defects that they could pass on. It is too risky and you do not want to pass on bad traits if it can be helped. Have her fixed and buy a reg. puppy from someone that can help you with all of the things that you need to learn before you breed. Best Wishes.
Just wanted to say thanks for everyones input. I've had alot to think about. I've decided that the best thing to do is take her to the vet to be spayed. It was selfish of me to even think about putting my best friends health in jeopardy. There are so many unwanted dogs in the world already. I'm sure there's another little lost dog out there just waiting for me to give them a loving home.
Lily wolf, I am completely against abortion in humans, but in dogs, I tend to feel differently. The largest reason for this is that it is totally legal to kill dogs, millions are euthanized everyday. In a litter of unwanted pups, the probability that most of them will end up killed anyhow are so great. Even if you let them live, and they go to nice homes, that is a home that another dog who is alreadly alive will not go to, and greater chance that IT will be euthanized. I would personally abort an unwanted litter even if it was not a threat to mom dog, but when it IS a threat to the mom, that would make it even more urgent to do so.
PS (this is what PM is for) Lily_wolf, it is good to see you here again, it's been a long time! Glad you're back.
***Edited By: shinyblackpit on 12/30/2004 11:46:58 PM*** Reason: sgjsey
I would just like to thank everyone again who helped me decide what to do. I was out walking my other dogs this morning when I saw the dog that got my boxer. He was in someones backyard so I knocked on the door and asked if it was their dog. They said yes. When I first started to tell them what happened they got all defensive and said it was my fault. I guess they thought I was going to try and cause trouble or something. But anyway, They started telling me that the puppies would have had problems and nobody would want them. When I asked them what they meant, they started saying he wasn't very bright and that he had some sort of sensitivity to touch and if you barely touch him he'd start yelping. I'm still going to get her spayed but does anyone know what they meant, sensitivity to touch? They didn't care to elaborate so I let it rest but I'm wondering what they meant.